Ugh, I've had the longest, most annoying week! Let's see how I do when my brain is mush!
2008 KatKwery Playoffs
Round 2 â€“ Game 1
Topic: Cat Health
1. Have you ever had to leave any of your cats at the vet overnight? Did you make sure that your cat would receive adequate attention while confined?
Luckily, Iâ€™ve never had to leave Evie over night at the vet. Sheâ€™s been very healthy so far, knock on wood! Well, unless you count the day she spent over night there straight from the pound. They have to spay / neuter the pets before they let someone adopt them, so since she wasnâ€™t spayed first, we agreed they could send her straight to the vetâ€™s and weâ€™d pick her up from there. So I guess she was ours at that point! Though we had nothing to do with sending her there, that was all the pound. Oh, but we did pick the vet weâ€™ve used since I was a little girl, so we did of course know she would get adequate attention there.
2. What would you do if you found out from your doctor that you had cat allergies? I am talking about severe allergies that really make you sick.
Psh, if I found out from my doctor that I have allergies Iâ€™d probably say, â€œNo DUH!â€
Now, if he told me I had severe allergies, Iâ€™d really wonder because I havenâ€™t felt anything! Though I think I know the point of your question- how much will we do to keep a cat that we are severely allergic to. Honestly, I think the first thing I would do is stop fostering! Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s the worst for me now. If that wasnâ€™t enough, I would desperately do anything I could to keep Evie. Weâ€™d probably start by reverting to what we did when we first got her, and I was still severely allergic because I hadnâ€™t adjusted to her yet. We kept her out of the bedroom and the bathroom, washed her often with allergy reducing soap, and wouldnâ€™t let her near my face. Plus, I washed my hands and face constantly! We did then and do still now have air filters and filters in the vacuums, and try to keep the place clean (easier said than done, of course!). Sadly, if nothing could be done and was severely allergic, I would have to give her up. If she really truly risks my long term health or my life (anaphylaxis, anyone?), thatâ€™s not fair to either of us. So, I would find her a great new home! And I already know which one- my parentâ€™s house! Itâ€™s the only other place she is comfortable. Of course, then I wouldnâ€™t be able to come over here as often, but itâ€™d be worth it to keep her safe and happy.
3. Are any of your cats overweight? Do you ever weigh your cats? Do you keep a record of their weight other than at the vetâ€™s office?
Now this is a good question! Iâ€™ve been really wondering how you can tell if a cat is overweight. I know in a dog, the ideal is that you can feel their spine and ribs, but I donâ€™t know how you can tell in a cat. I should look that up! I know she certainly isnâ€™t underweight!
She does have a lot of lose skin, and Iâ€™ve asked here on the boards before if that means sheâ€™s overweight, but I donâ€™t think you guys thought I was serious.
We do weigh her though. Get this- we use the Wii Fit!
She is about 12 pounds. My husband always used to think she was â€œsmallâ€ for a cat, then we weighed her (didnâ€™t before we got the Fit, didnâ€™t have a scale!), he said â€œWow, sheâ€™s big!â€. As for me, I have no idea, really, what is â€œaverageâ€ for a cat. For me, a dog that is 90 pounds or above is big, smaller than 30 is small. But what about a cat? I know it depends on the breed and all, but there must be an average or generality! So basically, I donâ€™t know if she is overweight or big or small! She is just mine and darling.
The only record of her weight that we keep other than at the vetâ€™s office is in our headsâ€¦ Not the best idea, I know, but itâ€™s what we do. Maybe if her weight fluctuated more, we would write it down, but sheâ€™s always in the 12 â€“ 12.5 range when we weigh her. Maybe just the Wii Fit isnâ€™t so accurate!
4. Have you ever experienced cat birth? Tell us your personal experience with cat birth or if you are like me, and have never experienced cat birth, tell why or why not you would want to experience it.
Unfortunately, no, I have never experience cat birth. Iâ€™ve never experience any birth, cat, human, or otherwise! I would love to experience it. Birth is the start of life, and life is a miracle! It must be an amazing event. Iâ€™ve fostered kittens, and they are miracles themselves, but the actual birth must be truly fascinating. Ok, well, Iâ€™ve â€œexperiencedâ€ birth, but only vicariously through you guys on the forums! I know it can be difficult and heartbreaking if it doesnâ€™t go well, but I would love to have the chance to help a mommy kitty (as long as sheâ€™s not like the foster mom I had, phew! She needed professional help.
