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Posts Tagged ‘ringworm’

Cool AND Safe Cats

Posted by terrepruitt on May 8, 2017

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https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4164/34500992546_91b36584e3_o.jpgI want to remind people that in July of 2015 California was still in the drought and things were very dry.  Our area was very hot.  When there is not enough water things get out of balance.  So, the earth doesn’t have enough water to quench the thirst of the vegetation.  The vegetation doesn’t grow so the insects and animals don’t get the proper nutrition.  Things get out of whack.  When the body isn’t in balance the things that are encountered every day sometimes get the best of a body.  I am saying all of this – not that it is EXACTLY why, but – because that year there was a huge outbreak of ringworm in the shelters.  A week after we got our cats I discovered they had ringworm.  Shortly after I discovered that and let the place know where we got them, an article came out in the paper saying it was the worse they had seen in a long time.  Kittens and cats were being brought in with ringworm in record number.  This was AFTER I told my vet I thought my cats had ringworm and he scoffed at me.  He said in all his years as a vet he had only seen one or two cases.  Well, that year there were many cases.  The shelters were having to treat all the kitties.  I say all this so that people know it was just an unusual thing.  Most of the time cats and people don’t get it even when they are exposed because we are healthy enough to fight it off.  But I think the drought had a lot to do with it.  It was unusual for there to be such an outbreak of ringworm.

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The one large screen fit in the large window great.  It was able to be held in both ways . . . as in it didn’t fall into the room and the way it fit in the window frame it would not be able to be pushed out.  The screen for the smaller window would only fit when we took the window out.  It was something we had to do every night and every morning, but I think it was way worth it to allow the cats to have some air AND to give us peace of mind.

I know there are others out there that might want to have that extra reinforcement for their windows so I would suggest getting a temporary screen.  The ones I got from Quality Screen Co, LLC (LP) were adjustable so they worked great.  I went looking for my post regarding these screens when I saw this post – Stay safe and secure open windows! – on Katzenworld.  That is when I discovered I had not written a post.  I thought this would be a good time.  The weather is getting warm and open windows provide relief from the heat.  A temporary adjustable screen could help reinforce the screen already in your window and save you and your pet from an unfortunate situation.

Stay cool and stay safe!

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Get That Mouse!

Posted by terrepruitt on October 22, 2015

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Of course, I took more than I have posted, but it is kind of a series of photos, so that is why I have posted so many.  You can see how they are both looking at the mouse.  Then Emmy looks at me.  I have several of these.  As I mentioned, I couldn’t really see what I was getting, I was just pressing the button.  Smokey’s attention never waivers.  Then you see she gets low . . .then she gets a little lower, then . . .a little pounce.

When they were brought into the shelter they weighed in at 9.8 pounds and 8.8 pounds.  At the last vet check they came in at 7.44 pounds and 5.5 pounds.  Using the hold ’em and weight method, Smokey is back up to 9.8.  And Emmy is at 7 pounds. They are much happier and eating better.  Plus they have a lot more room to run around.  And boy, do they run around.  They tear through the house at top speeds.  I wish we had something to clock them.  They get going so fast!

They are very fun.  They want to play a lot.  So I am constantly being interrupted to play.  They are very good mousers.  Smokey is very good at knowing where the mouse will be and she can catch it without having to move a lot.  She has slowed down a little bit with having gone from 7.4 pounds to 9.8.  Esmeralda is a flier.  She is always in the air.  All four paws either in a long jump or in a really high pounce.  It is amazing.  They both would be great hunters.

Well, I know this type of post is far and away from health, wellness, and fitness, but our cats do bring a lot of laughter and joy into our lives.  I like to share.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, Smokey and EsmeraldaDance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, Smokey and Esmeralda

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After she got it, she had to roll around with it as cats do.  Her trophy.  Emmy looks unimpressed!

Show me pictures of your pet!  Either e-mail them to me so I can post them, or post a link so we can see them.  It is fun to share pictures of our furry family members!

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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”.

