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Cat Health > Dental Cleaning questions
Knigget- (nig-get)

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Purred: Fri Mar 15, '13 5:18pm PST 
I have real bad teeth and have since I was young. My brother, who isn't with us anymore, and I had our teeth cleaned first at the age of 2 and it was $250. Due to my breed, I have constant tartar buildup which causes gum inflammation. Mom was right in starting young. I had my last cleaning about 2 years ago and they had to extract two teeth as well, it was $472. So $500 is highway robbery, but teeth cleaning is a good preventitive. I hate wet food and only get dry, but I still get bad tartar buildup that reoccurs even with dental type treats, and I chew mouses alot too. Gum inflammation can cause bleeding and sometimes lead to sores in the mouth. So its really up to the owner I think, but I am glad mom got ours done. Our sisters teeth have never been done because she hates people, and the world in general, and her teeth are very yellow and she had inflamed gums so she prefers to eat only wet food.
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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida
Merida

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Purred: Tue Mar 12, '13 8:22pm PST 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.343982092369388.1073741825 .274524055981859&type=3

Meridas xrays are in!
she saw an internal medicine specialist and IMO he was just like the other 5 vets she saw. Anyhow, her xrays show a slight lesion at c6 c7 which seems to bother her quite bad. He said he isnt sure how bad and wants a CT to check her for CH. $2000, so we are working on donations for that now.
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Grooming > Cat runs away from brush

Star

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Purred: Wed Feb 6, '13 7:09am PST 
I have a cat that hates everyone, always has.. animals.. people. She had terrible things inflicted on her by people, so I understand this. You can imagine how trying to teach her to love the brush was.. I currently still have a piece of her tooth in my finger from 3yrs ago. She was 8 weeks when I got her and is now 9. I had to literally put her on my lap tummy down, and semi confine her and brush her to teach her. Lots of growling, hissing etc. if you have someone rub their ears, it helps. It took a while but she screams and comes running for the brush now. Hope this helps. Oh and treats after, always!
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Cat Health > Trying to help cats with head trauma/spinal cord injuries

Merida

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Purred: Fri Feb 1, '13 7:57am PST 
Mommy created a facebook page fer me a while ago. She did it to get donations to help care for me because of her car accident she cannot work, and so many vets said to make me have the BIG sleep after not checking me out. Mommy knew vets were wrong and there was something else was wrong...

If you don't know my story, you can read about it on my facebook page. It is real long to get into!

Moms goal of this post is to ask if there are any other kitties like me, if she can try and help their mommys and daddys get them better. She isn't a vet, but she is just super smart! Mom wants to help other kitties like me from being given the BIG sleep because she has talked to many people and found out that there were more like me, but they went to the rainbow bridge because they were improperly diagnosed. Mommys heart hurts for this and she doesn't want this to continue. So, my mom has taken it upon herself to document me and other kitties with unknown wobbliness, and see if she can help make us better. Then, she would like to speak to my vet and the internal medicine specialist (and possibly the neurologist I might be seeing) to help her write something for vets everywhere to help them find what to look for to avoid giving more of us the big sleep.

Mom has already tried this on a terrible wobbly kitty, and the rehab therapy is working. This kitty has never ever stood up, she is 4 and is now trying to stand after a month and a half of mommys help with her mommy. Her mommy cries alot, but its good tears!

Mommy wants to make kitties happy and healthy, so this is what she is looking for to help determine if kitties are like me, or actually have CH:

*eye jitters - the eyes will move around after the cat moves
*hind leg bending - older kitties may not bend now, but have they ever bent their legs when trying to walk.
*sound or light sensitivity - waking up to every sound, and squinting with light
*warm head or ears - usually after play or walking around
*falling in more than one direction - I fall in every direction

So if you have, or know of a kitty like this if you could let mommy know, show her a video, go to or send the mommy or daddy to my page to see my videos.

