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post #1 of 29
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http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...1111072038.jpg

I got him off a nice lady on Craigslist, but his fur is matted, he smells awful, his nose and eyes are running, and I think he has fleas. I have him and Braxton in separate rooms with the door closed, and I hope that's enough to keep Braxton healthy. However, I only have one litter box. I don't know what to do!

The lady said he is neutered and UTD on all his shots. She also said he's a purebred. Is there a way for the vet to check this or anything?

I cannot wait until the vet opens at 9am tomorrow!

Oh, and can I cut off his matted fur myself, or do I have to have an expensive groomer do it?
post #2 of 29
he's very pretty. I'd have the vet look at him first. Did the lady give you any of his vet records? Be sure to have him tested for feline leuk and feline fiv.

you can set up a temp. litter box with an old cardboard box, line it with a plastic garbage bag and put in the litter. It'll be good til you can get to town for a real one.

I think I'd have him groomed professionally the first time. Right now, since he doesn't trust you yet, it might spook him and delay him warming up to you.
post #3 of 29
ps...the runny eyes and nose really need attention.

and the vet will have capstar, which will kill the fleas pretty quick. then you can start the frontline plus, but I'm not sure how much time you have to wait between the two treatments, be sure to ask the vet.

Keep us posted on him ok?
post #4 of 29
You can make a temporary litterbox from from a cardboard box, lined with a trashbag, and some litter on top of that.
A nearby grocery store can help you with the box, if needed.

Thank you for taking the poor baby in.
See about some capstar for instant flea relief, though you will have to clean the area he was in.
You might be surprised how little it cost to groom a cat - and how fast they can do it. I think it is a bargain when you consider how long it would take you. But I don't think they will groom a sick pet.
post #5 of 29
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I didn't get any vet records. She said he went to the vet and is healthy... she also said he doesn't have fleas or anything, so either she's not trustworthy, or the black spots or something else.

He seems to trust me a lot already. When he came out of his carrier, he started purring and rubbing against me, and he seems to love being pet.

Also, thanks for the litter box idea!
post #6 of 29
Well, an obvious thing to do would be to get a second litter box ASAP, until you have your cat checked by a vet, and quaranteened to make sure he is o'key.
He does look purebred Persian.
Where are the black spots located?
You could have asked the lady what vet did he go to, and then called that vet to verify the information.
post #7 of 29
well, without having vet records, you have to assume he hasn't seen a vet. especially since you have another cat in the house.

get him checked out real good, vaccinated and frontlined, black spots sound like fleas to me

and the runny eyes and nose sound like an upper respiratory infection, easily treated, but very contagious.

I'm interested in knowing what the vet says.

He's really gorgeous
post #8 of 29
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Right now he is in my closet (around 10 feet deep and 6 feet wide)/bathroom. My clothes are hanging like 4 feet off the floor. Should I be worried about the fleas getting into my clothes? Maybe I should confine him to the bathroom only?
post #9 of 29
The vet can also cut the mats away if you ask them to.
He definitely looks to be pure persian.
I think he'll be a very handsome guy once he's cleaned up a bit.
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by jenniferd View Post
Well, an obvious thing to do would be to get a second litter box ASAP, until you have your cat checked by a vet, and quaranteened to make sure he is o'key.
He does look purebred Persian.
Where are the black spots located?
You could have asked the lady what vet did he go to, and then called that vet to verify the information.
I've found maybe 4 or 5 in the white parts of his fur. I would do the white paper flea test, but I don't want to hurt him with the flea comb (his fur is quite matted).
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pigeoned View Post
Right now he is in my closet (around 10 feet deep and 6 feet wide)/bathroom. My clothes are hanging like 4 feet off the floor. Should I be worried about the fleas getting into my clothes? Maybe I should confine him to the bathroom only?
I think you could confine him to the bathroom where there are no carpets. But make sure he has something comfy to sleep on. And put a litterbox in there.
When you take him to a vet I am sure vet will give you something to put on him in case he has flees.
Regarding the mats-I don't know how bad it is, but Persian fur mats very very easily. You could try brushing him even if he has mats.
post #12 of 29
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Thanks for all the tips everyone
We're going to the vet right when it opens tomorrow. I'll let you all know how it works out!
post #13 of 29
you sound so excited, and concerned.

this cat is one lucky feline. I have no doubt you will take good care of him.

