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Re: Coffee Cup Kitties

Post by gbste on Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:13 pm

The vet found ear mites, and gave the kitties injections of Ivermectin. I will keep their ears clean and hold a good thought that the ear mites will clear up. I never heard of Ivermectin for ear mites--it's usually for heart worms in dogs, I think.
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Post by Suzzzz on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:16 pm

If all the vet found were ear mites, that's an excellent report! cheers

A quick internet search says Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic agent that can be toxic, but has been used against mites with success on cats and kittens. Hopefully it will do the trick. I know it's an injection -- do you have to swab their ears as well?

So glad you didn't have to use subterfuge to get the kittens examined! (We'll just keep that little trick up our sleeve until we need it, yes? Twisted Evil )
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Post by gbste on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:37 pm

I'm going to clean out their ears tomorrow. I'm giving them a little rest this evening.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:03 pm

I occasionally use Ivermectin for the horses too. I didn't know it could be used for kitty ear mites. I hope the ears clear up quickly and everyone is comfortable. Smile
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:06 pm

Never heard of using Ivermectin for ear mites, other parasites yes, but not mites. I hope it does the trick though.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:08 pm

I know it takes care of bot fly babies that latch onto horse legs, so it must work for mite-y things.

How are the babies today? Getting more comfortable?
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Post by gbste on Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:20 pm

The kittens were playing like crazy today--throwing toys around and rearranging the furniture. Mama seems a little subdued, but it may be that the kids are wearing her out. She wants to be held and is an enthusiastic purrer.
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Post by Suzzzz on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:14 pm

Mama sounds like such a sweetheart. I hope she finds a good home when all this is over; she deserves some peace and loving after all she's been through. The kittens sound like... well, kittens! Lol! With a sweet Mama like that and lots of socialization from you, they'll likely be fine kitties for some lucky family. Fingers crossed for all the Cuppa's! cat cat cat
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:57 pm

Mom does sound wonderful. The kittens just sound adorable. I bet mom was happy to get a little break. Smile
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:44 pm

I'm sure they'll all find good homes, and mamma is sure ready enough I bet right now. And also more than ready for a break from the kids, even though she will miss them for a lil while after they're gone.
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Post by ARNIgal on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:24 pm

Sounds like Mom is thankful for your help and is showing so with all the purrs :-)
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Post by gbste on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:45 pm

Starbuck purred when I petted him today, but when he realized what he was doing, he stopped. Gloria Jean plays with dangly toys with me, but so far no purrs from her. Mama Jackie just wants to be held and petted. She's a love bug.
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Post by Suzzzz on Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:46 pm

Ha! progress! Boy cats (in my experience) are an easier lovin' sell than girls, but keep trying.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:07 pm

You are making progress with the kits, that's for sure. Mama Jackie sounds like Bij, a real lovebug. Aren't most black kitties like that though? The ones I've met sure have been.
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Post by gbste on Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:44 pm

Our own youngest cat, Eli, was such a cuddle bug when he was a sick little baby. Now that he's all grown up, he's pretty much a brat, and doesn't like to be held and cuddled. He's still a youngster, and may decide to be a love bug once again when he's mature.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:55 pm

He may learn that lesson a bit sooner if you occasionally 'insist' on snuggling with him. If you can get him to sit still long enough that is.
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Post by gbste on Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:13 pm

Eli gets lots of hugs whether he wants them or not. He's napping on the other end of the couch from me right now--just a coincidence, I'm sure.

The Coffee Cup kittens also get lots of hugs, mostly against their will at this point, but they're coming along a little each day. Their mama insists on hugs, so she sets a good example.
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Post by Suzzzz on Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:48 pm

Ah, don't let Eli fool you. If he's sharing the couch with you, he's with you. Just in his own way. I love you
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:22 pm

I bet he'll start inching towards you soon. Curiosity and kitties. Smile
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:53 am

He wouldn't be that close to you if he wasn't comfy with you. The purrs that don't stop will come soon I'm sure.
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Post by gbste on Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:32 pm

The Coffee Cup Kitties went to Look What the Cat Brought In on Saturday. I miss my sweet little family, but I didn't even get one day off from fostering. I'll start another thread about my new group.
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