You can email me at savedmerida@gmail.com or go to my facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SavedMerida

My mom thinks she is crazy for taking on everything she does, but she just loves animals too much! laugh out loud
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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida

Merida

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Purred: Thu Jan 31, '13 7:44am PST 
Merida saw the vet Monday, so I wanted to post an update. The vet did acupuncture on her, and she has listed Merida as injuries due to head trauma and or birthing trauma. I am saving, and taking donations for Xrays for her. Vet would like to be certain that Merida did not injure her 1-3 vertabraes, at the time of Xrays she will also see an internal medicine specialist as well. My vet has spoken with him and he is very interested in seeing Merida. Right now the possibilities are:
sterile meningitis
spinal cord injury
brain stem injury
broken bones that healed wrongly causing pressure or nerve issues

So its looking good with this new vet. I saw her last vet the other day at the clinic, I am certain she glared at me. I smiled at her when I saw her. Oi.

So we will see where we go from here. Vet has seen one other case of this before, as this type of thing is usually seen more in puppies than cats or kittens since kittens are so independant and can usually deal with it on their own and get better unless drastically injured. She is very interested in getting to the bottom of Meridas issues.

I have also added another cat, not to my household, but to my rehab list. A cat was dropped off on the doorstep of a vets office last year with a note "Just cannot care for this cat anymore". She was way more wobbly than Merida. The cat was about 3 years old, and couldn't really walk. She was so dizzy and basically spread all four legs out and sort of waddled while her head moved drastically left to right. The video is just heart wrenching. The lady reached out to me via Meridas page for some help. This cat was labeled distemper and set for euthanasia when this lady rushed her kitten to the vet. He died there sadly. he was very ill. The vet took this lady aside and explained this cat they had got in, and that it needed a place to die really. It was a sweet cat, and had some problems. The lady took Krissie in.

The lady contacted me and showed me a video. I could clearly see the same signs that help seperate all this distemper and CH stuff from actual brain injury/spinal trauma. So after a long nights talk and questioning, I gave her the information to help identify what was wrong and give me the details. She did, and is now rehabing Krissie like I do with Merida. Krissie, who is 4 now, and has never been able to actually walk, stand, etc.. Is now trying to pounce, swatting at toys, she is almost making it to the litterbox and water dish (she tries and does get close), and she just yesterday tried to stand for the first time ever. The lady is constantly crying, tears of joy. Here she thought she had brought home this cat to die, and it turns out the cat is doing better now than she ever has.

*warm fuzzies*
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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida
Merida

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Purred: Fri Jan 18, '13 5:59pm PST 
Thanks BK! I am giving her pumpkin already, I do worry about too much vitamin A. I haven't had the time to do all the calculations on what her vitamins and mineral powders contain. Thats all I need is to make her toxic in something when we are doing so well!

Even better news, yesterday and today she has had interest in the water dish knowing whats in there. Its not that she is thirsty, I noticed she wants it now because it isnt so scarey anymore and the other pets drink it. So she was pulling at the dish, and I steadied her. She dips her nose because her depth perception is still quite off, but we are still working on that again and hopefully she will be able to drink by herself one day soon whenever she needs water! Horray!
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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida

Merida

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Purred: Thu Jan 17, '13 6:13pm PST 
So a week of prednisone, and Merida became territorial in the aggressive sense. It put her into a fake heat, and also made her want to pee on certain parts of the floor repeatedly. It wasn't that she couldn't make it to the box, she was set on peeing in THAT spot on the floor. Then of course flopping in it, and needing several baths at midnight. It did nothing for her condition really, my chamomile did way more. So nixed that. The vet suggested a high chinese herbal anti inflammatory. However, I have declined that currently and am trying my old ways again to see if I get her walking etc.

So far, on a dose of 50-100IU of Vitamin E daily (she has 5IU in her supplements) she has amazing lower body control! When she falls now, its like in slow motion. She is playing three times as much, and twice as hard now. She runs alot, even though she falls after because she can't stop. She likes to sit up, which she can do by herself not leaning on anything for almost 2 full minutes. She can stand on her own weight for about 7 minutes straight now when I walk her. She is using her litterbox again by herself, her eye kitters are a bit less too. She has already improved in the 2 days I have been doing this.

