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post #1 of 14
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Hey all,

 

I know there are threads that I read regarding this...but I took some pictures. So I figured I would post them and see if anyone has had experience with this.

 

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post #2 of 14

Only a vet could tell you for certain.  If the cat has gone outdoors, it could be sun damage.

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

Only a vet could tell you for certain.  If the cat has gone outdoors, it could be sun damage.


Yeah I'm gonna go see a vet tomorrow. She is indoors only. We live in an apartment building in NYC on the 3rd floor.

post #4 of 14

She doesn't spend a lot of time in a window in the sun, does she?

 

Our Sterling has mysterious lumps around the edge of his ear, and no one has ever been able to explain them.  Of course, I have those crusty growths on my ear, and the "vet" (for humans) says it's pre-cancerous cell damage from too much sun.  Really encouraging, huh?
 

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She doesn't spend a lot of time in a window in the sun, does she?

Our Sterling has mysterious lumps around the edge of his ear, and no one has ever been able to explain them.  Of course, I have those crusty growths on my ear, and the "vet" (for humans) says it's pre-cancerous cell damage from too much sun.  Really encouraging, huh?

 

The vet plucked some of her hair for a ringworm culture. I applied the micanazole last night. She spent the whole night in our athroom weeping. I have never experienced such heartache. She is so helpless and hates being separated from us. I am so worried. We cleaned the whole apt. I hope I can find some lime sulfur dip to keep her out of the bathroom. This is so upsetting. I hope the culture is negative. frown.gif
post #6 of 14
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I just got off the phone with the covering Vet for today. I'm a little in shock from the fact that she spoke with me. Its amazing how much nicer Vets are than Doctors - probably because Doctors are in constant fear of getting audited - but that is another discussion for another time. The covering Vet said that I don't have to do the lime-sulfur dip. She said they have it in the office and would be willing to give it to me, but that it is not necessary yet, plus she is the only cat in the home. Then we talked about all the possibilites and she at least made me feel better. I'll definitely keep this thread updated as far as the outcome, but as soon as I get home from work my Ksyusha is coming out of the bathroom.

post #7 of 14
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Still waiting for the test results, but I am no longer isolating her in the bathroom for the following reason: picture this. We live on the third floor of a NYC apt. The bathroom window is about one foot wide and three feet long. The window is about 4 ft above the floor. We leave the top section open about two inches so she wouldnt suffer in the crazy apt heat. So, I come home after a long day and open the bathroom door...before I turn on the light i see a silhouette of a cat coming from the other side of the window. I turn on the light and force my frozen from fear body to open the window and pull her. Essentially, she must have grabbed on to the top section and it slid open from her weight...she then crawled out and given that there is nothing but cement 40 ft below she crawled onto the ledge. Im not sure how long she was there. She went crazy for most of the evening until we fell asleep. This morning she woke me up, positioned herself in my armpit and fell asleep. So much for quarantine.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ksyusha View Post

Still waiting for the test results, but I am no longer isolating her in the bathroom for the following reason: picture this. We live on the third floor of a NYC apt. The bathroom window is about one foot wide and three feet long. The window is about 4 ft above the floor. We leave the top section open about two inches so she wouldnt suffer in the crazy apt heat. So, I come home after a long day and open the bathroom door...before I turn on the light i see a silhouette of a cat coming from the other side of the window. I turn on the light and force my frozen from fear body to open the window and pull her. Essentially, she must have grabbed on to the top section and it slid open from her weight...she then crawled out and given that there is nothing but cement 40 ft below she crawled onto the ledge. Im not sure how long she was there. She went crazy for most of the evening until we fell asleep. This morning she woke me up, positioned herself in my armpit and fell asleep. So much for quarantine.

 

That is terrifying.  Goodness, my heart is racing just reading about her adventure.  I hope her test results turn out to be the best of all possibilities.  vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif

post #9 of 14
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That is terrifying.  Goodness, my heart is racing just reading about her adventure.  I hope her test results turn out to be the best of all possibilities.  vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif

Yeah everytime I go to that window now I get this chill down my spine. Thanks for the good vibes!

post #10 of 14
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And so the tale of the crusty ear is nearing its end. It took 10 days for the culture at the Vet to come back positive. Now, to be honest, the culture was not even necessary. In other words, there is a nice bit of ringworm on my arm to determine that my kitten definitely has ringworm. Being that she has never been outside and the only other place she could've gotten the infection from is from the breeder's house being with all those kittens, I will try to get the breeder to reimburse me for the Vet bill of $220 for two visits, labs, culture, and oral anti-fungals. She'll be taking them for 21 days. Shes pretty compliant with her meds given that I put them in pill pockets. I wanted oral meds myself, but I feel like my MD has something against oral anti-fungals. So, she gave me a cream.

 

That's it for now. I'll update as soon as I can.

post #11 of 14
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So far so good. My kitten has been taking her Terbinafine for 7 days now. This morning she ate around the pill pockets after doing so well for all the other days. I've noticed a change in her appetite as well. I hope in 2 weeks she has no more issues.

 

I must say, I thought it would be the safer option to buy a cat from a breeder. I love my kitten very much, but from an eye infection to ringworm to these black specks that I just found on her chin yesterday. It is just too much. Everyone I knew never needed to take their cat to the vet unless it was for booster shots. In the future, we're going to adopt.

post #12 of 14

Black specks on her chin sounds like acne which is very common.  How old is she now?  And how long have you had her?  Did she come from a registered breeder, e.g. with registration papers?

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by OrientalSlave View Post

Black specks on her chin sounds like acne which is very common.  How old is she now?  And how long have you had her?  Did she come from a registered breeder, e.g. with registration papers?


She is just over 9 months old. We've had her for two months now. She came with a registered breeder. We have all her papers. Why are you asking?

post #14 of 14
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Just wanted to post the resolution. I've been crazy busy the past couple of months. Ksyusha is doing well. She took her oral meds for 21 days - it was difficult to administer towards the end, but she took them all. We're getting ready to celebrate her 1 year.

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