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    Should I express my doubts about these 2 cats being happy together?

    Because a friend is on holiday, I am looking after her 2 foster cats (unrelated, both about 8 months old). Unexpectedly, the shelter has found a family interested in giving these 2 cats a permanent home. I am willing to let the family visit the cats but am not willing to give the go ahead for...
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    Feeding area for ferals flooded overnight - what now?

    How do cats react when the banks of the local river break, it's pouring with rain and their shelter is filling up with dirty water? Three cats are missing. It's not one of the feeding areas which I am responsible for but, it was in my opinion, the shelter's best example of how to feed and...
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    My 5 cats are truly purrfect, but can I ask something more of them?

    The room I had been using for foster cats and kittens is situated far enough away from the other rooms in my house so that occupants have never bothered my own cats. But, circumstances have changed, my older cats died, 3 of my fosters are now permanent residents since no-one wanted them, and...
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    Only senior cats for senior citizens: good idea or not?

    I'm not sure where to post this - it's not simply a question for shelters and it's not only about the cat's well-being. The shelter where I work refuses to allow young cats (less than 5 years old) to be adopted by people over the age of 60. The argument being that a cat could live to 20 years...
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    Should I help this 15 year-old cat?

    Problem - i was looking at the "Cats for Sale" section of eBay, quite surprised at the very inflated prices. Then I noticed a BSH, 15 years old, for sale (no picture). I am inquisitive and wanted to find out more - what sort of person wants to rid themselves of such a senior cat. Or perhaps the...
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    Feeding cats outdoors: how do you manage to keep food dry and the flies away?

    I have only been helping to feed a feral colony for 6 weeks and am astounded how much (good quality) food we are throwing away. In these 6 weeks we have had freezing temperatures and, for obvious reasons, had to remove solid, frozen food twice a day. Suddenly, the weather became so warm that...
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    Do I write my Autobiography or Just a Few Highlights?

    Earlier in the year I received a letter, I'd sent as a 19 year-old student who'd just left home, to a schoolfriend together with her answer written 57 years later! I replied by e-mail expressing my pleasure, surprise and thanks and promised to send her my news in more detail later. I am now...
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    Very sick, senior feral

    Three of us volunteers have taken over the job of feeding the few remaining cats at a feral colony. One of the cats (at least 10 years old) is "friendly" in so far as he can often be seen and sometimes comes up quite close to you. Because he now refuses to go into a trap, when he stopped eating...
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    Experiment to slowly improve the quality of food my 4 cats eat

    The Bad Situation I have 4 cats (7 to 14 years old) who seem to be eating less and less. I am throwing away so much wet food that I decided to try alternative products. My basic supply is a good quality product (according to test reports a few years ago) from our regional Aldi, plus the German...
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    Do my cats really need a cat tree?

    Should I throw this cat furniture out - or try to encourage my cats to use it? I'll keep the single scratching post and the drum (now being used as a table for a basket of walnuts). My 4 cats only climb the trees when I encourage them to do so. They never use the boxes - sometimes they peer...
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    Should I even consider taking on a fifth cat?

    I am already responsible for 3 black cats aged 13, 8 and 6, and a tabby, aged perhaps 11 or 12. Two of them are cats I fostered for the local shelter so that they could have their kittens in peace. Kittens have all gone to new homes but no one wanted the adult cats. After five years they were...
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    SDMA too high, difficulties with cat which hates being handled

    Mogi’s appetite was poor, she was restless, cried in the night and looked in a rather sorry state. First laboratory results (blood and urine) came back looking good. Everything was normal, only the pH-value was high (7) but that could have been from stress. A few days later I was summoned to...
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    Bad hair day? Wear a hat! Bad cat day?

    Nothing dreadful, but it was just one of those mornings! Three angelic cats are now sleeping and number 4, Mogi, is looking at me as if to say “I’m hungry you should be feeding me” There are three small bowls of different good quality dry food in the hall with water, cat grass and various...
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    I've neglected grooming this cat and now she's unable to do it herself.

    A black kitten, 3 - 4 weeks old, was found in a rubbish skip, badly injured and had probably been thrown away to die. "He" was taken to the local vet and kept overnight to see if he was likely to survive. He proved to be a fighter and was fostered by the local "Tierschutzverein" here in Germany...
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    Unethical breed but… a Scottish fold needs help

    If everything turns out as planned, I will shortly be able to pick up my new cat. But, before then, I would like to put my feelings into words. A three-year old Scottish-Fold BSH has spent her life in a cage, producing kittens. I have volunteered to take her – not as a foster but to keep and...
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    Should I still keep this cat if I can't alleviate her stress?

    A year ago I started a thread „Behaviour Problem or Something Else?” It centred on my new foster, a cross-eyed female stray called Meghan. External influences (my mother’s death, serious injuries to another of my cats after being hit by a car, my own hospitalisation and recuperation) meant that...
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    Mammary cysts or tumours

    Tomorrow I have to take my little black cat, Katy, to have cysts removed. She is perhaps 7 - 8 years old, neutered in 2013 after being trapped and giving birth to 3 very sick kittens, who all died within 4 days. Katy had been living in a feral colony and, although she is not a feral cat, she is...
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    Behaviour Problem Or Something Else?

    I hope this won't be too long an introduction, but in 3 months we (my foster and I) have had 4 visits to vets and I am no nearer coming to a decision on what this young cat requires than when I took her (Meghan) into my home at the end of last year. In just over 3 months, her behaviour has...
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    Painkillers For Cat With Chronic Kidney Insufficiency?

    Perhaps somebody has experienced this problem and has a few suggestions. My own cat Lilly has had kidney problems for many years. She is now 15 and although things are not getting better her recent blood tests were not very different from the values taken 2 years ago, when I was literally sent...
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    Sick Kitten Small For Its Age?

    It's not the first time I've fostered kittens without their mother but I am now responsible for a single kitten, estmated to be three or 4 weeks old which weighed just over 200g when it was checked by a vet 4 days ago. It had been found on an industrial estate - no trace of mama nor siblings...
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