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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
6:51 pm
[opaloctober]
Rash/Scabs??
So last November, a lot of you might remember our kitty Crack-Cat had her right hind leg and part of her hip and mammary amputated due to a fibrosarcoma that had spread into her hip. She's doing just fine, as rambuntious as ever, but for a few months, my fiance and I have noticed she's gotten a rash, or something on her. You can feel around her neck area especially, it looks and feel like it's scabs, especially on her neck and behind her ears (the one she can't scratch anymore on the right side), and it's spreading to her hind end. They don't seem to itch her much or bother her, excpt she's always trying to scratch the spot she can't get to anymore since she had the surgery (you can see her lead her head back and try to scratch behind her right ear, but the only thing that happens is you see the muscle twitch where her leg and hip used to be, but we have to scratch behind that ear for her, whcih we don't mind at all :)
She's due for her regular checkup in a few weeks, but I just wanted to know if any of you had experienced this rash/scabby type thing before??
Friday, August 28th, 2009
10:53 pm
[aprochingnormal]
Miss Zoe Jane the Rat <3
Hi everyone,
I just joined this group today. It's in reguards to my new baby rat (Zoe Jane). I bought Zoe about a week ago at petco as a gift for my boyfriend. She is really energenic and I love  having her around to talk to. I have personally never owned a rat before but my boyfriend has. And when we first interacting with her we noticed she tended to sneeze alot. But when we put her back it calmed down. She is very nice with the both of us and will come if we call her. But as of recently she sounds like she is weezing? Its not a constant thing. Her breathing is fine. But when she sneezes it sounds like she is congested or something. We use carefresh bedding and we are concerned that might be the reason she is sneezing. I really need your help because i have become very attached to her already and i would hate for something to happen to her. :'(

Thank You
Monday, October 13th, 2008
1:31 pm
[opaloctober]
Pray For Us!
Hi everyone, i've been a member here for a little while, and have talked to a few of you here. I'm here to ask that you pray for our baby ack Cat. She's one of 7 babies that we have, and about a week ago we noticed she was limping. Then we noticed a large (egg-sized) lump on her thigh muscle. We took her to the vet Friday and they need to do a cytology on her, and then we can go from there. Problem is, the exam is $137.30 and we don't have it. If anyone knows how to come up with quick money fast, please let me know.
She turned 6 in April, she's in good spirits, she's eating good for me, she just kinda lays on the bed and isn't as active as she was a week ago. She plays and her eyes are bright, she shows no sign of sickness except that the top of the mass seems to hurt or be uncomfortable for her. It hurts me to see her like this.

Has anyone ever had anything like this happen?
Please pray for us!

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Sunday, March 4th, 2007
9:04 pm
[ohayobunnies]
My cat :(
My cat has been sick for a little over two weeks, and I'm really worried about him.
It started out as eye gunk, first in one eye and then in the other to the point where they were almost sealed shut.
That has almost gone away completely, and there's only a bit of it now and then.
However, now he's severely lacking in energy and all he does is sleep all day.
The only times he gets up is when he goes to eat/drink/go to the litterbox.
He does show signs of alertness- for instance, when he see's the other cat wandering about he always sits up to watch him, and when someone enters the room he picks his head up to see who it is.
He just seems so depressed!
When the other cat goes outside he goes with him for a bit and sits on the porch and watches him.
He spends most of his time sleeping though :( and seeing him this way makes me really sad!
My mom says that he's depressed, and he has had some behavioural issues - I mean, he's always been a pretty withdrawn and quiet cat, and he had this thing where when he got worried or right before he'd go to sleep he'd suckle on stuffed animals or soft, furry robes (we adopted him at 5 months).
He's seven months old and I just feel like he should be energetic.
The only reason we haven't taken him to the vet is because his eyes got better and we thought he would too.

What could be wrong with him?
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
12:38 pm
[ashley_spleen]
Dishwashers?
This is more about pet stuff than pets directly, but I think it relates, as my biggest concern is that it'll be bad for his health.

