Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Mation, Oct 18, 2013.
Good to hear. Hopefully Radar is on the up.
What an amazing turnaround. I wonder if there was something upsetting him about how the last tube was inserted that's now been solved with the insertion of the new one?
Either way, here's hoping he continues to improve! It's really great that he's such a sweet cat to cope well with all of this.
Thank you, yes it does make me wonder if the last tube was protruding too far down his oesophagus which can cause nausea, it's just supposed to bypass the throat and deposit food in the lower end of the oesophagus rather than directly into the stomach, they did use x-ray to check it was placed correctly mind you. It could also be that any residual oesophagitis from the surgery and doxycycline has now cleared up and the new feeding tube is just a co-incidence.
And yes he is such an incredibly sweet cat - he's also completely hatstand mind you, but he's just so affectionate and loving - all full of purrs and slow blinks when I'm talking to him.
Probably a stupid suggestion but have you rattled their biscuits/rustled the food pouches? I guess jinx is very shy and may not come running for this normally but it might still work.
Can you leave a window open over night so that Jinx might be able to get back in?
... or if you've got the time and patience - you could set up a tuna trail and wait up to see which cat(s) turn up...
Well, he's home. Finally.
What a rollercoaster of a story though!
So, Tom is the braver of the two and I've been letting him outside for a few minutes at a time over the past few nights. He's been coming back so all's good. I let him out earlier for a bit and he was being silly and pretending he couldn't get down off the fence, so I shut the door on him and left him to it for a few mins. When I opened the front door, who came running in...Jinx! Happy days, right?
Err, well. Something didn't feel right about this new Jinx. He was friendly and not bedraggled as much as I was expecting from a night out in the snow/rain. And he wasn't fussed about food.
The only difference between them is a white whisker on Tom and this cat I thought was Jinx defo didn't have a white whisker. So it either WAS Jinx or Tom'd lost his. I posted some pics and videos to my cousin (they're her cats...I'm just minding them for 6 months or so), and she confirmed it's Jinx. But Tom still hadn't come back, and this is the longest he'd ever been outside. I still had my doubts.
I took a bag of Dreamies out and crinkled the packet etc, and shouted his name, and I could see a shadow moving in the next door garden. He eventually jumped on the fence and came running in, and guess what? No white whisker! Also he was properly nervous and soaked. He ran straight for the food bowl and demolished it. THIS was Jinx!
He's eaten three packets of food in about 10 minutes, so I suspect he's going to puke soon
But he's home, so that's great. I just wish fucking Tom hadn't lost his whisker though because it's going to be a nightmare to tell them apart now
Can you get cat bleach? Accidentally paint one with tipped or something? I am joking if course.
I guess they don't wear collars either. Flashing disco light up collars are good for black dogs when they go on walks but not so great full time on cats
Up to now they haven't worn collars because they've not really been outside cats. My cousin said it's up to me, though, and I feel like cats should be allowed outside. So I'm going to get them some collars...
None of mine go out, they're happy as larry and probably better looked after and more content than 90% of the cats in this country.
: purr :
not sure any kitty would put up with flashing disco light collars, but you can get reflective cat collars (example here - other suppliers are available). suppose you could always get them different coloured collars. there's a chance they will lose them (intentionally or otherwise) but it would probably be beyond them to swap collars...
depends on the cats really. some seem to have a far greater urge than others to go outside. i adopted the mogs i ended up living with a while back when one of them got caught trying to go out the window to say hello to the birdies. in a flat on the 7th floor of a tower block...
Your cats, your decision.
Notice I said "allowed", though. I'm not kicking them out. I'm letting them go out if they want to. And both mine seem to want to.
At least you know Jinx knows his way back now, and knows this is the good house to come back to. I bet you're relieved!
It's ok, I wasn't criticising - as you say it is a decision that is taken on a case by case basis. I was simply saying it's not a basic requirement in the same way that food or shelter or medical care is. That's all.
Yep, that was one thought I had almost immediately.
The other was, given the above, do I dare let him out again if he wants to tomorrow?!
I don't actually think he needed the mirtazapine today, we are now on pouch 3 and he's begging for food - will phone the vet in the morning and ask whether to give it at the scheduled time on Tuesday if he is still eating well, we have an appointment Wednesday anyway.
Im guessing he's happy with his big grown up wanderings for a couple of days.
If not, show him the dreamies.
I can tell Radar is back to his usual self, I tried to redo his neck dressing because some of the gauze was hanging out of it, and he was like "fuck that"
Are there such things as collars with GPS?
Could come in very handy.
I'm pretty sure you can put a GPS thingy on a cat collar, also a camera if you want to be the peeping tom and see what they get up to The one I have seen involves several hours of footage of cats staring at one another
Just found an ad for one....cat not impressed...
It's a cat, if it looked happy with the situation I'd think it was CGI rather than a real cat
The dog's lovely, he just looks a bit gormless bless him
Mine were severely pissed of at having collars. Katniss managed to ditch hers, which is ok as it wasn't her racking up the bodies. Odin disappeared for 24 hours and then came back with a mouse, but it's mostly stopped him.
One advantage of just having one cat with a collar and bell is I can tell which one is moving around by the sound.
I can tell which of my cats is moving around because one of them is 3kg, one is 4.5kg, and one is 6kg - just the way they walk sounds different
6kg is a fair bit of cat!
Yeah he's a big lad, he's not fat (the vet has confirmed that, it's not me wearing blinkers) he's just an ex-stud cat and really really quite beefy and muscular.
(Edit: he's also soft as shite bless him, such a sweet cat, never extended a claw or tooth against anyone, absolute sweetheart).
I love our two, but do think large cats are awesome!
I like all of them, our little 3kg fella is super cute too, he's all little and dinky but looks bigger than he is cos even though he is a shorthair he is quite fluffy - so visually he looks about the same size as my 4.5kg ultra-shorthair You can tell the difference when you pick them up, Radar is a feather and Sonic is a breezeblock
All that fur makes a difference! She's actually the slightly heavier of the two!
They are gorgeous!
The longer haired one has very impressive whiskers! I can't wait until Radar's whiskers grow back, he had his face shaved for the surgery. Poor little guy.
(I joked with the vet that he went in half Cornish Rex and came out half Sphinx, the amount of shaving they'd done!)
Have you any pics of yours Epona?
Reading so much about Radar I'd love to see him..
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