Caroline -- I'm glad she's doing so well and seems to be so friendly. Hope she checks out well at the vet! Diane R. ________________________________
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Caroline Kaufmann Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 10:03 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Advice for Malnourished, Rescued cat Thanks Susan. My mom and I both work and I don't live with her, so we do the best we can with feeding her. She has already stopped eating like a fiend and she will stop when she gets full. The only way we have gotten her to eat crunchies is by putting them in the bowl with the wet food. She will eat the wet food first and then later, snack on the crunchies. I started her on Wellness Kitten wet food last night (per Tad's suggestion)-- I knew that- that it's high calorie! It's just in the heat of the moment, I guess you forget these things, so it's nice to have people to remind you. I also started her on Wellness dry crunchies (she was just eating regular adult Wellness). I am worried about her liver function, but I have her on Nutrical (since Sunday), so hopefully, we have staved off a problem there, but I guess we will find out. We are taking her to a vet tomorrow. She is still showing the third eyelid a lot, but the weepy eyes are much improved and in fact, when I treated them with Terramycin last night, I did not see any green discharge. She has not thrown up at all, so she's definitely not gorging herself. Last night, when my mom and I were visiting her, she drank water for the first time in front of us and she drank A TON! She is so much more perky too. She seems so happy-- she purrs and kneads all the time. And a good sign- even if it makes my job a little harder- when I go to treat her eyes or hold her, she's started squirming and she even got away from me one time. So clearly, she is getting her strength back to some extent. She's even broke into a little jog to go see my mom when she came in the room (and she was NOT doing that when we first brought her in). She loves the a/c more than any cat I have seen and she "watches" the TV that we leave on for her. I put a "found cat" ad on Craigslist yesterday, but haven't heard anything yet. It will take me a while to get to the other websites to list her. The focus now is rehabilitating her. Thanks for your insight! Caroline ________________________________ From: "Susan Dubose" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Advice for Malnourished, Rescued cat Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 17:15:07 -0500 When cats are severly emaciated, it is best to give them several "small" meals per day, as opposed to allowing any free feeding. This keeps them from getting sick. I would have a complete blood panel done, also, to verify that her liver / kidneys are functioning ok. Thanks for saving her, Caroline, and thank your mom too. You probably got her right in the nick of time. Susan J. DuBose >^..^< www.PetGirlsPetsitting.com <http://www.petgirlspetsitting.com/> www.Tx.SiameseRescue.org <http://www.tx.siameserescue.org/> www.shadowcats.net <http://www.shadowcats.net/> "As Cleopatra lay in state, Faithful Bast at her side did wait, Purring welcomes of soft applause, Ever guarding with sharpened claws." Trajan Tennent ----- Original Message ----- From: Caroline Kaufmann <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 10:09 AM Subject: OT: Advice for Malnourished, Rescued cat I did a cat rescue on Sat. of a spayed, long-haired female that was clearly a house-cat that had been hanging out in my mom's neighborhood for about 3 weeks. My mom had told the neighbor across the street that I had a foster cat and so he thought I would know what to do once he'd finally determined the cat did not have a home (you know how it goes!). I took one look at her and decided we needed to move fast- she'd already been outside too long. She had a collar on with a rabies tag on it with the vet's number, but by the time we got her in a carrier and I had the collar off (it had rubbed the fur off her neck) the vet's was closed. My mom left a message w/ the vet's, but come Mon. morn., still hadn't heard back. On Mon., she drove past the vet clinic and it's closed- like out of business!!! We were hoping to match up the rabies tag number with the owner, however, my mom is really skittish about actually finding the owner because there's no free newspaper ad looking for her, there's no signs up in the neighborhood, and she was in SUCH bad shape when we found her...? Also, my mom says the vet the cat went to to at least get her rabies shot is "not a good one," so she is reluctant to just immediately turn this cat over, even if we do find the owners- which at this point, is not looking promising anyway. We haven't taken her to a vet yet because we thought we would maybe find the owners, and now I am trying to work my Shamrock contact to see if I can get her in with a Shamrock vet who will give us a discounted price. When we found her she had horrible runny eyes- all down her face. She has fleas (of course). We are keeping her in a downstairs room of my mom's house in a crate- which we do let her out of when someone is there because she doesn't do anything- she is SO good; clearly a housecat who was desperate to get back inside, so she will do anything right now (I can handle her easily, she doesn't fight, I can treat her eyes easily, etc. I don't think she even knows how to scratch?!) Her main problem is she is clearly severely malnourished-- she is skin and bones literally. She has dander. I think she would have died this week outside of heat exhaustion, shock, etc., complicated by malnutrition if we hadn't taken her in. We are feeding her Wellness wet food, which I am adding a Colostrum and L-Lysine too, as well as Pet Calm. Thank god I remembered that I had a tube of Nutrical (from Monkee), so I have been mixing that in the wet food too and she just gobbles it up. We are also feeding her Wellness dry food, but it took a while for her to eat it because I don't think she knew "how" to eat dry cat food. My Shamrock contact gave me a tube of Terramycin to treat her eyes and they are already a lot better. The green discharge has lessened and the overall watering and sneezing is better. She's had two BM's- we had to help the first one along with some Laxatone. The first one was pretty normal, but yesterday's was runny (but that could have been from the laxatone). I just wanted to see if anyone else had advice for how we can improve her nutrition until we can get her into a vet? I've never rescued a cat that was this malnourished before and my mom is just really worried about that, so I really just need some advice- even if it's things I can tell my over-worrying mother to calm her down! Thanks, Caroline ________________________________ Booking a flight? Know when to buy with airfare predictions on MSN Travel. <http://g.msn.com/8HMBENUS/2755??PS=47575> ________________________________ More photos, more messages, more storage-get 2GB with Windows Live Hotmail. <http://g.msn.com/8HMBENUS/2746??PS=47575> This electronic mail transmission and any attachments are confidential and may be privileged. They should be read or retained only by the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the transmission from your system. 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