Cat Fight Abcess

My cat Stripe had a bad wound just near his tail recently which has been weeping abit in the last few days. My friend Sallie said to watch out for an abcess forming, so I have been reading up on cat fight abcesses.

Cat Fight Wound

Cat Fight Wound

An abscess is where pus and fluid form where the cat has had a wound or injury, this is because bacteria has entered the wound and infected the area. An abscess can be seen or felt as a soft painful swelling under the skin. Not every wound will abscess and I have known my cats get wounds before with no abcess, it all depends on the depth of the wound and the amount of bacteria that has entered the wound.

Signs to watch out for when your cat may have been wounded and be suffering with an abcess include:

  • Sudden loss of appetite.
  • Cat may hide away.
  • Cat becomes less active and reluctant to move or play.
  • Becomes nervous and fearful.
  • In pain when touched.
  • Warm to the touch and may have a fever.
  • Lump or inflammation can be seen or felt.
  • Cat begins to limp.

Areas where cats may get an abcess from a cat fight include:

  • the head
  • neck
  • forelegs,
  • and on the lower back at the base of the spine.

If you suspect that your cat has been in a fight and is wounded or that they have an abcess then it may be advisable to take your cat to the vet.


Snowy The Cat’s Adventure

Well Snowy the cat has had an adventure, not only has she visited a neighbours farm and had a holiday away from us here but she’s had a ride on a trailer full of straw bales!

Snowy The Cat February 2010

Snowy The Cat February 2010

On Thursday 18th February 2010, hubby drove atrailer load of straw bales through our village to a neighbours farm with my cat Snowy on top.

I got a phone call and when I arrived Steve and Edward had just lost sight of the cat and we couldn’t find her.

I wondered if Snowy would return to our farm on her own as you hear of cats returning to their old home, I wondered what the distance a cat will travel and if  she was likely to know her way home. I was cheered up when I heard that one cat had come home 40 miles after being taken to another farm!

Unfortunately Snowy had to travel across a beck and a ditch. Hmmm!
Oh and would you beileve the handbrake went on car as I was returning home from said neighbours farm! Grrrr!

On Friday I cycled to the neighbours farm where hubby deposited Snowy on the bales. This doesn’t sound anything out of the ordinary but for me to cycle to the neighbours farm which is a couple of miles away across fields, not sure on the road, this is a big deal for me!

When I arrived at the farm, I called out to Snowy and she called back and then came to the garden edge. I tried to choax her into the basket with tuna and got her half in and then she shot out.
Hubby and I then managed to find her in amongst the offending bales and got her into the box only for me not to be holding the door securely and she came out again. Twice in the box and still cat not home! She seems happy in her new environment but will be glad when she is home. I can’t sleep for fretting about her.

It took until Tuesday for my car to be fixed so finally on Tuesday morning, I roared off with cat box, cat feed tray, cat biscuits, tunafish and gloves (so didn’t get scratched!)

I have managed to catch  Snowy, when I got to the other farm she was hiding in the bales and she came out when I called her then took one look at the cat box and disappeared. I kept calling her and managed to choax her into the box with the food tray but she was alittle wary and dashed back out. I played the waiting game and eventually she went in the box and I managed to shut the door. She was not a happy cat when she realised she was trapped in the box but I quickly got her back to our farm.

I was worried when I let her out that she would want to return to the other farm but after reacquainting herself with the home she has had for 10 years she is now settled and acting like nothing has happened, well except maybe an adventure!

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Male Cats Not Getting On

It seems that two of my male cats do not get on for some reason, not sure why as they have grown up together but just in the last year the older male cat (Fluffy) has taken a dislike to the slightly younger cat (Stripe).

