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rubyroo

« on: May 16, 2012, 14:18 »
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Just to cheer everyone up a bit...

http://sobadsogood.com/2012/04/02/meme-alert-fonts-expressed-as-cats/

I want to take Helvetica and Apple Chauncery home with me...
« Last Edit: May 16, 2012, 14:20 by rubyroo »


« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 14:27 »
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Just to cheer everyone up a bit...

http://sobadsogood.com/2012/04/02/meme-alert-fonts-expressed-as-cats/

I want to take Helvetica and Apple Chauncery home with me...


Cats? I've always read your screen name as Scooby Doo saying his name, so I just figured you were a dog person.

rubyroo

« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 14:35 »
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Cats? I've always read your screen name as Scooby Doo saying his name, so I just figured you were a dog person.

You're absolutely right about the name!  Scooby Doo it is :)  But I'm not a dog person, no. 

« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 14:35 »
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I want to take Helvetica and Apple Chauncery home with me...
I'll take Dingbat.

rubyroo

« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 14:43 »
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Awww!  Is that because you like supporting the underdog (undercat?) - or are you into Punk?

I'm guessing Baldrick's Trousers might choose Courier, and Baskerville makes me think of Sean Locke.  Old Hippy could be Papyrus...
« Last Edit: May 16, 2012, 14:51 by rubyroo »

« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2012, 15:15 »
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Off topic, but someone may have some experience about this. One of my cats fell into some varnish type thing (somewhere in the neigbourhood). I washed him immediately, but I think it didn't entirely come off. The next day I called a pet shop who came and got him and took him to the shop to be cleaned. When he came back a few hours later, he was completely messed up, I mean mentally. He would jump suddenly and seemingly uncontrollably, every 15 minutes to half an hour. He didn't sleep all night. A vet came the next morning, said he's traumatised and gave him a shot of vitamin C. He then fell asleep. Now the cat is totally quiet, lost all his confidence and just sits the whole day, he's been like this for a few days now. He's eating and drinking again, I had to literally put food and water in his mouth the first few days.

My feeling is that he is like this from an experience he had at the pet shop, I think they were rough with him, I don't think this is because of the varnish. Before he went to the shop he was fine, he came back totally messed up. I'm writing here because maybe someone has seen an animal traumatised before. What I really want to know is if this could be a permanent thing. It would be such a shame, this was such an outgoing and happy cat before and now he is so sad. One other thing apart from walking in a very timid way now, he also keeps shaking his legs off as if there is water on it, even though it's been 5 days since he was cleaned up at the pet shop.

rubyroo

« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2012, 15:47 »
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I can empathise.  We had a strong, confident cat that we had to leave with a vet over a couple of days.  When I went to collect him he was wet and bedraggled from a huge amount of flea treatment fluid, and had a terrified look in his eyes.  As the assistant passed him to me he sort of walked up my front with heavy 'steps' and as I hugged him to me he sunk his claws into my clothing and gripped on to me for dear life, and just held on like that through the 20 minute journey home... only letting go once he was safely in his own house again.

He was never the same after that, I'm afraid.  Not at all.  Just quiet and fearful.  I'm sure there must be a way to bring a cat back from a traumatic experience, but we didn't manage to find it.  

Have you tried reverting to kittenhood?  Catnip toys... balls of string... that sort of thing?  See if you can rebuild him 'from scratch' as it were?  No doubt you're already giving lots of warmth and hugs to reassure.

If his eating has picked up, that's a good start.  It may be that he's lost his bearings and will recover them. 
« Last Edit: May 16, 2012, 15:54 by rubyroo »

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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2012, 15:55 »
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Off topic, but someone may have some experience about this. One of my cats fell into some varnish type thing (somewhere in the neigbourhood). I washed him immediately, but I think it didn't entirely come off. The next day I called a pet shop who came and got him and took him to the shop to be cleaned. When he came back a few hours later, he was completely messed up, I mean mentally. He would jump suddenly and seemingly uncontrollably, every 15 minutes to half an hour. He didn't sleep all night. A vet came the next morning, said he's traumatised and gave him a shot of vitamin C. He then fell asleep. Now the cat is totally quiet, lost all his confidence and just sits the whole day, he's been like this for a few days now. He's eating and drinking again, I had to literally put food and water in his mouth the first few days.

My feeling is that he is like this from an experience he had at the pet shop, I think they were rough with him, I don't think this is because of the varnish. Before he went to the shop he was fine, he came back totally messed up. I'm writing here because maybe someone has seen an animal traumatised before. What I really want to know is if this could be a permanent thing. It would be such a shame, this was such an outgoing and happy cat before and now he is so sad. One other thing apart from walking in a very timid way now, he also keeps shaking his legs off as if there is water on it, even though it's been 5 days since he was cleaned up at the pet shop.

