Each kitty offers a puzzle of how to best train and help him. Problem solving really does make a difference to your kitty who’s behaviours say so much since they can’t speak. Observation goes a long way!
Why does Oscar constantly scratch and bite behind his right shoulder blade? He’s losing fur there from doing it. He will be sitting and suddenly jump up like something bit him and scratch and bite at that spot.
SOLUTION? I need your help on this one.
I’ve begun adding a little oil to his food now and then, and also he’s eating a fat-rich diet of kitten food as well as adult food – I thought perhaps dry skin. I considered fleas, but I haven’t found one flea to justify another round of Revolution. It’s always the same place and it’s been 2-3 weeks now that he’s having it. If it was fleas, I should have noticed by now. What else could it be?
Why are Oscar’s paws so incredibly dry? I can’t touch his paws: he’s very sensitive about them.
SOLUTION: Well, there might be some frost-bite. Minor since this paw-pads are discoloured but not black (dead tissue). They have been dry since day one, but they are not improving. I’ve added a little oil to his diet and apply some natural hand balm I have which is mostly coconut oil. Since I can’t touch his paws, I spread the cream on the tile in front of his food and water bowls. Every time he eats, a little gets applied (I hope). He doesn’t love it, but it works!
Why does Oscar have a little coughing and sneezing? There’s a little phlegm in the sound of his breathing.
SOLUTION: I had wanted to do a precautionary round of antibiotics to rid Oscar of any infections from his days outside. The vet had not suggested anything, and I was not going to be able to medicate Oscar in a normal way. I decided to do my best and I had omoxycillin in liquid from Shadow’s calicivirus last year – it’s well within expiry date and has been fridged the whole time. I gave him a weight-based dose every night for 8 days in his wet food (evening meal). This was only partially effective since for two days running, he refused to eat the meal. I would not say that this was a success – since I didn’t maintain the antibiotic at a regular dose for the right amount of days. However, he has no more sneezes and has very little cough.
Why is Oscar so static-y? When I pet him, he gets a shock and thinks I’m punishing him.
SOLUTION: I started using a little of that natural balm on my hands before petting him. It’s calmed down the zaps and he’s a much happier boy.