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FIV positive cat with open wounds/scabs living with FIV negative cat [Jan. 12th, 2011|12:55 pm]
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My boyfriend has asked his vet about this, and I am going to ask my vet as well but I thought I would post my question here as well!

I'll try and make this simple and not get into too many details for now....

My boyfriend and I are considering moving in together but I am nervous because his cat has feline HIV/AIDS and my cat does not. (I would not move in with him and this cat if there is a likely chance that my cat can contract the disease, don't worry) I know that it is nearly only transmitted through deep bite wounds or sexual contact (that his what his vet said). I know that many cats like this live together without issues. However, this case concerns me more than most because his cat has chronic skin problems. He has exposed scabs and sometimes when he scratches himself too much (which is a lot) he makes himself bleed so then he has open wounds, the wounds do not heal quickly. Blood gets on things, and scabs come off and get places. What if my cat were to lick the other cat's open wound and ingest or touch bodily fluids? That seems like it would have a higher chance of transmitting the disease, but maybe not as much as a deep bite wound? Is that kind of exchange as bad or as risky as getting it from a bite?

thanks...if anyone has legit knowledge about this please let me know. I will talk to my vet soon and ask her the same questions. Much appreciated!
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(no subject) [Sep. 19th, 2010|03:50 am]
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[mood |worriedworried]

I have just finished cleaning out my cat Sky's litterbox & noticed that there was a small amount of fresh blood at the end of one of the pieces of feces. A few drops, by the look of it.

Sky is approximately 5 years old & is a desexed tortie. She eats well (half a sachet of wet food twice a day & all the Purina cat biscuits she can eat, plus the odd treat) & doesn't usually use the litterbox (preferring to go outside), so I'm not sure if this has happened before or is just a one off incident.

What could be causing this & should I be concerned? Thanks very much for your help.
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Discolored/swollen gums. [Jul. 25th, 2010|06:48 pm]
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[Current Location |United States, New York, Corona]

OK, help.

My 13 y.o., overweight, neutered male cat has a thing on his gums. Specifically, on the right side of his mouth, just behind his fangs. It's blackish/purplish and swollen. He doesn't wince when I touch it, but he doesn't exactly love it either.

The dilemma:

I just moved him (and my other cats) 300 miles to a new city. We moved on July 1st, and were struck with a horrific heat wave on the 6th or so. He and his (littermate) brother got overheated and had to go to the emergency vet. I've since purchased an air conditioner.

Coming so soon after the interstate move, they were really unhappy about going in the cages again. I noticed this thing on his gums maybe a week or so ago, and have been dawdling re: taking him to the vet because 1.) I still don't have a "regular" vet in our new city, and 2.) I know he's gonna Freak. The. Hell. Out. over the prospect of getting back in that cage.

If it's gotten any bigger since then, it's not really noticeable. I had hoped I would see it shrinking but I haven't noticed that either.

So, um, any idea what this might be? How serious it could be? How long I can wait without endangering him?

Incidentally, he saw his regular vet in our old city in June. They did blood work for stuff like diabetes and thyroid, and it all came back clean. Which may or may not be pertinent.

I also just need to say out loud that I am so so mad at myself AND the e.r. vet for not noticing it then. Very frustrating.
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Question [Feb. 13th, 2010|10:41 am]
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Hello everyone!

I'm thinking of becoming a vet assistant or a Veterinary nurse. There are courses offered at my local college to become a certified vet assistant. However, I'm wondering what the job outlook is and what the salary is like. I don't want to waste all this money on coursework if I can't find work after I leave school or the salary is awful.

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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2010|10:54 am]
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[mood |confusedconfused]

My female tabby/calico, Chii, is 3 years old. I have noticed for the past week or two that she will sit in the kitchen and whine and whine and whine for hours every evening. She makes those little "mmmmm?" noises, but she doesn't out-right cry. I know she isn't sick, it's like she wants attention, but I am sitting in the living room watching TV and she is perfectly free to come sit on my lap like she does sometimes. Does anyone know why she does this?
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Hip clicking. [Jan. 31st, 2010|11:54 pm]
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I have a nearly 2-year-old Siamese/mutt mix (I think his other half may be orange tabby). Long story short: his hips seem to pop. I hear them click sometimes, and sometimes when he's adjusting himself to get comfortable, I can feel them pop and click. There doesn't seem to be any pain associated with this; clearly it bothers me more than it bothers him. I know people who know the people who have his two litter mates, and they haven't heard about anything similar happening with his siblings. He's the more Siamese of the three -- one is straight up orange cat and the other is just barely a fire point. My question is: is this a rush him to the vet type of thing, or is this something I should wait and mention at his next annual appointment (late summer)? For the life of me I can't decide if I'm just being an overly anxious mother, or if this is really a thing to be worried about.

No clue if this is in any way pertinent or not, but the other weird thing about my little buddy is that he had cryptorchidism -- only one of his testicles dropped. They're both gone now tho. :)
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Anophthalmia in a Domest Morpho of Zebra Finch [Jan. 15th, 2010|10:19 pm]
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Fawn-Cheek Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

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Sick mice leading to death [Dec. 19th, 2009|07:26 am]
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We have two mouse cages (10g aquariums with carefresh or aspen and mesh lids), at the start of this with four mice each, one male and three females. We have the mice specifically to breed mice to feed to our ferrets. We have had them for around a month. We got them from different stores, but all pet chains like Petsmart or Petco.

A few days ago a female mouse in one of the cages, which are right next to each other, died. I had seen the mouse earlier moving weird, in little skipping hops and she looked a little scruffy. She probably died hours after seeing this, and she died outside of the nest against the glass facing out.

Today, a female mouse in the other cage died. I did not see her with the same strange 'hopping' behavior as the other mouse, but they are in cages right next to each other and it was only, at tops, three days in between.

The dead mice had no sores, no lumps, no discharge. Their fur for the most part looked fine, like dead animal fur but all right. Both of their bodies were at the front part of their cage, near the food and water.

We feed both groups 'rodent bricks' every day. None of the mice are fat, and for the most part they seem athletic, though both of the dead mice were 'shyer' than the others, but always acted in a healthy way. Our house is kept a little cool, around 68F and they are near the door to the outside that has some drafts, but they have plenty of nesting material and the smallest of them all is one of the most active ones.

... and as I'm writing this, it seems the male mouse from the first dead mouse group has diarrhea, who I had already sectioned off because he looked like he was starting to move funny.

It's the weekend so our small town vet is closed, and frankly I am not going to drive an hour to take our breeder mice to the vet.

I just want to know what is wrong with them to see if I can change anything.
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(no subject) [Sep. 9th, 2009|12:27 pm]
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i am having some problems with my chinchilla, and i was wondering if any of you could help me?
i have been posting on another chin forum, so i will copy and paste here under a cut.

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(no subject) [Jul. 18th, 2009|07:30 pm]
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This may not be the best place to ask, buuuut...

We just got a new cat - male kitten, unneutered. (Will be when he's a little older.) We have one other cat (a fixed female) and she doesn't take kindly to him. Is there a relatively easy and painless way to get them acclimated to each other?
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