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5. I take vitamins and you may. But what about your cats, do you give them any kind of nutritional supplement?
Nope, Evie doesnâ€™t get any nutritional supplements. I would almost feel bad, except we give her pretty healthy cat food, and healthy treats, and besides, we donâ€™t take vitamins, either! Wait, wait, I do now, for a bitâ€¦ Iâ€™m taking prenatal vitamins now. So if I was planning on breeding Evie, Iâ€™d give her prenatals, too. But since she is fixed, I donâ€™t think I have to worry about it! If she ever got a doctorâ€™s note saying she needed something, I would supplement her, but for now, she looks healthy, acts healthy, and has a clean bill of health from the vet, so she gets the same amount of supplements as her daddy- none!
6. What if one of your cats became ill and you just felt like you could not afford to take your cat to the vet. What would you do?
That would be so so sad! I would cry my heart out for her and our family. If we were ever so broke we couldnâ€™t afford to take her to the vet- which would mean weâ€™d completely used up our savings- then weâ€™d be in big fat trouble. BIG BIG trouble. In that case, Iâ€™d probably give her up to someone who can give her the life she deserves. Because I would do everything to make her healthy again, and if everything wasnâ€™t enough, then she certainly deserves someone who can. Unless your question is based on not being able to afford it because itâ€™s a completely ridiculous procedure. I do believe that if the procedure to save a pet is going to cost thousands of dollars with a low chance of saving her life (I mean many many thousands), then it isnâ€™t worth it. I donâ€™t even think my life is worth thousands and thousands! If itâ€™s meant to be it will be, and if spending thousands of dollars will just give you a slightly better chance, itâ€™s not meant to be.
7. Have you ever had to give pills to cats? Can you tell us about the experience? If you have never given a pill to a cat, tell us how you would imagine the experience would be.
Fortunately, Iâ€™ve never had to give a pill to a cat! Iâ€™ve done of other things to them, but not pills. I love that little story floating around the internet that basically goes â€œhow to pill a dog: put pill in meat. How to pill a cat â€¦(LONG story)â€¦ give up.â€
Though I imagine (get ready to laugh!) that it would be difficult, but weâ€™d be able to do it. If we had the right tools, like a pill syringe, and a towel, and two people, we could do it. Iâ€™ve trimmed uncooperative cat nails, given other meds by mouth, given eye drops, bathed themâ€¦ I know thatâ€™s not much, compared what I could have gone through, but thatâ€™s just enough to give me a false sense of security.
8. I feed my cats 24/7. How about you? Do you have to feed any of them separately?
Yup, piggy Evie is fed 24/7! Well, unless she eats all of it. She does have a limit, but she barely ever eats that much. So if she runs out at night or while weâ€™re at work, then sheâ€™s just out of luck! The only ones I feed separate are Evie and the fosters. The kids are on kitten food, and have their own room, so we donâ€™t mix their food and Evieâ€™s. Though, when we work on introducing them, since weâ€™re far enough along to actually let them out in the house together, they often get the chance to try the other food. Itâ€™s not medicated, so Iâ€™m not worried. Though theyâ€™re usually way too busy exploring and fussing at each other to bother with food!
9. In the forums I often see posts about ear mites in cats. Do you know what mites look like? Do you know how to check your catsâ€™ ears to make sure they do not have mites?
I think I know what they look like and how to check. But, letâ€™s just say, Iâ€™ve never successfully diagnosed a case of ear mites, so I donâ€™t know for sure Iâ€™d be right! Iâ€™ve looked it up online so in case I ever got a foster with mites I could tell. I know they are nasty and look kind of like coffee grounds or bad ear wax. I also have heard that their ears can be red or itchy, and they may scratch or mess with their ears.
10. There is an article here on TCS entitled â€œThe Healthy Cat: Eight Things You Should Checkâ€. Reading this article will not replace the vet but it would help you in giving your cat kind of a physical. Do you ever give your cats a check up?
Always! Since I got Peach, as she was my first pet that was â€œmineâ€, I read up on keeping pets healthy, and one of the things I started with her and have applied to every pet was to make sure they are ok with me checking EVERY part of them, and I do it almost daily. Itâ€™s part of petting now! Though still, no one likes when I look in their mouths! Hah. Ears, toes, nose, and â€œprivatesâ€ are all check, too, and theyâ€™re ok with those, but they certainly donâ€™t appreciate when I pry open their mouths! I tell them itâ€™s for their own good, but they donâ€™t seem to belive me! Or they donâ€™t care.