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Rumpelmintz is gone.  My friend Barb used to say “Rumpelmintz is too stubborn to die.”  I guess she was right. In the end, we did have to give her a little help.  It was time, and she needed to be told it was okay to let go.

My little girl, a princess napping on a pillow

My little girl, a princess napping on a pillow

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Kitty.com has left us today.  She fought a valiant battle, but she looked tired and ready to go.  I assured her she could rest now, and left her in the incredibly compassionate and capable hands of Dr. Olsen.  Kitty.com seemed unsure for just a moment, before tucking her sweet face into Dr. Olsen’s chest, ready for her battle to end.

kitty.com

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Poison!

Unfortunately, I’ve had a few conversations with friends recently about substances toxic to cats. One general rule of thumb – if you don’t know for a fact that something is NOT toxic to cats – assume it is!

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Farewell, sweet princess

I lost Jellybean today.  Jellybean was my firecracker, with lots of “tortie-tude”. The spark of  that firecracker has sadly gone out.

Jellybean

Jellybean in their window enclosure

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I have four cats. Most people consider that a LOT of cats. People react to the information on the size of my furry family in many ways, including comments like:

  • “You must spend a LOT on litter/cat food!” (Yes, I do.)
  • “Wow, do they all get along?” (No, they don’t. They’re like kids, sometimes they squabble.)
  • “You must have to clean your house a lot” (Only if I don’t want giant cat fur tumbleweeds)
  • and simply “You must really like cats!”

Most of the time, I do really like cats. But you know, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes the cats drive me BONKERS.

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When a caregiver contacts me regarding a cat having difficulty breathing, coughing fits, and/or wheezing – my first guess is asthma.  My second guess would be heart disease.  Then again, it could be as simple as an upper respiratory infection (the cat’s version of the common cold.) There’s not a lot you can do for a cold – but if it’s progressed to bronchitis/pneumonia, an antibiotic would be appropriate.  Obviously, the first step is to get the cat to a vet.  Any cat having difficulty breathing should see a vet IMMEDIATELY!  I’d start with a chest x-ray.

In the case of  asthma, treatment is generally two-fold. 
1)  A preventative medication/corticosteroid such as fluticasone (Flovent)
2)  A short-acting (emergency) medication/bronchodilator such as albuterol
Inhaled medications are VASTLY preferable to injected (or oral).  Inhaled medications obviously target the respiratory system.  Therefore, they have fewer systematic side effects.  Injected or oral steroids can cause diabetes and attacks of acute pancreatitis.

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Feline triaditis is actually three conditions occurring simultaneously:  pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), cholongiohepatitis (inflammation of the liver), and inflammatory bowel disease or IBD (inflammation of the intestines).

There may be no known “cure” for triaditis, though I would argue that proper nutrition is the absolute BEST method of treatment and prevention.  By proper nutrition, I mean a raw diet or a canned diet – and most definitely no dry food/kibble of any kind.

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