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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:37 am 
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It was a stressful time and yes heart breaking is an understatement, I love all my furry babies and this was as traumatic for me as I think it must have been for them, the worry for me was the worst, not knowing what had caused it and where it had come from - I obviously started thinking is this something I have done? Or, is this something I could have prevented? How did it happen etc etc? Thankfully they are all insured so other than the excess it hasn't been an expense I have had to pick up although I would have paid whatever was necessary (as you do!), hopefully now the upset and worry is pretty much over. I have been in constant contact with Jaego's breeder (who I have used before) she has been very helpful, informative and given lots of support. I did wonder at first if he came with it, this I will never know but time wise it is possible, I am not looking to place any blame he didn't appear ill when we had him so I certainly don't hold her responsible and after discussing with our vet I have been advised he could have had it or it could have been dormant in him and the stress of moving brought it about or one of my other cats could have been carrying it and Jaego being so young and vulnerable could have picked it up from them so there are many possibilities but the main thing is that he appears as a normal, happy, healthy kitten now so I am hoping he is as good on the inside as he appears on the out. Both Jaego and Chester have a follow up appointment for a few weeks time so I will keep you all posted. xx

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:49 am 
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So pleased you have got to the bottom of it all and it sounds like they are both responding well to their treatments.

Love the pictures and the fact that Jaego and Chester have become partners in crime lol xx

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:57 am 
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Wow they are all gorgeous, kennedy included! So glad you can now move forward armed with knowledge of what the issues are and hopefully fully successful treatment. Just love the cat tree with proper curved baskets. Where is it from? Perfect to stop a comatose bengal from falling off the tree! Please let me know it's name and where I can get it from?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:36 am 
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I think its from Zooplus as I googled it as soon as I saw it - I really want one but apparently I'm not allowed to buy anything else for the boys :sad:

Flower cat tree, £69.

I'm sure Rebecca will let you know where she got hers from though and the price. Its much more stylish than the one I have!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:46 pm 
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Hi - Yes the cat tree is from zooplus. I have a confession - I also bought the 'super-large' one but until my partner removes his marine tank from the lounge I have no room for it so it is currently boxed and in the attic! It will soon be taking pride of place in the lounge as the fish will be gone by Christmas - will be our Xmas present to the kitties :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:05 pm 
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I hope the fish being gone by Christmas has nothing to do with your Bengals lol

I might order one regardless of what my partner has said, he's at sea so he won't know until its too late :biggrin: exactly what I did with the current cat tree and which he considers a monstrosity lol

Zooplus seems to have some good cardboard scratchers as well at a really good price, so I can feel a spend up coming on... still they are so appreciative, its hard to deny these Bengals!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:56 pm 
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If you read up on TF, you'll see it's common in kittens. It's a transmittable parasite, so you have to think it's in the cattery somewhere. Cats can carry the parasite for a while and not have the symptoms, which would make me worry a little bit about the mother of the kittens -- or if all the queens/studs at the breeder are together -- that could be the problem. Hopefully you have it under control right now. Keep us updated.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:07 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
If you read up on TF, you'll see it's common in kittens. It's a transmittable parasite, so you have to think it's in the cattery somewhere. Cats can carry the parasite for a while and not have the symptoms, which would make me worry a little bit about the mother of the kittens -- or if all the queens/studs at the breeder are together -- that could be the problem. Hopefully you have it under control right now. Keep us updated.


I was unaware of this until Jeago was found to have it, however at the onset of him being poorly I contacted his breeder so by the time he was diagnosed we had had numerous conversations and I had received lots of information from both our vets and his breeder.
Whilst Jaego's breeder had never had a case of it in her cattery she knew of it and spoke with her vet to discuss Jaego's mum receiving a prescription of ronidazole to ensure she didn't get it (she was obviously concerned at the thought of a breakout however Jaego's litter mates were not showing any signs of illness as his breeder had contacted them to advise of the issue and check on their health status, at the cattery the queens are kept with their litters but separate from each other - if that makes sense!) Her vet advised the same as what mine had said which was that they would only prescribe ronidazole if they had a positive result for Tri-tri and without a runny poo sample the test would be inconclusive, Jaego's mum has not had runny poo so no test can be done, thankfully none of her others do either (although they could be carrying it)
So basically it is possible that it could have come from the breeder or even that my own cats carried it but we cannot test any of them unless they have runny poo, therefore I may never get the answer of where it originated, I stay mindful of the symptoms and hope that with everything in place as it is at present we will keep it away.