Had a cat traumatized once. Affected all the cats in the house. They started fighting amongst themselves, hissing, jumping all sorts of on edge behaviour. It passed. Over time as life went back to normal the traumatized cat learned to relax and trust again and the rest followed.

« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 17:38 »
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I can empathise.  We had a strong, confident cat that we had to leave with a vet over a couple of days.  When I went to collect him he was wet and bedraggled from a huge amount of flea treatment fluid, and had a terrified look in his eyes.  As the assistant passed him to me he sort of walked up my front with heavy 'steps' and as I hugged him to me he sunk his claws into my clothing and gripped on to me for dear life, and just held on like that through the 20 minute journey home... only letting go once he was safely in his own house again.

He was never the same after that, I'm afraid.  Not at all.  Just quiet and fearful.  I'm sure there must be a way to bring a cat back from a traumatic experience, but we didn't manage to find it.  

Have you tried reverting to kittenhood?  Catnip toys... balls of string... that sort of thing?  See if you can rebuild him 'from scratch' as it were?  No doubt you're already giving lots of warmth and hugs to reassure.

If his eating has picked up, that's a good start.  It may be that he's lost his bearings and will recover them. 

Ok, thank you, now I know that this is a possibility and with this cat I can see this happening too. This cat was always the most adventurous, but also the most sensitive. I had a strange experience with him once, the place where I used to live was near a busy road. I took him out to that road once carrying him, when we reached the road he got really scared and clung to my chest. From the second he panicked and clung to me, every sound that I heard was amplified. I immediately had to walk back, not only from the noise, but also his claws were hurting me  :-\

He's got used to roads since then and has been in cars and vans a few times, he's also been bathed many times before, so I'm really not sure what happened to him for those few hours he was away, but it must have been horrific. Tried the balls of string etc., just no reaction at all. Hugs don't help him, in fact he becomes more fearful if he's held, although he likes being stroked on the neck, so that's something at least. Anyway, it would be a shame if he doesn't go back to the way he was, good to hear that your cat did get back to normal digitalexpression. Lets hope this one eventually snaps out of it. :)

« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012, 19:20 »
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There are no problems with cats that cannot be solved for 25 cents.

« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2012, 19:46 »
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Our cat has had renal failure for a year, and when he's not feeling well, things like a bath can affect him as though he's traumatized for a few days.  Eventually he returns to normal.  We just love him and snuggle a little more, and give him more treats to help make him more comfortable.  

Whatever that substance was, it could have mixed with the bath soap and temporarily irritated his skin, which scared him more than an ordinary bath would.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2012, 19:47 by Karimala »

« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2012, 05:27 »
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Our cat has had renal failure for a year, and when he's not feeling well, things like a bath can affect him as though he's traumatized for a few days.  Eventually he returns to normal.  We just love him and snuggle a little more, and give him more treats to help make him more comfortable.  

Whatever that substance was, it could have mixed with the bath soap and temporarily irritated his skin, which scared him more than an ordinary bath would.


Yes that's a possibility. I've been recommended to give him vitamin b1, which I'm doing. According to the vet it's good for nerve trauma (if I understood him correctly, the conversation wasn't in English).

This is a photo of the cat taken a few months ago sitting with his sister, he's the one on the right.


« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2012, 07:30 »
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Wow.  Look at those wild eyes!  Beautiful kitties.  

Because his kidneys are failing, I started giving our cat a potassium supplement (225 mg daily) and he has improved beyond anyone's expectations.  I've noticed that if he freaks out a little more than usual after a bath, an extra dose of potassium really helps.  He also has congestive heart failure where his lungs fill up with fluid when he's stressed, and the potassium helps slow down his heart rate and prevents the congestion.  Overall, he just seems to calm down after a dose.

I don't know if it would help your cat in this situation, but it also can't hurt him, so it's worth a try.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2012, 07:33 by Karimala »

« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2012, 07:51 »
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Ok, I'll give it a try, thanks Karimala  :)

« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2012, 07:57 »
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Any time.  I hope he feels better soon.  :-)

ann

  • FromLongIsland.com
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2012, 19:06 »
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adorable cat fonts, rubyroo - thanks for posting the link

VERY happy to hear how potassium supplement has helped Karimala's kitty.

About Microstock Posts' cat shaking legs off....   

-- A few summers ago, my older cat put on her invisibility cloak and slipped into room where I had a found-cat who was being treated for ear mites.

