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post #91 of 110
This kid probably can't turn the cat in without parents' permission. I just went through a whole saga with a 16 year old friend of mine, and her dog that her parents abuse. She wanted to give the dog to me, because it's her dog and she pays the bills for her. But the police said that she's underage, so everything she has, her parents own. The dog belongs to her parents and she can't give me the dog unless it's ok with them (which it is not).

So if this OP is 16, the cat belongs to his/her parents and they get to make the final decision on what happens.
post #92 of 110
Well, I've got to chime in again. It sounds to me as if the vet is just following the health dept. rules concerning animal bites. No vet in his right mind would send an animal home if he even suspected rabies as a possibility. He's doing what he's required by law to do.
Sweetie (I wish I knew your name), I think you're doing the best you know how. My daughter is 16, and I'm sure she has no idea how much care a sick cat needs or how expensive it can become. You've actually gone thru the hard part; I think I understand how difficult it was for you to get Whiskers to a vet. I know a lot of folks think you should give Whiskers to a no-kill shelter, and sometimes I feel that way, too. On the one hand it would be in her best interest to be given to someone who is better equipped financially to take care of her. On the other hand, she's your baby & I assume you love her to pieces. Do you REALLY want to give her up?
Look at it this way--can you keep her strictly indoors for 6 months? Can you take on her total care for that period of time? Can you get her back to the vet for her rabies shot (which, by the way, is inexpensive)? If you can't honestly say yes to these questions, then you have to do what you have to do.
I know some post have been a little harsh but everyone is truly concerned about Whiskers' well-being. Loads of luck with your decision.
post #93 of 110
Thread Starter 
Theres not much i an do since i am underage. I really don't want to give her up, but it's all i can do for her. My parents decided to take her to the animal hospital for 6 months, so i won't be seeing her for awhile then. My parens are also concern for whiskers, they are also concern about me. I really don't what my cat to suffer, and all can do is give her a pill and check up on her. I feel like she needs ore help then that.
post #94 of 110
So they are just going to confine the cat to a snmall cage with little to no human interaction for 6 months? I still don't understand why 6 months, that is not the quarintine time for rabies, it's only like 10 days.

So what is going to be happening in that 6 months? Is your cat going to be receiving tests or treatments? Is he just going to sit there all alone? That is no life for a cat. If this is all that can be done I would probably euthanize the cat rather than have it go through this ordeal. that is going to be awfully hard on the cat.
post #95 of 110
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I feel like she needs more help then that.
Is there something more than the abcess going on? Are you sure Whiskers is healthy otherwise?
I'm having a hard time believing a 6-month quarantine for the vague possibility that an animal may have contracted rabies.
This just gets curiouser and curiouser.
post #96 of 110
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Originally Posted by libby74
Is there something more than the abcess going on? Are you sure Whiskers is healthy otherwise?
I'm having a hard time believing a 6-month quarantine for the vague possibility that an animal may have contracted rabies.
This just gets curiouser and curiouser.
Look back a page or two, she wrote a verbatim copy of the letter she received in regards to Whiskers quaratine time. It was very specific. I don't really know why so many seem "out to get her" after she provided a very sensibly written document from her vet/county animal control explaining their quarantine procedures.
post #97 of 110
How are your parents affording a six-month stay in an animal hospital when they couldn't afford one vet treatment? Are you paying for it with the job you may get? I'm just concerned that that is a whole lot of pressure on a family's finances when things are so tight they can't get routine care for the pet. And it would be so unfair if you have to pay for it, to you.

I do hope Whiskers gets all better. Good luck.
post #98 of 110
http://nwco.net/031-ExcerpsOfNewYork...nitaryCode.asp

New York is now enforcing a 6 month quarantine period for all animals (domestics only) that may have been bitten by a rabid animal. Hissy mentioned above that they're having a rabies problem and are thus taking stricter precautions.

Given this, I don't think she has the option to surrender the cat to a shelter, as that would violate the terms of the quarantine.

~Julia
post #99 of 110
xxcragalxx,

HOW IS WHISKERS DOING RIGHT NOW?
Has she been eating, drinking, and using the litter box OK? How does she respond to you? How is she moving? She may be a little weaker than before, but I hope she's holding up OK.

She's probably still in some pain, but she should be eating, drinking, and using the litter box at least a little. She may be less affectionate towards you (vet visits and pillings can make anyone grumpy!), but not hiding all the time.

Do not lose heart. You are not a bad person. Even the most accomplished cat rescuers have moments when they think, "If only I knew this earlier, if only I had some more money..." We do the best that we can with what we have on hand.