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A Nip About Cats

Posted by terrepruitt on August 8, 2015

Well, as you know, we not-too-long-ago adopted two new cats.  And with that came ringworm.  So we have not been able to start our lives together . . . in a sense . . . because we have been having to keep them locked in one room to reduce the chances of the spread and continuation of this fungus.  It is not worms, but a fungus.  In addition to the lock-down, we are having to give them both medication in the form of a pill.  Anyone that has “pilled” a cat knows that no matter the method it is not pleasant for neither recipient nor giver.  It is not something new “parents” want to have to do to their new cats.  So, really, all I have thought about is cats, lately.  Yes, I realize that I tend toward the obsessive side, but when all my spare time is spent cleaning and a lot of my energy is spent working towards getting my “new” cats healthy, can you blame me?  With all the thoughts; “cats”, it made me think of a one thing about cats that I recently learned.  Some of you might find it interesting, I know I did.  In talking to a friend after Nia class the other day, she asked me if I was going to write a blog post about it and I said no because I feel I have been posting too much about cats.  She made me think that it might be ok to do so.  So here ya go.

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Some cats get more aggressive than just rubbing their heads and rolling around, but it is not dangerous aggressive or violent aggressive.  Just maybe a little more aggressive and active than you are used to seeing your cat actually be.  But  I don’t know exactly first hand because I once read that catnip is a drug for the cat.  Some articles say that it is like LSD or marijuana.  So my hubby and I decided to keep our cat “drug-free”.  And we did.  We didn’t give our cat, Spot, catnip.  Once I bought a toy that either didn’t disclose on the website that it had catnip or I didn’t read it.  So we gave it to her, but then we put it away and it never came out again.  But with two cats, who knows what we will do.  This is new territory for us.  And by now, I had dreamed of being well into our “getting-to-know-you” phase.  Anyway . . . we will see.  In addition to the “frenzied”, “high”, “tripping” behavior a cat might exhibit there is a calm.  It acts like a sedative.  I could see that being a good thing.  But who knows.  When they have reign over the whole house we might never need a sedative.  Although from the sound of things it might be entertaining to see them on the stuff . . . .

What about you?  Did you think (like I did) that all cats reacted to catnip?  Do you allow your cat to indulge?

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Now, Not The Future

Posted by terrepruitt on August 1, 2015

I admit, I am challenged with living in the NOW.  I have posted about it before in my Still Practicing Living in the Moment post.  It is a constant practice.  The idea of multi-tasking does not help.  It takes the focus off of what you are doing because your attention is split, and I talked about that in my post “Multitasking”.  There are so many things that remind me to live in the present.  There are always memes showing up on my Facebook Newsfeed.  There are even Bible verses.  Nia used to stand for Now I Am, which I was taught meant to focus on the present, to move and dance in the moment.  But still, I often don’t pay attention to the moment.  When I am not living in the moment sometimes it causes me to worry or feel anxious.  When I have a lot to do, a lot to get done, that is when I am most thinking about doing the next thing.  I am especially anxious for the future right now.  It is like when you have a vacation planned and you can’t wait for it to get here.  I can’t wait for our cats isolation period to be over with.

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It was on the 13th that we locked them in one room.  Now we have to give them meds until the August 19th.  We have an appointment with the vet on August 10th.  The vet will take samples at that time.  While we are waiting for the culture to come back (10 to 14 days) we will be finishing up the 30 days of medication.

We are excitedly waiting for the 19ths when we will be done with 30 days of medication.  But what if the culture doesn’t come back negative? OH MAN!  What if we have to go more isolation time and more culture time and expense? AHHHH!  What if ONE culture is negative and the other one positive?  What if we go bat guano crazy before the 19th?

So I am having a difficult time living in the now.  I have a ton of stuff to do and I feel as if I can’t really concentrate or enjoy (whatever should apply) because I am so wanting this whole thing to be over.  I want the cats to be able to free, plus I really just want to get back to living our regular lives.  This whole process is a pain in the ass.

