Monday, March 14, 2011

Doyle & Kitty Update...

Here are my two favorite characters having their morning coffee and obligatory petting session.

Constant Companions
Doyle is doing very well now, the extra time off we took is paying off in his gaining weight, (which he sorely needed) and spawning many "Does my butt look fat?" jokes.

We were supposed to cook for a couple of Events in Texas and Oklahoma this month, but I just wasn't happy with Doyle's progress after doing a couple of Events in Florida, so we decided that poorer is better than sicker and we took some time down and it seems to have been the right choice.

He's getting back to his old self now, and beginning to get restless and irritable, a sure sign of improving health. he's able to read again without getting frustrated and is catching up on all the paperwork he had to set aside during his recovery, (what fun!).

In the meantime, our rescue Kitten has almost doubled her size in the last month, we haven't settled on a name, she disdains them all...but we do call her many versions of the Letters B.C. (for Basket Case, she was found in a laundry basket), including "Bandit", (refers to her butterfly mask), "Big Cat"..."Be Cool"...Be Cause"...."Bald Cat".... "Bad Cat" nauseam...

Her health has improved much, she had to be bathed again, and flea combed everyday to remove deep down dirt and flea detris embedded in her very fine and thick coat, which is starting to grow back in but is still thin and has bald patches, (scares me to think how much hair she will have when she is fully healed!).

We used a few products worth mentioning to insure her flea problem was fully under control and that she didn't pass them on to our other pets.

First, we gave her a good bath and gave her an internal flea medication pill prescribed for us by the Vet. I'm sorry I didn't keep the packaging on this to recommend it, but it killed every flea on her within an hour. I heartily recommend you ask your Vet about this pill form product for cats!

Then we followed up with  Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Cats and Kittens, making sure we dosed the dog and other cat at the same time.

Then we treated all our carpet and upholstery with Hartz Mountain UltraGuard Plus Flea And Tick Carpet Powder and followed up with occasional sprays of Hartz UltraGuard Flea and Tick Home Spray for our often outside, (escapee extraordinaire) cat "Slippers", and our dog "Katie Rose".

Here is also a great link about the lifestyle of the flea, very informative.

This may seem like extraordinary precautions but we did have an infestation rear it's ugly head almost immediatley and our Vet told us it often takes an attack on several fronts to completely eliminate the problem and keep it from coming back. All these actions were taken with the Vets endorsement and supervision. It worked because we haven't seen a flea since!

We, of course, followed up the next month with another round of all the above to make sure our problem is gone for good.

I hate using pesticides and chemicals but the long term effects of infestation and diseases associated with fleas far outweighs any qualms I have about using them. I intend on purchasing more natural solutions, such as garlic supplements, once we are out of the woods on this current rescue situation.

Our next actions will be to get B.C. into the Vet for Spaying once she has regained some weight and vigor, as well as a precautionary worming for everyone, if fecal tests indicate and shots for our new found friend.

Never did we think we would be adding to our family, the last thing we needed was another pet, but in the end, she chose us and we're glad to have her as part of the family.


Milly said...

Hi Terri! If you ever want suggestions on how to treat that beautiful little kitty of yours more holistically, please feel free to shoot me an email. We treat our pets using essential oils (*from Young Living ONLY) and supplements from Springtime, Inc.

My pets are my kids so their health and well being is always first on my list, instead of cost.

My email is:

Doyle and Terri Johnson said...

Funny you should bring Young Living Up, I have their contact info in front of me as we speak!

Jessica said...

That little kitty is beautiful. :) Do you know what breed she is?

Doyle and Terri Johnson said...

We think she may be a "Maine Coon" cat, at least that's what many of our readers, who are cat fanciers. This means she may grow to be very large. She certainly can eat and fill a litter box like a Big Girl!

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