Is it safe to put the bottom, plastic part of a hamster cage into the dishwasher?
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
4:51 pm
[kattttt]
a week ago i got a baby rat and she has been very heathy, she is about 7 weeks old and was hand raised from birth.
she didn't weeze or sneeze at all, today however she was fine until about 20 minutes ago when i took her out and she bagan to sneeze about ever 2 minutes, she did this for about 10 minutes and she seems to have stopped, although about 4 minutes ago i did hear a sneeze.
i'm worried that she might have a lung infection.
i may be just an over protective owner but i've really grown to love her.
Friday, October 6th, 2006
2:51 am
[mskristy]
Neutering ?s
I plan to get Milo, my male rat, neutered. I have 5 girls and he is my only boy. I worry about his lack of socializing because rats live in groups and he's alone. Before I do get him fixed I need to know a few things first. What are the risks of this surgery? How long does it take to heal? How much does this procedure typically cost? Will my girls be more likely to beat up on him if he's fixed? That last question I've heared about happening in other species. Thanks.
~Kristy

Current Mood: curious
Friday, September 29th, 2006
9:25 pm
[johnnysodomy]
Guinea Pigs
I've been sick (a coughing/sneezing/achey cold-type illness) for the past 4-5 days and have been avoiding touching my guinea pig and anything that he touches (my roommate has been feeding him, etc.). I feel terrible that he hasn't been picked up or anything in such a long time, and I am worried that he might get depressed. This leads me to my question: can an animal (specifically a guinea pig) get sick from a human?

Thank you so much for any help you can give.
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
9:51 pm
[tniassaint]
Request for guidance
We have two 14 yr old cats. One seems well, the other is having trouble, both have developed a problem. The male has lost about half his weight (he was rather stout) and has taken to frequent vomiting - which are not furball related. Both have lately taken to relieving themselves on our bed, and on occasion on the carpet. It has become rather frustrating. We recently had a new baby in the house, and have lost an income to boot. With finances tight we are hesitant to take them to the vet. We cannot afford expensive treatments till the income evens out. Our cats are like family, but the baby HAS to come first. I am afraid we will be told the male has diabetes or worse. IF I took them to the humane society they would likely be put to rest. We are besides ourselves. They both look and behave as if healthy otherwise, but if the answer is cancer or diabetes (as we have been told it looks like - not by a professional) we simply cannot afford the treatment and the poor thing will likely be put to sleep.

What to do?
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
8:48 pm
[ruggedbean22]
Rabbit Issue
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Current Mood: curious
Friday, September 8th, 2006
2:46 pm
[pipkin]
A few questions
I had two cats.

Last week, I found my male cat, Hermes, having severe breathing problems in the hallway of my house. I rushed him to the vet, but he died a day later. The vet strongly believed it was rat poison due to the foam and blood within his lungs. X-rays clearly showed hemorrhaging.

PIVKA test revealed that he was a 23 on a scale of 8-21. Suggesting that his Vitamin K levels were low, and he could have gotten into rat poison.

Gross autopsy suggested he may have suffered from Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His heart weighed 33oz.

I have lived in my current house for 3 years. My cats are STRICTLY indoor animals. In this time, I have never found anything..even close to rat poison. I have begun extensive cleaning/searching at the cost of much money, and time..and still I have found no cans of D-con, or little green pellets, or anything else that might suggest an anticoagulant rat poison. I think in the 3 years of having this house, and having my two cats in it..I would have found something by now..either through them suffering, or me finding something.

I took my female to the vet, and apparently she suffers from a vitamin K deficiency as well. Measuring up as a 24 on a scale of 8-21.

She is alive, and being given supplements..and also being watched like a hawk (though confienment is practically impossible. A pure-bred Bengal is a ball of energy, and this one is insane when placed in a kennel).

So my questions come to this: What else could have caused the PIVKA test to reveal vitamin K deficiency in a seemingly healthy cat, let alone two? What -should- I be looking for when I search for Rat poison? How much rat poison would it take to kill a cat? If it was, indeed, rat poison, wouldn't it show up as an even LOWER level of Vitamin K in the blood?

My vet is persistant in his belief it was poison. I find myself forever doubtful through lack of evidence..and it is causing me much stress and mental trauma.