I'll look for your post tomorrow after you see the vet.
post #14 of 29
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Good news!

An hour ago I went to check on him, and he ran right up to me! We had an hour long brushing session, and the whole time he was purring, kneading, and rolling on his back! He ate a little bit, too! His nose and eyes seem a lot less runny! Also, I was looking at the black spots on his fur (on the brush) and none of them are moving at all. Could it just be dirt or something?

Unfortunately, I found lots of matting near the base of his fur. I hope the groomer will be able to get them out!
post #15 of 29
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Here's another picture of him
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...1111072328.jpg
You can already see how much better he's doing!
post #16 of 29
he's so pretty, he looks like a cat a friend of mine has. his name is Mr. Paws. boy is he spoiled rotten, and full of personality. He's kinda a diva, if you know what I mean.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pigeoned View Post
Here's another picture of him
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...1111072328.jpg
You can already see how much better he's doing!
Because of their flat facial structure, persians can have runny eyes without being sick. You can buy some eye wipes in the pet store and wipe the eyes. I don't think the nose should be runny, though.
He looks really good now. I would say he definetly looks like purebred Persian. He sounds like a really nice cat being so friendly.
post #18 of 29
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We're back from the vet! He isn't horribly sick, thank goodness. He has fleas, so I was given Advantage for both Beau and Braxton. We didn't get Capstar though, I forgot about it =[

He isn't neutered, but they let me sign up for the Wellness program (at Banfield at Petsmart) as a kitten, even though he's an adult! So that means his neutering will be covered, which is great! We're going in next Wednesday for it.

He tested negative for leukemia and FIV, and he got vaccines for distemper, leukemia, and rabies, and he also got antibiotics for his runny nose and eyes. We were also given Drontal for the worms he might have (ewwww!!!! I'm terrified of worms!).

I went to the groomer's after, and they wanted $76 to shave him!!! I guess I'm going to have to get out my hair scissors and comb and carefully try it myself. Any tips?

This guy has been such a hassle! So much money, and I'm missing class right now
Good thing he's so darn cute!
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pigeoned View Post
We're back from the vet! He isn't horribly sick, thank goodness. He has fleas, so I was given Advantage for both Beau and Braxton. We didn't get Capstar though, I forgot about it =[

He isn't neutered, but they let me sign up for the Wellness program (at Banfield at Petsmart) as a kitten, even though he's an adult! So that means his neutering will be covered, which is great! We're going in next Wednesday for it.

He tested negative for leukemia and FIV, and he got vaccines for distemper, leukemia, and rabies, and he also got antibiotics for his runny nose and eyes. We were also given Drontal for the worms he might have (ewwww!!!! I'm terrified of worms!).

I went to the groomer's after, and they wanted $76 to shave him!!! I guess I'm going to have to get out my hair scissors and comb and carefully try it myself. Any tips?

This guy has been such a hassle! So much money, and I'm missing class right now
Good thing he's so darn cute!
He sure is cute. More photos if you please.

His hair from the photo after you brushed him doesn't look too bad. Since he allows you to brush him, just work on it every day. Good thing he doesn't have any serious problems.
post #20 of 29
He is really cute.
post #21 of 29
He needs to see a vet - runny eyes and sneezing is NOT healthy. And he really needs a good grooming job too. You can use a small cake pan for a litter box.

Hope the vet can help him out. BTW he does look like a purebred pet quality persian to me.

