HELP....practical advice wanted

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  • Hello

    We have a 12 week old kitten. We have had her for just under 3 weeks. When she arrived she had diarrhoea and was on a medication from the vets. With the meds she improved until it ran out and the diarrhoea came bac. I took her to the vets who said it could be aids or cat flu or she could have an ‘allergy’ to having tried to eat one of our dogs complete food biscuits!

    She would have put her down as she was so skinny and clearly not doing too well. I asked if we could try one more thing. She gave her some stronger medicine that she takes orally and some special food. She seemed to be doing ok but now 4 days on she seems to be incontinent again. poor little thing is restricted to the bathroom. She seems very perky though but I am at a loss as to what to do, should we ‘put her out of her misery’ or what else can we try?

    I can’t believe that licking a few dog biscuits has done this. She had been out till 3a.m. in the morning the night before she came to us and has not had any injections.

    Please help!

    Carolyn Morris



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  • mercman i went through exactly the same thing with my son 6years ago i had 2 cats that came from a rescue home when i got them they were a right mess and i admit that i spolit them rotten! I was petrified how they were going to react when i had my son and i went out and bought cat nets for the moses basket and pram etc tbh i think i used them for the first few weeks and that was it the cats never went close enough to him for me to worry but woe betide anyone who tried to go near my son who wasnt me or his dad they would go for everyone else that went to close to hm for their liking, they both became extremly protective over him and my son grew up to have 2 great playmates :)

    Unfourtunatly neither of them are still with us and i jsut couldnt bare to replace them :(

    Best of luck to you both and i hope you find what works best for you xx
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  • I had 2 cats and a dog and a small baby once many years ago :D

    My advice is the same as everyone else's - get a cat net. We had one for the pram.

    The main thing IMHO is never to leave an animal alone (or when you are asleep as its the same thing) in the same room as a baby or small child. Its not fair on either.

    I started off single sleeping with all my beloved pets (no longer with me) and got them used to sleeping elsewhere while pregnant. I also got them used to having doors closed occasionally.

    I was told that cats like warmth and may creep onto a baby bed but actually mine never tried it apart from when the cot was empty. So I used to shut the door then as well to keep them out ......... cat hairs!

    The cats we have now are allowed to sleep on the kids beds now they are teenagers ;) The dog we have now sleeps downstairs with the door shut :)

    Best wishes for baby merc :)
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    Hello

    We have a 12 week old kitten. We have had her for just under 3 weeks. When she arrived she had diarrhoea and was on a medication from the vets. With the meds she improved until it ran out and the diarrhoea came bac. I took her to the vets who said it could be aids or cat flu or she could have an ‘allergy’ to having tried to eat one of our dogs complete food biscuits!

    She would have put her down as she was so skinny and clearly not doing too well. I asked if we could try one more thing. She gave her some stronger medicine that she takes orally and some special food. She seemed to be doing ok but now 4 days on she seems to be incontinent again. poor little thing is restricted to the bathroom. She seems very perky though but I am at a loss as to what to do, should we ‘put her out of her misery’ or what else can we try?

    I can’t believe that licking a few dog biscuits has done this. She had been out till 3a.m. in the morning the night before she came to us and has not had any injections.

    Please help!

    Carolyn Morris



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    I was worried when my daughter was born about our cat. We got the cat net stuff but to be honest it was all a waste of money. The cat avoided the baby and would happily jump over her or go around her. Never ever tried anything at all.

    We have another cat now and whenever we have our friends twins round, again the cat doesn't bat an eyelid.

    Personally I wouldn't worry about it. I agree with the others, shut the cat out of the room, cheap effective.
  • I would start shutting the cat out of room now - before the baby arrives. Buy a cat net anyway they are always handy. Good luck with the birth of your first child. Any get plenty of sleep now - you'll need it!!
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    My old boy stayed away from the baby for a good few weeks, I felt so guilty too, as he had always been number one son.

    After a while we found if a blanket was left on the floor he would tread it because it was woolly and he loved anything woolly, but still stayed well away from baby stuff until she was mobile- go figure that one! He loved her when she was at that dangerous fur grabbing stage but he was used to her bythen.:D
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  • kal25kal25 Forumite
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    november wrote:
    I was told that cats like warmth and may creep onto a baby bed but actually mine never tried it apart from when the cot was empty. So I used to shut the door then as well to keep them out ......... cat hairs!

    I was also told this or read it somewhere when preg with 1st ds. At the time we lived with in-laws who had a rather spoilt kitten, she was allowed anywhere in the house until I fell preg. At about 25 wks I started shutting her out of our part of the house so she knew she was not allowed in. My SIL & MIL thought I was being cruel until explained that she could jump on baby and suffocate him. They both laughed at me:eek: as SIL said she'd never heard of a cat killing a baby. However when ds was born was forever having to move the cat away and at one point she scratched my ds (when MIL allowed her to sit by ds in bouncer after me telling her not to):mad: .
    I think the cat felt pushed out as inlaws had brought a dog that year and then having ds. I think she was just jealous that she was no longer number 1. I would take advice of the other posters and keep doors shut, allow your cat/s to know now where they are/not allowed that way it makes it easier when baby comes and they are not seen as being pushed out by baby that has suddenly appeared.
    :smileyhea:heart: Mrs Lea Nov 5th '11 :heart::smileyhea
  • before posting check the date - mercman posted in July 2005 - his baby will be crawling around pulling the cats tail by now and quite big enough to fight off the cat :)
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