We're probably getting a rescue cat soon. What do we need to buy and how much will upkeep cost?

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QueenStromba Sun 10-Feb-13 16:45:08

We're moving soon and have found a flat that we're close to signing the contracts on where the landlord is willing for us to have a cat. If it all goes through we'll be getting an adult cat from Battersea. What do we need to buy and where is the best place to buy from? So far we're thinking:

Transport cage
Litter tray
Scratching post (which will probably be ignored in favour of the sofa)
Cat toys
Food and water bowls

I'm thinking a cat bed would just be ignored in favour of climbing all over us while we're trying to sleep, the sofa, the laptop, whatever point on the carpet the sun is hitting. Should we get one anyway?

Also, neither of us has owned a cat as an adult (we both had them as kids - DP for longer) so we have no idea how much it costs to feed them (is it a whole tin or half a tin a day?), insure them and how much vet bills will cost. How does microchipping work? Is it just the one off cost or is there a yearly charge or just a charge if you change any details etc?

QueenStromba Fri 15-Mar-13 18:24:36

We're still talking about a quarter of a pouch in total. I've been giving her about a sixth of a pouch today to avoid wasting it. She'd left about half the last time I fed her and then I gave her another little bit once she ate that. Even on a normal day she's the last cat in the world who would overeat.

QueenStromba Sun 17-Mar-13 20:07:02

She's definitely got her appetite back the last couple of days - she's eaten a bit more than half a pouch in a sitting a few times which was unheard of in the first week we had her. No more runny poos and she's started using her litter tray with the lid on which should stop the bathroom floor being covered in litter smile

Off to the new vets in the morning for a check up and to get some flea and worm meds for her. At least after Thursday I know that she doesn't mind the vets or being in the carrier too much and this time it doesn't involve a train journey.

cozietoesie Sun 17-Mar-13 20:18:14

Good going, QS. Sounds like she's turned the corner.

smile

I'm so glad she seems to be OK now QS. I bet you can't imagine life without her now can you?

QueenStromba Mon 18-Mar-13 09:00:52

DP's taking her to the vet in a minute and I'm going to find sitting in the flat without her for an hour really strange!

cozietoesie Mon 18-Mar-13 09:18:42

Well she's part of the family now so not surprising. Hope she does OK at the vet - this will be her permanent practice now ?

smile

QueenStromba Mon 18-Mar-13 09:31:31

This is our local vet which we picked because they're part of a group that also has a veterinary hospital just up the road which will make specialist referrals and OOH care a lot easier. Hopefully they're good, if not we'll switch to another surgery.

QueenStromba Mon 18-Mar-13 10:39:14

DP said the vet seemed good. Her teeth are fine, she weighs 3.3kg but should weigh about 4kg. He thinks we only need to flea and worm her every six months or so since she's an indoor cat.

He's not a fan of Whiskas because he reckons they put something in the jelly that's the equivalent of kitty crack which makes them eat the jelly and leave the meat. He suggests weaning her over the course of a week or so onto a different food (silly DP didn't write down any of his suggestions and has a head like a sieve). I'll probably try the Butcher's Classic that thecatneuterer suggested upthread.

I'm guessing it's fine to freeze cat food in ice cube trays? I think she'd get pretty bored eating the same tin of food for a day and a half so I think freezing it in small portions would be the easiest way to give her a bit of variety.

cozietoesie Mon 18-Mar-13 10:47:27

Do you know, I've never tried that and it might be a real good idea if it works. (Seniorboy likes different flavours every meal so I tend to have a small row of partially used pouches in the compartment in the fridge door and rotate them - but there's still some wastage.) Only thing I'm not sure about for practicality is the ice cube tray - I think that small individual containers might be better. Let me muse on that one.

QueenStromba Mon 18-Mar-13 10:49:24

I was thinking of freezing it in an ice cube tray and then decanting into freezer bags.

cozietoesie Mon 18-Mar-13 10:49:54

4 kg is Seniorboy's weight target as well (he's about 3.8) - but if they won't eat they won't eat and there's not much you can do. At least you don't have a Greedy Guts who has to be put on a diet.

cozietoesie Mon 18-Mar-13 10:50:19

Let me think on it.

