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la di dah
, Apr 13 2012 11:32 AM
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:37 PM
Sorry LDD I didn't mean to worry you unduly and I forgot that Nimbus will probably be indoors much of the time.
My knowledge is very very out of date, but we used to put zinc cream on the cat's ears. Now that I think of it i wonder if it wasn't quite harmful as he would have ingested it when grooming. I imagine there are much better ideas about it now - this was in my childhood so a long time ago. But as far as I know, it still can be an issue for white cats who spend a great deal of time in the sun outdoors.
No worries. Better safe than sorry. Unless I fall into a lot of money we don't have a place to put a cat run, so they're 100% indoor kitties for the forseeable future. He just sits by the big sliding glass door to catch some rays but that window even has overhead shade and its a south exposure so I'm just going to let him.
We don't have any north windows, only south and west so I figure he should be okay. I'd much rather people be over-cautious than under so thank you.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:51 AM
It is very possible. I am NOT a cat person. I've said many nasty things about cats in the past. We are getting a rescue kitten (and maybe a rescue kitten's brother or sister?) when we move in a couple of weeks. The kitty cluck has hit HARD.
You will be soon!!!
LDD, he is ADORABLE!!!
Young cats especially are pretty good about new cats turning up. Our longest period of hostility was 1 week and it was Lexi being upset when we got Basil. Now they spend most of the time asleep together! She mothers him and grooms him. This was them after about 3 weeks...
Soon you'll have an adorable ying yang
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:11 AM
I can't see the pictures ;_; Wanna see new kitty
PussyDids, I know I always say this, but your bengal kitties are just amazing
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:16 AM
Is it mine or PussyDid's pix that aren't coming up? I can see both, maybe your computer is boycotting cats?
I love the pics of the bengals, super amazing. Mine aren't bundling together yet but they sit next to each other. Right now, however, Grue has claimed my entire back/butt as her magical kingdom of naptime, and Nimbus is off crawling into my sister's face. He is going to be so sad when she moves back to America because he lurrrves her.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:54 AM
Yours, LDD, wherever you're linking from is being blocked by the filter at work. I need to see cat pictures to work effectively.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:17 PM
I need to see cat pictures to work effectively.
You should have that written into your contract!!
Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:38 PM
Well Nimbus has been thoroughly adopted by Grue, who washes him and sits on him and alternates affection with nom nom noming on him, but always letting him go if he cries. He's also always first into the food bowl and she sits and watches.
But he's the laziest, most lethargic kitten I've EVER seen. We bathed him, de-flea-ed him and picked off literally about 40 fleas. Advantage, etc. was applied. He's still slack and lazy and mostly wants to sleep. He plays hardly at all. And he's barely grown, he's definitely not growing at the rate of Roswelle's babies. He's going to the vet tomorrow.
Wish us luck, everyone.
I've never had such an unplayful kitten.
We're thinking of trying changing his food, the Advantage kitten (which worked SO well on Grue and Roswelle and all the babies, they grew like crazy) seems to upset his tummy. Should we try the Purina kitten? I've heard that's easier on their stomachs sometimes?
He's very sweet and just wants to sleep next to or on somebody. But he doesn't do anything besides sleep and eat and its kind of weirding us out.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:04 PM
He's all white isn't he? Get the vet to check his hearing. He may be deaf. Which is not really a problem for an indoor cat, but could explain the "not noticing" stuff and what comes across as lethargy.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:37 PM
He seems to hear me when I call him. His ears move a lot. He likes to hide under the blankets but leave one ear out.
He just doesn't interact like Grue. I put it down to him being just very chilled out compared to Miss Twitch, but he's not chubbing up and he's all bones and dozing off all the time.
He has been wormed. And we are taking him to a vet tomorrow.
We kept waiting for him to perk up and be playful and stuff. By this age the fosters did sleep and stuff but they played a lot and did things and crawled into places they shouldn't and so on.
My cat I grew up with that lives with my parent, my sister said "Hydrox does more than Nimbus does, you know that, right?" Hydrox is 16 years old. Admittedly some of what he does is about being a cocksure little jerk, but yeah.
I feel so stupid saying "my cat never does anything naughty and just sleeps on his blanket or eats or uses the box like a perfect gentleman - it's breaking my heart!!!"
Edited by la di dah, 08 May 2012 - 09:38 PM.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:02 AM
Let us know how you go with the vet today.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:47 PM
What did the vet say, la di dah? Is the little man all right?
Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:27 PM
He's eating, weeing, and pooping, so to get to our regular vet (who are great) we are going tomorrow. He's stable. Just sorta weird. My husband is really worried about him.