Earlier this week Fluffy my alpha male cat looked abit like he had been in a fight, gash on ear and bits stuck to his fur and a runny eye. Stripe who Fluffy doesn’t like seemed abit subdued and slightly below par and I noticed a scab on his lower lip, which suggests he may have been in a fight. He wasn’t walking about as well as he does normally but was eating well. His tail didn’t raise up like cats tails do when they are greeting you and appeared to be stuck to his bottom although not stuck down with anything as such. I don’t know if he has knocked his tail and bottom and bruised it slightly.
On Friday night Stripe was sitting on the bales and then when I went back 10 mins later, after helping to bottle feed the new born calf, Stripe had disappeared and didn’t reappear until this morning but before I could feed him and check he was ok, Fluffy, Spot and Snowball seemed to chase him off.

Is there anything I can do to bring harmony back to the group? We have a large farmyard for 5 cats to wander about in so I don’t think it’s anything to do with amount of space. The 5 cats are Snowy – the mum to all of them, Fluffy, Snowball, Spot and Stripe who are all males. All the cats have been to the vets and have been done so to speak. Stripe and Spot are both from the same litter but Fluffy and Snowball are from two other previous litters.

All the cats are white with abit of ginger on except Stripe who is all ginger.
I am worried about Stripe as he is under par and not as fit as he would normally be to get away from Fluffy.
I hope to find Stripe and keep him away from the others until he is better, but Stripe is hiding from Fluffy at the moment, hopefully uninjured. He was last heard/seen going into an empty corn bin. Fluffy has been sitting outside it waiting for Stripe, I have tried to entice Fluffy away and managed once to get him to come away for some food but when I went to pick Fluffy up at one point he gave me a warning swipe with his claws – fortunately didn’t hurt as it was just a warning to leave him alone!

I am going to go back out now to see what the situation is and hopefully will be able to find Stripe – it may involve climbing up onto the bales. I have already had to navigate  the bales and a pile of sugar beet to see if I could see Stripe earlier on, but the other cats were all prowling around and I think Stripe was keeping a low profile, I just hope he isn’t injured.
If anyone has any advice  about reasons why male cats don’t get on and what I can do to resolve this situation then please leave a comment.


Feral Cats Rehomed To Act As Pest Control

I have always known that cats can be used for pest control especially on farms. We have five semi feral cats (I say semi feral as they live outside, but they are my pet cats as they have names, are feed pet food and can be petted) who keep the the rat and mice population down on our farm and this week I have been going over to feed the 10-12 cats on our neighbours farm that are also semi feral and help to keep vermin under control.

I have just been reading an article on the BBC news website about how feral cats are to be pest controllers.

The article describes how the cats protection charity in Bournmouth are rounding up feral cats in the hope of re-homing them on farms as pest controllers. The cats are caught, given medical treatment and neutered, before being sent out to farmers. The charity feels that the cats won’t be tame enough to become household pets so their perfect environment is stables, farms or garden centres.

I think this is an excellent idea to rehome the feral cats on farms to act as pest control as this helps the farm with any vermin problems and also gives the cats the chance to be well looked after.

Let me know what you think about this.


Darwin’s Theories – Demonstrated By Jimmy Doherty

I was very interested to watch Jimmy Doherty In Darwin’s Garden programme talking about Darwin’s Theory about how the presence of cats can increase the amount of red clover.

One of Darwin’s theories stated that the presence of cats could increase the amount of red clover as cats can scare away or eat field mice that raid bumble bee’s nests and it is the bumble bee that pollinates red clover. So if the cats reduce the number of field mice then the number of bumble bees will increase and this in turn will increase the amount of red clover that grows.

In Jimmy’s programme, demonstrated Darwin’s theory with an experiment and placed some beehives near a barn where cats frequented and then put some beehives in field where the field mice frequented. Jimmy found that the beehives near the barn had bees in them and were successful hives whereas not all the hives in the field had bees in them.

I was really interested in this as I have farm cats and like to think that they are doing a job on the farm!


