Originally Posted by finwood
I haven't noticed her scratching. I buy Advantage from entirelypets.com for my other two cats, and have some on hand, but I don't know if I could get it on her. Where do I get the Feliway. Could I get that from entirelypets.com, and do you just put it on food? Should I try to pet her? I talk to her softly while I'm changing the litter, and filling the water and food. I get down on her level, keep my hands clenched, and don't stare her in the eye...all things that I have been reading on other sites, but I haven't tried to touch her. She does some meowing. Is this a good sign?
You are doing very well! You have a very good approach too!
About deworming and deparasiting. Didnt the vet gave any advices when you talked with him? Did he made a medical check up? If yes, he did probably already gave her something. Perhaps an allround-spot on??
Her not scratching is a good sign, but ferals do usually have some parasites. So very good you have her for herself, not with your own cats. (LATER on, you will probably get good help from your cats in fostering the mom too. But it is another story).
I myself know too little for sure to give advices about high-pregnant cats and using dewormers and deparasiters on them.
Hope others will fill in. I will try to search some too.
Advantage as such isnt bad, made by a prestigious medical industry. But if it is good or enough for her I dont know.
Yes, you can get Feliway electrical diffuser from entirelypets. Use the search. In Sweden we do usually buy it from vet or Apothece (=the medical drugstore). There may be also other places to buy from??, perhaps also cheaper.
Feliway diffuser you set in the electrical wall socket. Works about 6 weeks, after it you set in a fill in.
You are perhaps thinking about dr BachÂ´s drops? Known also as Bachs Rescue remedy? This you can give with food or water. May be useful, although I believe more in Feliway.
Feliway is used for an allround feeling of security and "being home".
There is also another one similiar preparate, the Felifriend, in spray, used when you shall handle a afraid or very nervous cat. Veterinarians and exhibitions judges uses it sometimes.
It could be useful if you think you should help her deliver. (But she will do it herself... dont worry).
Very good she has a nice box to hide in some. This does much to lessen on the stress. Does she have a scratching post?
Ferals usually dont play, but it cant hurt with some toys.
See she feels comfortable and safe. No extra unnecessary stresses. Avoid barking dogs nearby, shouting children, preferably not other cats - unless VERY friendly. (but she is in quarantene now, right).
I think you should begin to make a nest where she will deliver and also nurse her kittens.
If her time is nearing, she will feel better knowing everything is ready. She wants a nice, cosy and safe place to give birth in. And she will not be worried as if you build the nest in the last moment...
I think some meowing is a very good sign. Meowing = communication. They dont communicate with a prey or an enemy. Thus, it is surely some sort of trying to make friends.
I shall return, keep coming with questions and keep us updated!