A stray cat had a litter of 5 kittens in my yard. I fixed a place on my porch for the kittens and mother cat. The kittens were about 5 to 6 weeks old when one night I heard cats fighting on my porch and when I went to investigate there was a big tom cat ready to fight the mother cat. I chased tom cat away and then found all the kittens dead. It appeared they had been bitten in the neck. I assume the tom cat had killed the kittens, but why? Me and my wife were very upset.!
Smokey My Little Trouper
Smokey, it's been a year and eight months since you left me, and I still miss you very much. I talk to you every day. I think about you. You were such a wonderful kitty. You were abandoned, my mother adopted you from the shelter, my mom became ill, you moved with her into my house with my little Meck cat, you visited my mom in the hospital, visited my uncle in the hospital too, my mom left us, and through it all you were delightful and loving and funny and sweet. Smokey.
Cat Loves Cardboard
My cat loves to sit in boxes. Fair enough. I know several kitties who like that. But my cat also loves to chew up the boxes, tear off the cardboard, even eat it sometimes. He has a "bed" that encloses him like box and is soft and made of material, but he won't use it. He wants to sit in boxes and then rip pieces off with his teeth. Is this behavior a sign of a health problem? Is there a way to get him to stop ripping up the boxes without banning them because he loves to sit in them so? Thanks for any help
cat tremor maybe
yesterday my cat's left front leg shaking. she produces a loud noise when I touch her feet. sounds like a pain. today left its back legs shaking. she only used the front and rear right leg to move. what is the disease that she faced. is likely she suffered a sprained foot?
is my cat strange
My cat Lumpy let's me rub her belly without attacking me. I can tell her to "show me your belly" and she will roll over on her back. My friends think there is something wrong with my cat because this is not normal. Is there something wrong with my pal or is she just a very loving cat?
Not confident in vet maybe someone has seen this in their cat
Acts like she has something caught in her throat, and acts
like she is having difficulty swallowing. She does this usually when purring
heavily but has done it when just
sitting on her own. She only acts like
she is having diffuculty one or two swallows then is fine. She has done this off
and on for several years. No loss in
weight, energy etc.. in all other regards she looks healthy.
Her swallowing issues have become more pronounced with the
look of greater difficulty
Stomach bloat. Her
stomach is firm and distended if she hadn’t been fixed we would have thought
she was pregnant.
We Brought our longertime forever cat to a new vet.
We are worried because we adopted a shelter cat which was
given a good clean bill of health and then neutered by our regular cat vet. Brought the cat home in the evening right
after it had had surgery. The next day
we noticed the new cat sneezing. Sure
enough.. Upper respiratory infection and
fever. Two days later the new cat is on
antibiotics (the vet “couldn’t see him any sooner”). And by day 4 new cat on its way to being
better no fever, most congestion gone.
New cat is now fine, only sneezing every once in a while and running
around enjoying his new forever home.
One of our concerns is that the exposure to the URI might be
exaggerating our other cats throat problems.
We explained to the NEW vet about her throat as stated above.
She is eating and drinking normally. She is having normal excretory functions, no
Stomach is bloated and has occurred in the last couple of
months after our other cat was killed by a local *drunk driver. She was upset at the loss of the other cat
and may have even witnessed it. We
thought she was eating more because the other cat ate huge amounts ( although
not fat) and we thought she was just getting more food now than she used to.
Examines the cat.
Lungs are clear. Hears the cat
x-rays taken. “all good”
No growth in throat all clear
lungs etc all look good.
looks clear clean no signs of anything wrong
fluid build up in the abdomen
problem Gas showing in intestines but Intestine clear of all food
Snap (Feline) neg. all good
GHP/CBC neg. all good
and Fiv/Elisa neg. all good
Vet then starts telling us the coughing and hard swallowing
are possibly due to a soar throat. I
told him the cat has not been coughing.
He continues. The intestines are
full of gas and gives us the reasoning that when what we see as her having
trouble swallowing she is swallowing air and it is getting trapped in her
intestines. She just needs eat more and to exercise to help expel the trapped
gas. (We mentioned that lately she runs
around the house like a banshee , playing and chasing imaginary beings..lol )
He sends us home with an antibiotic amoxiclav and hi-vite
vitamin drops (drops that are supposed to have some pain killer in it. But I
don’t see it listed in any of the ingredients. )
The next evening our “old” kitty begins sneezing but still
eating and drinking. The next more
sneezing and by that evening sneezing and nasal congestion.. .
Local animal shelter worker tells us about l-lysine we call the vet and
make sure it’s ok to give her some. He
says yes. I stayed up with her all night
The next day full nasal congestion and she is mouth
breathing. Mouth fully open Drooling and
looking like she hated the world. I went
out and got the l-lysine and gave her
some. But I am not liking the way she looks.
She is tired not moving much and eyes are a little glassy. I felt that she might have a temp and was
looking even worse never shut her mouth in three hours and looked like death
I took her back to the vet.
By the time I got back to the vet the cat looked 300%
better… of course.. right.. sigh
She is no longer mouth breathing, her mouth is completely
shut, and she is no longer drooling and her eyes are back to normal…… damn cat…
Vet looks her over.