-- Found-cat was re-united with her family, but ever since then my cat will occasionally shake her head as if she has something in her ear, even though her ears have been checked and re-checked and re-re-checked....

Hope to see updates how traumatized kitty is bouncing back...

« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2012, 16:33 »
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...ever since then my cat will occasionally shake her head as if she has something in her ear...
I'm no vet but having had cats with ear mites I would think that if your cat is not rubbing her ears with her paws she probably doesn't have the bugs. Maybe she is just shaking her head because she is exasperated; I do that sometimes.

« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2012, 18:08 »
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adorable cat fonts, rubyroo - thanks for posting the link

VERY happy to hear how potassium supplement has helped Karimala's kitty.

About Microstock Posts' cat shaking legs off....  

-- A few summers ago, my older cat put on her invisibility cloak and slipped into room where I had a found-cat who was being treated for ear mites.

-- Found-cat was re-united with her family, but ever since then my cat will occasionally shake her head as if she has something in her ear, even though her ears have been checked and re-checked and re-re-checked....

Hope to see updates how traumatized kitty is bouncing back...
No idea where you are located but you can easily treat this yourself in a couple of ways.

Ear mites might not be found by the vet if they are located very deep in the ear or if there are very few of them in there. Of course the cat could have other ear issues (bacterial infection etc.) that cause discomfort.

However if you mix ear mite cat with non-ear mite cat it only goes one way... ;) - I think there is a high chance that yours has ear mites (hopefully I'm wrong though).

It's not a big drama with the mites as you already know. A shot at the vet usually does the trick.

If you treat your cat for fleas anyways you might consider getting Revolution for cats because it takes care of many things a cat might have (such as mange, ear mites even lice and more). Two treatments (months) should wipe out the mites.

Or you can go the natural route and use mineral oil from the supermarket and use a little dropper and put several drops into the kitties ear. Not very comfortable but not aggressive either. It won't burn or anything. It breaks up the greasy spots in the ear and literally drowns the mites. After dripping it into the cats ears gently massage the oil into the ear canal - don't worry it won't go into the brain or anything, just don't be rough. Do this for a minute and then let your baby shake its head to whack out the gooey stuff (beware, chunks might be flying all over the place - don't do this in your bedroom etc.).

You can use q-tips dipped in mineral oil to clean out the remaining black chunks from the ears.

It does require constant follow up "treatments" to break up the breeding cycle of the mites but it's the most natural way.

Good luck!
« Last Edit: May 18, 2012, 18:10 by click_click »

ann

  • FromLongIsland.com
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2012, 19:33 »
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thanks for the laugh, michaeldb :)

and thanks for that very detailed advice about natural treatment for ear mites in kitty, click-click
It certainly seems worth looking into

« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2012, 21:56 »
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thanks for the laugh, michaeldb :)

and thanks for that very detailed advice about natural treatment for ear mites in kitty, click-click
It certainly seems worth looking into
No problem.

I can't stress enough how important it is to do online research for non-emergency pet treatment.

Often the vets run unnecessary tests for something quite obvious and it's never wrong to educate yourself about checking the health of your pet yourself.

We lost an indoor cat due to a injection-site fibrosarcoma (cancer) because she got vaccinated for rabies over 10 years ago. It's happening quite often but the number of cases of that happening are not enough to consider the vaccines unsafe. However, it takes only one to be YOUR pet that gets it and it's just one too many...

I don't want to argue whether to vaccinate your pets or not (in some areas it's the law AND absolutely necessary!) but it's always good to know the risk of any sort of treatment for your beloved friends - so you can act as soon as you see something wrong.

« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2012, 11:07 »
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Hope to see updates how traumatized kitty is bouncing back...

About 4 or 5 days after I first posted here his hair started falling out in quite a few places, until you can see the skin. I went to a vet and he just said it will grow back, but he has to be prevented from licking himself. He sold me a Buster collar, the same one as in the photos at the bottom of this blog.

http://knatolee.blogspot.com/2012/05/emilys-snip-snip.html

I've laughed so much since he's been wearing this thing. As the collar is in his vision, he spent the first day walking backwards trying to get away from it, he walks forwards now, but he walks like Jack Sparrows. So funny!

His hair is growing back now slowly and he's out of his trauma and almost back to normal, well as normal as you can get wearing an Edwardian collar and large parts of your hair missing. He's fine with me, but he's become quite fearful of anyone else who comes in the house, which he never used to be. Hopefully he will get all his confidence back eventually. The important thing is that he's not in the traumatised state he was in, which lasted quite a few days.

Thanks to everyone for their concern and advice.  :D

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