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Hi! My name is Bella***

I am Domestic Shorthair from Wilmington, DE

Nicknames: tarbal.. ...spelled in reverse, lab rat, what I looked like as a baby.

Age: 7 years old

Gender: F

Coat: short haired

Education: Comes when the ice maker is running

My favorite tricks and treats are: I come when someone snaps their fingers. and I love all treats

Where I hang out: On the top of the refrig, even though I am not allowed up there!!

My favorite grubs: everything and anything

My pet peeves: When No one listens while I am talking

What I love about my owners: I am spoiled! I love my clothes, and most of all my family loves me, lots!

My cat hobbies: Hanging out in the kitchen, waiting for ice to fall to the floor, climbing in cabnets and drawers and pulling the dog food out of her bowl!

Pet motto: Life is good, enjoy every day!

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Bella was about 3 wks old found by my daughter by a dumpster, no mother was to be found. We brought her in took her to the vet. She was very ill and we took shifts around the clock feeding her, giving antibiotics and loving!

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I have a head like a cat. I have feet like at cat.
But I am not a cat. What am I? ...................... A kitten
What is a cat on Ice? ................................... A cool cat
What is a cat's favorite button on a VCR? ....... Paws

There are 10 cats in a basket, 1 cat jumps out.
How many are left? .... None, they’re all copy cats.
What do you get if you cross a cat with a bottle of vinegar? ............................................... A sour puss

What happened when the cat swallowed a coin?
There was some money in the kitty!------------------
How do you know that cats are sensitive creatures?
---------------------------They never cry over spill milk!

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Castle Mews
I spent the morning in meetings with several ambassadors taking care of business.
Also, met with the Palace Decorator Lily, who has some awesome decorating going on for our Chinese New Year celebration.
Artemis has some festive Chinese deserts to go along with Chef Sammy's Asian Cuisine. There are some mouth watering smells coming from the main kitchen. Mimi is doing a wonderful job with the floral arangements and greenery, everything looks beautiful. Boo Kitty is making plans to get some of the kitties with double or triple bellies to start out slowly in the exercise program She will be starting you out slow on Day 1 with the Hokey Pokey, Day 2 with Sinatra Aerobics, Day 3 Line Dancing to Achy Breaky Heart, Day 4 Step Retro Dance Party, Day 5 Staying Alive, Day 6. Funky Steps, Day 7 Kick Boxing. Engine and Gin Gin are ready to get started tomorrow.
The Belly Dancing and Kattercise Instructors are set up and ready to go.
Princess Molly Marissa and I took a shot at a little belly dancing this evening, It was sooooo fun and I love the outfits with different designs and patterns with all the sparkles and bells jingling, as we shake our bootie.
Sir Leo, Hitch and Coco have joined our guard staff.
Talley has accepted the position of Crafts Project Manager and has some great ideas for upcoming events.
Valentines supplies are set up and waiting for your own creative touches.
Hyper Tipper has been appointed Chief Mischief Maker. Millie will be our Angel Choir Director. They sounded lovely at practice today when I peeked in on them.
Mittens has filled the position, for Lady in Waiting for Cinderella Foo Foo. Misty the Mystifying has the castle rocking with great sounds.
Make sure you have your red on for the Chinese New Year's Event and let's get down and party!
Good news was delivered today as well. The groundhog took my advice and did not see his shadow. I am happy to say we will not be serving him for dinner.
Feb 8th is Boy Scouts day and I have Pine-wood Derby car kits ready to be built. We will be racing them Feb. 8th to celebrate the birthday of Scouting in Americia. Talley will help you get started with yours.
Congrats to Pete # 72572 on surprise COTD on Wed. Feb .2nd Remember to vote him Daily in Feb. COTM . Stop in and visit all sick kitties and parents needing our support.
Congrats to Lucky # 193733 for todays COTD
Happy Birthday Thurs. Feb.3rd to Bagheera # 178656
I will see you around the castle.
Thanks for your support,
Queen Abigail Shyla

