Cat update

Sep. 6th, 2009 10:58 am
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The night has been blissfully uneventful. Zeta had a small seizure arount 10pm, but nothing since then. Tusse hasn't had any seizures after the one yesterday afternoon. Arthas never had any at all.

Of course I didn't sleep very well, I kept waking up any time one of them made a noise or moved around on the bed. I got up at 6.30 to get them some more fish, which they ate hungrily, and then went back to sleep another four hours. At least now we're reasonably sure that whatever is causing it isn't any of the stuff in my room... Hopefully we can let them out into the livingroom area later today, after we've all gone over it carefully to see if we can figure out what it might be that affects them. One thing I didn't mention yesterday is that Zeta has been living only in the downstairs part, i.e. in my room and the downstairs hallway, for several months. She only started exploring the upstairs part a couple of weeks ago - and a few days later she got sick. That makes me think it *has* to be something upstairs. Also she's the only one who's been living exclusively on kibble, she hasn't come up to get her morning and afternoon gushyfud.

There is new kibble, though we won't give them any just yet. I should probably add that Zeta hasn't had any diarrhoea, bloody or otherwise, in the past few days.

[livejournal.com profile] gnapp has kindly offered to take care of my horses' stalls today if I need it. I'm still not sure; on the one hand I want to know how the cats are every minute, but on the other hand it'd be really nice to be outside for a few hours and not just sit in a small room waiting to see if something bad happens, which is what I've been doing since yesterday afternoon...

Stuff we've checked in the apartment so far:

  • kibbles thrown out and replaced with new
  • some rowan branches and berries that had been altar decorations thrown out
  • the aloe vera plant moved to a less accessible place (even though it hasn't been gnawed on)
  • some bread used in the Lammas ritual, that had been gnawed on and hidden under the altar, thrown out (though even the doctor said it was highly unlikely this would be the cause)
  • food and water bowls thoroughly washed (we do clean them from time to time, but not obsessively - this time they've been through the dishwasher)
  • using a flashlight/torch we've been looking under bookshelves and other furniture and found nothing.


The vets suggested giving them access to one room at a time, after having looked through them and cleaned out anything we think might be harmful. If they start getting seizures then we know which room is the problem. I can't think of a better suggestion... It seems to me that the cause might be something that Zeta started eating once she started going upstairs, but that the other two aren't interested in. Then when they were all put on short rations, Tusse found the whateveritis and started eating it too. But that's just a theory - it might equally well be the kibble and Tusse didn't get ill until now because he's been having gushyfud twice a day and thus not eaten so much kibble. Or something else entirely. I hate not knowing!

Date: 2009-09-06 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artela.livejournal.com
I would suspect the Rowan (from your list) - the uncooked berries are poisonous (they contain parasorbic acid which gets converted to harmless sorbic acid in cooking, hence they are safe once cooked into jams, etc). In humans the raw berries can lead to gastrointestinal problems and vomiting.

Date: 2009-09-06 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyaxe.livejournal.com
That's the best suggestion I've heard so far! This would make perfect sense - if Zeta started eating them once she started going upstairs, and got sick a few days later, and if Tusse has since been eating them because he's been hungry... and Arthas isn't that interested in plants so he'd let them be.

Thank you so much!

Date: 2009-09-06 02:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wildcelticrose.livejournal.com
It sounds like you're doing the best thing possible by checking each room one at a time. I hope that this all ends for you and the furbabies soon

Date: 2009-09-06 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rodluvan.livejournal.com
I hope you can find out what it is tha makes the cats sick. How sweet of gnapp to take care of your horse.

Date: 2009-09-06 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katlinel.livejournal.com
What a horrible thing for you all to go through. I hope you can find what it is that's affecting them and I'm relieved to hear Zeta and Tusse are better.

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