You've done the best you can for your Whiskers. You saw she was sick, you looked for help, you found this forum and asked for help. Then, you followed advice and got her medical attention.

Before, you didn't know how important it is to get good professional veterinary care when a cat is hurt as badly as this, but then you found out. You were probably already worried over Whiskers when all this new information hit you, but you were still able to call on your family for help to get her to a vet.

Do you remember what the vet's exact diagnosis was?
It sounds like the injury on Whisker's back was diagnosed as a bite from another cat, and the vet treated her by putting an e-collar on her and giving you pills for her. The e-collar will keep her from picking at the wound, and the pills are probably antibiotics to fight the infection. An infected bite is definitely a serious injury but not necessarily a fatal one. If there are no complications, Whiskers should heal up OK.
post #100 of 110
Thread Starter 
The vet said it was pretty bad. I only have 6 days to be with Whiskers. She's staying at the hospital for 6 months, but I would not be getting her back. I decided to give up for her own health and a better home. So she's going to the hospital on Wednsday. next week is my last i can stay with her.. It's the best i can do so far. There is a lot of pressure, but itsmostly my fault. My parents gave up their anniversay plan to help whiskers, which i'm happy they helped. giving up whisker is the only choice i have, she need more help and my family is unable to afford it. My family is also in a procccess of moving. it's taking time to fix up the house. as long whisker is getting treated and a better home, i am happy. just hurts that i wont e able to see her again.

Whisker is eating, drinking, she doesn't like her pill very much. for some reason she doesn't use her kitty litter. She always seems not to use it and go anywhere. She does move around, mostly laying down. She still come to me when i walk in, but when it comes to the pill.. she'll try to avoid the pill by putting her head down. She does hate the Ecollar, hate hates the pill.
post #101 of 110
I'm truly sorry that you're in this predicament. I think you've made a very difficult, but very mature, decision about Whiskers' future. (((hugs)))
post #102 of 110
Thank you for the update - eating, drinking, and even hating pills are healthy signs. Laying down is OK - she's saving her body's energy to heal. Moving around a little and coming up to you shows that she's in good spirits and she knows you're still her friend.

Whiskers not using her kitty litter - is this her usual behavior or only since she got hurt? (Big changes in excretory functions can be a warning sign, but a small change is no big deal.)

Hating the e-collar is pretty normal for cats and dogs, but it's only for a little while. Sometimes wrapping a kitty up in a towel so that only her head sticks out can help in getting the pill down. Praising Whiskers afterwards and giving her extra affection and/or treats can also help her feel better about pill time.

I don't know what the 6-month rabies quarantine process is like, but it sounds like she'll have to be isolated from human contact. However, you can ask about it when you turn her over next week - get her intake # so you can have a way of checking up on her.

(According the New York State Dept of Health, rabies has been mostly carried by wild animals, especially bats and raccoons <http://www.wadsworth.org/rabies/history.htm> - it's rare among housecats, but they can be endangered if bitten by a raccoon in a fight.)

You've done right by Whiskers - not only have you gotten her the necessary medical attention, but you've also taken good care of her all these years. If she wasn't a strong cat, she might have died from the fight instead of just getting injured.

Your parents are to be congratulated as well, helping take care of Whiskers in the midst of moving house which is very draining in of itself. And to give up their anniversary plans - one way to look at it is that they sacrificed their original plans in order to do something selfless and deeply humane. It reminds me of the story of Tetsugen <http://www.inspirationalstories.com/3/346.html>. A single act of kindness can transform a moment of disaster into a moment of grace.

As for these last few days you have with Whiskers, they are precious days, no matter what will or may happen. Play with her, cuddle with her, take lots of pictures with her. As much as you can, don't let the sadness take away from the joy of being with her, because days like these are days that will stay crystal in your memory.

I wish the best for you and Whiskers and your family.

P.S. It may be a little late at this point, but petfinder.com has a pretty good list of rescue organizations. Go to <http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=5> and put in your zip code.
post #103 of 110
Thread Starter 
thanks, Whisker usally does use her kitty litty litter. When she got hurt, i hardly see her use the kitty litter. Then she started to use it at times. But after the vet, she still uses the kitty litter at times, but i always find her not using it.
She is not allowed to have any contact with animals, or humans only at certain times.
post #104 of 110
That sounds OK - injury can change a cat's litter box behavior temporarily. Whiskers' behavior improving after the vet is a good sign.

