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Old 01-04-2008, 09:56 PM   #646
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Aw, yay!!!! What's her name?!

As for the chip, I wonder why the tech said that about the spay....? I've read the same thing on dog boards, but honestly these days everyone I know has all their animals chipped, regardless of whether they are intact, and often it's done at a different time than spay/neuter. All of my animals are fixed, all were chipped, but none at the time of their alteration. It's likely in the future that I will have an unaltered dog and it will definitely be microchipped. Here, chips are only $10 so people who can't afford spay or neuter often still get microchips at pet stores or open houses at the animal shelters.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:58 PM   #647
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That's great news! I'm so happy for you. It's hard to tell if they are spayed, really easy to tell if boys are neutered So I'm sure if you take her to the vet for a check up they can scan her for a chip and see if she's spayed. They might shave her to check for a spay tattoo.
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Awwwww, what a sweet little face!
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Sounds as if little kitty is very happy with her new people Vintage Punk. She's quite the little beauty. And we (the crazy cat people) have gained yet another person.


Madonna's Child -- Schwantz is soooo cute! I love his little black nose!

MsPurrl -- Fergus looks like such a big help. Yellow/orange cats always seem to be very personable. Every one I've ever know has been anyway.

Sicy -- Saki & Zoey are such beautiful cats. And they know it! And Patches and Snowflake -- what a wonderful feral story they are.


With my group I have good news and bad news. The good news is LBC (my niece wants me to name him Steve, and I have to admit it does work for him) is fitting in great and is very happy. He has made himself quite at home and is a very charming fellow.

The bad news is Max (my elderly cat with hyperthyroidism) doesn't seem to be doing well. He's puked a few times over the past couple of days and hasn't eaten since late morning/early afternoon. He's been drinking more than normal, but is completely uninterested in food this evening which is not usual for him at all. He's skinny anyway (because of the hyperthyroidism) and over the past few days has lost quite a bit of weight. Although he was eating regularly until today he wasn't eating quite as much as normal so I started giving him high cal food I get from the vet, but he won't even eat that tonight. Getting a bit picky about his food isn't all that unusual for him, but not eating at all, vomiting and drinking lots of water is.

He still seems happy and doesn't seem uncomfortable, but he's mostly been sleeping (next to the heater ) and just seems to be slowing way down. I'm going to call the vet in the morning and see if we can get in (they are usually really busy on Saturday and of course only are in half a day). I can always go to the emergency vet if I have to though.
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Biscuit and Jasmine are going to see the vet this morning. Getting them in the carriers is going to be very difficult.
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Thanks. The grab and lift method (we have carriers that open in the front and at the top) didn't work, but we were able to lure them in with treats. Jasmine took a LOT of persuading and caught her claws caught on the towel at the bottom of the carrier about ten times before we finally decided to take it out and make a trail of treats into the carrier.

They did fine with the vet, though. Biscuit's gums are a little inflamed on one side, but they said that we're feeding them the right food and everything, so we just need to keep an eye on her. They've both had their first round of flu vaccination, and we've booked them in to be spayed and chipped on Friday. I think we'll also do the blood test for FeLV since we don't know much about their history.

I think I'm becoming a crazy cat lady. I have to avoid talking to people because all I ever talk about is cats now.
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Good job coaxing them into the carriers. I once had to cancel a vet appointment because I couldn't catch the cat I was scheduled to take (and once he did get there the next day he got loose at the vet's and had to be caught with a net. Good times! ). I hope everything goes well at their next appointment too.


Max update: I got up this morning to call the vet and Max was doing better. He ate happily and pretty well, hasn't been drinking excessively (sounds kinda like I have an alcoholic cat, doesn't it? ), and hasn't vomited since late last night. So I didn't take him in today. I do plan on getting him to the vet sometime early next week though -- he usually gets pretty regular checkups now anyway.

He is an old cat who is slowing down though and I know he probably doesn't have a whole lot of time left, but I'm happy that right now he seems to be enjoying his life.
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Indra, I'm glad that Max is better; and I hope he continues to improve. It's so distressful when our "furkids" aren't feeling well.

meeganie, I know what you mean about difficulty getting cats into their carriers. We usually have to "cram" Callie in, then when we get to the vet's or to grooming (we get her claws trimmed at PetSmart), we have to take the top off of the carrier to get her *out*. Going home is the only time she willingly gets into the carrier!
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Last Sunday our Callie was sneezing quite a bit, so on Monday I called our vets. They asked if there was a color to the discharge (no), was she having trouble breathing (no), was she lethargic (no), was she eating (yes), was she drinking water (yes), did she seem restless (no)? They said to keep an eye on her; and if she seemed worse, they wanted to see her. That night (New Year's Eve), she was still sneezing, but she also seemed more listless. I was really worried about her! She stayed on the sofa quite a bit, sleeping with some blankets over her (it was cold and snowy here). Fergus got up on the sofa and lay down beside her. He usually harrasses her when he gets by her, but he just lay down. I think he knew she wasn't feeling well, and just wanted to comfort her.





Happy ending--she improved steadily and is no longer sneezing and seems to be back to her usual self. Maybe because of Dr. Fergus's assistance.
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Last Sunday our Callie was sneezing quite a bit, so on Monday I called our vets. They asked if there was a color to the discharge (no), was she having trouble breathing (no), was she lethargic (no), was she eating (yes), was she drinking water (yes), did she seem restless (no)? They said to keep an eye on her; and if she seemed worse, they wanted to see her. That night (New Year's Eve), she was still sneezing, but she also seemed more listless. I was really worried about her! She stayed on the sofa quite a bit, sleeping with some blankets over her (it was cold and snowy here). Fergus got up on the sofa and lay down beside her. He usually harrasses her when he gets by her, but he just lay down. I think he knew she wasn't feeling well, and just wanted to comfort her.





Happy ending--she improved steadily and is no longer sneezing and seems to be back to her usual self. Maybe because of Dr. Fergus's assistance.
Awww...how cute! Fergus has that "See, I'm being good and helping Callie get better" look going. I'm glad Callie is feeling better.

I notice several of my cats will snuggle up with me when I'm not feeling well too. I suppose they just like having a warm person to sleep on or by, but I like to believe they are really trying to comfort me.

And a little Max update -- he's eating up a storm (well for him anyway) today and is much more active. I think he might have just felt kinda icky yesterday. I'm happy for him (and me).
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indra, I am so glad that Max is better. And I do believe that cats know when their people aren't feeling well and try to comfort them. Miss Purrl (whom we lost about 3 years ago at the good old age of 20-1/2) was so good at it that we called her Nurse Purrl when she did it.
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