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What a lovely, encouraging thread and you are a lovely person. To progress from petting Bay with a Swifter to petting her more closely, may I suggest touching her with a toy feather (feather at the end of a wand) and then progress to a brush (for cats).
Thanks for the insight/advice, though I vacilate daily/hourly whether to keep Hercules or adopt out/return to colony. Patience is not my strong suit; nor is seeing Ritz unhappy, stressed. I need to sit down with Hercules and explain these things about Ritz--how they are alike in some ways (both abandoned by inhumane humans), Ritz is more sensitive than Hercules, and while I know some of what you (Hercules) does is innocent (he loves his cat nip and, well, he's a guy),...
Ritz likes it and now sometimes Hercules, although I'm not sure Ritz likes Hercules liking it. But Ritz really doesn't like pet beds. Unless I'm in it
I've mentioned before about this cat I am fostering (adopting). TNRd by me in May 2012; always been inordinately friendly. About six months after I first TNRd him, he showed up with a chunk of fur missing that had been professionally clean and sutured. Clearly, he has at least one other caretaker and favorable exposure to humans. Weight is fine. When it was bitter cold in February I simply picked him up, but him in a cat carrier and took him home with me. ("FOUND Cat"...
As I understand it, the principle behind thundershirts is that they fit tightly around the torso. My cat mentor (who is really a dog person but rescued Ritz and the rest is history....) had a dog who was terrified of thunderstorms. I mentioned to her about thundershirts and she said she used a tight fitting t-shirt (presumably with her scent on it). You might try one of your t-shirts (dirty, smelly) and see if that works. Probably have to cut off sleeves. PS get a...
I'm not sure Feliway works (Bach's Remedy and Jackson Galaxy's remedies don't work), but I do believe it is idiosyncratic to the cat. Regarding pills: I can't pill Ritz; the stress would make the problem worse (like stress induced UTIs). She was on Prozac for a while for FHS (she was a zombie) and the compounding pharmacist near where I work made it into a flavored liquid (tuna/chicken though Ritz also likes bubblegum. If the prescription medicine is also used in...
Try putting a cooling rack, like the kind you cool cake and muffins on, in front of the screen. They come in various shapes and sizes. I bought mine from a thrift store. That’s what I used when I lived on the top floor of a condominium building. The windows opened sideways (horizontally?) and there was a wide window ledge that Ritz loved to jump up onto and walk back and forth, viewing the birds from afar. We moved into a one story townhouse 2.5 years ago. The screens...
Welcome to The Cat Site. If a cat's diet is comprised of more than 10% raw, you really do need to measure out his food. But you can do it on a weekly basis; in other words, I don't measure .25 oz of liver every day to give to Ritz. When doing one week's worth of food, I weigh 1.75 oz of liver and divide it by seven (eye ball it). There are lots of web sites that help you figure out how much food/organs/bone to feed cats, and take into account whether the cat is a...
Sounds like it; certainly nine months is old enough. Another tell-tail [sic] sign is: does she stick her butt into the air.? Is she even more cuddly, needy than usual. If nothing else has changed, then, yeah, she might be going into heat--with the caveat that any change of behavior can be a sign of illness. FYI, I was co-fostering a cat who cycled in and out of heat about every week (or so it seemed). She lost a lot of weight and developed some skin allergies before we...
I am so sorry about the loss of your cat. FIP is a horrible disease. There is some thought that FIP is genetic. Frankly, I wouldn't get another cat from the same breeder, but that's just me. (Well, actually, I'd bypass breeders and go straight to a rescue group/cat sanctuary/SPCA.) I would call the breeder and let them know about the cat having FIP. Good luck.
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