Even though Whiskers has to be in isolation, you can probably still talk to her and she'll find comfort in your voice. She might also appreciate an old t-shirt of yours to cuddle up with.

Keep your spirits up - even if you can't be with Whiskers all the time, you know that she's getting better thanks to you.
post #105 of 110
Thread Starter 
I've been feeling bad about whiskers. Whisker has been getting better now. She's been acting more like her self now. She doesnt run as much, maybe a little fast walking. but how to I clean her injury, or do I not touch it?? ((or am i not allowed to touch it)) It looks like it has dirt on it from the floor. I'm not sure if it will hurt either if i tried.
post #106 of 110
So, you have found a place which can quarantine her before adopting her out, or are you paying for the quarantine for six months and then getting her back?

You have three days left, right? Make the most of it!
I don't know about cleaning it. You aren't technically supposed to be around her at all...she's probably doing a pretty good job of keeping herself clean.

Good luck Whiskers!
post #107 of 110
Glad to hear that Whiskers is improving! As she recovers her strength and the pain goes away, she'll have more energy to be herself again. At this point it sounds like she's doing fine, even if she's not running around all the time.

As for cleaning her wound, did the vet's office give you any specific instructions? You can also give them a follow-up call - tell them that the wound looks a little dirty and ask them if they have a recommended aftercare procedure.

Was the vet's diagnosis an abcess? On July 18, right after taking Whiskers to the vet, you posted: "they said she's probably been bit and theres in infection." <http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1260991&postcount=34> And you also posted: "I heard the vet saying somthing about abscess." <http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1264044&postcount=63>

If it's an abcess, the vet visit, the pills, and the e-collar are the 3 major components in helping Whiskers heal. The vet's office would have taken care of any deep cleaning and draining of built-up fluids; the antibiotics help fight any remaining infection; and the e-collar keeps her from picking at the wound. There's also her body's intrinsic healing power, which is fine as long as she gets good food and water. And she is helped psychologically by knowing that you're caring for her.

For now, you could try using some sterile gauze and warm water or hydrogen peroxide - don't scrub at 1st, just let the water soak in and dissolve the dirt a little bit before gently wiping off with another wet gauze. Clean cloths and water w/epsom salt is OK, too.

Just keep an eye on Whiskers to see if she gets uncomfortable.

Here are some webpages with information on cat wounds and abcesses:
http://pethealth.lifelearn.com/pract...geid=100002491
http://www.petplace.com/cats/bite-wo...ats/page1.aspx

And some pictures here [caution: some look v. nasty]:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Con...=189&A=550&S=2

P.S. If you're still interested in animal shelters in your area, use your zip code to "Find a Local Shelter" at PETS 911: http://tinyurl.com/flf7r
post #108 of 110
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
I don't know about cleaning it. You aren't technically supposed to be around her at all...she's probably doing a pretty good job of keeping herself clean.
Minor cleaning of abcessed wound sites can be beneficial in removing dried pus leakage and can aid in the comfort of the feline. Dirt in the wound needs to be addressed; ignoring it doesn't usually make it go away.

Technically, if Whiskers had already developed rabies, then she would have been isolated immediately and not just treated at the vet's office and then sent home to recover. Her upcoming quarantine is required by New York State as a precautionary measure - due to the recent high incidence of rabies among raccoons in the region, the state health authorities have been erring on the safe side even if the risk of contracting rabies is miniscule.

While healthy cats do a superb job of maintaining personal hygiene, Whisker's natural tendency to clean the wound site would put her at risk. She would be trying in vain to "clean" the infection deep under her skin, digging into her body to no avail. That is why the e-collar needs to stay in place until she heals completely, to keep her from unintentionally and unkowingly hurting herself.

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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
So, you have found a place which can quarantine her before adopting her out, or are you paying for the quarantine for six months and then getting her back?
It is quite possible that the State of New York provides the facilities for and underwrites the cost of all hospital quarantines of domestic animals with possible rabies exposure, as part of their strategy to address the raccoon rabies epidemic.
post #109 of 110
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Originally Posted by PlanetOfTheCats

For now, you could try using some sterile gauze and warm water or hydrogen peroxide - don't scrub at 1st, just let the water soak in and dissolve the dirt a little bit before gently wiping off with another wet gauze. Clean cloths and water w/epsom salt is OK, too.

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Do NOT use hydrogen peroxide without first diluting it. It burns the flesh.
post #110 of 110
Diluted 50/50 apple cider vinegar to water is more gentle, and does have some antiseptic properties as well.
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