The only thing I want to do, is go back to adding vegtables in her raw turkey. However, I have to do the calculations of whats in the veggies vs whats in her supplements to make sure she doesn't get too much of anything. Her bowel movement schedule is horrible, but she also has nothing really to bind it together not having bone in her raw turkey. I notice with a good movement every 2-3 days before she was doing way better! After a bowel movement she was a whole new cat.

So all in all, she is doing quite well!
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Grooming > Are lion cuts stressful for kitties?

Star

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Purred: Thu Jan 17, '13 6:03pm PST 
I am with Sherpa on this. I hate getting my lion cut, so mom does it in a few days because i am old and get stressed from the process. However, I love mom and dad SO much after that i climb on their lap for a deep snuggle and purr within 15 minutes after, and constantly until my fur starts to grow out too much again. i love being pet after a cut too. mom can scratch me and it feels soooo good. before I would twitch lots cuz it was uncomfortable to even be pet. But I have skin issues.
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Cat Health > A little reassurance, or help with Wobbly Merida

Merida

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Purred: Mon Jan 7, '13 9:12am PST 
FINALLY!!

Merida had her Jan 4th appointment with a different vet at the holistic clinic. The vet listened intensely to me, looked and felt Merida. THEN she checked Meridas chart to see what the previous vet there had done. She was puzzled actually at WHY the other vet (owner of the clinic, and world renouned seminar holder, etc) assumed distemper and had been treating her GI tract for such.

Upon her own exam of Merida, she saw distinct neurological signs due to trauma that we know Merida suffered. There is a slight possibility she MAY have had a birth defect causing apart of this, but it is hard to say for sure. Since none of the many vets took actual notes, Merida has no real chart until 16 weeks old. She is NOT a Ch kitty, and doesn't have any signs of distemper damage.

Merida recieved acupuncture and chiropractic. Her neck was in severe spasm, so that area was untouched. She was given very low dose steroids to see how she reacts to this. In a week I will speak with the vet again to explain any of Meridas progress on the drug, and then we will make a blend of natural herbs to help her out for a longer term, more safe, solution.

The vet agreed with cutting out the distemper treatment herbs, doing my slippery elm bark to help Merida stimulate her bowels back to what they were before the distemper treatment, a bit more acupuncture, and to keep on doing my rehab as I have been. Also xray when I can afford it to make sure her spine is ok from the falls, any possible birthing trauma, and since she was left untreated for so long in her growing stage.

HORRAY!
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Cat Health > Trouble with Resistant Tapeworm
Knigget- (nig-get)

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Purred: Mon Jan 7, '13 8:50am PST 
Oh my, that IS a load of crap. The animal should be healthy when you adopt them, if not then you should have been made aware of any pre exisitng problems or conditions. How unfair. frown

I have not had tapeworm experience with cats, but the dog I saved had an insane tapeworm that he literally strung across my HUGE yard. I had to work hard to get rid of it, it took a few months actually of all the damned segments, on the carpet, his kennel, constantly cleaning to make sure nobody ingested a segment since we have a house full of animals. His tapeworm was around 10 ft long, and let me tell you.. I was VERY unprepared for the entire thing to come out at once!

I found this, herbal treatments are easy to make at home and cost sometimes pennies! http://www.ehow.com/facts_6828323_holistic-homemade-tapeworm-pet-rem edy.html

I used garlic and yogurt for my dog. But I know herbals well, and do not recomend this. Dislodging the tapeworm all at once can cause it to collect in one spot and cause a blockage requiring surgery.

That tapeworm your kitty has is crazy, I did some research and it actually says to check the vet manual for treatment. :o

Good luck, and I hope this helps. I would seriously be asking for SOME sort of reimbursement from that organization you got your cat from.
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