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Cat Health > Neighbor's cat with very advanced stage of cancer...What to do?
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Purred: Wed Aug 15, '12 1:14am PST 
Just remember that the cat may look disturbing to you, but the cat does not know what he/she looks like. I think it is crazy for a cat in that shape (blind, or any shape to be outside, it is not illegal.

If the cat is truly having trouble breathing, then I would say it was cruel, but it may just be upper airway congestion from the nose being gone. I have upper airway congestion every day of my life and I don't want to die.

I didn't see the cat,so I cannot say, but just remember that they don't know how they look.
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Laws & Legislation > APHIS-2011-0003-0001- New Bill that limits home breeding.
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Purred: Mon Jul 16, '12 2:16am PST 
Mandatory Spay and Neuter. Sorry, but that is the only way we can ever hope to get the overpopulation of dogs and cats under control and stop the killing of millions and millions of unwanted animals.

I know most don't agree with me but work in a shelter during your teen years. Work in a shelter and euthanize hundreds of unwanted animals and you would change your mind.
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Cat Health > Has your cat had these symptoms? Cancer? Leukeran?

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Purred: Mon Jul 16, '12 1:49am PST 
Hi;

I think you should seek a second opinion ASAP. If you are able to, I would get a referral to an internal medicine specialist now. It sounds like your cat is very ill.

There is no blood test for cancer in cats that I know of. (I work for a veterinary specialty hospital) The only way to diagnose intestinal lymphoma is with biopsies of the intestines. This can be done by endoscopy or surgery. Sometimes you won't get a result but most of the time you do. It can also tell you if it "looks" like it could be IBD, if all else is ruled out. Symptoms with both those diseases can be similar or varied. There is not a list of symptoms that could make a good guess as to what the disease is. Biopsies are needed to know.

Cancer of the kidneys is a completely different disease. So is kidney disease, or failure. The blood test that shows the kidney values (the normal test run in most veterinary blood panels) is not elevated until there is a 75% loss of kidney function. Meaning, there has to be so much kidney damage at the time the blood is taken that there is only half of a kidney working.
Therefore having only slightly elevated kidney values is a problem. Any elevation of the values is significant and needs to be investigated further with additional tests, ie bloodwork, urinalysis, abdominal ultrasound. It should never be disregarded.

There are many different types of cancer that can affect the kidneys. The only way to know if it is cancer is to do a kidney biopsy, which can be done by ultrasound guided needle biopsy, with an experienced internist. The treatment for cancer of the kidneys would be completely different depending on the type of cancer found. I have never seen leukeran used for renal cancer.

There are many things that could be wrong with your cat and I think that you need to get into a specialist to find out what to do now. Leukeran is a chemotherapy drug. You need to wear gloves to handle it. It can have many side effects, just as any drug can. No drug is safe, but chemo drugs are really not safe. They have their place of course, with patients that have had cancer diagnosed.

The prednisone is a steroid. It acts to reduce inflammation. It also lowers the immune system and in the case of an infection such as a kidney infection it would not be helping at all. You do not want to ever abruptly stop taking prednisone. It is a drug that must be tapered off.

I hope you are able to get your kitty in with a specialist soon as it sounds like the kitty is very very ill.

Please keep us updated.
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Cat Health > Cat adopted us! Need help please

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Purred: Mon Jul 16, '12 1:16am PST 
Hi;

Just a word of warning about no kill shelters. They do kill if they think the pet is not adoptable or sick . What classifies what "not adoptable" or "sick" is dependant on how full the shelter is and how much room is available. Still a "no kill" is better than a kill shelter. Sadly the outlook for a stray cat is bleak at best.

But don't lose hope. Stray cats have found homes before, so it is do-able. With this cat being so thin, it is important that he eats. So access to cat food should be available at all times and away from the dogs. He needs to be able to eat at liberty and safely. Same thing with water.

I know money is tight and I am sorry for your recent run of difficulties. If you can find the time try to google imom.org it is a website for people without money for veterinary care and they may be able to help or direct you where to turn for help. There are programs out there to get an ill animal veterinary care for no money, it just means researching it and telling your story to as many people as possible to get help. As for your vet I think they could have given the poor cat a break and at least looked at him for you.

Being thin could be allot of things. It could be starvation, internal parasites, (both fixable), a virus,(sometimes not fixable), a metabolic issue (treatable, not likely) or cancer (highly unlikely). There is more, but the bottom line is it would be best if he got minimum a fecal test to check for internal parasites, and an felv,fiv test and of course an exam by a veterinarian. Spaying and neutering can't be done till he is healthy anyway.

In the mean time I would feed, feed, feed. No people food, no milk. Keep the food you feed consistent. Don't switch brands, don't worry about him needing variety. He doesn't. So, no people food. There are many people foods that are toxic to cats so stick with cat food.

