Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal, Canada
New cat from shelter
After giving it much thought, I recently adopted a very cute female cat from my local shelter. So I am here to read information and ask the occasional question. She is about one year old and was found outside a couple of weeks back. She's really great and cuddly. The shelter sterilized her before we could pick her up though, so I must say the first few days were a bit stressful. Not knowing her normal behaviour, it was hard to know if she was ok... you know with the surgery, moving to a new house, and having been exposed to shelter viruses. Anyways she is now eating normally and finally had a bowel movement today. The occasional sneezing also seems to have diminished (no discharge).
I guess the only couple of things that still worry me is that she doesn't drink much water. I gave her some wet food and some 'cat milk' to keep her hydrated (I know milk should only be given sparingly as a treat, but she literally climbed into my cereal bowl one night. She must have been given milk by people while living outdoors...).
Any tips to encourage cats to drink more? I could boil some chicken bones to make broth... (without the salt of the packaged stuff).
The other thing is that she does a bit of dry retching. I think she has a hairball. I have a routine vet appointment next week anyways...