Oh Laurie, how horrible for you to lose your cat at 22 after the cleaning especially since he lived so long and was a positive. How absolutely heart breaking. Lennie has never had his teeth cleaned under anesthesia. He has always eaten hard food and now I mix it with some softer food but everytime he goes to the vet they check his teeth and they're fine. I probably will never have that procedure done to him unless there were an abscess or something. Too risky. Speaking of risk, I called Lennie's vet, only because they are familiar with him and told them what I was planning to do, getting Snowball, and should I have him vaccinated for the Herpes Virus. I forget what 2 things it involves, and he said, oh yes, bring him in. He'll need a physical and then we'll vaccinate him. Lennie was sick last summer with a dermatitis and ear infection, not mites, just an ear infection. He went nuts on Prednisone so came off it and once it was discovered he had a thyroid issue, many hundreds of dollars later, he was put on thyroid medication and you'd swear he'a a 10 year old again. Anyhow, I then called BooBoo's vet and told him the story. He said, do not vaccinate your old guy. It could be more harmful than benefit. He also assured me that if Snowball is vaccinated and is symptom free I should have nothing to worry about. If she does have an outbreak, I would need to isolate her until she is well again. Lennie will not even go near her. This I know. He avoided BooBoo like the plague and has no interest in other animals whatsoever. I will have to be diligent about litter boxes, dishes etc but I'm really not worried. With what we have just gone through, we can handle this.
Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: laurieskatz To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 4:40 PM Subject: Re: newgirlexpected Oh Lynne. I have not been on that group for awhile. That is disgusting. I have stopped visiting other groups where breeders lurk. Re Booboo, some kitties just respond poorly to anesthesia and also it can awaken sleeping threats. My Squeak (FeLV+) had not been under anesthesia except to be neutered and declawed by his prior owner. I adopted him at age 8. At 22 he needed a dental cleaning. The vet had been scraping the tartar off his teeth for years but felt we needed a dental. Pre surgery blood work was perfect. Two months later he was dead from oral cancer. Did the anesthesia awaken a sleeping virus? I will never know but he was the PICTURE of health before this. I don't blame anyone but it makes me very sad. He was my soul mate. I have read that Persians' flat faces make them more susceptible to upper respiratory problems. I suppose the eye problem susecptibility would also make sense.You will probably learn alot from her that you can share with others along the way. Blessings. You deserve them! Laurie ----- Original Message ----- From: Lynne To: email@example.com Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 3:00 PM Subject: Re: newgirlexpected Thank you Laurie. I am not one hundred percent certain that Snowball was diagnosed with Herpes but this is what the general opinion is and considering her living conditions prior to the foster mom's getting her, it is most likely what she has. I guess I'll know more when I get the vet reports and her immunization records. She's healthy now but needs her eyes cleaned daily. Apparently some persians have this issue with runny eyes??? It only made sense to me that she should not be spayed so soon after we get her. People with herpes virus have the same problem of stress triggering outbreaks. Thank heavens you didn't have your Isabella spayed. I will definitely get some rescue remedy and some lysine(?). Laurie I was on the herpes group but got so angry at this guy who is breeding cats with herpes virus in some attempt to irradicate the virus that I left. It was becoming seriously argumentative and emotionally I am just not up to fighting these days. I do have some guilt about what happened to BooBoo. I am just so sorry we neutered him, but the vet said he was healthy enough to handle it. I would never place blame on anyone, except for the criminals who sold him to us, but if only I knew then what I know now things may have been different. His blood work was bleak. He was a very ill little guy but still, who knows how it may have turned out. Extremely hard lesson to learn. Snowball will never replace BooBoo or our wonderful Chuck or Lennie, who doesn't appear to be leaving any time too soon but I think she will bring some much needed joy into this house. Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: laurieskatz To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 3:37 PM Subject: Re: newgirlexpected May I be the first to say.....Congratulations! I can feel your joy! I am glad you decided to wait on the spay. I have had that same thought about Booboo but didn't want to say it...we waited to spay Isabella (FeLV+), too. Eventually (via abdominal ultrasound performed because of then health issues ~ she is healthy now!) we learned she had hemaclips which meant she was already spayed. Each time we took her to be spayed she was sick ...what a blessing in disguise! Winston (probable herpes) outbreaks when he goes to the vet. Using rescue remedy, rubbed inside his ears, has helped tremendously. You have good gut instincts, Lynn. I am glad they are cooperating with you!! Happy Day! Consider joining the herpes yahoo group if you haven't already. I will see you there from time to time! Laurie ----- Original Message ----- From: Lynne To: email@example.com Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 2:17 PM Subject: newgirlexpected I got the email I've been waiting for today. I have been trying to adopt this adorable little rescued cat, persian, for a couple weeks now. I have missed BooBoo so much and have been through such emotional garbage with the previous owners of him that I just need another cat to give a good life to. This cat was rescued from a horrible person who had a pet shop in town. The humane society and SPCA went in and seized his animals and the City took his business licence away. This cat, (Snowball) was so sick, eyes swollen shut from infection, URI and it has taken the foster woman a month to get her well. She got final approval from the vet to be let go, has got her shots updated and that's that. She had been disgnosed with herpes. I know, I'm getting myself into another potential situation here, but at least I know what I have to deal with if an outbreak occurs. The vet was going to have her spayed before releasing her but I convinced him that I would do it in the near future once she has settled down in her new home. I wish I had never had BooBoo neutered so quickly after getting him. I truly believe it triggered his rapid downfall. Anyway, I now have the foster mom's personal email and we are going to start the process of her coming to me. I am just so happy to be able to look after another little lost soul. Lynne