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02/03/2011 06:54.55 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella
We miss you; how have you been? Just stopping by with a short story about our COTD candidate, Lucky Shady Luckster!! He is a very sweet boy, of the Bombay breed. Has a mind of his own, but loves his mom & all his friends on CC. Luckster is part of our family here on CC & he is always there with a helping paw & a strong shoulder to lean on. He enjoys the warm climate of Scottsdale, Arizona & loves the nights out with the guys for the hockey games! He is a wonderful candidate for COTD, because he has helped many of us in our COTD campaigns. He richly deserves your vote & it would be much appreciated by all of his friends who want to see him have his moment in the winner’s circle. A vote on Wednesday, February 2, for Luckster is a vote for a great kitty!!! Sassy

Come visit me, AD Sassy - Mom Jody is home!! & Dolly- Mom Jody is home!!!.

02/02/2011 12:42.21 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella and the Gang!
We're just padding over to give our friends a note and a paw vote. See you soon!

Come visit me, Cindy, Betty Boop Thank-you Whiskers for vote 5200! & Angel Iago Diago.

02/01/2011 07:48.14 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella and the Gang!
We're just padding over to give our friends a note and a paw vote. See you soon!

Come visit me, Cindy, Betty Boop Thank-you Whiskers for vote 5200! & Angel Iago Diago.

02/01/2011 07:47.54 PM Report This Comment
Queen Abigail Shyla's Acceptance Speech
Queen Abigail Shyla looking her most beautiful in her gold satin gown, trimmed in seed pearls and diamonds and heavy, but gorgeous pearl and diamond crown, is escorted onto the stage by her beloved fiance Koshka Lionheart .Following close behind are her daughter Molly Marissa, furmates Zoe Monique, Cinderella Foo Foo and Zachary Pierre. Hovering above them are Angel Monica and her husband Loki Bandit. Loki sprinkles angel dust on each member of the new royal family.
Koshka holding her paw, escorts her to the podium, kisses her gently and joins the other family members.
Abigail looks into the crowd over flowing with her loyal CC friends.
"It was such an honor to be ask to run for COTM and I am humbled as I stand before you this day." "Thank you loyal CC followers for you overwhelming support this past month. It is because of each and every one of you that I stand before you today." " I would also like to thank my family for their support and I realize each one of you had to give up a lot and I truly appreciate you for doing so.'
Abigail turns and hands each of them, including Koshka and Loki Bandit a single white daisy which is her favorite flower.
" Loyal CC kitties. I want to thank each and every one of you for the opportunity to reign as your Queen of February 2011. It is an honor that I do not take lightly and I will do everything in my power to guide you with compassion, friendship and fairness. I know each of you will continue to support me in this endeaver and I thank you in advance."
" I would also like for Angel Cocoa Puff # 4765 , Lelu # 12694 , and Mocha # 125505 to join me on the stage please". She hands each of them a white daisy and kisses them on the cheek and has the audience help her sing them Happy Birthday.
"After the ceremony, come enjoy the parade and we will get further aqquainted, eat, drink, enjoy fine music and dance into the night."
"Thank you again loyal followers."
Queen Abigail waves, blows kisses, and tosses white daisies into the crowd. The loyal kitties stand and applause fills the room. "LONG LIVE QUEEN ABIGAIL" is heard and she bows almost loosing her crown. Koshka escorts her from the stage with her family following. Bubbles are floating in the air and confetti falls on and around them. They leave the building, are helped into the Royal Coach and begin their short journey to the Royal Castle. Queen Abigail Shyla and Princess Molly Marissa toss white daisies out the window to the kitties running with the coach.

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02/01/2011 03:55.59 PM Report This Comment
Bella and Family
Please accept our sincere apologies for our delay in writing as we continue to struggle to play catch up after Dad's fall. We are all well thankfully except like most of us I fear are buried in yet another snow storm. It has been all snow for now but the ice is to follow tonight and tomorrow. We are still struggling for exercise ideas for Savanah any suggestions you may have would be a great help and welcome. She is a strange one. She dosen't seem to want to play with me or Casper anymore. She has never liked the red laser that makes it's appearace suddenly and then like magic it disappears. She does like to occassionally play with one green mouse but with 10 of us running round who knows where that may be hiding. I told her to put her toys away but she didn't listen. I sure hope you are safe warm and you have a Terrific Tuesday.