Ponders Mon 18-Mar-13 20:00:41

fwiw my cats like Bozita which comes in a handy tetrapak you can keep in the fridge. Lots of different flavours & sizes

& they love these kitten pouches - I'm not sure if it's ok to feed an older cat kitten food though, maybe it is when she needs to gain weight?

but their most favourite of all is Schesir tuna which gets hoovered up in about 2 minutes smile (but it is a supplementary food, they need bisuits and/or a complete wet food as well)

cozietoesie Tue 19-Mar-13 10:10:31

OK. Have been thinking about it. I'm (probably unreasonably) not keen on ice cube trays for us. Each compartment holds surprisingly little, they might be difficult to clean and empty properly (with varying ages of part pouch in them), getting the part-pouches out might be difficult and putting them in freezer bags could lead to p-ps sticking together.

I guess it depends though on how much freezer room you have. I'm well provided for in that regard so I think for me, I'll recycle small plastic containers (cottage cheese, yoghurt etc) which I already do with the medium and larger sizes and ask family and friends to let me have suitable ones that they've used. That might mean that a container is only a third full but I think it would work better for me than cube trays.

If you go for the cube trays, let us know how it works. I'm going to be interested to see how pouches freeze. (Some things go all yukky when defrosted and I'm wondering about how the jelly will do.)

smile

PS - I think I'm going to try that Schesir's. Ponders. That's the second time I've seen that well recommended and it's useful to have a surefire hit in the cupboard even if it's not a complete food.

QueenStromba Tue 19-Mar-13 22:19:01

She threw up again today. Not sure if it was once or twice since I found one lot on the arm of the sofa and the second lot next to the cushion a while later - I think it was probably part of the same episode. There were some biggish lumps of food in it so I've started giving her pouches a proper massage while I'm watching TV or whatever. She's eaten nearly four pouches today, some dreamies and some biscuits and I expect the rest of the last pouch and some more biscuits to be gone by morning smile

cozietoesie Tue 19-Mar-13 22:22:32

Maybe eaten too much ? (If that's 4 actual pouches and not 4x her normal portion) plus dreamies and biscuits - well that's a lot more than her system's been used to recently. Could be too much for her stomach.)

Ponders Tue 19-Mar-13 22:49:15

a cat we used to have more or less inhaled her wet food & threw up a lot (often in a well-placed puddle at the bottom of the stairs shock)

no idea how you get round a cat doing that though

(def worth trying the schesir's, cozietoesie smile)

QueenStromba Wed 20-Mar-13 14:35:02

She's been working up to that amount over the last few days and most of that was after the vomiting. Nothing since that I've found. Given how old and thin she is I'd rather feed her on demand and clean up the odd bit of puke than try to restrict her eating in any way.

cozietoesie Wed 20-Mar-13 14:48:33

Sounds good then. See how it goes. (Seniorboy is allowed to eat at will although he doesn't eat dreamies or anything similar.)

smile

How is Rice doing now QS? I'm missing the regular updates ...

QueenStromba Tue 26-Mar-13 10:26:15

Sorry, I thought you'd all be sick to death of hearing about her by now!

She's doing really well thanks. She's been eating lots and is visibly less thin than she was. She had a bit of a sniffle for a couple of days but seems over it now. She's a lot less needy of attention now but still loves a fuss. She's also taken to giving us lots of eskimo kisses, she did the nose tap type pretty much from the start but now they're the sort where you end up with kitty snot all over your face. We've left her alone for a few hours at a time and she doesn't seem fussed by it as long as she's got food in her bowl.

cozietoesie Tue 26-Mar-13 14:26:56

Goodness no - not sick to death at all!

Pleased that she's doing well and has got over her sniffles. I can report that cat food appears to freeze and defrost just fine although from the sound of it, salting away part pouches isn't so much of a problem any more?

No, not bored at all. I'm glad she's doing so well. Does she use the Scratch box?

QueenStromba Tue 26-Mar-13 20:56:10

Thanks for the report back on freezing food. We're going to keep her on the pouches for another few weeks and then switch her to tins. I don't want to deprive her of the variety that pouches give (we have three different boxes open at the moment) so we'll still freeze some even if she would get through most of a tin in a day.

We haven't got her a scratch box yet. We did our big supplies order from Pet Planet and just never got around to giving Pets at Home a visit. We got something that I think is similar but she's just rubbed her face on it though she's found a folded up cardboard box that she's using as a scratcher. We ended up getting her a cat tree in case she gets bored which she's used a bit but we think she's a bit scared of heights. She can jump up on our meter high chest of drawers from my bedside table but yowls to get down again because the bedside table is too cluttered to jump onto and she doesn't seem to want to jump down to the floor.

QueenStromba Tue 26-Mar-13 20:58:49

Oh, and I've made my supervisor broody for a cat but unfortunately he lives too close to a main road and has too many doors and windows open in the summer to get one.

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