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Cat Update

Posted by terrepruitt on August 22, 2015

Oh, man, I was trying not to write about the cats.  I am sitting here trying to come up with something to write about, but I am not coming up with anything.  Or I have, I’ve thought of a few things, but my notes, information, and research are not here with me, so I don’t want to write a post off of just my memory.  I am a bit tired as I am been in training all day.  Ya know, just learning stuff all day long.  It is really tiring.  It doesn’t matter what you are learning, being in a training and getting new information or even being reminded of stuff you already know, but maybe forgot – is tiring. So all I got left at this late hour is the cats.  Sometimes when I can’t think of something to write about I look through my photo album on my phone and I find something to write about.  I often snap pictures of things to remind me of a post I thought of or I find a pretty picture in there I can comment on.  All of my recent photos are of cats.  So . . . cats is what you get.  An update on the girls.

So, you may have read my past blog posts, you may not have.  Here is a summary.  We adopted two cats (sisters, what they call a “bonded pair”) on Fourth of July.  On the 13th of July we locked them in a room and started treating them with a topical medicine because we suspected ringworm.  On the 21st of July it was confirmed and we began giving them pills on that same day.  They had to take 30 days worth of pills.  On the 20th day (August 10th) of giving the meds (that means they had 10 pills left to take) we took them in to be tested again.  The vet said that Smokey (the black one) didn’t have any spots on her that could be tested.  And that the tortie, Esmeralda, only had spots on her toes.  So he took a sample to culture.  That takes 10 days.  So while the culture was being done we had the remaining 10 pills to give.  Plus we were instructed to put the topical medicine on Esmeralda’s toes.

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Now at the end of the 30 days of pills she was getting more and more withdrawn.  And depressed.  Both of the cats would hide when evening rolled around because that is when we would pill them. They knew it was coming.  And they just seemed to get more sad and more skittish.  It was nice to finally be able to let them out, but this additional pilling with Esmeralda is tough.

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We are very sad that we are having to continue with her pills.  They make her not feel well so we don’t blame her for not wanting to take them.  Poor girl.  Hopefully she will forgive us down the line.  We will see.

It is great that neither my husband nor I got the fungus.  We played with the cats and handled them as if they were not infected.  But we washed our hands after.  Hubby would walk from cat room straight to the sink to wash his hands.  I would sometimes use hydrogen peroxide to wipe my hands, legs, and feet.  It it really nice to not have to change clothes just to see the cats.  It is really nice to have them out in the house with us.  We have eleven more days of pilling Emmy.  We can do it.

So that is an update on our little situation.  I still have to put my office back together, getting all the stuff I took out of it out of the rest of the house.  But we are doing ok.  Thanks for “listening”.

10 Responses to “Cat Update”

  1. Rose Mills said

    Poor girls. I’m sure they’ll forgive you when it’s all over!


    • Rose –

      Thanks for the sympathy. I love knowing that people understand that our cats are “suffering”. They are such good girls. They are so sweet. It is so difficult to put them through this. Upon writing this I was not convinced that the littlest one would forgive us. But, last night after we pilled her she was playing with her toys by herself and when I joined in she engaged with me. And then this morning when I got home from class she let me give her hugs and kisses and even purred in return.

      We go back and forth. She seems as if she will forever pout and never forgive so my hubby and I want to stop with the meds. But then she acts like she might forgive us so then we have faith we can do it. 🙂 We will see!

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      • Rose Mills said

        Of course! If it wasn’t for you, they’d be poorly, and even though they may not understand that, other pet owners can sympathise. I hope you do post more cat updates. I’d love to know how they are when they’re all better!


        • Thanks! They are so sweet and fun. We can’t wait to get into a “normal” groove. Oh, in a few months Smokey has to have her tooth removed because she broke it! Sigh. Poor girls!


          • Rose Mills said

            Aw no! They just can’t catch a break can they? Poor things. At least you’re not going to be the one administering the treatment, so she can’t judge you for it! 🙂


            • We do not know what she did. She is a “chewer”. She likes to chew on everything. She could have been chewing on anything and broke the tooth. Or the vet said perhaps she jumped and hit it. We don’t know. So sad, though. And . . . I hope we don’t have to administer anything after the surgery. Ekk!


              • Rose Mills said

                My Ivy is exactly the same! She loves to chew metal the most, strange cat. I’d never considered she could chip a tooth doing it! I’ll keep an eye on her from now on!


                • Yeah, they can chip or break their teeth. Smokey totally BROKE it. It is more than half gone. Here canine. Bummer. So sad. She is still so young and now she is going to be missing a tooth. It is difficult to watch them all the time, but at least if you are aware of it you can try. Good luck.


  2. Liv said

    Awwww poor Emmy and poor kitty mom and dad, it’s hard on all of you. Hope it works and knocks it out for good so they can find their new happy normal!liv


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