Come visit me, Casper, "Daddy's Angels" Leo and Tigger & Sahara and the Girls.

02/01/2011 07:31.09 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Don't scratch your head and wonder "What If?" Just ask Abby Katz!

Dear Abby Katz
I have this problem. My big brother is a pain in my neck. Literally,he likes to chase me & take a piece of fur from my neck. How can I make him stop? Purrs, Terri

Hi Teri,
Sometimes we have the same kind of behavior with Zachary Pierre & his spayed daughter Molly, Zachary is our sire and is not fixed.
I am assuming that you & your brother are both spayed & neutered.
The sexual behavior of cats is not romantic and a neutered male often retains aspects of typical male behavior. This behavior in our house usually lasts 2 weeks to a month and then goes away for a while.
If he is biting the fur from your neck, Have Mom get some bitter apple to paint on the back of your neck, so it tastes bad when he tries to bite it.
Cats will also use this kind of behavior as a way to enforce social ranking. Cats reach social maturity between the ages of 2 & 4 years of age. Prior to that time they may get along famously, then all the sudden the cats social standing starts to matter which is when your brothers stalking and mounting or chasing and biting you, what ever the case may happens, because he wants to be the dominate cat in this case and it includes pushy behavior. If the bitter apple does not convince him to stop and you won't fight him back to make him leave you alone , there are some good phormone sprays on the market . One is called Feliway and comes in sprays and drops to be put into the water bowl. I believe it might also be available in creme form.It is highly rated to be quite effective in all sorts
of behaviorial issues. Mom has never tried it because Molly is huge and can fend for herself.
We have been thinking about looking into it. If you try it let us know how things work out.
Thanks for your question and I hope this helps.
Abby Katz

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Happy Adoptiversary Jan. 30th to Dean # 34497
Speaking of Dean & Anderson, with your help they are once again in the top 10. Please vote for them daily through Jan 31st as they are so close to reaching their funding. It would be terrible to be this close and loose it. We really do need your help to stay in the top 10.
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Also, please visit sick kitties and families needing our support.
Cross your paws for Maggie, who is one of Zachary Pierre's very 1st friends here on CC.
Thanks for your support and nice comments,
Abigail Shyla

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01/30/2011 10:42.43 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
It's Dear Abby Katz Sunday & my Abby Katz Advisor Mimi, has chosen two new questions to share with you.
Dear Abby,
I have a question for you. My sister Mittens carries
around her toy lion in her mouth & screams at the same time She does this every evening & sometimes during the day too. She will bring the lion up to bed, screaming of course and keep it up
until Mom calls her to bed. It's really funny but we don't know why she does it. Attention maybe????
Hehehe!!! Purrs and kitty kisses, Greycee Mist...
Hi Greycee Mist,
This is a habit that I have myself, Mom thinks its so cute & also finds it amusing.I am assuming that your sister Mittens is fixed & has never been a mom.
I have had 3 litters of kittens and when I can't carry real ones around with me (Mom hates it when I hide the babies) I carry my toys & cry while doing it. Mom keeps all our toys in a wicker basket. I go to the basket and carry a toy upstairs to her bedroom, sometimes I put them outside the door and once I even put my ladybug in the litter box trying to teach it how to use it. This is an everyday thing for me & I put them in lots of different places too.
Our Himalayan Maggie,lost at 16 yrs. of age also did this. Maggie was never a Mom & was fixed at an early age. I think it is maternal instinct & all females have some maternal instinct. My furmates who are spayed & have never had kittens, help me lots with my babies. They nap with them, help with bathing, & keep an eye on them.
I have heard of male cats doing this same ritual. Zachary does not but, I know of males who do. Since males have no maternal instinct, they are most likely bringing you a gift of prey to share, they want to share the prey or hunting trophy with you because they love you & are proud of their catch.
Outside kitties often do the same except their prey is real.
I hope this helps & thanks for asking Dear Abby Katz. Purrs, Abgail Shyla
* This one a special request
dear abby, we have kitty friend who working really hard to be something special for month of february, & she getting tired, but keep working and being busy, & i think she need time for fun too. but she busy alla time, & we want her to relax & have fun too, so i ask you what we can do to help her have fun & still be special kitty of heart month? i really wanna know, she gonna be special. love quincy
Hi Quincy
I admit that I have been very busy, BUT I am having fun & if I can help save one cats life I have done my job. This is what my catpaign is all about. I promise as we are nearing the end of my catpaign, to try to relax more & I promise to have lots of fun during my reign at the Royal Castle.
I think your Mom is concerned because I haven't been sending her many off the wall jokes by email & she misses me. Ha Ha ! I got you !!!!
I am the type of person who Must complete what I started, If I don't it drives me NUTS until I get it done.Thanks for saying my reign will be special I love you too. Abby Katz & Margo Ka

