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bryan watkins
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From:akron, OH USA
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posted 01-25-2004 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bryan watkins     Edit/Delete Message
last year i had a kitten (about 5 months old) bleed out and die. the vet said he must have eaten rat poison, but that was just not possible. the symptoms started as bruising in the ears that just kept getting blotchier, then finally bleeding from all orifaces. a horrible way to go, he died on the way to the emergency vet.
my girlfriend and i never found out what exactly happened.
now, another cat of ours (about 7-8 months old) has a similar bruise on his ear. he is no relation tho the previous cat. i don't want to lose another one if this bruise is something more than a bruise. if anyone has had any similar problems with a kitten less than a year old like this, please tell me anything you know about the problem. thanks.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-26-2004 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I would take your kitty to the vet to have his ear looked at. It may or may not be related. The vet told you your previous kitty may have passed away due to rat poison. Was that kitty an indoor/outdoor cat?

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bryan watkins
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posted 01-26-2004 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bryan watkins     Edit/Delete Message
my previous cat was an indoor cat, as well as this one. the vet said rat poison, but i had never had any rodent poison in the house. the reason the ear was the first to show signs of the internal bleeding was because of all the blood vessels in it. as the kitten bled out, the bruises took over the thin ear skin, and he began to bleed from his nose, gums, claws, etc.
the animal hospital told me it may have been some sort of kidney failure.

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jenny052601
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posted 01-26-2004 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenny052601     Edit/Delete Message
Wow I've never heard of this. You should take your kitty to the vet now and maybe you can get an upper hand on whatever it is. Good luck and keep us updated.
Jenny

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Chessmind
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posted 01-26-2004 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not sure what your previous kitty passed away from, but cats can have hemophilia A and B (a genetic disease/bleeding disorder). Just a thought.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-27-2004 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I was reading up on some things and I came across lymphoblastic leukemia. The liver, spleen, and lymph nodes may be enlarged. The skin may be bruised and tiny spots of bleeding (petechiae) may be seen under the skin. Anyway, just another wild, guess on my part. How's your kitty doing? Are you going to have a vet check his ear? Keep us posted.

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bryan watkins
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posted 01-27-2004 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bryan watkins     Edit/Delete Message
i'll be taking him to have his ear looked at this afternoon. hopefully it is just a bruise from roughhousing with my other cat.

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empressjulz
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posted 01-27-2004 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for empressjulz     Edit/Delete Message
rat poison is only an example of toxic substances cats can ingest. i had a cat called fluffy that got extremely sick (pupils dilated, bleeding, etc.) from eating moth balls (naphtalene)

you could have some kind of household thing lying around that a human would definitely not ingest, that cats may find appealing.

my suggestion... give your house a spring clean. go through every corner, every nook and cranny. check your fertiliser, weedicide especially. any pest control items too. make sure the house is "animal proof".

and while you're at it, look for evidence of any "thievery" on the part of the cat towards such items.

good luck.

///ej

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