Thank you all for your time.



X-posted many places..

Current Mood: restless
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
6:48 pm
[tynkrrbell]
Excited little hamster!
I'm hoping someone out there can help. This isn't a medical question per se, but a behavioral question. My daughter is fostering a hamster for her teacher this summer: a cute little gal (yup, we checked after we noticed a drop of blood, and found that she was a mestruating gal, poor thing!), that we all adore. She didn't come with much, just a wire cage with one of those grey school tubs for the base, and some food. We wanted to take great care of her and treat the teacher: they get paid so little and it's nice to be able to help out a bit, so we invested in a really nice Habitrail (brand) cage that's half plastic, half wire (to allow for air and a bit of climbing on the walls). We've noticed that she likes to pee as she's going through the tubes, getting the inside of the tubes all ucky, and even leaking onto the furniture that her cage is resting on. Is there anything we can do to teach her not to do this? Would it be better if we just put bedding in all the tubes, or would she just pull it out or slide on it and not be able to make her way up to her loft and "space restaraunt"? Is this a common problem? I just assumed that she would only go where the bedding was, but apparently that isn't the case, and can't help but picture her getting all excited about taking ajaunt up to her little loft and peeing on the way! We hate the messy clean-ups and smells from her peeing in the tubes even once!

Thanks!
Sunday, June 11th, 2006
8:38 pm
[drklib]
ball python
im new here so let me do a little intro: im typically a dog person, but my boyfriend loves snakes. he had two- a ball python (monty) and a red corn snake (shela). i am not a snake person by any means. my boyfriend is in the navy and had to move back onto his ship, so he asked if i would house the snakes. so i said sure. the corn snake died this week, of what i have no idea. anywho- my question regards the ball python. his belly is a little pink, mostly pink towards the last part of his body. he occassionally lays rather close, or on top of, the heating pad thingy of the tank (sorry for my lack of snake vocab). we also fed him a week ago. i researched online and a site mentioned that a ball pythons tummy turns pink after being fed. is that true? he seems rather healthy. he slithers around when out of his tank and all that snake stuff. i just want to make sure im not on the verge of killing his other snake =(

thanks so much
Thursday, June 1st, 2006
8:03 pm
[pinxie]
my ham
I am just going to ask because the vets are closed right now and I am worried about my little dwarf hamster! I am taking him to the vet tomorrow afternoon (ASAP). He is walking funny, hopping kind of like a bunny, and he is holding his right paw up, not putting any weight on it. what can I do for him in the meantime and will he be ok until tomorrow? :(

Thanks in advance.

Current Mood: worried
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
10:40 am
[seedsofbigapple]
Cat Troubles
Subject line sounds like boyfriend troubles, hmm?
Well, it's worse. It's my cat, and at 15, she's my kid, my sis, and one of my best friends at once rolled into an adorable, frighteningly smart and arrogant Tonkenese package. Am I pussy-whipped? Heck, yeah!
Well, and there's my problem. She's been mistreated by her former vet to a point of congestive heart failure and deep-seated pneumonia. I blame myself for not catching the signs in time, but what point is there to bitch about it now?
She is now completely OK as far as heart is concerned -- she's on two blood-pressure/diuretic meds -- and her kidneys are doing just fine. Same could not be said about her lungs, and though symptomatically, she seems to be getting better on baytril, last time we took X-rays (for the first time since we started intensively treating her 2 months ago), the left lung worsened, leading the vet to suggest lung cancer. He is hesitant about chemo - no point, he says, and it might yet be pneumonia, and mainly, he is afraid of a biopsy so as not to cause pneumothorax.
Please, anyone, tell me you know something that could help? Anything? Anyone? Herbal? Radiation? ANYTHING!
Thanks in advance for any crumb!
X-posted all over the place. Guilty! :-)
Monday, May 1st, 2006
9:21 pm
[sprtwrid]
First, I have to say that this community is a great idea. Ive got lots of questions to ask.