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01/30/2011 10:40.08 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella and the gang
Mom can't sleep, so wez keeping her company at the computer. They were gone for quite a while today, so mom says she will catch up with all our furry friends and leave them their votes. So, the whole gang at your house as usual is getting one!

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01/30/2011 12:30.00 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Feline Asthma: Asthma in cats is chronic inflammation of the small passageways of the lungs(bronchioles) When your cat has asthma, these passages thicken, & collapse when the cat inhales, making it difficult fot the cat to catch its breath. In severe cases, coughing, wheezing & exercise intolerance occur, In these cases, large numbere of bronchioles plug up with mucus & the smooth muscle that surrounds these tubes go into spasm, restricting breathing. Other cats have only a mild cough or high-pitched wheeze that comes & goes. It's estimated that one percent of all cats suffer from asthma. The incidence of the disease is highest in the Siamese cats.
The chronic bronchitis of feline asthma usually first occurs between the ages of two & six. It starts with a slight cough & mild respiratory distress with long periods during which the cat appears normal. These early signs are often overlooked or mistaken for hair balls.
Cats in the midst of an acute asthma attack have a very hard time breathing. They assume a praying position and concentrate on obtaining the air they need in deliberate breaths. These breaths are deep, labored & abdominal. Sometimes they will vomit. A severe asthma attack can be life threatening.
Episodes of asthma are triggered by allergens in the air or stress. Some common allergens are grass,tree pollens, smoke, fumes, cigarettes,dust,& aerosols of various sorts such as perfumes,deodeorants & flea spray. When these cats contact bacterial, mycoplasmal or viral respiratory disease the problem becomes much worse. Heat, cold & exertion can all trigger an attack.
Cases that are mild & in which a dry hacking cough occurs are often brushed aside the first few times they occur. But during severe attacks the amount of effort the pet expends in simply getting a breath can not be ignored. These cats must often breath with their mouth open. Only heart disease, pneumonia, or a diaphragmatic hernia mimic an asthma attack. An x-ray is useful to diagnose asthma.
* Some signs of heartworm in cats mimic feline asthma. So in some cases a heartworm blood test is appropriate. To be continued
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MUST to stay in the top 10 to get the funding. It ends Jan. 31st so PLEASE use as many email addresses as you can and vote the remaining days as, today they have slipped back to 11.It only takes a minute & as busy as I have been, I have managed to vote twice every day. We are all animal lovers and need to make this funding a reality so get with it. www.refresheverything. com/nokilllehighvalley
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01/29/2011 06:43.29 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Dilated cardiomyopathy, occurs when the heart muscle loses its tone & becomes flaccid. The heart chambers overfill, the walls of the ventricles become thiner, & the chambers enlarge. One cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is a taurine deficiency. Taurine is an essential amino acid present in high concentrations in animal tissue. Feeding dog food could lead to a taurine deficiency. Most commercial cat foods are currently supplemented with taurine. dog foods are not, so a cat eating dog food has a high risk of developing dialated cardiomyopathy.
Another cause of dialated cardiomyopathy is
myocardits, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Viruses have been implicated as the cause of myocarditis in humans, although the cause is unknown in cats.
Dialated cardiomyopathy is a often rapid-onset disease that progresses over two or three days. The most frequent sign is labored breathing at rest. The cat often sits with his head & neck extended & elbows out to take in air. Cool feet & ears & a body temperature below normal are signs of poor circulation. Heart murmurs are common. The pulse is often rapid & thready & may be irregular or even slow. Loss of appetite, rapid weight loss,weakness & fainting attacks, & crying out spells often accompany the signs.( A clot blocking a vascular pathway.) Echocardiography is the best method for diagnosing dilated cardiomyopathy.
Treatment of dialated cardiomyopathy is directed at correcting any taurine deficiency & controlling fluid. Fluid retention is best managed using diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) Cats with taurine cardiomypathy who survive the first week of supplementation have an increased chance of survival, but it can take four to six months for the muscle to heal.
Happy 2nd Birthday Savannah Jan 27th #155948, We had a blast at your party Savannah. You need to tell birthday central so other kitties will know.
Please visit all sick kitties & families needing your support. Visit Queen Linguini# 145842
Get your Dear Abby Katz questions in for Sun. I
will answer all the other ones that we have not shared as soon as I can. I am sorry that they have been unanswerered, but I have been busy, busy, busy. Zachary Pierre, Zoe Monique, Angel Monica,
Molly Marissa & Cinderella Foo Foo are anxious to catch up with their friends again too. Thanks to the friends who came to visit them even though we couldn't get back to you. Shakira & Zola are much appreciated for getting Zoe out of my hair, to keep the peace.Thanks to Angel Loki Bandit for not using those super-duper water blasters on us for our kat fights. Special mention & hugs for Saharah, Remus,Kato, Engine, Exit , Felix , Savannah, Wildboy,NH5,Wilson, K kitties,Boo Kitty, Maya, Meshoo,Sheba,Velcro,Marli- n,Henry,Bella, Mimi, Maggie,Artemis,Cry Baby, Rain,Millie, Hyper Tipper, Coco, Gidget & of course my handsome Koshka . .
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T- hanks for you