Stripe The Cat Is Missing

My beautiful stripey ginger cat, Stripe has not been back to the farmyard since yesterday morning. He has now missed three feeds and I am getting worried. Unfortunately one of my other cats, Fluffy who is the dominant male has taken a dislike to Stripe and tries to chase him away. I don’t know where the dislike stems from, could it be that Stripe is a different colour to the others, is it that Stripe does like to go AWOL from time to time, or is it that Fluffy thinks he won’t get enough food!

They have all grown up together so I am not sure why there is this change in behaviour towards Stripe.

Stripe had a good feed the other morning as I took time to make sure that Fluffy didn’t frighten him off.

I am alittle nervous at this time of year when one of my cats goes missing as two years ago Go-cat, one of Stripe’s brothers, went missing on the 30th December and unfortunately had passed away. I found him laid by the side of one of the barns.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for my beloved Stripe. Please come home soon Stripe. I miss you.


Cats Have A Third Eyelid

Cats have a third eyelid in the inner corner of each eye that acts as a protective screen in case the eye gets damaged.

Yesterday I noticed that Stripe’s third eyelid was showing more than usual. I have had a look in my book about cat’s and it says that the third eyelid becomes visible if the cat is ill or stressed.

Stripe has been following me about alot in the last few days and miaowing alot which may be a sign that he is not well although I am pleased to say that he is eating as well as he normally does.

If he is not ill then it could be stress because for some reason Fluffy does not get on with Stripe anymore. I am feeding Stripe away from the other cats so that he gets enough food and so that Fluffy doesn’t chase him away. I have no idea why Fluffy has suddenly taken a dislike to Stripe but always having to watch his back may be stressing Stripe out, I know it would me.

In the photo you can see what I think is the third eyelid but this was taken a month ago and it is showing alot more now. I think that I might phone the vet up and see what they have to say if the eyes don’t return to normal in the next day or two.


Fluffy The Cat Is Four

Fluffy The CatIt was four years ago to this date that I found Snowy the cat in the heifer barn with four kittens. My friend Izzy took two of the kittens and we kept two, who became Tigger and Fluffy (two beautiful white and ginger tom cats). Tigger used to follow me everywhere Fluffy followed Tigger but unfortunately Tigger became ill in October and passed away. For a time I thought that I might lose Fluffy as well as he really pined for Tigger. I missed Tigger too so I knew how Fluffy felt.

Fluffy was a cat that used to keep his distance when Tigger was alive but over the last four years, I have spent lots of time chatting to Fluffy and carefully petting him. In time Fluffy has changed and become a very friendly cat who I love dearly.

Happy Birthday Fluffy!


Cat Glossary

Cat Definitions

  • Carnivore – An animal that eats other animals.
  • Cat – A small carnivorous mammal.
  • Deworm - To treat a cat to remove and prevent worms.
  • Feline – A cat or another animal in the cat family.
  • Grooming - To comb and clean the fur a cat.
  • Kitten – A young cat.
  • Litter Box or Litter Tray - A box or tray where cats are trained to go to the toilet.
  • Neutered – The removal of the sexual organs from a cat.
  • Tomcat - A male cat.
  • Vaccinate – To be given injections or tablets to provide immunity to certain diseases.
  • Weaning – To start feeding a cat food other than it’s mother’s milk.


Are Farm Cats Healthy Or Prone To Illness

I was asked by Tim @ Field Day if farm cats are healthy or prone to illness.

Everyone at work tells me off for talking about my cats so much – but it sounds like you’re every bit as much a cat lover as me! I always thought that farm cats tended to be healthy because they were tough – someone recently said they can be more prone to ills, however, because they’re often exposed to all sorts of viruses at a very young age. Any thoughts?
Tim Relf

Tim poses an interesting question which needs some research but my initial thoughts are that farm cats may have weakened immune systems if their parents and themselves have not been properly vaccinated. Farm cats may also be more exposed to a range of illnesses as they are free to roam and therefore may come across more germs and bacteria.

However from my experiences I have found my farm cats to be quite resilient and if they are poorly a bowl of milk or the even more popular, bowl of tuna fish tends to sort them out.

What are your experiences with farm cats?