How old is he supposed to be? And what state do you live in.
post #22 of 29
glad the vet saw you-now you can get a good night's sleep.

try combing from the ends inward towards the scalp and don't wet it. that will only make the mats tighter.

glad he's doing good.
post #23 of 29
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http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...1112072214.jpg
Here he is chowing down on his dry food!

I've combed so much hair out of his fur! I'm pretty sure I'll have to shave his belly (I don't have clippers, so I'll have to wait til I visit my mom on Thanksgiving); it's almost completely matted.

Pretty much all I'm concerned about right now are the fleas. Would I be able to give him Capstar after I gave him Advantage? If so, I'm going to call the vet tomorrow and see if I can get some. Also, should I be worried about getting them myself? Or even passing them on to Braxton?
post #24 of 29
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Also, how should I clean the bathroom? Will rubbing down everything with disinfectant wipes be enough, or should I go look for a flea spray or something?
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pigeoned View Post
Also, how should I clean the bathroom? Will rubbing down everything with disinfectant wipes be enough, or should I go look for a flea spray or something?
I never had to deal with fleas on my persains, but I would be careful with spraying the bathroom and with the disinfectants with the cat still in there. You got to make sure that whatever it is you are using won't harm the cat.
post #26 of 29
He is very pretty! Did the lady offer any evidence as to why she thinks he is purebred? Not that I'm saying he isn't, but you should have some papers for him from her, or at least a reason why there aren't any.

You should not need to use anything except the Advantage for the fleas - that should take care of them. Do not overdose him with flea meds - they could be toxic in the wrong amounts. If they have not gone by Wed when he goes in for his neuter talk to the vet about it.

Good luck with him - he is a gorgeous kitty.
post #27 of 29
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I found a flea. I didn't realize they were like 2mm long! I thought they were little microscopic bugs that were leaping around my bathroom and getting into my hair and stuff. Guess not . When I was brushing him this morning with the flea comb, I only found a few specks of flea dirt (I was only brushing his back though; the rest is matted), so I hope the Advantage is working.

Beau has lots of boogers coming out of his nose, and it seems like it's making it harder for him to breathe. He also breathes really noisily, but I'm assuming all persians are like that because of the facial structure. I was wiping his face with some toilet paper, and there was brown stuff on the paper! I freaked out thinking it was blood, but it's just gunk coming out of his eyes.

Another thing that concerns me is his right eye... he doesn't open it up all the way. Is it something that I should be worried about, or do you guys think it's just from his cold or whatever he has?
You can see it in this picture
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...1111072328.jpg


This Petsmart wellness program is awesome! You get free unlimited vet visits on it, so I'm not freaking out, wondering if I can afford it or not

Also, I got Beau's previous name, his previous owner's first name, and the area of the vet they went to, so I'm in the process of contacting people to try and get any information about him =)
post #28 of 29
sounds like he's making a lot of progress!! Looks like he's going to be a gorgeous lovebug!

Not to be too gross, but if the stuff coming out of his nose is colored (yellow or red) he's got to have antibiotics. I'm surprised the vet didn't suggest that when they listened to his breathing. I would keep him away from any other cats until he's getting treatment for the URI.

Be very careful trimming out any mats that you don't cut his delicate skin.

welcome to TCS!
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by JellyBella View Post
sounds like he's making a lot of progress!! Looks like he's going to be a gorgeous lovebug!

Not to be too gross, but if the stuff coming out of his nose is colored (yellow or red) he's got to have antibiotics. I'm surprised the vet didn't suggest that when they listened to his breathing. I would keep him away from any other cats until he's getting treatment for the URI.

Be very careful trimming out any mats that you don't cut his delicate skin.

welcome to TCS!
The vet gave him antibiotics. The stuff coming out of his nose is just greenish boogers, but the stuff coming out of his eyes is a reddish brown color (I thought it was blood at first!). How long should it take for it to clear up? I feel so bad for him because my bathroom is so small!
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