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01/28/2011 07:33.45 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang,
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy In Cats
This is the most common cause of heart disease in cats, & the most frequent cause of spontaneous death in indoor adult cats. In cats with this condition, the walls of the ventricles become thick, However, because the muscle fibers are replaced by fibrous connective tissue(scar tissue), the thicker heart walls do not translate into increased pumping power. In fact, the heart is actually weakened as the affected wall of the heart becomes less elastic and the heart chambers become smaller.
Early signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are vague and indefinite. Increased heart rate and a murmur are common. Decreased appetite, weight loss,& an increase in respiratory rate may all be noted. Loss of pep & appetite & exercise tolerance may go unnoticed, because cats are able to recognize their own physical limitations. Other than possibly hearing a heart murmur, its unusual to detect heart disease before signs of congestive heart failure. The first & only sign may be sudden death.
Coughing is rarely a sign of cardiovascular disease in cats. A chronic cough is more likely to indicate bronchitis or feline asthma. As the left ventricle loses it's function, cats may show signs of pulmonary edema and plural effusion, though, and these cats may cough.
The appearance of a blood clot in an artery may be the first sign of cardiomyopathy of any type.
Diagnosis is by chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, ultrasound of the heart, & thyroid function tests. Echocardiograms, especially with Doppler technology, are excellent diagnostic tools.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tends to affect cats 1 to 5 years of age. It has been detected in kittens as young as 3 months, however, & in cats as old as 10 years. Maine Coon Cats, Ragdolls, British Shorthairs, American Shorthairs, & Devon Rexes show an inheritance.
Cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy require drugs that relax the heart & increase its efficiency. Most of the drugs used to treat heart disease in people are used for similar purposes in small animals. The specific drug chosen depends on the stage of illness & presence or absence of complicating factors, such as arrhythmia. Drug choices include diuretics, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, & ACE inhibitors. Most of all these medications are not approved for cats & should only be used directly under your vet's guidance.
Asprin may be used to try to prevent clot formation, & low salt diets such as Hills Prescription Diet Feline h/d or CV Cardiovascular for cats, are recommended. Cats metabolize asprin very slowly & the dose & frequency must be prescribed by your veterinarian.
Restricting the cats activity reduces the strain on the heart. Your vet may prescribe a period of caged rest. (Continued tomorrow)
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01/27/2011 09:30.17 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Cancers in cats continued:
MAST CELL TUMORS: As the name says, mast cell tumors affect mass cells.These are cells which are found in connective tissue, the layer of cells between different body parts (for example between the heart & lungs) mast cell tumors in the skin manifest themselves as nodules or as single large lumps which can be removed by surgery.However, because mast cells are not only found in the skin, your vet will want to check other parts of the body, including the liver, lymph nodes, bone marrow, intestines & spleen. When a mast cell tumor is found in the spleen, removing ths spleen can result in a disease free life for up to 12 months.
Breast tumors: Cats both male & female have 4 breasts on each side of the tummy, visible as two rows of nipples. Tumors may occur in one or more of these breasts, though the disease is much more common in female cats, as their breasts are more developed. The tumor commonly affects more than one of the mammary glands. These tumors can be felt in the cats breast as multiple firm swellings or nodules. Early diagnosis is important, as eighty % of these tumors turn out to be malignant cancers. If not caught early, these can go on to become dangerously large swellings, & cancer can spread to the lungs & lymph nodes. The treatment will then require additional chemotherapy. In dealing with breast cancer the surgeon will probably remove all the breast tissue on the affected side, because if only the present lumps are removed, there is a high chance that further tumors will develop.
FIBROSARCOMA: Fibrosarcoma is a tumor affecting fibroblasts (cells which are the building blocks of the connective tissue) The most common tumor affects the skin, producing a hard subcutaneous mass. Treatment involves a combination of surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
BONE CANCER: This is relatively rare in cats, constituting only 5% of primary cancers. Osteosarcoma is the most common feline bone tumor, being responsible for approximately 70% of all bone tumors discovered. It mostly affects the leg bones, but can establish itself in any bone including those of the spine. If a leg is affected, the vet may chose to amputate. Incredibly, cats can often adapt well to life with three legs, and there are cases of feral three legged cats living long lives & raising kittens in the process. If amputation is unsuitable for any reason, radiation & chemo may also be used.
Happy birthday to Ashley# 107082 Jan 25th
Happy adoptiversary Olivia # 83801 Jan 26th
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01/26/2011 08:27.08 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Today we will cover some different kinds of cancer.

