|Rolly Poly Patty|
Patty O'Malley is scratching. And scratching...and scratching. He's got some allergy or skin irritation, so he has little sores all over his body. When I pet him, I feel them around his ears, his neck, and along his spine. I have dosed him with Frontline, but there has been no change in his scratching. Ran the flea comb over him, and I don't find any critters. Don't think he has ear mites, but it's kind of hard to tell. We are trying a few home remedies, such as poking holes in Vitamin E capsules, to mix the oil in the food. I have also completely switched foods, in the hopes that a better brand will solve the problem. A vet visit is at the bottom of my list. It's not the $$$; it's the trapping, and the "don't test for FIV" fight, and in the end they will say he should be inside or here's a pill to give him twice a day for two weeks, or something equally impossible to do for an outdoor cat. I have discovered that not many veterinarians have practical experience with ferals. I hate to see my boy unhappy! But really, look at him...he isn't unhappy. He's just itchy. And a bit plump, if I do say so myself.
P.S. The new wheat litter has been used! Well, after they ignored it since Sunday, and I poured a measure of the usual litter in. But it's progress, and we will just have to keep mixing the two for awhile. I add fish oil to their food too, which helps reduce arthritis pain. Knock wood that the fish oil for Chuck and Vitamin E oil for Patty help get my boys back to 100%! The girls just eat, and look adorable...no trouble at all!
|Angel in the window|