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What Farm Poisons or Rodenticide Could Cause This? UPDATE: Doing Better!

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  • What Farm Poisons or Rodenticide Could Cause This? UPDATE: Doing Better!

    Got to the barn last night and found Nilla-Wafer kitty very ataxic and eyes totally dilated. Still meowing, schmoozing Callie-Cat (best buddy) and wanting to eat.

    We never ever use any poison or chemical fertilizer at the farm. The owner is adamant about staying organic and, since we have the cats, have no need for rodenticide.

    But I'm thinking that, during her day-time patrol of the neighboring farms, Nilla got into something

    Any idea? Thanks.
    Last edited by ChocoMare; Jul. 29, 2011, 07:28 AM.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

  • #2
    No ideas, sorry.... but I think you might want to make a call to your vet, and get their opinion... jingles for the kitteh!
    Originally posted by Martha Drum
    ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.

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      #3
      Yeah, my friend will be out there shortly to check on her and haul her to our vet.
      <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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      • #4
        She has eaten a "blue tailed skink",Lizard,vet will give cortesone[I think],at least that is what my vet did.


        meds will reduce the brain swelling,she must have meds.
        \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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          #5
          Ohhh, thanks Fernie. That makes total sense. She loves to catch reptiles.
          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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          • #6
            Here is a link to a site that mentions it.

            It says ,no cure,.

            But my vet administered cortisone,one of my cats did have the twisted head also,but they survived.

            May not be able to live outside any more due to brain damage.

            Main symptom is excessive meowing and wanting to love on you constantly,eyes very dialated and sometimes the eyes balls will be trembling..
            \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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            • #7
              I agree it might be that she chewed on a skink tail.

              But I'd also be checking to see if there is any ivermectin lying around. A spent tube, the top of a tube, a bit of a spill, it wouldn't take much to poison the cat. Being a cat, she might have been playing with a tube or top.

              Not saying that's the problem. But just keep it in mind.

              Hope the cat feels better soon.
              Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
              Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
              -Rudyard Kipling

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                #8
                No on the ivermectin. While I did deworm Tank the other day, as always, I recapped the empty tubes and put them back in the box, which then went deep into the trash can. Yup, I checked thinking the same thing.

                She's on the way to a vet now. If she's too far gone, they have permission to euthanize.

                Le-sigh
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                • #9
                  Sending jingles her way
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                  • #10
                    I have blue tailed skinks all around my house. My cats eat them. After I found the first half of a skink in my bathroom (UGH!) I called the emergency vet who said sometimes it causes problems, sometimes not. My regular vet said the same thing. He said his cats have eaten them without problems as well.

                    That said, it only takes a bad reaction for it to cause trouble.

                    Jingles for kitty!
                    "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

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                    • #11
                      Can someone please tell this northern person, ignorant of such things, a little about skinks?
                      (I love BC, I love BC, I love BC - none of those things here>)
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                        #12
                        We're gonna try a week of antibiotics and steroids. If no change, we will put her down. She is a 100% outside, on the farm cat. With disabilities, she would be easy barred owl or red-tailed hawk prey.
                        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                        • #13
                          I'm so sorry. I hope she pulls through. Still jingling here in Maryland...
                          Originally posted by Martha Drum
                          ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.

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                          • #14
                            is there a toxin test that will determine if a skink was consumed?

                            i have had 2 friends with multiple cats that have had neurological illnesses and have NEVER heard of this. our area is crawling with these things. this would completely explain what happened, one cat survived with a permanent head-tilt, 2 were euthanized, and one is currently suffering...
                            * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                              Can someone please tell this northern person, ignorant of such things, a little about skinks?
                              (I love BC, I love BC, I love BC - none of those things here>)
                              I am thinking the same thing, except that I am going to be a southern person, and thinking, OMG, my cat doesn't know he can't eat certain things!!!!

                              Ok, so what else is bad for cats in southeastern US?
                              save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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                              • #16
                                I'm so sorry. No advice - just lots of jingles for your kitty!


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                                  #17
                                  From what I've read / the vet said, some cats eat them and just puke them back up. Some eat them and have no reaction. Then there are the Nilla Wafer kitty types: totally neuro. Some can take months to recover but are never 100%.

                                  I won't do that to her. She is truly a farm cat, with free roaming over 4 farms. Lotsa predators besides the raptors (fox, coyote, etc.)

                                  She's a beauty too: light "Nilla Wafer" color for the base and dark, wide caramel stripes in the tabby pattern.

                                  Le sigh
                                  <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                                    Can someone please tell this northern person, ignorant of such things, a little about skinks?
                                    (I love BC, I love BC, I love BC - none of those things here>)
                                    Skinks are small lizards with stripes and a bright blue tail which detaches if they are attacked by predators. I never knew they were poisonous. My kid catches them all the time. My kitties are all inside kitties so they don't come into contact with wild critters other than the occasional mouse or bug.
                                    I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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                                    • #19
                                      Sending jingles!
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                                      • #20
                                        for those curious about skinks, I found this

                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eumeces_fasciatus

                                        I hope the nilla wafer fully recovers...jingles!
                                        save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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