September 23rd, 2005


The waiting game...

When I moved into the house, there was a container of "Ant Dust" in the pantry. I ignored it, and haven't used it. However, I have noticed a bit of an ant problem around the place (ants crawling over the computer monitor is hard to miss) so I figure the owner used this ant dust to try and keep the ants down.

I told the vet about it, and he did some research and all indications seem to point that this ant dust is the culprit. The active ingredient is called Permethrin, an insecticide. It's save for use with dogs (it's actually used as a flea treatment for dogs) but not for cats. It's a neural toxin, and results in muscle tremors, weakness, convulsions and death. Thankfully Spitz is only showing the first two, so he should be fine.

There is no direct treatment. Recommended treatment is a drip to flush his system, and give medicine to treat the tremors, and he should be fine in about 3 to 5 days, so that's what the vet is doing. This means Xavier is going to be lonely for a while.

When I went and grabbed the cat carrier from the back room yesterday morning, I noticed the door to the room was open. Usually it's kept closed (I keep all the stuff I haven't gotten organised in there). I ignored it at the time, but what I suspect happened is that the last time I was in there the door didn't close 100% (easy to do, it's an old house and none of the internal doors close easily) and one of the cats managed to push it open. Spitz wandered in Wednesday sometime and found some of the ant dust remaining and did the things that all cats do: he tasted it.

The permethrin entered his system and and currently causing problems, however it should all flush out without any long term issues.

Now I've just got to wait. I'm going to visit Spitz this evening on the way home, and probably every day until I can take him home.
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I feel better now

I'm feeling better about my kitty cat because I got a call from another kitty cat, the ever lovely nikkicat13.

We discussed cats and evil plans (tee! hee!) and Unicon and such, and I feel a lot better now.

Unfortunately I was then told by the Admin manager that the Bank software stuffed up again, so there's the possibility that I won't get paid tonight, but I have enough on hand (saving for my holiday next week) that I'll be able to survive the weekend. Oh well.

I still feel better though.

PS - I decided to give Xavier some air time, since Spitz has been getting it all lately, so it's his picture in this icon.

Good News

I popped in to see Spitz at the vets on the way home, and I'm feeling a whole lot better.

The tremors have completely stopped, and he was looking a hell of a lot better. He was lounging in the back of the with what I think best described as an offended sulk, a look I know very well. A look which seems to me to indicate that he's not happy with his current address, but he'll put up with it because he has no choice.

I gave him a cuddle which he deigned to accept, and he closed his eyes while I scratched his cheek, an indication that I'm still trustworthy.

The bad news is that it's been an expensive stay. Current bill is $443, plus the next few days care, plus whatever medicine I need to take with me, plus I decided while he's in there I may as well get him microchipped, saving me the effort of taking him back in later for another $66.

Ugh! It's a good thing I have money saved for the holiday. Unfortunately if I don't get paid tonight as seems likely, that's not going to help much.

Gaming props wanted

This is mainly targeted at local people, or those who are going to be at Unicon next weekend.

There are two props I want for the game.

Ones going to be easy to get: a feather. Nothing too big or fancy, just a small, preferably white, or some natural colour, fluffy feather. Worst comes to worst I have a (fluorescent pink) feather sitting on the monitor at work.

The other one is the problem. I want a set of scales. Not modern scales, but the old fashion style similar to the stereotypical scales of justice with the bar and the two "baskets" on chains like this. Can anyone help?

The scales aren't going to be used in the game. They are just going to be sitting there for visual effect. Anyone?

As far as the game is going, I'm running behind schedule. I haven't been able to do anything the last couple of days since I've been so worried over Spitz, however I should get everything finished this weekend. As it is I've already gotten two characters allocated. punk_rock_nerd and nikkicat13 being their usual over enthusiastic and highly efficient selves! :)
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