Millie has me a little worried

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Registered: 12-12-1997
Millie has me a little worried
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 9:33am

This is going to sound very weird, but that's my Millie.

To look at her, there's nothing wrong. She eats, she uses her sand, her fur isn't coming out in clumps, and she doesn't seem to be in pain anywhere.

But....


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Registered: 07-04-2007
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 10:24am

Sorry Millie is having problems. A few questions to ponder that might provide an answer if it is not an illness.

1. When did it start?

2. Have you changed brands of food, litter box sand?

3. Have you changed her normal routine (feeding time, play time, guests in your household, etc.)?

4. Have you changed cleaning products for your home, laundry detergent/fabric softener (can affect things she comes in contact with--bedding)?

Could be stress, could be allergy, or she is board and just not getting as much attention--but don't rule out a medical problem. It is not always easy finding out the problem when it comes to cats; as you well know. Sometimes the least little change can upset them. Possibly all the stress you have been dealing with yourself. Hope you find an answer soon.

Even though she does not go outside, you can bring things in on your shoes. 3/4 of a flea's life are spent in the environment, not on a pet/host.

Michelle/mica_ga


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Registered: 12-12-1997
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 10:51am
mica_ga wrote:

Sorry Millie is having problems. A few questions to ponder that might provide an answer if it is not an illness.

1. When did it start? - The scratching and licking started about 3 or 4 days ago. I noticed it definitely on Sunday. The running low to the ground just became noticeable yesterday.

2. Have you changed brands of food, litter box sand? - Nope, not a thing. She eats the same food she's eaten for ages and uses the same litter.

3. Have you changed her normal routine (feeding time, play time, guests in your household, etc.)? - Her routine probably has changed a bit in the past couple days, with me being gone over the weekend and then yesterday gone most of the morning and not feeling well the rest of the day, so she didn't get her usual attention, but she didn't seem to want it, either. And she's had little changes like that before and never showed this kind of reaction.

4. Have you changed cleaning products for your home, laundry detergent/fabric softener (can affect things she comes in contact with--bedding)? - No, I use the same detergent I always have.

Could be stress, could be allergy, or she is board and just not getting as much attention--but don't rule out a medical problem. It is not always easy finding out the problem when it comes to cats; as you well know. Sometimes the least little change can upset them. Possibly all the stress you have been dealing with yourself. Hope you find an answer soon.

Even though she does not go outside, you can bring things in on your shoes. 3/4 of a flea's life are spent in the environment, not on a pet/host.


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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 11:10am
I would just call the vet. Ask Tom if she was acting funny while you were away over the weekend. Did she fall or jump down from something higher than usual,, (hurt back?)
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 2:01pm

I asked him about it when I noticed her grooming excessively and he said he hadn't noticed the grooming, and she was walking around the house normally when I got home. The odd movement


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Registered: 03-20-2001
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 3:12pm
WEll let us know! Maybe something in her paw?
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Thu, 03-01-2012 - 9:43am

I don't know what it could be. If it were just the licking, I'd get her some hairball remedy and see if it kept her, um, clear of them, but she's acting so strange. She's really not herself at all.


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Registered: 09-01-2003
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 10:42am

poor millie...i hope it isn't anything serious.

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Thu, 03-01-2012 - 12:59pm

We're back from the vet.


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Thu, 03-01-2012 - 1:06pm

200 bucks??!! Wowzer!! Glad nothing seems wrong though and hope the blood tests are good too. That still leaves a mystery though. Hope it is "only" hairballs.

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Registered: 07-04-2007
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 6:35pm
Glad to hear that Millie appears to be in good health--hope the blood tests come back normal too! Yes, our furry little critters come with a price tag, don't they (lol)!

Michelle/mica_ga


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