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How To Tell If Your Cat Is Annoyed

From meowing to raising their hairs, cats offer a few way to let their owners know that they aren't the happiest. Dr. Mel shows you some of the signs to look out for...


"So they certainly can't talk, but there is a lot of body language that you can read to know exactly what is going on in here. At the moment he is sitting there looking kind of happy and calm, but I know that he is actually a little bit peeved because I am making him stay still. See this tail-flicking going on, that means he is a bit annoyed. When we are in the consult room and a cat starts doing that its pretty normal but then if their hair starts going on end and their ears start going back, we know maybe we are going to get bitten.

Warning Signs

Flicking Tail
Raised hairs
Ears back
= Crabby Cat… STAY CLEAR

But that’s the first sign that the cat is not happy, but we’ll make you happy."

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.