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28 December 2013 @ 11:49 pm
Cats, vets, and madness.  
Bitch of a day today. Firstly I woke up with a sinus headache - how fair is that on a weekend? - and then spent most of the day looking for Hippie Chick. She is currently downstairs with the other seal girls, and she met me at the door when I went down to feed her this morning but after that she vanished. I looked EVERYWHERE for her, with no luck. Even when I brought a large Ikea carry bag downstairs she didn't come to investigate; Fatty Girl and Dot both jumped in it straight away, but no Chicken. She's usually really friendly and outgoing so I was really getting worried that I'd accidentally let her outside, perhaps when I took a load of washing out to hang, or when I let Jay's dog out into the backyard.
By 1pm I was ringing the local vets on the off-chance that someone had brought in an injured or lost Birman. By 2pm I was walking the street calling her, and then when I left to go grocery shopping I circled the block slowly first. No sign of her then, or when I got back. I had to go over to feed Jay's cat at 4pm and when I got back, and checked downstairs one more time, there she was - blinking slowly and yawning and wondering what all the fuss was about. I have NO idea where she hid herself away all day.

And now tonight I'm waiting to hear from the vet as to Ziggy's condition. He was straining to use his litter tray, quite unsuccessfully, and then vomiting and crying. He eats so many odd things - he's chewed a fist-sized hole in my bedspread, and eats any of my clothing he can get to - that it worried me he might be blocked by something he's eaten. He's on fluids, and if that doesn't work they'll sedate him then try an enema. My poor little man! I hope he'll be all right for me to bring home tomorrow.
I'm just so glad that I was able to get him to the vet's. Normally on a Saturday night I'd have a few drinks, but tonight I just didn't feel like it, so when I realised at 8pm that there was a problem, I was okay to drive.

Meanwhile Bodie is enjoying being only-cat-upstairs and is running around like a mad thing. He's normally the most sedate of cats so I don't know quite what's got into him, but what ever it is, it's fun. Taking my mind off Ziggy, at least.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
mrua7mrua7 on December 28th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
OMGosh, been through all those situations big time.

I had moved into my 99^ competed house many years ago (the house is long gone now) and my cat Mr. Jinks was being kept there. I suddenly could not find him and searched the entire day. There just weren't many place he could have hidden as there wasn't much furniture moved in. Called him all day, inside and out and finally gave up thinking he'd gotten out and was lost in a place unfamiliar to him. I walked into the small bedroom where a bunch of boxes had been put, and suddenly I saw a pair of eyes staring out at me through and open handle on the box. The box had not been taped and the lid was simply tied in place. He had obviously lifted up the lit and crawled in and stayed there all day, ignoring me as I had entered that room many times, calling his name....the little stinker.

My other cat, a calico named Cookie decided to eat a lenth of type writer ribbon (yes a cartride from when electric typewriters were still in use) It caused her to vomit, and have bowel issues, and they had to give her an enema...oh yes she'd chewed up a rubber band and that was wrapped in her intestines with the tape. She was fine after the enema, and I was all the more poorer. Eeek.

Am sure Ziggy has threads from the bedspred wrapped around his intestines.

Hope all goes fine with him, and you....very stressful situation for sure. Big hug!
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on December 28th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
They're so good at hiding, aren't they... and then emerging as though they don't have a care in the world. Chicken is normally at my feet whenever I'm downstairs, which is why I was thinking she must have escaped. Just so, so glad to find her again.
Ziggy's bedspread-eating antics were well over a month ago. This time the culprit is more likely to be a bit of one of his toys; I can't think of anything else that he's destroyed recently. Thanks for the hug, though, it's very worrying.
mrua7mrua7 on December 28th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Even though the spread eating was a monh+ ago, there could still be some threads lodged in the intestines, that combined with swallowing something else could cause a reall log jam. I'm sure the vet will find what's been injested and hopefully an enema will take care of it.

Funny thing, when Cookie had hers she lost alot of weight, as aparently she had a lot of fur in her intestines from grooming, so that added to the problem as well. Eventually she looked plump again as the fur built up again, but I cat-proofed the house, no more rubber bands, ribbon, tape (always locked up) string, and even toys that could be pulled apart and eaten. No garland and tinsel on the Christmas tree either. My strategy worked and never had the problem with her again. She lived to the ripe old age of 22!
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on December 28th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
22 is a marvellous age for a cat! Obviously she wsas well cared-for.
My problem with Ziggy is I never know what he's likely to eat until he's eaten it. Most of my pillowcases have a corner missing, all of my dressing gowns have chewed belts, and just recently I was sitting at the table having a cup of coffee and realised he was chewing the hem of my dress.
mrua7mrua7 on December 28th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
My other cat, Jinks lived to the age of 23. With the exception of one...all my cats so far have made it to 17 or well past. Part of it is luck, and knowing your cats well.