1.I have 2 gerbils (male and female.. brother and sister; male is deformed) Ive had them for about 2 years, and until now.. i didnt have any babies to worry about. Ive been neglecting my responsibility to clean out the tank, and 2 days ago (to my surprise) there were 3 little babies in there. I immediatly took the daddy out, because I know gerbils and other rodents have a habit of eating the babies. My question is, can i clean out the tank, or at least the half the babys are not on without making the mommy mad? My guinea pigs didnt mind when they had young babies.. but these guy.. i never hold or anything. The mommy is good natured, and will let me put my hand in the tank.. But if i clean it out (its really bad) will she neglect the babies?

2. We have an older cat that my husband found as a stray. We are guessing hes about 9 years old. Hes had it for a few years now, and its been pretty healthy so far. He seems to be losing alot of weight, though he is eating and everything like normal. Should I be worried about him thinning down, or just keep an eye on him for awhile to see if hes sick or whatnot?

3. Does the humane society offer thier spaying services to pets that are owned as well.. or only ones that are being kept there? I have two females that i need to get spayed/declawed, and we dont have much money to work with.. What do you guys think would be the cheapest/safest route to go? Normally i wouldnt consider declawing.. but the older girl has been attacking my baby, and i really dont want to have to get rid of her because of it. The older cat is very attached to her.
Thursday, February 16th, 2006
10:27 pm
[ate_yr_bees]
My 6 1/2 year old rabbit have periodically been having some white thick fluid running from his eyes.(Not very much..but you can see the white fluid in the corner of his eye. (kinda like beeing teary-eyed.) It's only now and then and he doesn't seem bothered by it. Just wondered if you would have any idea of what it could be..?
Monday, January 30th, 2006
4:30 pm
[kayla_la]
Hello. Rat problem..
I hope this community is active enough to get my question answered! Here goes.

So a friend of mine dropped off a young, but not quite a baby rat around Christmas as a present to me. He's still not quite fully grown yet, and he's pretty hyper for a rat (most of the rats I've had have been lazy bums).

The problem is, I bought a 25 dollar "hamster ball", except it was the big kind meant for rats and other bigger rodents. I also have a normal sized hamster ball for my actual hamster. So I have two. Anyway, I just can NOT get him to actually move in it. I've tried putting him in both since he's still small enough to fit okay in the hamster ball, thinking maybe the bigger one was too heavy for him to move in, but nothing I can think of helps. He just refuses to move, apparently thinking that once inside, he's trapped and can't go anywhere.

I've tried nudging him carefully so he realizes the ball isn't stationary, but that doesn't help. I don't know what else to try, I really want him to be able to run around my room with me while I'm cleaning, and it's good exercise, but for now he just sits there. Can you please give me some advice? Or is it hopeless? My hamster uses his hamster ball just fine, so I know it's not the balls themselves..
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
8:09 pm
[raeth]
Eastern Painted Baby turtle.
I'm getting a baby water turtle. How much do you know about lights?
I know s/he'll need UVA and UVB light, as well as daylight(?). I guess my question is this -- s/he'll not be getting too much actual "daylight" in the winter (I'm in Michigan). In the summer, no problem! Little turtle-walks will be fun in a penned-in area. I got a light made by ESU Reptile that called "Super UV Coil-Lamp." It's a 20 Watt, and the back says it "provides purified, full-spectrum daylight, and also produces the optimal amounts of benificial UVB and UVA ultraviolet rays."

My problem! I'm a college student, so I'd rather not purchase too much stuff. Right now, I have 2 clamp-lamps -- one for a ceramic bulb at night (average Temp = 78 F) and another for a "basking spot heat lamp" which I keep on during the day (85-90 F). I'd rather not purchase a third clamp-lamp!! My clamping space is getting limited. So, can I use the incandescent light with the ceramic light if it brings the tank temp up to about 85 F, thus completely bypassing the basking lighted lamp? He'll still have a basking spot under the ceramic lamp, which doesn't emit light, and the UVA/UVB/Daylight will be mounted next to the other. Is this okay? Or must s/he have that "spot heat"?
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
5:07 pm
[mollieivy]
Guinea pigs
What sort of toys could I purchase for my guinea pigs? I see a lot of ones for bunnies but no specific ones for guineas, any ideas?
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