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Cat Illnesses and Symptoms: Parasite and Anemia in Cats

Cats, especially kittens often become anemic, and if not treated in time, the myth about nine lives is shown to be nothing more than a myth only too easily.The uderlying cause, as always, must be investigated. In this case, parasite induced anemia is the commonest form. Other reasons include KIDNEY FAILURE IN CATS in which case nothing much can be done.

In order to determine whether your pet is anemic, you need only look at the gums, paw-pads and inside of the eyes. In a healthy cat the colour is always pink. It the colour is pale or white,it is time to take action.

However, this method of diagnosis is a bit difficult with black or grey cats. They tend to have dark gums and paw pads. In such cases, the eye test is one of two methods of being reasonably sure. The other is to pass your hand lightly over the kitty's back. If you feel the midriff is too prominent, then he is losing weight.

Diarrhea in cats is another symptom of parasitic infection although that is not always the sole reason.

In any case you should be deworming your pet regularly. However, for people with a hectic schedule and a large number of furry family members, that is easier said than done. You might want to log into THIS WEBSITE and set reminders for yourself.

If you do not know what is making your cat anemic, deworming is a safe way to begin. Problem is,although you can spot fleas, it is not easy to know what kind of worms your pet may be having. Not all deworming agents will kill Tapeworm. I had treated Helencha with Ivermectin because back then, I did not know any better. We were lucky that he obviously did not have Tapeworm: Ivermectin, though a life saver, sadly does not have any effect on Tapeworms. The simplest solution is to choose a broad spectrum deworming agent like DRONTAL. Go to THIS WEBSITE for instructions on dosage.

For fleas, I have personally found FIPRONIL SPRAY extremely usefuL. It is very important to control fleas because they begin the cycle that causes Tapeworm infestation.

To rule out unknown infections, it may be adviseable to dose the patient with OXYTETRACYCLINE ORAL CAPSULES. It is a gentle antibiotic and one that works well on both cats and dogs.

Additional Information

In kittens and even in grown cats, you may notice convulsions and seizures. You would have to see it to believe the extent of it. The whole cat turns into one bundle and thrashes about uncontrollably. To the best of my knowledge, this particular kind of seizure can only happen due to parasitic infection. An effective remedy to stop the seizure (not cure the patient) is to prescribe Gardenal, usually 1/4 of 10mg tab, one to four times a day depending upon the severity of the condition. Also, raw fish will aggravate, so while he is under treatment, keep him on cooked food. The complete treatment is too complex to describe here, and in any case, with too many variables involved, it is not possible or safe for a non medical person to put it to use. If you are unfortunate enough to face a seizure, I would advise you to use Gardenal, (which is actually a prescription drug) and do whatever you can to take him to a doctor, fast. For kittens, you are not likely to have a lot of time in which to act. Also to be noted:Gardenal, may be used in cases of toxicity where poisoning is suspected but the exact agent is unknown. This, again, would act merely as a first aid.

Once you have eliminated the root of the problem, it is time to make sure the patient recovers fast. The following are good for bringing up the red blood count.

NATRUM MURITICUM

Use one drop in 5ml water and induce orally first thing in the morning. Continue for at least three days.

This is one of our best remedies in anaemic conditions. There is paleness, and, in spite of the fact that the patient eats well, there is emaciation. There are attacks of throbbing headache and dyspnoea, especially on going up stairs, constipation ands depression of spirits, and consolation aggravates. With these symptoms there is much palpitation, fluttering and intermittent action of the heart. The hypochondriasis in these cases is marked. Scanty menstruation is frequently an indicating symptom. Kali carbonicum is one of the most important remedies in anaemia, weak heart, sweats backache, especially with female complaints. Read more about this at the SOURCE WEBSITE

MECOBALAMIN / METHYLCOBALAMINE

Methylcobalamin is a coenzyme form of Vitamin B12 which is biologically active. This means that your body can use it as is, and does not require any metabolic steps to make it body friendly. The product comes in a sublingual tablet(dissolves under your tongue) because your digestive system modifies the molecule. The sublingual method allows the vitamin to directly enter your bloodstream, providing rapid benefits. Read more about this at the SOURCE WEBSITE

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FERRUM PHOS 3X

Ferr. Phos. 3x increases haemoglobin. In pale, anaemic subjects, with violent local congestions. Hemorrhages, bright from any orifice.

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Use this three to four times daily. Grind the pills and mix with water. Force feed with a 2ml syringe (with the needle off). Feed from the side of the mouth in drops so that the patient swallows on his own. One pill per dose is usually enough for a cat of any size.

ALFALFA MOTHER TINCTURE

One drop in 5ml water(more water wouldn't hurt) three times per day.

