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Don't Shout At A Cat

If you want a happy, well-adjusted cat, here's 10 things you should not do...

1. Shout At Your Cat

Whether you're shouting at your cat because it did something that annoyed you or you're shouting for another reason, you'll terrify your cat. A cat's ears are far more sensitive to noise than ours and loud sounds are amplified to painful levels in a cat's ears.…

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Mocha - Home From The Vet (Looking A Little Miserable)

It never rains but it pours. Ripley has an occasional habit of piddling in the bath to see what comes out of him. He must have a certain level of discomfort that prompts this behaviour, and I've found bloody urine in the bath on several occasions that I've always attributed to him (because I've seen him piddling there).

After Ripley had been at the vet last Friday, he was kept in the bedroom overnight to separate him from Mocha, who can be a bit rambunctious.…

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Ripley On The Bed

While Ripley's cystitis has never fully gone away, the discomfort he felt was managed by a daily dose of Metacam. He suffers from Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC), a condition where cystitis is triggered from an unknown cause, but usually stress-related. What that stress factor is can be very difficult to diagnose.

However, a little over a week ago I noticed he was straining when trying to urinate and that very little urine was being expelled.…

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Camera Shy Mocha

Two nights ago, I found a dead mouse outside the kitchen door. I reckon Mocha was responsible as Ripley had spent the night in.

There was little apparent damage to the mouse and it didn't look like it had been savaged. Merely left as a present for me to find the next time I went into the garden. I've no problem with cats killing vermin.…

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Mocha Resting

The patient was allowed home today! Mocha had a very restful night at the vet's and has been allowed home to recuperate from his accident.

I have to keep him in for a week and he's not going to be happy about that. I forsee him going stir crazy in a couple of days!

He's been prescribed Metacam for pain relief.…

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Camera Shy Mocha

I got a progress update from the vet on Mocha's condition.

The X-Rays have clarified that he has no broken bones. His bladder is intact too, so by chance he'd just gone to the toilet before I took him to the vet earlier today.

There are no other ruptures or damaged internal organs. There was, however, some hemorrhaging in his lungs which was the cause of his wheeziness.…

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Mocha Relaxing

I'm just back from the vet with some bad news.

I noticed that Mocha was very quiet on Sunday and eh spent most of the day in the cat igloo which was a bit odd given the time of year. He hasn't been using the igloo since late April when the temperature started rising. He did seem to be licking the inside of his right front leg more than normal but I didn't think anything of it.…

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Mocha & Ripley Sleeping Together

Today was a big day for both Ripley and Mocha. It is the first time they got their annual booster shots. There was no way I was going to allow them outdoors without them first having their vaccinations. They also got microchipped.

Neither of my previous cats was microchipped, so I was curious about what was involved. The chips are bigger than I thought and cylindrical and they look to be between a 5 and 10 millimetres long.…

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Mocha sleeping

Mocha sleeping

I noticed today that Mocha had some blood in his stools, so I took him up to the vet to get him checked out.

Turns out he has a bout of gastro-enteritis. He's been put on antibiotics for a week but otherwise he checks out ok.

I contacted the cat rescue people about Mocha's health history, just in case there was something I should know about.…

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Ripley and Mocha

Here's Ripley and Mocha showing some brotherly love in their new home:

Mocha and Ripley are my two new cats which I adopted from a cat rescue center when then were 3 months old (in Jan, 2014).

They're brothers and a condition of adoption was that I would have to adopt both as they were very attached to each other.

Ripley is on the right at the start of the video and Mocha is in the left.…

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