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Not So Quick Update
My great uncle Leon is in the hospital with collection of illnesses and difficulties (diabetes, emphazema, fluid on the lungs, congestive heart trouble from last fall). He's very old and his wife has already passed away several years ago. He'll be in the hospital at least til Saturday while they monitor him on a new set of medicines. He's one of one of the best, care for everybody, dedicated, do-good, men I know and I will miss him greatly if he dies. If things start to look worse, I'll have to travel to Hattiesburg over the weekend for a gloomy mother's day. *looks at the stack of cards in front of her on the desk*

I ordered a spiffy new keyboard since mine got thirsty and drank half a coke that I spilled on it. I gave it a bath in the sink and put it all back together, but it's not as smooth as it was before (cheap, good buy) since it has lost it's factory precision assembly (*tips hat to Angry Rooster then kicks him in the shin*).

There is a big quest tonight in AC that I plan to attend, one I thought I'd never get to do. I'll be occupied with that tonight.

House is still a wreck. Can't put it off any longer.

Sleep has been a rollercoaster without any pattern lately, long stretches of deprivation and then unintentional binge sleeping for ten hours or more. The worst part is not being able to get much done because I'm so sleepy all the time or when I finally wake up, I'm at a loss as to what to start on first.

The cats both have some sort of skin irritation and hair loss (either from the irritation or from their licking it off). I don't know if it's worth going to the vet about or not. The last time I took them, he told me that it was just an allergic reaction to fleas. He gave them some sort of shot and it went away for a couple weeks. However, the irritation came back (or at least I started to notice it) on the same day as when I applied their back-of-the-neck-monthly-flea stuff. I can't afford to keep taking them back to the vet. They both just got over severe congestion and colds from the move (which might have been an allergic reaction to the dust or a bug that they both shared). I suppose I worry too much because Sebastion was so sick as a kitten and I don't want something that was as bad their colds have been to degenerate into something worse, like pneumonia. And perhaps this skin thing isn't an allergy and something contagious and bad for them? I don't want splotchy-haired, miserable cats. Someone with cats have any recommendations?

mood: eh *shrug*
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birdofparadox From: birdofparadox Date: May 8th, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC) (link)
flea bomb your house, fle dip your cats, put the monthly stuff on them and pray?

you can also give cats benadryl, but i don't know the exact dosage, as my cat lost his damned mind, foamed at the mouth and tried to kill me when i gave him it (per dr's orders)
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 8th, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC) (link)
The problem is that I don't think they have fleas really, or not many if they do. I'm dedicated about giving them their FrontLine on time every month. They're not biting me; I don't see any nets of little black flea eggs.

But I'll try all those things. It's worth it just to that they start to grow hair again and get rid of the irritated, rashy areas if fleas are actually the cause. It requires a trip to Walmart to buy supplies and a place for the cats to visit while I flea bomb.

I will also call the vet again to at least report it. They told me to call back in a week and let them know how the cats were doing. They do seem to be genuinely concerned about the pets they treat.
ch3ckmate From: ch3ckmate Date: May 8th, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC) (link)
so sorry you're having a hard time! i hope your uncle gets better...and your cats quit scratching. i don't have cats, nor do i know the first thing about them...but, i can think happy thoughts and send them your way! how's that? *sends good vibes*
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 8th, 2003 08:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh yes, good vibes are better than nothing! The kitties will give you nose kisses if you ever get to meet them.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC) (link)

Angry Rooster responds:

Sorry to hear about your great uncle, my best wishes go toward his well-being.

And you misquoted me there, I said it had lost it's factory precision *assembly,* meaning it was assembled without as much grace and exactitude as specialized machinery is capable of.

More than ten hours of sleep constitutes binge sleeping? I guess having my only obligation be 20 hours of work per week sort of messes with my perception of sleep patterns. I'll work on not holding you hostage in my conversational grasp as often if you show signs of fatigue ;)

I don't have cats, but you might want to hold off on the Benadryl until you can get some sort of dosage from a vet... that doesn't sound like a pleasant reaction. Especially since your cats outnumber you, and have shown signs of high intelligence, such as opening closed doors without assistance... you never know what might result (http://www.rathergood.com/gaybar/).


- Rooster
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 8th, 2003 08:52 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Angry Rooster responds:

Journal has been edited and misquote fixed.

Now damnit, Rooster, if you're going to lurk here, you need to get a journal so you can read all my entries and not just the public ones. At present, you're reading about one in twenty.
gothicbeauty21 From: gothicbeauty21 Date: May 8th, 2003 10:16 pm (UTC) (link)
I have had cats all my life, and fortunately have always had healthy ones. But, I do have a a neurotic sado-masochistic cat who licks her fur out due to stress. I've tried everything with her, and she continues to lick. So, I just leave her alone, and she has a bald belly. She stresses out easy, and the biggest problem is I won't stop acquiring new brothers and sisters for her. :) But now that I have two cats that live with my parents, and four that live with me (3 are mine, 1 belongs to a roomie), I don't plan on getting ANY MORE. So, hopefully she'll get used to the two kittens, and eventually stop. She doesn't have broken skin or a rash or anything, so hers is strictly from over-bathing. Only thing I can tell you to do is take them back to the vet.

And which vet do you use? Now that it's time for my kitties to go to the vet this year, I need a good one up here. When I worked at the shelter they recommended Snoopy's, but I think I remember hearing that they're pricy. I'm poor. :(
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 8th, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC) (link)
If it was just one of them licking, I'd write it off as nerves. But since both do, and there is also a rash, I have to assume that it's something other than nerves. I do know cats like that though, like yours.

I take them to Animal Clinic of Oxford. It's behind the Billiard Club or Night Town or whatever it's called now. All of the doctors are really cool and the staff is just as nice. They seem really concerned about the kitties and have great bed-side manner for pets.
gothicbeauty21 From: gothicbeauty21 Date: May 9th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC) (link)

Re:

It could be a food allergy, or an allergy to your carpet or to a cleaning solution you use. There's no telling what't they're allergic to, but I'm betting it's something in your house.
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