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17th-Aug-2007 08:10 pm
In the long list of things that suck: having all the computers on campus spontaneously reboot, and the login servers going down. All of them. For the whole campus.

When we're in the middle of freshmen registration and advising.

That was entertaining. Fortunately, IT had things up in an hour.

It's been an adventure filled day. This morning, we rescued the jeff.mom from the airport. She's in until a week from Sunday. Jeff had to get to work, so I got her settled in this morning then took off for the aforementioned work myself. After Jeff and I got home, we ran back out to the vet, because Copper has been compulsively overgrooming herself for a couple weeks now, and licking herself bald and bleeding in places. We thought perhaps it was just nervous, so we coned her so she couldn't do more damage. Then Jeni took a look at the spots last night and said "Y'all, I think that might be mange. Take thee to the vet." So we did. Luckily, it's not mange - mange is also scabies, according to the vet, and we'd have it if she did, along with the other two cats.1 She2 diagnosed a severe flea allergy, dosed Copper up with steroids and antibiotics, reminded us to treat the house and Copper (the Advantage is already on the way and we bought borax this weekend), and sent us on our way.

This actually makes a lot of sense; when we got Copper, she was very scabbed up, and she'd been living in a dumpster with fleas and ticks and such. Between living with Corrie and living with us, she'd gotten a chance to heal up, until we came down with the fleas again.

So, we'll treat her and treat the house (oy) and all should be well.

1. Copper favorite place to sleep is on top of us, and I sleep naked. There's no way we'd not have scabies if she did.

2. The vet? Really hot. Also, did not look old enough to have finished vet school.
18th-Aug-2007 01:26 am (UTC)
NC State's Engineering Computer Operations IT&ECS Computing Center Information Technology Division would never have allowed that to happen! :)
18th-Aug-2007 02:56 am (UTC)
We finally got our kitty well. She was sick with the upper respiratory thing they get in the humane society, and stopped eating, playing, and essentially moving. We took her to the vet (free visit in the first week of adoption) and got her on antibiotics (also free). After a few days (since Monday), she's finally playing like a kitty! It's hysterical. Right now she's intently watching me type. :.)

18th-Aug-2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! :) I'm glad she's getting better. Sick cats are no good. =/
18th-Aug-2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
I've had a cat that was allergic to fleas before. Generally she almost always had a scab or two on her back near her tail. If she had fleas, there would be a much larger number of scabs. It took us a while to put two and two together as well.

Keeping the house flealess was a bit of a chore, esp when we were occassionally letting the dogs in from outside. Basically, you're going to end up ever vigilant for fleas, and you're going to have to get used to bombing your house if you get them and washing everything. Fun stuff.

A nightlight plus a pie plate with water will a) generally attract them and b) hold 'em for your inspection in the morning. No letting any cats outside!
18th-Aug-2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pie pan tip; we'll have to try that. :)

These are strictly indoor cats, but this house is nowhere near bug tight, and we were keeping the storm doors and windows open last spring when the weather was good, so the fleas probably came in then. It only takes a couple... =/

And yea, in the back near her tail is one of the places she's been tearing up.
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