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Old 12-08-2013, 02:32 AM   #541
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Don't know how, but somehow our big male ginger cat Fergus has a ferocious wound on his right rear foot. He's an indoor cat, so I don't know whether he was playing rough with one of our younger cas or what. Anyway, he has been leaving blood splotches are over the cream-color living room carpet and all over. Of course, it's easy to clean up on the tile; but the carpet is a bitch. I feel so bad for him--just wish he would stay put somewhere so it could coagulate. Poor little guy!
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:50 AM   #542
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Does he need to go to the vet? Hope he heals up soon
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:35 PM   #543
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Poor Fergus. :-(
Hope it stops bleeding and heals soon.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #544
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It's much better today, though he left a lot of blood splotches on the carpet, etc., overnight--I hated having to shut him and the three others out of the bedroom! It looks like it's getting a scab on it, and we haven't noticed any signs of infection. His appetite remains good, and seems normal in everything else. Just hope he doesn't knock it open again!

I've learned that hydrogen peroxide does a pretty good job of getting blood stains off of cream-colored carpet.

Thanks, Mrs. Garrison and indra.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:42 AM   #545
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I haven't been very active in this thread lately but in light of recent events I wanted to post an update.

A few days ago we lost our beloved family member Keto.

Keto was 15 years old and had developed a few medical conditions over the years and eventually the medications he was on were not enough anymore and nature took over.

About a month ago, we started getting small indications based on his behavior that something was not right with him. Even though he had medical issues, Keto was a very happy, friendly, playful cat and up to almost the end, his behavior was like that of a kitten rather than an older cat. He wasn't aloof or solitary and in fact he went out of his way to be as close to us as possible. He loved human contact.


As his condition changed, we had a lot of doctors’ visits. He was checked out by his regular vet and we also took him to various specialists. In the end it was apparent that there really was not too much more that could be done. He could have been treated very aggressively and that may have prolonged his life maybe for another few weeks or maybe a little longer but there really was never a hope for a “cure”. In fact the specialists told us that the treatments were so aggressive that he may not have survived the procedures so it was better to let him have a comfortable life for as long as he could.


About 10 days ago, his condition started getting worse. It was now apparent that he was suffering physically. To keep him alive much longer just for our sake would not be right. We decided to make his last couple of days as comfortable and relaxing for him as possible. To take him to be put to sleep was one of the hardest and most gut wrenching decisions we have had to make. We held him in our arms through the entire procedure and made sure he knew that we were not abandoning him in any way and that we were with him all the way through.



Its been a rough time for us but at least now we know that he is no longer in pain and wherever he is, he is healthy and himself again.


I have also now lost my favorite model for my photography. In his honor I'd like to re-post some Keto's pics.



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DM, I am so so sorry for your loss! My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You have lost a one of a kind furry being.. We loved all your pics. Now you have those memories to keep close to your heart. My heart breaks for you but Keto lived a full wonderful life with great humans to care for him. Now he is healthy and in a better place..
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #546
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So sorry to hear about Keto
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #547
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Had a question. We have strays around, including some kittens about 6 months old. (I found a home for one of them). I cannot bring them inside--not my house and my father has allergies particularly to cats. I have my cat, but that's all I can have inside. Anyway, my stray kittens are well fed and up until last night fairly well-sheltered with boxes and blankets and quilts and each other to keep them warm in an area where I can monitor them all night. It was working well up until last night when one of my original older strays decided to claim the shelter and marked it. (My original stray) I created a second nearby shelter, but now the kittens didn't use either shelter and I guess I startled the older cat so no one used it last night. Anything I can do to provide a shelter for both kittens and the older cat so everybody is somewhat protected and not threatened?
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #548
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Do you have a garage they could stay in? If so that might be an option to keep them out of the elements and out of your dads hair. One thing about the garage (if avail) would be you have to make sure they cant access anything toxic like antifreeze.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:21 PM   #549
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No, unfortunately we would have to put them in the basement which is with the furnace, which means any dander goes in the vent. But I'm monitoring it. We're going to have a bit of a warmup for a week so might give me a chance to come up with some alternatives. They stay close enough though so far so I can watch them.

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U2Fanatic4ever and Sicy, a belated Thank You for your kind words.


BonosSaint: Is it possible for you to create some sort of a barrier between shelters? Something which will prevent the older cat from getting to the younger one's territory
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It'll take some thought but that might work. Thanks.
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Bought an outdoor cat shelter for the kittens. So far I'm very happy with it. It is sturdy and insulated and came with a pillow. I added thermal pads and the kittens are using it. Opening might be too small for the older cat. Offers more protection than my handmade one did. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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Good news, BonosSaint. I hope your kitty friends will be safe!
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:09 AM   #554
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i remember Fergus (as by name) hope all is well now!

DM - so sorry about your Keto. Some very lovely photos.I'm sure he felt lovingly cared for till the end.

Good health to all your fur friends and selves.
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:37 AM   #555
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Thanks for remembering Fergus, dazz. He is doing well (he's sacked out on the couch sound asleep right now ).
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