October 2011

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    Re: October 2011

    Good morning everyone.  I did get Yoda to eat almost a quarter of a 3 oz. can last night, hopefully he will eat today with no one around.  I am going to call the vet my DH wants me to tell them that if you put him down somewhere he will stay, but other than that he hides.
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Good morning,

    Checking in for a few minutes - Winter, you don't know what the poor little guy's background was, and how many times he has been moved from place to place.  My main concern would be the lack of eating.  I think the other hiding problems, will take care of themselves in a week or so, once he gets acclimated.  The main thing is to be sure he's healthy and there's no medical problem.  Kittens are usually very active.

    Pingo is on her way to PB, and we will surely miss her on the boards.  She has been one busy lady lately at her business, and really needs a break.

    Kargiver, your husband's week off seems to be going by awfully fast.  

    Coffee is ready, so will go finish up my breakfast and get a start on the day.
    Chat later.
     
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    Yes I agree he is not very active at all and that is a concern as well as the eating. I plan on calling this morning.  
     
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    Re: October 2011

    My friend is picking me up around 11:30, so I'll try to check back before then, if not, will definitely check in when I get back to see how you made out.
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Good morning, all,

    Indeed, poor little Yoda has probably been through the wringer and isn't quite sure about how solid his (sorry!) new situation is.  tt is very right - when we first got Gracie, I called the vet all the time, and they never seemed upset or put out even to answer the "dumbest" questions.  I had plenty for the first 6 months - I'd never had a dog before.

    Speaking of the dog, you'll never guess, but she is NOT OK, after all.  She's been acting fine - no licking, eating well, playing, sleeping, etc.  But, for some reason I decided to take a look at her mouth, and whoa.  I burst into tears.  It's a GAPING deep hole, all ripped up.  I'm sure she needs gum surgery.  I called the hospital last night and got her an appointment for 10 this morning, but the irony of all this is I wonder if we'll be sent back to the original expensive specialist, now.  She's a gum specialist/surgeon...sigh.  This is not going to be a cheap problem to fix, either, but at least Gracie doesn't seem to be bothered at all (how?).

    tt, you said it, DH's vacation is flying by.  It's Friday, already?!   He's got a lot done, and we enjoy each other's company so much...hate to see the weekend come 'cause we know what that means.  Part of what he's been doing is starting on the basement to gym transformation.  He's got it spick-n-span (2 days), prepped the walls (yesterday), and is currently painting it bright white with special paint for basement cement walls.  It hasn't been an inviting place to go use my elliptical trainer...I'm looking forward to the transformation!

    Mm, Pingo does need a vacation - so happy for her and her PB family.  DH will be OK. :)

    Man, wouldn't this be the day that the almost always early cable guy is later than usual?  I have to leave for Worcester with Gracie in 15-20 minutes...at least DH is here, but he can't explain the problem or tell the guy what we've tried so far.  I'm going to get started on a note.

    Have a great Friday, Chatters!

    ~kar


     
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    Pingo I hope you have a fabulous time with DS!  tt, sounds like you have plans to go out too.  Winter, please let us know how you make out with Yoga.  I agree with tt, kittens are usually very active.  Kar, enjoy the last few days with DH.  Check in later.

     
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    Kar, your cable is acting up again!!! That stinks about Gracie I hope she is ok. Thanks everyone for your concerns I am going to call as soon as I finish up something for work.  tt, enjoy your plans.  
     
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    Re: October 2011

    I called the Vet, they had nothing to tell me other than he needs to be seen sooner than next Saturday since he is not eating and lethargic  I can't do it today because they only have a 12:30 and a 1:30 and as of now they have nothing for tomorrow and I have to fit that around my son's soccer game, which is in Lowell tomorrow since he's on the travel team.  I guess I can spoon feed him, or hover over him to get him to eat again until he can be seen.  if they have nothing tomorrow, I will hope they have something for Monday evening.
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Oh Kar, poor Gracie.  What next?  She has been through so much (so has your pocketbook).  Please keep us posted.

    Winter, keep us posted on Yoda too!
     
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    Re: October 2011

    So sorry you are going through this with your first kitten, Winter.  It is not the usual for a kitten.  Could your husband take an hour off to get him to the vet?
     
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    Winter, they aren't willing to fit you in this evening?  I would call back and explain that you are worried and need your kitten to be seen and would they please fit you in.  His not eating much and being lethargic is worrisome and especially since he is so young and small. A cat not eating is very serious I was told when my Maggie got sick. Or can you bring him to Angel Memorial or even the Woburn Animal Hospital, they treat emergencies. 
     
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    http://community.petco.com/discussions/Cat_Discussion_Forum/Cat_Forum/Ophan_Kitten_Care/fd03p00v02d1/78.1?nav=messages Winter,  this forum has a lot of good kitten care advice. 
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Kargiver, what next for poor Gracie?  Maybe that hole needed a stitch or two.  Isn't it something that you probably will end up with the expensive vet anyway - Gawd, you can't win.
     
