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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:08 pm 
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Location: cheshire/derbyshire border
Thought I would let you all know how Shula my rescue Bengal is getting on. Have had her for three weeks and she has settled in very well. She is getting more adventurous and exploring different parts of the house for very short periods! Shula has now started to play occasionally and I have supplied her with a few toys for when we have our littles playtimes. She doesnt eat a lot but seems quite healthy. Havn't quite come to terms with her miaowing yet, but think its mainly for attention.

One very tiny problem. Shula came from a cat sanctuary and some of the cats there had the sneezes. Shula did sneeze occasionally when I first had her but it seems to have stopped now, however, her eyes still water a little. I have been wiping them with cotton wool dipped in warm water, is this ok. Am using Catsan litter at the moment and wonder if the dust is affecting her eyes as she makes quite a job of tidying up after using the tray. Am going to change to change to the wood pellets asap.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:23 pm 
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Hi - glad to hear that she's starting to settle in, it's often a case of measuring progress in small steps with rescue cats.

If you're wiping her eyes, it's advised to use luke warm, boiled water. I presume she's had a vet check to make sure she hasn't got a cold? When I used Catsan, I found it very dusty so it's possible that's irritating her eyes - have you noticed any link between when she goes to the litter box and when her eyes water? You probably already know this but when you start changing the litter, do it slowly by mixing in some of the new stuff with the Catsan and then gradually increasing the proportion. Some cats don't like pellets because they're quite big so it might be a case of experimenting but always introduce changes gradually.

Have you any piccies of Shula now she's settling in?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:08 pm 
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heya! something i've noticed with my Eithne and from threads here is that bengals are particular about their litter trays...and more than that...they like to play! Eithne will move all the litter from one side to the other...

*hugs* welcome to the forum! hope cat's eyes get better and look forward to seeing piccies!

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 Post subject: Bengal newbie
PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:39 pm 
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Location: cheshire/derbyshire border
Yes I am bathing Shula's eyes with warm boiled water. I think they may be getting a little better and am fairly sure its something to do with the Catsan dust. Am in the process of changing over to the wood pellets as you say, mixing the two at the moment.

Have also been reading up on what is in the wet cat food. Didn't realise there was so little actual meat in it. Have bought some Hilife which Shula likes, also some Burns, and have also sent for some of the other stuff i've seen recommended on here, begins with a B I think, from Sweden,(suffering short term memory loss, must be my age). She doesn't seem to be a fussy eater, but definitely likes the 'real meat' pouches best.

When the weather here has improved (we are knee deep in snow) I will take her to the vet if the eyes are not completely better. By the way Shula had a vet check when she was at the sanctuary. But I do need to have her chipped as well.

Re the photos. I dont have a camera, but my nephew will take some pics of the cat when he next visits and will show me how to post them. He'll enjoy that! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:52 pm 
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I think it'll be Bozita. That's the one I use and so do a few others on here. You might find she doesn't like some of the flavours, the beef ones seem to cause the runs in some cats too but it's a good quality food. The Hi Life pouches are high in meat too so if she like those, they'll be a good food for her.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:59 pm 
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Hi Cheshirecat,

Try gently dabbing her eyes with a tea solution - Tea is a natural antiseptic and works wonders on eyes. Just a little diluted tea on cotton wool 2-3 times a day should clear the eyes if the problem is connected to litter/house dust etc...

If the problem persists after 2-3 days, then I would make an appointment at your vets to rule out any URI's :)

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