I know I need to just focus on the moment.  It really does make things better.  It allows me to get more out of what I am doing.  I allows me to enjoy the present.  It helps me to not worry and be anxious.  But damn it is a challenge!

Can you share a story of a situation when you were looking forward to the end and anxious about it at the same time?  Have you ever had this happen where you are not living in the moment? 

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We Brought More Than Two Cats Home

Posted by terrepruitt on July 25, 2015

You may have seen my post about us getting cats.  We were thinking about it for a bit.  I always thought I wanted a kitten, but then I met these two cats.  They are about a year and two months.  We were very excited bringing them home.  The caretaker thought they might be hiding for weeks, and advised us to keep them in one room.  We did the first night, but then the next day we opened the door and they came right out.  After that they were in the bow window, that was their spot.  One of them is a tiny cat.  She is soooooo little.  She is so little I was confused as to why her feet were so big.  So I started to look at them.  One, I want them to get used to me touching their feet so I can clip their claws.  And two, I was checking out why her feet were so big when she is so little.  Turns out one of her toes is a little deformed making her foot look big and there was dried skin around the toe.  Plus she had dried stuff on her ears.  Her sister was losing all the hair in front of her ears and itching.  The internet, God bless it, led me to believe they had ringworm.

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We had them for a week when I internet-diagnosed them.  Of course, this realization came on a Saturday and I will tell you that unless you already have an appointment on Saturday, you are not going to get your cat in for one.  I would imagine vets would take an emergency, but contrary to what the internet says ringworm is not that common – so I don’t think the vets we called (all five of them) even believed that the cats had ringworm.  Our Dr. said he had only seen it once.  But the internet says it is very common.  Anyway . . . it took two more days for us to get an appointment.  All the while I am reading things on the internet that have me convinced that if it is really ringworm we have to burn the house down.

They have a few ways to diagnose ringworm.  One is a Wood’s Lamp, they say the fungus will fluoresce.  Our vet used the lamp and it didn’t really fluoresce.  They can look at a skin sample under a microscope, but it is really hard to tell if it is or isn’t with this method.  Another method is a sample of scabby stuff and they culture it, which takes 7-14 days.  Then once they diagnose it, the treatment is for thirty days.  Then you have to keep treating until you get a negative culture.  They can also biopsy skin.

Meantime you have to keep the animals locked up in order to keep the fungus from spreading everywhere in the house.  I think the information on the internet that was sounding so dire was for houses with multiple animals, shelters, or catteries.  We were fortunate because we had just got the cats.  So they hadn’t really made themselves at home and been ALL over.  We had even been shutting some rooms off just so they could get used to the house a little bit at a time.  They spent most of their time in a window, as I said.

But still, the spores can be airborne so it is recommended you use a diluted bleach solution to clean everything.  Whatever can’t tolerate the bleach solution gets disinfected with white vinegar.  Everything that can be laundered gets laundered.  Everything that can be moved out into the sun to bake for the day gets put outside.  Our backyard constantly looks like a yard sale.

The cats have been confined to a room since July 13th.  They have endured twice daily topical medication for 9 days.  Then we stopped doing it twice a day when we got the oral medication.  The oral med only comes in pill form.  Thank God that is only once a day.  My hubby has given them both two baths.  These poor animals probably think they we are big meanies!  Sometimes we feel like it.  We have to keep telling each other that is it for the best.  We just want to let them out so they can be free and happy.  We have few days yet.  (Twenty-six days!)

They are very sweet cats.  My hubby and I spend as much time as we can in the room with them.  It is not a big room and it has a lot of furniture in it, but we manage to get those cat wands flying so the girls can chase the feather back and forth.  They are little enough that they can run a bit and jump allowing them some exercise.

So, this is a time-consuming situation . . . but we know that this is just a little speck in time and hope that once we are done with this our babies will forget all about it in the years of fun that we have to come.  These cats are so sweet and so special that we are doing what we can to get through this.  We feel bad for them, but it will all be ok.

This is me sharing and documenting . . . .you know I like to do that.

Have you ever had any experience with ringworm?

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