With Ziggy chewing so much, could it be a sign of a vitamin deficiency? I've read about that somewhere. Do you feed your cats dry food or sea food? Have been told by my vet (and after doing some research) that neiither is good for cats. They don't need grain or vegetables in their diet as they're simply carnivores and need meat. Chicken is the best for them. I've contemplated supplementing their canned food with coocked checken meat now and them, ground up of course. It's good to give them a little better meat than the by product meat in canned foods.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on December 30th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
23 is brilliant. I lost my oldest girl last May, she was 17 when I lost her. Poor baby, she was the last of her line. Still, I'd lost her brother to chronic renal failure when he was four so I think she did well to live that long.
Part of it is keeping them safe, too. It amazes me to see how many people think it's okay to let their cats roam.

My guys have roo meat for dinner, and for breakfast they get Black Hawk biscuits; the ingredients are listed in quantity order eg they contain more chicken meal than anything else.

Ziggy's blockage was caused by a compacted mass of hair (did I mention he overgrooms?) which had half a muesli bar wrapper in the middle. He must have nicked that from the bin :-( .
mrua7mrua7 on December 28th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
found this in reference to cats chewing cloth/clothing:


Edited at 2013-12-28 05:30 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on December 30th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
That was very interesting. I grow cat grass in pots for my guys to nibble on, I reckon it helps their digestion. As to the other suggestions, I haven't tried Bitter Apple, so that's something to investigate. Just not sure where to apply it, I never know what he's going to try to eat next. Sitting at the table having a cup of coffee the other morning, I look down and he's chewing a hole in my dress. It's either stress or boredom, vet thinks possibly a mixture of both, and he reckons the chewing and the overgrooming are related.
mrua7mrua7 on December 30th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
wow hair ball and a wrapper, what a mess. Does he play with toys, perhaps some of thsoe mechanical whirly gigs that you can put on timers, that he can chase.

Right now I'm dealing with my Bowie who seemed to take a nose dive yesterday. He's been on antibiotics, eating better purring like crazy then yesterday I could tell he wasn't feeling well. He refused to eat, went to the water bowl and just stared at it. I was asleep and woke up to find him gone, and found him on the floor literally staggering and not able to stand. I made up a bowl of tuna in water, added lots of water to it and periodically he's drinking that. I laid him down with me and he started purring like a steam engine, but seemed restless, kept looking around and just didn't want to lay down his head. That went on for about an hour...now he's finally laying down resting with his eyes closed. I have a bad feeling it's his kidneys....he's not an old cat and is maybe 8 years old. You know when your instints kick in about something. Sigh.

So will call the vet and take Bowie over for another exam. Ireally don't have the money for this, but I can't let my boy not be taken care of...

We love them like our children...
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on December 30th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC)
Oh no.. I just replied to your earlier post where you said you thought he was a bit off-colour, and now this... It doesn't sound good. I shall be thinking of you and him, please keep us posted.
They ARE our children, our little kids in fur coats.
mrua7mrua7 on December 30th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
Yes I just read your other reply. Thank so much for caring. Will def. keep you posted.
entropy_houseentropy_house on December 28th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
*Huggles* My best wishes for you and Ziggy.

Chicken was no doubt happily snoozing all day in a hidden spot. Once a cat of ours got into a dresser when the drawer was open, and stayed there all day in the space *behind/under* the drawers, and even when we opened that dresser and called him he ignored us. Until he got hungry around 12 hours later after we'd canvassed the neighborhood, made all the calls, etc. Then it was THUMP THUMP THUMP inside the dresser.
miwahni: Cats Cardimiwahni on December 28th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the huggles and the wishes. I've just rung the vet to see how he's doing, and apparently there's no change yet but he's comfortable (Ziggy, that is, not the vet - I really don't care if the vet is comfortable or not) so I have to ring back in the morning (it's after 2am now).
Cats are good at getting into small spaces. It's just that I checked all of the usual spots, and all of the unusual ones (inside the cat's fridge?) with no luck. I have no clue where she spent the day - but I'm just so happy to find she's home and okay.
clmiles: Animals 02 (black cat/blink eyes)clmiles on December 28th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad Chicken was found safe and sound at home, the little minx! And I hope everything works out okay with Ziggy.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on December 28th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I hope so too. Just rang the vet to see how things are going (it's the after-hours all-night emergency clinic) and Ziggy is still on a mild sedative and fluids, but with no change otherwise. Xrays still to be done, followed by enemas if there's no progress soon. Poor little man, he's a stress-kitten at the best of times (pulls his coat out by the mouthful) and this won't be helping.
mrua7mrua7 on December 28th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
I love your icon! May I borrow it?
moonlightmead on December 28th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh god, what a procession of complications. I love your cats' names - do you actually call them that, or is that just convenient shorthand and adjectives?