Do not use any dog flea or otherwise products on a cat. They can, and do kill cats. Do not use any essential oils around cats. Nothing herbal either, such as "herbal natural non toxic plant oil cleaners" etc. Many companies do not know or do not care about what is safe for cats or not. If a product is safe for a human baby it still may not be safe for a cat. So be careful with anything. No aspirin, no Tylenol, no insecticides, no milk.

I would keep the dogs away from the cat at all times. If your one dog wants to eat the cat chances are he will at some point. That would be a horrible thing to witness and live with the rest of your life. So safest to make sure there is always at least one door between them.

Another website to check out is Alley Cat Allies. They may be able to help you and are on the east coast. You are right, your not in the most cat helpful area of the world, but there is probably someone to help, it is just finding them.

It is the right thing to try to help this kitty. It is also good that you realize the commitment that needs to be made to a pet before you can consider yourself an owner. But I have to warn that if you do find someone that wants the cat be very careful. Because there are allot of truly disgusting, vile, deranged, psychopaths out there that are good at fooling people. Don't give the kitty away for free. Horrible things can happen to free cats.

Hope this helps. Good luck. He sounds like a very sweet little cat.
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Cat Health > My Cat Can't Pee.....

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Purred: Fri Jul 6, '12 2:02am PST 
I am sorry you are going through this. Did they say if the bladder was ruptured or the urethra? They thought that they were crystals on xray but found out it was a stone? Bubbles in the bladder? Make sure they send that stone into the Lab to find out what kind of stone it is. That is very important. They hadn't xrayed him before? Any other issues I would get him into an internest. I hope he is feeling better soon.
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Cat Health > My Cat Can't Pee.....
Rusty

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Purred: Sun Jul 1, '12 10:40am PST 
Hi;
If you have ever had a catheter inserted you know that it is very painfull and irritating. No pain killer will totally block out that pain. So, what happens is it hurts to pee. So kitty doesn't want to pee. They can also get a bad case of cystitis from that as well. That will cause lots of straining in the litter box. They start to pee and it hurts and they stop cause it hurts.

If your cat is facing the back of the cage it is time to get him out of there. That is something very depressed cats do. Do they have him where he can see dogs? Is there anyone with him at night? Does he have a cardboard box in his cage he can hide in?

If it was me and the vet said that euthanasia is an option I would find another vet.

Was the first catheter left in place for three days? It should be. If they keep inserting and pulling it out and putting it back it is going to hurt and not stop hurting. If they can express him he can go. He doesn't want to because of the pain. Unless there was another obstruction but were there crystals in the urine? What kind? If not they can be obstructed from a mucus plug. I think his urethra is sore and swollen and that isn't helping. Did they do an xray to check for bladder stones? What was the ph of his urine? Did they do blood work? Has he been on IV fluids?
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Cat Health > Need help - Cat ear infection

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Purred: Tue Jun 19, '12 5:38pm PST 
Find your vet receipt and see exactly what was done on his visit. I am wondering if they did a skin scrape or a fungal dtm. Sunburn in cats of course can happen but really I have not seen it unless it was misdiagnosed and actually squamus or scabies. So, check and see what was done. I am not trying to scare you or anything. Just want to help.
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Cat Health > Need help - Cat ear infection

Rusty

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Purred: Tue Jun 19, '12 5:35pm PST 
Hi,

Try going on a website called imom.org. read through it and see if they can help you at all with the financial situation.

Is there an odor from the ears?

You said they are itchy?

What is the stuff you have been putting on them? It began with an s? Anyway list what the ingredients are.

Any chance he got some of that into his eye? By rubbing it with his paw?

Don't put any more medication into his ears and don't clean them for now.

If it was me, I wouldn't worry about the chin acne for now unless it is horrible and causing him pain.

Switch to all stainless steel bowls if you haven't already.

Is there any kind of cleaner, carpet or otherwise that he could somehow be exposed to? Air freshener? It doesn't matter if the other cat is fine. Some cats are very sensitive.

He is an indoor kitty right? If not he needs to become one for now.

Have you changed litter?

Anything you can think of different?

After the revolution did his ears ever get better?

How was the ear mites diagnosed?

Answer as soon as you can.
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Cat Health > Outdoor Cats? Why?

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Purred: Wed Jun 13, '12 12:59am PST 
Its not just the wildlife and cars to worry about, it is also the sick demented people in the world. No cat is ever safe in any neighborhood from the cruel people young and old that want to hurt cats. Both of mine are indoors. The one who was bottle raised is curious about outside and has escaped before. That is why there is chicken wire reinforcing the screen window in their room. The ex-feral cat doesn't want anything to do with the outside. If you open the front door with her in the living room she runs away or freezes.
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Laws & Legislation > Ask Albert Einstein Medical Center to End the Use of Kittens in its Pediatrics Residency
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Purred: Wed Jun 13, '12 12:48am PST 
Okay, done. People are so sick. The world is so sick at times. I don't know what gives these "top of the food chain" %^%(@1** a right to do any of this to any living creature. It makes me so ill.
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