Another one of the litter has apparently been sickly and I'm waiting to hear from the rescue what it was it had. I am rather concerned. I picked Nimbus because he was calm and happy to be held but not trembly or jittery or as bouncy as some of the others, he and the runtiest one just wanted to be held, not run around and tear up the rescue lady's kitchen with the other.
Its him and the runt who are sick. I feel like I sort of am responsible for not picking the liveliest and bounciest of them, but he was so sweet. And I guess its not like he would be better off, he gets more individual attention here.
Grue is mad because we washed Nimbus again tonight, (he got poop on his feet) and she was running around and glaring around all Free The Bathtub 1 and glowering on his behalf. Then she tried to cuddle him and give us a dirty look at the same time.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:58 AM
Update, for those odd cat people like me:
Going TOMORROW because the rescue got back with me and they want him to go to their vet not our vet which is fair enough but I can't walk from this suburb to that one.
And he's stable, he looks the way he has all month.
But in my touching base with the rescue lady I asked about whether the runt had recovered (hoping to pick up ideas for Nimbus, maybe its antibiotics, maybe its something simple, or a vitamin supplement...) and it turns out she's actually been at vet's recommendation put to sleep from an undiagnosed failure to thrive generalized badness thing.
And she wasn't MUCH smaller than Nimbus she was just the runtiEST and he 2nd smallest.
And I'm to feed him nothing but boiled chicken today to see if its gentler on his digestion.
I wasn't actually all that worried before I thought he'd need the kitty equivalent of an Ensure shake everyday or something.
He's stable, that's good, right? If he's just feeble and small I don't think I'm going to put him down for that, as long as he doesn't seem to be in pain, I'll just have a shabby cat and a stupid cat, that's okay, right? Today he ate his chicken and then camped in the track of our balcony sliding door letting Grue slide him back and forth.
Grue messes with him but they spend most of the day curled up together.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:53 PM
OH LDD, how sad about Nimbus' litter mate...
If he is otherwise healthy, and you are happy to have a tiny kitten, then no reason to put him down?
Hopefully he will perk up with some extra-fulling food.
Let us know how the little puff-ball is going
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:00 PM
Yeah, the way he eats and cuddles, unless he starts being unable to stand/use the box/toddle around like he's doing, we're going to keep him on. We do call him The Pet Rock, ("how's the pet rock?") which sounds terrible, but he seems happy enough, he just doesn't DO anything.
Actually today I took up the kitten kibble away from him and fed him only very boiled bits of chicken breast, and I think maybe he was a bit better today, no runs. So maybe he just needs special food for awhile.
If it turns out I've just been feeding him the wrong kitten kibble this whole time, I'm going to kick my own ass.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:06 PM
Hope you get good news LDD.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:03 AM
Fingers crossed for good news tomorrow xxx
Edited by OscarAndTilly, 11 May 2012 - 12:04 AM.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:41 PM
Hope the news was good!
Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:07 PM
FWIW, many, many years ago my cat had a litter of kittens who were all small (she was part Siamese and was not huge either), but one was distinctly midget-like. Small, and perfectly formed. And I mean small. Would have been half the size of his mother.
He was a delightful cat, and healthy as anything. Just teeny, and perhaps a bit less um, physical than his litter-mates (smoochier, rather than playful).
I wouldn't PTS just because he wasn't growing - I'd only PTS if there was something majorly awry, that was causing pain and couldn't be resolved. Hope the vet sheds some light on the poor chap, and if you are not happy with that vet's advice, see your own vet before doing anything!
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:01 PM
Got back from the vet.
They think he has cat flu, and parasites. He had been wormed but he needs more/different, probably. The lack of weight-gain is the flu, said the vet.
His nose/mouth/eyes are often mucky and he sneezes a lot. They say it's probably also the general disinterest/laziness in everything BUT today he's actually been a lot more active/playful since he hasn't had diarrhea since he went to boiled chicken instead of kibble.
The vet was quite concerned about his size/weight but he looked better than he has, to my eye, since I see him everyday.
We're to go back tomorrow for more tests and more stuff. They think that it's not the kibble making him sick but to keep him on the boiled chicken and some of this perscription wet food until he recovers a bit. He had mouth ulcers that the vet showed me, on his palate, that I had never seen/noticed.
But we're cautiously optimistic. Or I am, anyway. He ran and jumped today, and instead of just lying there and allowing himself to be chewed, scrapped with Grue a little.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:07 PM
Oh that does sound like cause for cautious optimism.
I so hope he continues to improve.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:12 PM
Yes, that is reason for optimism. Hope the little guy improves
Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:59 PM
Poor dude, but sounds like its fixable, so yay!
Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:08 AM
I hope Nimbus is on the road to improvement! Grue won't know what to do when he starts being feisty.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:50 AM
hows kitty today?
Perhaps it was all part of his evil genius plan to lure grue into a false sense of security
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