Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.
Ragdoll Kitten with Chronic Mycoplasma
Chrissy wrote in about her kitty, Jakku, who was featured as Ragdoll Kitten of the Month recently.
“I have a question for your community
My ragdoll has chronic mycoplasma- that’s what my other kitten has and we cannot cute it. He is 8 months old. He plays and eats (although the medicine sometimes makes him throw up)
He came with the infection – he had sneezes and a drippy eye – which I didn’t think anything of except that it was typical because they came from a breeder. Regular antibiotics didn’t cure him and now almost 9 months and 14 lbs. now we’ve tried very strong doxycycline more than once and it’s still not going away. We did the test to make sure it’s mycoplasma and nothing else and the test proved that. Any advice?
OK so we are not on any restricted diet – he eats Fancy Feast, pro plan, science diet – both wet and dry for all.
When I first got him in June, we noticed the oozing eye and sneezing immediately – both the cats had the sneezing, but he had the eye problem as well. They were treated with the usual antibiotics that are safer for kittens (They were born March 4).
This infection was only on the right side – both eye and nostril.
The one cat (Jakku) is cured but for Anakin it kept coming back. So we tried clavamox and zithromax. Then we did the zoologics text – it came back negative for everything – but then my vet repeated the test with our veterinarian and it was positive for the mycoplasm. So we did a long round of doxycycline. He seemed to improve and actually finally look normal. We did 6 weeks of treatment – 2x per day liquid.
I stopped at the 6 weeks, and it did come back. We are currently doing one dose per day of the doxycycline and while he seems better, I still see that his eye gets drippy. It seems like an antibiotic resistant strain. My vet and I are both at a loss.
I attached a bunch of pictures. We also tried terramycin for the eye – I want to say that it actually made it worse.”
I posted her inquiry on our Facebook page:
Dental Water Additive
Deb wrote in, “I looked on your site but didn’t see anything about the oral dental solution that you can add to the cat’s water to help with tarter. It’s called advanced care dental water additive and it’s made by Arm and Hammer. Do you know if it’s safe? My cat hates his mouth being messed with! I thought this solution may help but I want it to be safe for Rich.”
“I have heard of those sorts of things, I just don’t trust them – I don’t have any rhyme or reason to my belief other than my gut tells me no and when that happens, I listen.
I think the best way to prevent tartar is to give them meat they can chew off a bone – but mine wouldn’t do that, so they get dentals.
I can ask on Facebook, if you’d like?”
And Deb wanted me to ask on Facebook, so I did:
GPS Tracking Devices for Cats
Harris wrote in, “I have a quick question. I want to take my ragdoll Romeo to my mom’s place 6 hour drive away for 1.5 weeks during Christmas, but afraid of him running off again like he did last year. He went missing for 4 hours while we had LOTS of guests on Thanksgiving. So I want to get some sort of GPS device in case a family member leaves a door open and he gets out. The GPS devices I see seem to be geared for dogs, not to mention being big, heavy and expensive with subscription services. I just need one temporary for times like this, so I don’t need an ongoing subscription. Any recommendations? ”
I have no idea other than keeping your kitty in closed off in a room when there is a lot of traffic.
But I posted it on Facebook to see if readers had any ideas –
Please be sure to check it again in 24 hours as more people around the world reply.
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