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Friday, March 2, 2012

An update on Cat (because he's my sweetie and I didn't get any jewelry done)

First, thanks for the response to the contest!! I had no idea how it would be received. I think it didn't have too many glitches. Now, I have to figure out if I have to post it everyday or does Punchtab do it....

I haven't posted about Cat in awhile. I wanted to do a blog about him a few weeks ago, but he got into another horrible fight. This time, it was pretty bad and I didn't think anyone would want to see those pictures. (I know you are all thinking that I should keep him in the house. I would LOVE to keep him in the house! But, he refuses to use a box, so what can I do?) During his last fight, he was bitten badly in the hind quarter. The puncture wound took forever to heal, but it healed well. The hair is growing back now. The thing is, he's a lover, not a fighter, but there are other cats running around and they challenge him in the yard, which he rarely leaves. 

He's been very jumpy lately. Then we noticed that his chin was always dirty looking. Then the area started to look like a sore. It really seemed to bother him and we started talking about a vet visit. Before that though, we did some googling and found this. It seems our guy has acne!! It also seems that having a local bully hanging around can bring on stress which brings on the acne. Poor thing!

I just cleaned it up and he wasn't at all happy with me. It took some coaxing but he let me suck up and he even let me take his picture. He wouldn't look at me, though. :)


You can just barely make out the boo boos on his chin under his right whiskers. He's such a sweetie. This makes me want to go and beat up the bullies for him.

22 comments:

  1. Tela...We had a male cat that stayed with abscesses, bumps and bruises from fights with other males and were forever taking him to the vet for problems like these. We finally gave up and had him neutered and he turned into such a nicer cat than before; still wouldn't use a litter box but did stay at home when he went outside and quit looking for trouble!

    Never heard of cat acne, you learn something every day!

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    1. Hi Susan :) Cat is neutered. I wouldn't have a cat that wasn't fixed. But, he was a stray for a long time.

      I know that some cats "pick on" neuters because they can't identify their sex and wonder if that is some of the problem. Perhaps the bullies aren't fixed?

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  2. Hi Tela,

    Cat looks like a sweetie. He's pulling at my heart strings. We had a tuxedo cat for 18 years. He was our buddy! He just loved playing fetch with us. I sure do miss him. Now we have a little girl and she's a sweetheart. Each one has such different personalities. Can you tell we are cat lovers?

    I made an attempt yesterday to join in your contest but suddenly my shop got real busy. I just got four orders in! I'm so excited about it but busy trying to get more inventory. I so much wanted to win your pendant because of what it stood for. It's hard to imagine you in that place and having any insecurities. It will be a very special prize for someone!

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    1. WOW!! Good for you Kate! 4 orders? That's great! :)

      Yes, Cat came into our lives just after our old girl Jasmine left us, but she was 25 and had a good life. Cat is so different, but just as lovable.

      BTW- you can still join, it is running for 2 weeks, so everyone has a chance to collect points.

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  3. Hey Tela, Poor Cat! If I had bullies waiting in trees for me, I too would have acne. So hard to be a lover amongst a world of fighters. He looks like a sweetie. Growing up we always had a black tom. Since marriage we have always had dogs as husband is allergic to cats. Our last great dog passed on a year ago at 14. It feels strange with out a furry one but not quite ready for a new one. Thanks for the update as it is good to have a blogger furry friend!

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    1. Sorry about your pooch, Christine. It's so hard to lose a pet. My daughter just had to put down her rat and it wasn't any easier. He was a good rat.

      Growing up we always had dogs. In my young adult years, I always had my "Tyco", a lab mix. I have a small yard, so I didn't want another dog. Cats don't need a lot of room. I don't think I could ever be without a pet- dog or cat. However, it took awhile before I could let Cat into our lives. Losing Jasmine was hard to get over. But, he worked on us til I relented. :)

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  4. Poor little guy! I used to have a Cornish Rex who was allergic to everything! We finally got him on Iam's LAMB cat food and it helped tremendously. I currently have Sphynx cats, with very greasy skin and no hair. I guess it's just dumb luck that I use glass bowls; I never heard of problems with plastic bowls.

    One thing I discovered recently that helps their skin (and mine) is Organic Coconut Oil (from the health food store). My critters won't eat it willingly, but I put it on my hands and pet them a lot. They lick it off their hair.

    It's only been a couple of weeks but their skin issues have resolved.You might want to consider CO. It's also great for "jewelry hands."

