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    Jingles needed for Possum the cat- update- He is doing well

    A boarder at the barn has a small animal rescue. They mostly rescue sheep, goats, ponies, horses, guinea pigs and hamsters. She went to pick up an old pony from a farm that was being foreclosed. While there she found they had 24 cats. Some indoor and some outdoor. Most were actually very friendly. She normally does not rescue cats. She is highly allergic.

    Three of the cats were adopted by the barn. She adopted out the other 21 also. Well, poor Possum crashed last week and I agreed to medical foster him. He is old. Was likely an indoor kitty and we have had a sudden heat wave. I gave him sub-q fluids the moment I brought him in the house. He is pretty thin and was dehydrated. He ate some wet food. He perked up for a few days and then Monday was really lethargic. He had peed but did not poop from Friday to Monday. So off to the vet he went.

    Vet originally assumed kidney failure based on his smell. His blood numbers were actually good. So they have been giving him an IV, antibiotic, steroids and an enema. DH just went up to visit him. He is purring and resting but doesn't want to move. They said when he had pooped they have been really hard. They think he his sore due to the constipation and the hard poops. Constipation likely caused by the dehydration. He ate an entire can of food today. DH says he is acting like he has a headache. Poor guy had a chicken neck and DH said that is now mostly gone. The sub-q fluids I was giving him just weren't enough to catch him up.

    Some jingles for Mr. Possum would be appreciated. Yes it is an awful name. Worse yet he isn't even a grey cat. He is an orange tabby.
    Last edited by SonnysMom; Jul. 28, 2020, 03:51 PM.
    Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

    #2
    Awww, Madd Jingles from Motorboat and Pucci cats. Here's hoping the old guy perks up.

    And thank you for fostering the poor thing.
    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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      #3
      Lots of jingles for Possum!! Poor old little man. It sounds like he wouldn't be here if you hadn't brought him home.

      I hope the constipation is resolved soon . My kidney cat suffered with that periodically the whole time I had him. Lactulose worked for him but when it was bad it took a ridiculous amount.

      Hope Possum keeps improving! Give him a hug for me.

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        #4
        Jingles for dear ‘Possum’ ~ AO ~

        Bless you for taking him in ~
        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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          #5
          Jingles from everyone here, including Hammie! Thank you for taking him in. One of my old guys gets constipation pretty regularly unless we keep him on Miralax (I just sprinkle it either on his wet food, or in the water).

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            #6
            Best wishes for Possum...red boys are tough!
            Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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              Possum update. He is doing great. Ate all his food overnight and as of 10 am had eaten an entire can. He can come home tonight. He had been flea treated a few days before we got him. But he had a lot of flea dirt. They think he got something from the fleas which led to him crashing. He will come home on Baytril and Dexamethazone.
              Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                #8
                That's great news!! I'm sure he will be much happier at home. Hope he continues to improve!

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                  #9
                  Welcome Home ! Mr. Possum
                  Treat others the way you want others to treat you ~ on your threads !

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                    Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post
                    Possum update. He is doing great. Ate all his food overnight and as of 10 am had eaten an entire can. He can come home tonight. He had been flea treated a few days before we got him. But he had a lot of flea dirt. They think he got something from the fleas which led to him crashing. He will come home on Baytril and Dexamethazone.
                    Fantastic news!
                    Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                      #11
                      He was so dehydrated that he was 6.5 pounds on Monday and 7 pounds on Thursday.
                      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                        #12
                        Poor guy! I'm glad to hear he's doing so much better!
                        "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive

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                          #13
                          So glad Possum is on the road to recovery and has a great mom helping him ~

                          How about a pic of the handsome guy ?

                          Jingles & AO ~

                          Bless you for loving him !



                          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                            #14
                            Great to hear he's improving.
                            I have a very elderly inherited cat and she has had reactions to topical flea treatments so you may need to be very careful hereafter. I think the older ones are just frail and some flea treatments are very toxic to their little old bodies.
                            "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                              Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                              Great to hear he's improving.
                              I have a very elderly inherited cat and she has had reactions to topical flea treatments so you may need to be very careful hereafter. I think the older ones are just frail and some flea treatments are very toxic to their little old bodies.
                              I think they used the flea treatment since he was already struggling. Vet guesses he is 12-13 years old.
                              I treated all of my other cats earlier this year except hospice cat. Coral has kidney failure. She get subq fluids every other day. She has gained a ton of weight since I got her but I didn't want to risk flea meds.
                              Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                                Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post

                                I think they used the flea treatment since he was already struggling. Vet guesses he is 12-13 years old.
                                I treated all of my other cats earlier this year except hospice cat. Coral has kidney failure. She get subq fluids every other day. She has gained a ton of weight since I got her but I didn't want to risk flea meds.
                                How's Possum doing?

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                                  Still lethargic. But we have poop. He is eating. He slept on my lap while watching stranger things.
                                  He is probably anemic so tge lethargy is expected.
                                  Apparently he has never been a high energy dude
                                  Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                                    #18
                                    I'm glad he's eating and the constipation has resolved. Is there anything to do for the anemia or will it just take time?

                                    I don't believe I've had a cat that had that before. I had a lot of fosters that were starved and flea ridden; seems like I have them something but maybe more like a vitamin. Pet-tonic or something like that.

                                    I hope he continues to improve and feel better. Sounds like a sweet little lap cat.

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                                      ((Possum)) ~ bless you for helping him ~
                                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                                        Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post
                                        Possum update. He is doing great. Ate all his food overnight and as of 10 am had eaten an entire can. He can come home tonight. He had been flea treated a few days before we got him. But he had a lot of flea dirt. They think he got something from the fleas which led to him crashing. He will come home on Baytril and Dexamethazone.
                                        I found a feral cat that was very ill, not moving and covered with fleas. Turns out the fleas were so bad for so long that she was severely anemic and near death. Had to syringe feed her high-protein food for about a month (because I really couldn't afford $20K for blood transfusions). She's doing well now, but it was touch and go for awhile.

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