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    [QUOTE]Winter, they aren't willing to fit you in this evening?  I would call back and explain that you are worried and need your kitten to be seen and would they please fit you in.  His not eating much and being lethargic is worrisome and especially since he is so young and small. A cat not eating is very serious I was told when my Maggie got sick. Or can you bring him to Angel Memorial or even the Woburn Animal Hospital, they treat emergencies. 
    Posted by ambergirl[/QUOTE]

    ETA: Another thought, since you have not established anything with this vet, I would also call other veternarians to see if someone has an opening.
     
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    Winter, good advice from Amber.  If they can't see you, perhaps a different vet that does take emergency visits would today.
     
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    Re: October 2011

    The Vet is only opened until 6 today and the only appointments they have are 12:30 and 1:30.  Dh would need to take more then an hour off to do this today and it's not possible and I have no vacation time left so I can't leave either, and I'm further away from home.  I'll call another vet and see.  Maybe I'll call the foster mother. 

    ETA: DH said he did it a little today. 
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Keep us updated Winter.  I am a little worried for him too. 
     
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    Kar, so sorry about Gracie.  Poor thing.  Hoping it just needs a couple of stitches too.  When it rains, it pours!
     
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    Friends, Gracie is OK.  Actually, our "amazing" cable guy is also very knowledgeable about dogs.  He fixed our problem in 2 seconds, and then looked at Gracie's mouth and said it's perfectly normal looking.  Um, really?!  He said the hole is filling in, and the flap (the "ripped up" part that panicked me) "happens" sometimes.  No big deal.  Well, that was remarkably comforting, but we kept our appointment, and, guess what, the vet said the same thing.  Even better, she had mercy on my panic and didn't charge us a penny AND removed the stitches that she said might be irritating her at this point and are unnecessary.  OMG, I'm so relieved and exhausted.  When our cable guy said, "Oh, she's FINE!" I cried again with relief - he's got to think I'm a complete nut and possibly dumb as a stump, lol.  I've shed more tears over this pup...

    The cable problem was so embarrassing - a button that I didn't know even existed on the remote got pushed.  That's it.  ARGH!  He was gracious about it, and we agreed that Gracie probably stepped on it so as to bring him back to the house.  I wonder what she'll do next.

    Winter, I can obviously relate to being insanely worried about a dear pet, and I'm sorry you're going through this with him.  If you can spoon feed him, that's best for now, clearly - I thought he'd eat if he got hungry enough, but apparently they might starve themselves?  Shows what I know about cats.  Anyway, I'm sure you'll get through this passing phase with Yoda, and he'll be doing fine in no time.  Hope you get an appointment somewhere (if not his regular vet - good suggestion, ambergirl) very soon.  Monday is a long way off in that respect.

    Gracie just had her breakfast - I held off in case she needed a procedure.  She was famished.  I wonder if she thinks I was being mean by not heeding her cries at the bowl this morning...I hope not.

    dog-lady, I've always liked your blue dog avatars and found them intriguing enough to find the artist, George Rodrigue, online.  Very cool! 
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Kar, glad Gracie is ok.  I've heard from people that the cat should be in a room all alone to get situtated with everything and then you gradually bring him out. So we may feed him and then put him and all his stuff in another room and see if that helps.  
     
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    It is important that Yoda eats, even if it is a small portion.  Dogs, unlike cats, can handle some weight loss.  Cats cannot I was told by my vet and not eating is usually a sign of something wrong.  So on one hand, good he is eating out of the spoon but I am a bit concerned about him being lethargic.  He also was found at 6 weeks, without his mother?  That seems really young to be weaned, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Re: October 2011

    Yes he was found alone in an alley at 6 weeks.  I called Woburn Animal Hospital and spoke to someone there.  I have an appointment for tomorrow at 12:30 and if I can not get him to eat, (even by spoon) then he needs to come in tonight as an emergency.  She said he should be playing even if he is scared, it's a kitten's nature.  
     
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    I am so happy Winter you have an appointment tomorrow and I pray you don't have to go tonight.  But if you do Woburn Animal Hospital is very good my vet told me and who they recommend I use if I have an emergency after hours. It seems he has been eating from the spoon, so maybe that will continue until he gets checked out.  Yes, kittens are very lively and that is what had me so concerned for you.  Hopefully it is nothing big and can be treated.  I know you must be a wreck.  Even though I can't respond on the boards when I am home, I can read them and will be anxiously waiting to see how Yoda makes out. 

     
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    Re: October 2011

    Thank you.  I read that they are very expensive so this may not be the Vet going forward but they are willing to look at him tomorrow or in an emergency situtation. When I get home tonight, I will try feeding him the regular way and if not I will feed him by spoon. 

    My poor son is worried that he hasn't been eating much, so I will send your thoughtfulness to him.  
     
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    Yes, I heard they are expensive too, but good in an emergency.  That is why I was not happy the new vet would not fit you in.  Your poor son must be a wreck.  Tell him kittens are resilient : )  I am guessing they will draw blood and rule everything out.  Since he was doing so good in foster home, I am hoping nothing serious.  Yoda is blessed to have you and your family for sure. 
     
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