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Old 03-21-2007, 03:25 PM   #76
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Yep, it was a mix. They always eat a mix of two foods anyway, so the new food was mixed with the other food that is always mixed in, and whatever was left of the old 50/50 mix. He got less than half of new food.

He does eat insanely fast so I may start feeding them 3 times a day, 1/4 1/4 1/2 instead of 1/2 1/2. I have to give 1/2 at bedtime or they get too hungry during the night (and then eat even faster in the morning).
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Marijke's going to the vet Friday at 4:45....

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I hope everything turns out okay
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Thanks guys. It's weird b/c it doesn't always happen. I was beginning to doubt myself, thinking I was being overly sensitive. Then I woke her up from a nap and sure enough, one eye dilated farther so I freaked and called the vet. It's usually noticeable when they are like slits, especially if you are in the light and say "Marijke!" and she looks right into the light. You can see one stay bigger. I thought maybe she's blind in one eye or something, but if I cover up one eye and pretend to smack her, she reacts. Same for the other eye.
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Marijke's going to the vet Friday at 4:45....

It's anisocoria right? I did a small research for you in my school books... It's probably some problem in the simpathetic or parassimpathetic (is this how you say in english?) part of the nervous sistem. Generally there are no major problems But I don't know what can cause it. But she will be fine I'm sure
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:44 PM   #82
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Thanks Your English is fine. Yes, anisocoria is what it's called. I also read that 70% of cats who have this are not diagnosed to have any of the serious problems that can cause it, so hopefully it's just a quirk. But it can be a symptom of leukemia and FIP and since I have other cats who could be susceptible, I'd like to at least rule that out. Also, if she did have a disease, I'd want to tell the owners of the cats who also adopted from this PALS class so they can get their cats checked.
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^^ I know that I'm a future Vet but things related with the eye were a little forgotten so I went looking for it on my last year books... This is a good trainning for me Right now I'm studing FIP... I'll tell you if I notice something related that could help you But the best thing to do is take her to a real professional...
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FIP One of our cats died of that. Horrible, horrible, horrible thing. I hope you only ever have to study it and don't experience it. If Marijke has FIP I will count my blessings and say goodbye. I will never allow another animal suffer even one day the way Eden suffered.
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I don't think so she would probably have ascites (water in abdomen) or pleural effusion and she would eat less and lose weight. In the eye the signs usually include uveitis, aquaous or vitreous flare... I don't think that's the case
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That is exactly what happened to Eden, among other horrendous things, however she showed no signs at first besides the disease mimicking a bad UTI. It took a while for it to progress to the point where her belly was obviously swollen and she slowly stopped eating.

Marijke has no other problems but the eye, and that she was malnourished and very underweight as a kitten. The only reason I'll bring up FIP to the vet is b/c Eden died of it, thus making it likely that one or both of my cats now carry it and could pass it to Marijke. My understanding is that only very few cats develop the disease from the odd mutation, even though the corona virus is commonly carried by cats.
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You know a lot about cats! Yes they can carry the virus but cases of severe disease are rare. Corona can cause diarrhoea but that doesn't mean the cat will develop FIP. But they can pass it to other cats who can be more sensitive and develope a severe disease. But most cats have specific antibodies for that and usually they know how to do their job So maybe you cats are imune to that...
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I only know a lot about that because when Eden first started getting sick, "FIP" never stuck out in any of our Internet research. In fact, two separate vets treated her for what they thought were her problems (UTI, URI, and kitty depression) before we were called out of the blue and told she had to be put down immediately. Then we researched it a lot because we had three other cats.

I'm assuming that my older two are definitely immune, since it's been over a year since they were first exposed and a year since Eden died from it. My only fear is that since Marijke was sickly when we adopted her and my cats probably carry the virus, it could have affected her since she was already sick.

But I know the chance is so small, I really shouldn't worry. I just like to be prepared for everything.
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