August 6th 2012 8:58 pm
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We are worried about Mom,The doctor told her she is suffering from exhaustion and it is causing her RA to flare up,Plus her sores on her arm have not healed either .To top it off Dad hurt his back and lost a lot of work hours so feeding the ferals and kittens have been a big strain on them but mom just can't desert them.She has tried to get the kittens to come close to get them in a trap but they don't fall for it.All she got in there was a coon that she had to let go in the morning.The brown tabby kitten has not been around for over a week so mom fears something happened to it.Dad tries to tell her she can only due what she can do.But mom still can't help but go out of her way for these creatures the world looks the other way too.The amount of food the ferals are going through is incredible especially Lucinda because she has a tape worm but mom can't treat her because she is nursing kittens somewhere.So cross tour paws that Mom at least gets the kittens soon.They are probably at least 10 weeks old now.They need to get to the shelter before they get to feral.
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Sending purrs for your family and the ferals!
Hunter, our Mama has been treating the Ferals with fenbendazole, as per the mobile vet's recommendation. It's a liquid dewormer for goats, but research on the internet suggests it can be used for cats and dogs as well for tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms. One article on the net even recommended it for pregnant females to prevent their passing the worms to their nursing babies through the milk.
The Mama got it at the farm and tractor supply store in a 4.2 oz (125 ml) bottle. There's a graph on the back of the bottle explaining dosage. The way the Mama handles this is by mixing it in their food. It's a little tricky because we have about 14 ferals who come to visit, but generally not all at the same time. She has to count how many are present for a specific meal, then figure out what their combined weight would be (she’s figuring they’re all about 8-9 lbs now as they are either siblings of Fearless or older – Fearless weighs 9 lbs now at 1 year old). Thus: 10 ferals = 80 – 90 lbs. The bottle says 1.7 ml for 75 lbs and adds another 0.6 ml for each additional 25 lbs so I add another 3 ml or so. That makes 2 ml of wormer. Now to get it into the food. You might come up with a better method, or maybe you feed everyfur in one big platter, which would simplify things considerably. Since the Mama sort of needs to separate foods since not everyfur likes to eat next to some of the others (that Marble cat!!!), and since she always adds water to the wet food to stretch it out, she dishes up the food, then adds water and the wormer to the can – at least half full of water. (sometimes she has to use 1-1/2 to 2 cans of food when everyfur’s there!). Anyway, she mixes this up good and then uses a tablespoon to measure it out into each dish, trying as well as she can to make an even distribution. She’s done this with antibiotics, too, though she can tell by the smell that the antibiotic must taste fairly nasty, so sometimes she even adds some cream or other fatty liquid to mask the taste - this was another thing the vet suggested. It seems to work, because they always eat the whole thing. About the wormer, you can and probably will need to repeat the treatment in another month or so. The brand name for the goat wormer is Safe-guard, but there’s another called Panicure. There are also powdered versions. Good luck!jhnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnez (Samhain - get the heck off the computer while I'm typing this for you!!!!!! Sincerely, the Mama)
Thank you for the info Samhain and Mom.Mom will try to look for it.She worries about me a lot because I eat continuosly and am almost a year but probably only weigh 5lbs if even.She would feel relief if she cold know we were all getting dewormed and treated..
Hey, you got a DDP today for this diary - congrats! I forgot to say that the Mama always holds back the dry food till the Ferals have finished with the wet food, because otherwise some of them will just go straight for the dry. Socks is one who prefers the dry food.