She has a 105 temp. Says this
shouldn’t be happening, she is on antibiotics.
I explain to him that I feel that cat may now have the URI
from the other cat. He ignored me. Said, with the antibiotics there should be no
fever so something else is wrong ( the antibiotics that this vet gave us are
not as strong as the ones the first vet gave our new adopted cat). He feels he missed something on the xray. And
wants to now take new x-rays, and start and iv.
Brings her non existent cough again , in which I have to assert there
Was no cough.
Wants to keep her for a few days and administer different
antibiotics, fluids give us a huge bill
and sends us on our way.
Fever is down that evening.
And he explains to us he thought she had pneumonia but it looks like a
bacterial infection. (whaaat.. huh… pneumonia but no, a bacterial infection in
her intestinal track. Ok well you’re the doc.. ….)
Next day “she is doing fine” but she is not eating our food. Could you bring some of her regular
So we did. We visit
the cat and the poor thing is like TAKE
ME HOME! We sit with her, calm her down
and she is all happy, but she will not eat because she is still stressed out
being at the vet. So we leave her over
for another night.
Next day they call us up and tell us they are syringe
feeding her. “She is fine but won’t eat.
“ and they want to
keep her over for another day or two. We
asked about her stomach has it gone down… “we don’t know, the reg vet is gone
and the new one doesn’t know what it was like before… but it is still swollen” at this point I am !!!!!!!
Ok so It’s my girlfriends cat. And I love the thing. But I have no confidence in this vet, and
from what I see he hasn’t corrected the stomach problem and now wants the cat
for two more days.. I have a feeling after 2 more days he will want her for
just another couple of days.
We’re in a small town with vets that come here because I
believe they can make it no where else as a vet. The community is sick and tired of poor vets
but the nearest town for better service
is about 80 miles away which doesn’t help during emergencies. My g/f was told of this guy from a friend of
hers. It turns out that the vet her
friend told her about has left this vet clinic and is no longer there.
Has anyone seen this type of sickness in a cat before and
have any ideas of what it might be? We
are into this vet for close to $1,500 .
It’s a bad economy. I will pay
more, but I told her we need to go to a new vet. This new vet is now off for a few days, and
has someone coming in to relieve him.
She wants to see if this new guy knows a little more before we take him
to another vet.
I just want this cat fixed and healthy if possible. I will spend more if I know someone is
capable of healing this great cat.
If anyone has some similar experiences with their cat
symptoms, and or ideas that we might bring up to the vet it would be
Also, are we allowed to take copies of the x-rays already
taken by this vet to another vet for a second opinion?
Thanks in advance.
Pissed, upset, and heartbroken
Give Your Kitten a Shot at Good Healt
By Samantha Drake
Timely vaccinations are an important part of ensuring the health of your kitten. Kitten owners should bring their new pet to the veterinarian for its first round of shots, which will be followed by another set of vaccinations a few weeks later.
Vaccines stimulate the kitten's immune system to make antibodies against infection. The diseases a kitten is vaccinated against are either potentially fatal or carry a high risk of infection, according to PetWave. Previous vaccinations, age, and whether the kitten will go outside or not all factor into which vaccinations your kitten should receive.
Kittens younger than eight weeks should not be vaccinated because they are already being protected against disease by the natural antibodies in their mother's milk. Therefore, vaccinations may start as early as eight weeks old and are then given every three to four weeks until the kitten reaches 16 weeks old, PetWave says. Kittenhood is the time when cat owners are the most conscientious about vaccines. “We see excellent compliance for kittens in their first year of life,” notes Dr. Sara Sprowls, a veterinarian at Glenolden Animal Hospital in Glenolden, Pa. But compliance with the vaccine schedules “declines dramatically after that. Responsible kitten owners must be sure to fully comply with the applicable vaccine regimens to ensure the health of their pets.
CORE VACCINES FOR CATS
American Association of Feline Practitioners(AAFP) divides vaccinations into “core” and “non-core” groups. Core vaccines are necessities for most cats and include:
FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA (FPV) - Also known as feline distemper, the vaccine is typically given in two doses, three to four weeks apart. Booster shots are given a year later and then no more than every three years thereafter.
FELINE HERPESVIRUS-1 (FHV-1) - This is administered at the same time and frequency as the FPV vaccine.
FELINE CALICIVIRUS (FCV) - Also given at the same time as FPV and FHV-1 vaccines and boosters.
RABIES - The rabies vaccine can be given to kittens as young as eight weeks old, depending on the product. Vets must follow state or municipal laws regarding the frequency of rabies boosters, which may be annually or every three years.
NON-CORE VACCINES FOR CATS - The administration of non-core vaccines largely depend on the whether the kitten will go outside or not. Non-core vaccines for cats include:
FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS (FELV) - The vaccine is typically given in two doses, three to four weeks apart. Booster shots are given a year later and then annually for at-risk cats. The AAFP highly recommends the FeLV vaccination for kittens. There is a debate over the necessity of leukemia vaccinations for all kittens. It used to be recommended only for outdoor kitties, and Dr. Sprowls says. But it will also protect indoor cats in the event they get out, she adds.
FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (FIV) - The first dose is given as early as eight weeks with two more doses given at two- to three-week intervals. Annual booster shots follow for cats with a sustained risk of infection. This includes cats living outdoors and cat not infected with FIV that live with FIV-infected cats. The vaccine does not protect against all strains of FIV, however.
Other non-core vaccinations include Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Chlamydophila felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica are recommended only for kittens that may be at risk.
For a more complete undersstanding of cat vacination visit petwave's cat vacination guide
take care of cat's ear
Yourcat's ears may be able to pick up the sound of a bag of treats being opened across the house, but they could still use a little help staying clean. Monitoring your kitty's ears once per week for wax, debris and infection will help those sensitive sonar detectors stay perky and alert to your every move.
Outer Ear Check
A healthy feline ear flap, or pinna, has a layer of hair on its outer surface with no bald spots, and its inner surface is clean and light pink. If you see any discharge, redness or swelling, your cat's ears should be checked by a veterinarian.
Inner Ear Exam
Bring kitty into a quiet room where there are no other pets. Gently fold back each ear and look down into the canal. Healthy inner ears will be pale pink in color, carry no debris or odor and will have minimal if no earwax. If you find that your cat's ears are caked with wax or you detect an odor, please bring her in for a veterinary exam.
Ear Cleaning 101
Place a little bit of liquid ear cleaner (ask your vet for a recommendation) onto a clean cotton ball or piece of gauze. Fold kitty's ear back gently and wipe away any debris or earwax that you can see on the underside of her ear. Lift away the dirt and wax rather than rubbing it into the ear. And do not attempt to clean the canal-probing inside of your cat's ear can cause trauma or infection.
Signs of Ear Problems
Watch for the following signs that may indicate your cat's ears should be checked by a veterinarian
Persistent scratching and pawing of the ear area
Sensitivity to touch
Head tilting or shaking
Loss of balance and disorientation
Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal
Black or yellowish discharge
Accumulation of dark brown wax
Know Your Ear Disorders
Ear mitesare common parasites that are highly contagious among pets. Telltale signs include excessive itching of the ears and debris that resembles coffee grounds.
Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria, yeast or foreign debris caught in the ear canal. Treatment should be sought immediately as ear infections can cause considerable discomfort and may indicateallergies, hormonal abnormalities or hereditary disease.
Blood blisters (hematoma) are the result of blood accumulation in the ear flap. They're often caused by infection, ear mites,fleasor trapped debris that causes your cat to scratch her ears or shake her head excessively.
How to Administer Ear Drops
If your veterinarian has recommended ear drops for your cat, please ask for his advice on how to properly administer them, and please follow these guidelines:
Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage before administering.
Using a vet-recommended solution, clean the external ear thoroughly with a moist cotton ball or piece of clean gauze.
Gently pull the ear flap back, squeeze out the correct amount of solution and apply it to the lowest part of the ear canal.
Gently massage the base of the ear to help work the medication deeper into the canal.
Administer the full dosage indicated by your vet or the instructions on the bottle. Stopping short of a full dosage may prevent your cat from healing.
Reward your cat with a treat afterward.
Surviving cat in great distress v2
I also posted this on the 'cat behavior' thread: I have been care-taking a rural home with two cats since early Feb. '14, a female and a male. A few weeks ago, a raccoon got into their living space in the garage, which meant that from then on, there was a lot of disruption around getting the cats safely into the garage in the evening. Five nights ago, after trying and trying to get her to come in, at about 12:30 AM I gave up and left her out for the night. She didn't make it. I found her the next morning. It's been devastating. I don't know these folks well, and I know she'd been in their family for most of their kids' childhood. Aside from the tragedy, I am at a loss as to how to handle the surviving cat. I can't let him in the house because the family has allergies. When I go out to get him in the morning, he's frantic, hoarse and trembling from grief, confusion, disruption, etc. I try to make a point of spending some serious comforting time with him. There's been so much disruption for him already. Just when they'd acclimated to me, I had to leave for a funeral, and get used to yet-another cat-sitter, and now this. The man of the house will be returning for a spell in a week, but meanwhile, I would very much appreciate any suggestions or advice.
Surviving cat in great distress
I have been care-taking a rural home with two cats since early Feb. '14, a female and a male. A few weeks ago, a raccoon got into their living space in the garage, which meant that from then on, there was a lot of disruption around getting the cats safely into the garage in the evening. Five nights ago, after trying and trying to get her to come in, at about 12:30 AM I gave up and left her out for the night. She didn't make it. I found her the next morning. It's been devastating. I don't know these folks well, and I know she'd been in their family for most of their kids' childhood. Aside from the tragedy, I am at a loss as to how to handle the surviving cat. I can't let him in the house because the family has allergies. When I go out to get him in the morning, he's frantic, hoarse and trembling from grief, confusion, disruption, etc. I try to make a point of spending some serious comforting time with him. There's been so much disruption for him already. Just when they'd acclimated to me, I had to leave for a funeral, and get used to yet-another cat-sitter, and now this. The man of the house will be returning for a spell in a week, but meanwhile, I would very much appreciate any suggestions or advice.
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