Best of luck for poor Ziggy, and I hope feline harmony is restored soon.
miwahni: Cats Cardimiwahni on December 28th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your good wishes. As above - no change as yet - I left it until 2am to call. Vet will call me if there's a significant deterioration, otherwise call him in the morning :-(

As for their names - that's their home names I've used. Well, sorta - Ziggy is actually a Norwegian Forest Cat named Snowstars Ziggy Stardust, and Bodie is Little Paws Bodie (he's a rescue cat, from the Little Paws Kitten Rescue group, so I used their name as his prefix).

As for the seal girls, that's their home names I've used above, and that's what they answer to. I bred two of them - Fatty Girl is actually Saavik Bacardi, (not counting her title, which is three times longer than her name) and Dot is Saavik Amesha Spenta. Saavik is my prefix, and every cat I bred has that at the start of their names. Chicken's full name is Gramar Hippie Chick; I bought her, but had the privilege of picking her registered name when she was born. Same with Zig, actually - his was an eagerly-awaited birth.

I also have Flossie (Saavik Swan Song), Ratty (Gramar Rhapsody's Angel) - and Puss. Lets not go there.

That's Fatty Girl in my icon, while the icon right at the top (thanks to sunray45 shows Bodie (red tabby) and Ziggy (black and white NFC).
moonlightmead on December 28th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to get an idea about your non-cats, non-Pros interests here :)

Thanks for the run-down, though. I can't promise to remember them all, but it was fascinating!
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on December 28th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ah mate don't worry, I'm just rambling now because it's late, and I'm worried, and have had a couple of G&Ts, and am contemplating bed but am not really sure I'll actually sleep... I just want the Zigmeister home again where he should be, picking on Bodie and destroying the soft furnishings.
nerthusnerthus on December 28th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope Ziggy will be all right and everything will be back in proper working order soon, so to speak. I might have to take my daughter's cat Kirara to the vet soon, she's gonna be 10 in a few months and I think she might be having some thyroid trouble. She still eats and potties well and has good energy, in fact she's become a bit too manic for her usual self plus she's lost some fur in patches near her hindquarters and has lost some weight despite eating her usual quantities of food;and I think I can feel a bit of a bigger bulge than usual in her throat around the thyroid area. She doesn't act as if she's in pain or distress otherwise, and a neighbor who has a cat with thyroid trouble said it sounds a lot like the symptoms her fur girl had. Anyway, I pray Ziggy will be fine and back home soon.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on December 30th, 2013 10:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for your good thoughts. Ziggy is home again now, and while he hasn't yet regained his full appetite he's in good spirits.
I've never had a cat with thyroid problems (touch wood!). It doesn't sound like it's slowing Kirara down at all which is a good thing! Hope all ends well.
Calise: CaliGirlUmbrellacali_se on December 30th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you found Hippie Chick! One of my cats (now long gone, bless him) went missing. We found him at the bottom of our garden in the end! He'd climbed behind the rockery and had been hiding, out of sight, right on our doorstep while we'd been looking all over the neighbourhood. I think he must have had an invisibilty cloak.

I hope Ziggy is better soon. *hugs*
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie headsmiwahni on December 31st, 2013 09:57 am (UTC)
They can hide in the smallest, least accessible places. My guys aren't allowed outside, so it was a real drama - if she had snuck out the door without me seeing; well, she has no road sense at all. Fortunately all was good.
Thanks for your good wishes for the Zigmeister. He seems to be back to his old self tonight, but he's not impressed with the muck he has to eat for a few days. I'll be happier when I see him tuck into a meal like there's no tomorrow.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on January 1st, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry to read about your cat woes. I hope everything has calmed down now.
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on January 2nd, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you, it has calmed down to a large extent. Still not 100% back to normal, but getting there.