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  • Bill & Linda Fischbach
    Dec 26, 2001
      Hi Heather,

      I am so sorry about your Alchy; we also had a cat who was in trouble one
      minute and gone the next.

      If your cats are in relatively good health, I wouldn't wait to have the
      dental work done. Bad teeth can cause lots of other problems. I don't
      know about this, but I wouldn't think any diet would help a really bad
      tooth. Of course get the eye cleared up. But sometimes if you wait for
      dental work a cat can get sicker; then the dental work is more dangerous --
      and not having it will cause problems.

      Our cat has early CRF and heart problems. I requested dental work done,
      and the vet agreed. Mittens had blood work just prior to the dental work,
      and I stayed with him during the bloodwork, wait for results, and even while
      they induced anesthesia, so he wasn't too afraid or stressed. Mittens had
      the new anesthesia, his BP was monitored the whole time he was under and he
      was fine. I'm glad to have that done.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <Heather.M.Hamilton@...>
      To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2001 8:59 AM
      Subject: [feline-heart] Intro

      > I just realized I posted without ever sending an intro.
      > In July I lost my favorite cat, Alchy. I woke up and he was laying by the
      > bed on the floor stretched out on his side. He hadn't died very long
      > I got up. The vet did an autopsy and said he looked perfectly healthy.
      > guess his heart quit working. Maybe the upper and lower parts of the
      > quit communicating. I still miss him so much and cry whenever I think of
      > him. I found a card at Michael's the other day with a cat on it that
      > exactly like him.
      > I also have 2 9 year old calico females, Angel and Luci. A month or two
      > they went in to the vet and both have gingivitis pretty bad. Luci also
      > a grade 2 heart murmur. He thought she had also lost a bit of weight too
      > we did a thyroid test. It was normal but on the higher side. I have the
      > paperwork at home so I don't know the number. Now she has the icky eye.
      > The vet put them on CoQ10 for the gingivitis which is great for Luci since
      > it's good for muscles too. He also wanted to clean their teeth and
      > pull one of Luci's top canines. I told him to give me 6 months to switch
      > them to raw and get their teeth cleaned up. In 6 months I'll do bloodwork
      > on them either way. If their teeth are still bad I'll have them cleaned.
      > Hopefully they'll be in better shape. Also, I'll probably do an
      > on Luci's heart then. I have switched them to raw but so far it's mostly
      > ground chicken or turkey and ground chicken necks and backs. I'm having a
      > hard time getting them to eat offal. They eat the pulped veggies when I
      > them in with the ground meat. I don't see any signs of them throwing up
      > anymore and I can hardly tell when they poop since there's much less
      > And I have an almost 5 month old kitten, Logan. He's the most evil kitten
      > I've ever had or met. Every day he gets a little better though. He
      > quit sucking on my ears and kneading his nails into my neck a few days
      > Now he sleeps down by the dogs at the end of the bed or on top of my head
      > the pillow. He eats almost anything I put in front of him.
      > Heather Hamilton
      > Minneapolis, MN
      > http://www.isd.net/msp04536/
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