ORAL CANCER: Squamous cell carcinoma is a tumor effecting squamous epithelia cells, These are found not only on the surface of the skin, but in the lining of the hollow organs of the body, & the respiratory & digestive tracts. In the mouth the tumor usually effects the lining of the mouth or the lining of the throat, but it also affects the tongue. You may notice a cat has oral cancer when it has difficulty eating, or if it drools continuously. Oral cancers are difficult to treat, but some success can be achieved by surgery combined with radiotherapy.
ADENOCARCINOMA: Adenocarcinoma, or Sweat Gland Neoplasm, is a cancer that develops in the lining or inner surface of an organ. It's relatively common in cats, making up approximately 13 % of all skin tumors which cats develop. Most sweat gland tumors occur on the head & neck. The treatment of choice is surgical removal. Adenocarcinoma is also common in lung & intestinal cancer.
LUNG CANCER: A number of tumors can cause lung cancer in cats, the most common being adenocarcinoma. They can cause difficulty in breathing, coughing, or a mixture of the two symptoms. Sometimes the cancer spreads to the bones in the cat's toes and causes lameness. Surgery is the first treatment of choice, usually combined with chemotherapy. How the disease progresses depends on how early the tumor is caught. Often by the time the symptoms become apparent, the tumor has gone deep into the lungs & may well have spread into the chest cavity.
INTESTINAL TUMOR: Again ademocarcinoma is the problem. It can effect both the small & large intestines. It is common for the tumor to spread to the local lymph nodes. Tumors can grow quite fast and are often discovered because they end up by blocking the intestines. The typical symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting & diarrhea. Surgery is relatively quick and simple & can bring long lasting relief. To be continued.......

