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Old 11-05-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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A followup. We realized last week our old cat was going blind. After a few days of watching her bump into all of the walls in the house and not knowing where she was, we realized it was time to put her down. So we did that this week. After only two days of not having the cat around, when you have had one for about 20 years, it gave us a big empty feeling. So off today we went to the SPCA. Came home with an adult, female, DSH, about the same size and appearance of the one we lost but darker in color. For about the last 10 hours she has been exploring our house. She is already jumping up into the lap of my wife in her recliner to be pet. She is an adult, not a kitten. I believe once acclimated to her new surroundings she will be fine. Us animal parents just have to realize we need them.
kj, so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. You did the right thing, not allowing her to suffer, but I know how hard that is. Wonderful that you adopted an adult--there are so many of them needing homes.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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kj, so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. You did the right thing, not allowing her to suffer, but I know how hard that is. Wonderful that you adopted an adult--there are so many of them needing homes.
Yes, we went to the SPCA in Sharonville, a very nice operation. You are right, they have lots of adult cats. Realized we had to chose one and get out of there before we came home with multiple. When you go through the room with the cages and they all stick their paws out looking for some attention and affection it grabs you.

By the way, whether due to overcrowding or what, that SPCA is running a special adoption $10 cats, $20 dogs, what a bargain. Then I found out for seniors they have another program so our cat was free, and that included all of the innoculations, ID chip, etc. I will have to send them a donation as they do a great job.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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Yes, we went to the SPCA in Sharonville, a very nice operation. You are right, they have lots of adult cats. Realized we had to chose one and get out of there before we came home with multiple. When you go through the room with the cages and they all stick their paws out looking for some attention and affection it grabs you.

By the way, whether due to overcrowding or what, that SPCA is running a special adoption $10 cats, $20 dogs, what a bargain. Then I found out for seniors they have another program so our cat was free, and that included all of the innoculations, ID chip, etc. I will have to send them a donation as they do a great job.

KJ, you should become acquainted with Cat Calls, Dr. Lawrence's mobile cat clininc. She only charges a little bit more than a trip to the vet and you have no trauma to the cat and no waiting in the vet's lounge, and you have her full attention.

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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KJ, you should become acquainted with Cat Calls, Dr. Lawrence's mobile cat clininc. She only charges a little bit more than a trip to the vet and you have no trauma to the cat and no waiting in the vet's lounge, and you have her full attention.

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Wilson... appreciate the advice and will keep the ID on file. But frankly, maybe just blind luck, the cat we just lost had not been ouf of the house in 18 years. After the initial round of shots, etc. she simply had not been sick.

A couple of months ago we noticed a swelling on the side of her head. Took her to a local vet who said it was a salivary gland cyst. She took a specimen, tested and said it was not cancerous. Gave her antibiotics, but the cyst did not go down. A few weeks later we notice a definite weeping from her one eye. Back to the vet, get eye drops, and she drains the cyst somewhat. Then we notice nothing is working and the cat is going blind, just stumbling into everything in an environment she is very familiar with.

Now I am an engineer and not a doctor, but I learned a long time ago to look for the cause and effect. If you see an effect, look for the cause, and if things keep compounding go back to the original cause. 9 times out of 10 the problem will trace back to the original cause.
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