December 7th 2011 6:12 am
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Hey Furs. Well its almost Catmus again. We Boyz are being extra good so we get some nice goodies from Santa-Claws! MEOW!
Now the exciting news:
Our very own Pops has the honor of being one of Santa-Claws's helpers! He is going to be all set up and then hoomans will bring their pets and have pictures taken. The best part is that it is for a good cause and the money is donated. Pops says it is hot in that suit. He also does not like the little dogs that will not sit still and keep wiggling. He asked Rumpy if he wants to go and wear his harness and maybe some antlers. We think he should. MOL
On to the important medical information:
When Pops fosters cat kits many times when they arrive they have goopy eyes and/or upper respiratory infections. This is just part of the package when you have cats living with poor nutrition, stress, and close quarters.
This year it seems even worse than usual and the last kits he took in had the eye issues. He treated them and when they were better they went to a local PetCo. Well in one week they were back and their eyes were as bad as ever. It was like they were never treated. So he started their eye meds again and figured the stress of being in public caused a relapse.
Imagine his surprise when he was finishing "Think like a Cat" by Pam Johnson-Bennett and read about Feline Pneumonitis(Feline Chylamydiosis). Seems that this presents with eye discharge (conjunctivitis) along with upper respiratory problems like cough and sneezing. He started Clindamycin and both kits eyes have cleared and their cough is much improved.
Now this is not to say that a kit or cat does not need a veterinary visit when sick! Never try and diagnose your cats illness or use something you find on the WWW in place of a visit to you vet. It is just something to think of if you foster or care for cats in a multi-cat environments with a history of disease. It is something to think about if your human has treated an eye issue and it comes back.
We are so looking furward to Catmus. We are getting ready to send goodies to our furiends! Whee so much fun! We love this time of year. We love giving things to our friends.
Purrs to all!
Timmy T and Family
You're SO Smart! I never would have thought of stress and conjuctivitus....
Good information. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the information! We haven't had a foster in several months because my parents have been too busy to donate the proper time to their care, but we use to see them with all kinds of icky things when they came here. It's so stressful for those guys! Hope your daddy has fun being Santa's helper and that if Rumpy goes, he has fun too!
Tell your Pops that he will have loads of fun with being a Santa Paws!
Interesting info, too, about those URIs and junk in the eyes...
Thanks for passing along that info about eye infections and stuff.