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SPIRULINA

Empty a capusle, store the dust, use one tenth of it in water. However, some cats tend to cough a lot when force fed with spirulina. You don't want to distress your pet further, so make sure the dilution suits the patient. A little bit of it is enough to give the little one all necessary nutritional elements.

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Case Study

Helencha is the name of the place where I go to work.

I saw this little kitty walking in confidently through a collapsible gate in my workplace (three and half hours of very rough bus ride from my home). His hind legs hardly worked. He was dragging them along, but moving very quickly too. All skin and bones and fluffy white fur, he looked very impressive indeed. That was a Friday. One of my students, Suparna, agreed to adopt him. I told her I would take him home for treatment and then return him to her. She put him in the basket of her bicycle and went home to bring him back the next day which is a half-workday for us. The next day I took a perforated cardboard box and requested a colleague to accompany me on our way home. Roopleena has always been a friend, and even though it would inconvenience her to not take her usual train-route, she readily agreed.

Helencha

Saturday, October 06, 2007, we anesthetized Helencha and put him in the box and geared up for the long journey home. He woke up midway and decided to have a look around. The conductor of the bus, the other passengers, none of them objected to his presence; did not show excessive curiosity either. I am thankful to all of them for that.

When Helencha finally arrived in our home he was as curious as all kitties are. Being naturally brave and confident, he did not waste any time moving around the place. We dewormed him, and even after gaining weight, he continued to look like a cute white mouse. We took him to a vet who said that lack of mother's milk had temporarily crippled him: it would heal soon. Well, that did not happen, but Helencha can run as swiftly as any of the other kitty. He is a grown up tom cat now - I adopted him (:p). We later found out, after an X-Ray was done, that his backbone has fractures. Dr. Sourav Banerjee told us he would be able to live with a slight deformity, and that an operation might be hazardous. By God's grace he is doing fine so far.

In March 2008, I found him pale and sickly. I admit that with my schedule I cannot pay as much attention to the little ones as I would like to. I must have missed the period when the sickness had materialized. By the time I noticed, he was very weak and pale. Conditions in kittens usually deteriorate extremely rapidly. Members of my human family were either out of station or down with viral fever. I could barely walk myself. The family Homeopath Dr. B. K. Roy seemed a good choice since I did not want to put Helencha at the mercy of quarks. I talked to Rana Ganguly of Moitri (I hope to write at length about Moitri in a separate section along with other places of treatment in Kolkata), and after listening to the symptoms he told me at this point and given the size of the patient, conventional medicine would not be of much use.

Dr. Roy's medicine worked. Helencha was better for a day. He even ate on his own. The next day his condition deteriorated rapidly. I kept him on my lap as I scoured the Internet and all the books on alternative medicine that I have. He was pale, barely breathing, not moving at all,and looking at me with those large green eyes. At times I wasnt sure if he was alive anymore. His nose, lips, tongue, paw-pads were all pale. He hardly had any blood left in him at all.

When I stumbled upon the medicine and administered it, I thought I saw an instant improvement. Of course I dismissed it as my imagination. The next day he was asking for food. In three days time he was well enough to walk around on his own, though still a little wobbly. In seven days he was normal. NATRUM MURITICUM 200 had worked like magic - as homeopathic remedies do, when they are selected right.

Okay, that was the story I could not help telling you. Here are the useful details in a cut and dried manner.

Appearence:

Weak, bones can be seen standing out along the spine, very pale all over: lips, mouth, tongue, paw-pads, nose; has appetite, but too weak to eat.

Diagnosis:

acute anemia through infestation of external parasites like teaks and certainly because of worms in the stomach.

Mode of treatment:

  1. Eliminate worms first since they are eating him inside out.
  2. Eliminate fleas if possible, without applying strong medicinal powder: we don't want him poisoned in this fragile state.
  3. Take care of his anemic state.
Medicines prescribed:

  1. 0.1ml IVERMECTIN injected subcutaneously.
  2. Teucrium m. Q one drop immediately after being found sick (CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR WORMS).
  3. China 6 for two days by Dr. Roy, our family Homeopath - not my choice of drug.
  4. Natrum Muriticum 200, one drop
  5. followed by Ferrum Phosphoricum 3x for two weeks, two tablets four times a day.
  6. Vitamin B12 (Mecobalamin) 1500 mcg per day (that may be an overdose, but it doesn't matter: Mecobalamin will harmlessly pass out of the body with urine; the tablets are very small and available in that dosage: it is difficult to divide them into smaller parts; in any case, I thought more was better than less in this case).
  7. Drops from an immunity boosting food supplement for cats; the brand probably does not matter; i used one called Immusafe which I did not subsequently find in the market: it may have been discontinued for some reason.

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