    Anybody have suggestions as to how to make wire less fascinating to cats? They think my wire is a play toy.

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    1. OOOOooooo, you have some exotic kitties :) I'd love to see them. :)

      Hmmm, coconut oil? I'll try that if some other things don't work first. Thanks!

      I doubt you'll get an answer to your wire question :) MY biggest question is- how can Cat sit all over those cut wires and never get poked?? I doesn't bother him in the least to sit on a pile of scraps. Of course, I shoo him away. I always imagine that I'll have to pull wire thorns from his rear end.

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  5. Tela,

    I'd also suggest that if you have a plastic water or food dish, you replace them with ceramic or metal. My cat (who looked exactly like yours but with long hair) had this acne, the vet said to do this and once we made the change it never came back.

    vel

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    1. Thanks Vel, the first thing we thought was it could be his bowl. But, we use corelle glass for him. We will be washing it everyday from now on though. I had never heard of this problem before. Now that we know, we are resolved to help the poor guy.

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  6. One of my cats (Merlin, my avatar in the forum) had cat acne. It can have all kind of reasons.
    What helped him were ordinary yeast tablets that we could get at the pet store. They also helped our Madam Mim with her skin problems.
    A friend of mine swears on salmon oil for her cat who has allergies. Mine wouldn't touch it if it came with a soft cat bed and an additional human slave ;-)

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    1. I haven't tried yeast with him, yet. I know my other cats loved it. That's something I hadn't thought of, thanks!

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  7. Jasmine was 25?! I never knew anyone with a cat that old!

    Two of our 3 cats are tuxedos. Our two older furry children are 12 and
    12 1/2. Two years ago, a little stray kept coming around our birdfeeders, and I kept chasing her away, thinking she was after the birds. She was actually eating peanuts we put out, she was so hungry. Softies that we are, we started feeding her, and the rest is history. She adopted us, and has been a wonderful kittie.

    Hmmm ...acne. I've noticed occasional bumps on our oldest cat's chin. They don't seem to bother him. Our youngest (see above) is vying for "top cat" position, so I'm sure the oldest is frequently stressed.

    We used to have a beloved cat that we named Ca-T (pronounced Katie). She was our first pet in a long time, and my hubby was initially cautious about developing an attachment. She was also a stray, and weren't sure about her health. He initially referred to her as "the cat", and we kept the spelling.

    Joyce

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    1. Oh, that poor little kitty!! I can just see her scurrying over to steal peanuts. Bless you for letting her keep you!

      Ca-T- I like that :)

      Found out something new about Cat. He's afraid of thunderstorms. A storm rolled through last night and he was scratching at our door to get in bed with us! Little baby, LOL!

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  8. Aww, poor Cat! That makes me want to hide in the bushes and squirt the bully cat with a hose. That's what Mr. Sequin does to the squirrels who try to steal his tomatoes, and it seems to get the point across. :)

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    1. Come Spring and Summer, I think that's exactly what I am going to do!

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  9. Tela, you know I have a Cat crush ;-), and this picture is soooo adorable, a classic portrait pose.
    Too bad the boy has an acne problem, but now that you know you can probably prevent it getting worse. On the positive side, aren't cats blessed that they have fur to hide their acne to some extend? At least they don't have to worry much how it looks.

    He may hide in your bed in a thunderstorm, but he seems to be rather brave to face that bully again and again. I hope you can do something about it. Preferably catch the bully and have him neutered. ;-)

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    1. He does look regal in the picture doesn't he?

      I'm absolutely sure he would adore you too. :)

      LOL! Yes, they are lucky to have hair! I'm sure some teenagers would be envious. :)

      I wish I could neuter all the cats around. Where I live, they are strict about lose cats and have cat traps to catch the strays, but they go straight to the pound if caught, so I don't want to catch any. Honestly, I'm not sure how Cat managed not to get caught for so long. He's has to be such a smart guy.

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  10. One of our older cats used to be afraid of thunderstorms. No longer. Someone suggested that she may be losing her hearing ...

    Joyce

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    1. Awww, that's sad, but it happens to all of us the older we get. My old Jasmine still had her sight and hearing, though, which really amazed us. She didn't have many teeth, though. Her front bottom teeth were missing and her tongue would poke out just a little. I hate to say it, but it was cute as all get out. We adopted her as a 5 or 6 year old adult. My youngest daughter was the same age at the time. When Jazz died, my daughter was 25.

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  11. I hope we're as fortunate with our cats as you were with Jasmine.

    Joyce

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