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Chester seal lynx rosetted born 10.04.14
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:28 pm 
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Tabitha wrote:
I hope the fish being gone by Christmas has nothing to do with your Bengals lol

I might order one regardless of what my partner has said, he's at sea so he won't know until its too late :biggrin: exactly what I did with the current cat tree and which he considers a monstrosity lol

Zooplus seems to have some good cardboard scratchers as well at a really good price, so I can feel a spend up coming on... still they are so appreciative, its hard to deny these Bengals!


LOL!! Chester will miss the fish tank - he is quite fond of a Regal Tang which we have in their (Dory from Nemo?) and we have a very large boxer shrimp which I think he must see as some sort of underwater spider - his eyes light up when he comes out from under a rock (he usually tortures and then eats the house spiders unless I get there first!)
Unfortunately my partner no longer has the time to keep up the constant maintenance required of a marine tank, he has his own business which takes up enough time, combine that with an 11 year old daughter 3 bengals and a Dogue de Bordeaux and you can see his time is limited!! To be fair the animals are more my babies than his but he does love them all although I am the one who feeds, grooms, medicates and generally spoils them - he basically just gets to enjoy them!! As far as the cat tree is concerned do what I did - I ordered both of them and when the delivery guy knocked the door on Saturday morning I advised him as he opened the door that "there may be a few boxes there - its 2 cats trees and ones quite big!!" :lol:

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Chester seal lynx rosetted born 10.04.14
Jaego melanistic born 16.05.15
Roxi big, sloppy French Mastiff born 10.04.11


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:47 pm 
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Hope someone is taking the fish and the fish tank! I've never ever been interested in fish. My mother had guppies and it was her pride and joy when they had babies and she had to keep them separated so they didn't get eaten! No filtered tank back them -- fish bowls that she had to scoop the fish out of, clean out the bowl, put everything back (fresh gavel, etc) and put the fish back in and do it all over again the next week. Too much like work! And even the large filtered tanks have to be cleaned out at some point. If I want to see marine life, I can head to the Chattanooga Aquarium which is fabulous and see all the fish I want! LOL.

I'm sure your babies will miss the fish. They can be hours of enjoyment for the munchkins.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:10 pm 
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Hi everyone!

Its been a while since my last lengthy post. I'd like to say we've seen the last of the tri tri infection but afraid we have not!
Jaego finished the ronidazole and it appeared to have done the job, however it reoccurred in Chester (who had not had this drug as vets would not prescribe without a positive test and we did not obtain one) so Chester re-infected Jaego! We are now back to square one.
A lengthy, very frustrated discussion with the vet resulted in my taking poo samples for both boys which have now been sent off for sampling and we are currently waiting on results. If they both test positive we will be treating both boys at the same time so hopefully will not have the opportunity to re-infect each other, although I am aware that it can sometimes not clear it all and this can lead to it flaring back up so it is not necessarily a done deal if we retreat. That said the vets previously wanted the boys on a gastro intestinal diet which they would not eat, I have now managed to get them eating a dry biscuit GI diet which is down all day and I give twice daily feeds of a wet version of the same GI diet which they enjoy, I am also able to add the probiotic powder to their wet food and this diet is deffinately helping their tummies (poo still soft and often like a cow pat - occasional stool but not runny!)
We are advised by he vet that if we retreat and it does re-occur then we will need to allow them time to expel this bug themselves (which they would do but with Jaego being so young when it first happened we couldn't risk him being so poorly again and ending up hospitalised as he weakened very quickly. He is now around 3-4 times the size he was when he first came home at the age of 12 weeks, he is in every other way a healthy. happy kitten.
The bug has not upset them in any way other than their poos, they are total lunatics, the boys have really bonded well now and Meili our older girl plays and loves them too but also now has chance to enjoy some quiet time whilst the boys tear around the house, Chester used to get quite frustrated when she would not play, however I think he is now getting a taste of his own medicine as Jaego does not leave him alone, wherever Chester goes Jaego will follow.

I have attached a few recent pics. It is very difficult to get Jaegos markings to show, being melanistic they show brilliantly when he has the sunshine in his coat but then the photo is obscured so I'm afraid on most of these he looks like any other black cat but I would just like to say he has got some lovely markings if only I could capture them! I will keep trying but for now here's my latest pics of the terrific trio.....

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:55 pm 
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They are just beautiful!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:45 pm 
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Ugh, I'm sorry to hear that you are still dealing with this! Hopefully treating them both simultaneously will do the trick this time. Fingers crossed for you!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:30 pm 
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Just know it can take a while to clear TF. The medication is for two weeks, however, it can reinfest itself -- as you know and you're back to square one. Hopefully, now you can get them both healthy -- just know the diarrhea may take several months to clear up even when the TF has cleared. It's got to be the worst parasite on earth!


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