a reply to: droid56
We currently have an Exact-Dozen ... CATs.
( NONE are more special than any other ).
Less than two years ago, we lost one cat Jonus (5 years of age) ... ( to natural causes? )
This "one cat" lost a lot of weight over a three-or-four week period before we forced ourselves ( teary-eyed ) to the vet for a final-solution.
Last year, Josey (2 years of age) started losing weight similarly. Josey recovered after 2 months of holding our breaths.
Josey began losing weight again AND ( a few weeks later ) a 3rd kitty Houdini ( 5 months of age) wasn't growing nor gaining weight the way his
near-exact-twin Malcom was. Houdini 4lbs, Malcom 7lbs. These twins were the exact same size and weight at 3-months of age.
Both Josey and Houdini were given 2 different antibiotics.
Josey started with a Raw-n-Red mouth THUS refusing to eat. I forced-fed Josey for 3-Weeks with some "Milk-Replacement" from Walmart. She got better
after a week of a general-antibiotic ... BUT ... she wasn't interested in eating Wet-nor-Dry Cat-Food. The only food I could get her to eat was
Cooked-Chicken ... ( I cut this chicken into small pieces ). Last week, shes back to normal ( and Hooray! ).
Houdini-the-kitten had developed a temperature of 105. Houdini was placed on a Strong-n-Expensive Antibiotic Vibramyacin. Houdini would eat some
Wet-Catfood but not any Dry-Catfood. I would supplement him with the same "Milk-Replacement" from Walmart. After 4 days on this antibiotic, he began
regressing and LOGICALLY I discontinued it and began a more frequent milk force-feed. Houdini has just now returned to his prior state before the
antibiotics. A combination of Force-Feed ( every 6 hours ) and Wet-Food seems to be working BUT we do continue to have a ways to go ... ( and the
reason that I'm up all hours of the day-n-night ).
I said all of the above to demonstrate the Degree-o-Frustration-n-Determination to GUESS what's going on.
After dwelliing over the situation for weeks, I remembered that both Josey and Houdini came in with "BIRDS" just prior to their illnesses.
It was only last night that my wife and I had determined that IF ANY of our 12 cats come in with birds ( dead-or-alive ) that we will forcefully
take the birds away.
We THINK the birds are eating something poisonous ... CAUSING ... the birds to be easier-catch for the cats.
We live in a Farm-n-Ranching area AND within the last two months was the ideal-time for ... Planting.
( cotton and grain seeds are coated with a poison; typically cotton is planted; it is possible something new could be planted ).
We had never experienced any problem with the cats-n-birds ... PRIOR 2 years ago with Jonus.
( We are CONFIDENT that whatever they have/had is NOT contagious )
NOTE to Dimithae:
We bring ALL of our cats indoors prior to night-fall.
(because of the coyotes and owls - we've never lost a cat to a critter)
edit on 14-6-2014 by FarleyWayne because: (no reason given)