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01/25/2011 08:56.00 AM Report This Comment
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Most feline cancers occur in middle-aged and older cats 10 to 15 yrs. of age. Lymphoma is an exception, occcuring most often in young cats. The majority of feline cancers are not visible by outward inspection, except for the skin and breast tumors. These neoplasms can be detected by inspection & palpation
The high rate of cancer in cats is felt to be at least partly related to the feline leukemia virus and the feline immunode virus. Common sites of involvement are lymph nodes (lymphomia) and circulating blood cells (leukemia), but any other tissue on a cats body can be affected. Taken together, the feline lukemia virus accounts for perhaps half of all cancers, the majority of which are lymphomas. It is also associated with other serious cat diseases including, anemia, infectious peritonitis, glomerulonephritis, spinal cord cancers, and toxoplasmosis.
Skin tumors are common in cats. many skin tumors are not malignant, however the incidence of skin cancer still accounts for 25 percent of feline cancers. Next is breast 17 percent.
Cancer is a condition in which rapid cell division and tissue growth occur at the expense of organ-specific function example, a cancer from a cat's kidney is biopsied and found to be a mass of tissue that bears only slight resemblance to normal kidney cells under the microscope. The mass on the kidney does not function as kidney tissue, nor does it allow the kidney to make urine. If the kidney goes untreated, it eventually replaces the kidney while simultaneously spreading to other parts of the body. In time, through a number of possible events, it causes the cats death.
Cancer is graded or staged according to the degree of malignancy. Low grade cancers continue to grow and become larger in size. High grade cancers spread early, when the tumor is still quite small or barely detectable.
Growth of the mouth account for up to 10 % of feline cancers. Nearly all of them are malignant, Signs include drooling, difficulty eating, and the appearance of a lump or ulcerated growth.
Some Feline Cancer facts
* 32 % of all cats 10 yrs. of age or older will die from some type of cancer.
*25% of all feline cancers are skin cancers, with 50 to 65 % of them being malignant.
* About 25 out of every 100,000 female cats will develop mammary cancer, 17 % of all feline cancers are mammary related.
*Feline lymphoma will strike 200 out of every 100,000 cats, with cats who are FeLV positive being 60%
*10 % of all feline tumors are found in the mouth.
* Vaccine-associated sarcomas occur in 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 10,000 cats.
Looking at these facts, we see that 52 %, or just over half of all feline cancers, occur in areas that can be examined on the skin, the mammaty glands, and the mouth. Frequent in home examinations can lead to early cancer detection in these cases. ( Continued tomorow )
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01/23/2011 05:24.51 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
We are answering two questions pawpicked by our Abby kats advisor Mimi.
We are answering the questions a day early this week because Mommy has a birthday on Sunday. I think that Mommy deserves a day off on her birthday and we will be back Monday.

Dear Abby,

There is a young cat at our house. I don't want to name names, but it rhymes with viper dipper.

I think she likes me. She follows me around and plays games. She purrs and lets me pet her. But sometimes, she gets very mad and beats me up especially when it is time for a b-a-t-h. Is this normal for a young cat? How do you convince cats to be cuddly?

Cat Mom

Hi Hyper Tipper & Mom.

It is lucky for you that agressive cats are a lot less dangerous than dogs, and a scratch or a bite will not cause much injury,
I suspect that before Hyper Tipper came to live with you, she had not been properly socallized with humans from a young age. It is also possible that she has suffered from or associates some event with fear of cruelty from humans in the past and could be lashing out with aggressive behavior.
Amitriptyline, is a tricyclic antidepressant that is also used in people. Commom side effect is
Continue to reward Hyper Tipper for good behaviot and continue to search for more solutions to behavioral issues..I think Hyper Tipper's bahavior is definitely behaviorial and I think you should read and discuss with your vet all articles on aggressive feline behavior. Hopefully with time and patience Hyper Tipper will mellow and become less aggressive.
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01/22/2011 11:50.13 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Mom's daughter's fur baby Shadow is licking all the fur from her tummy just between her hind legs.She is not ill and plays all the time and eats well . Any thing you may think is wrong.Mom asked if she had changed anything in the house and she said not and she is never outside.
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Dear Nikki,
Mouth pain can cause stress, which can cause excessive licking and bare spots.
Problems with teeth and gums can also cause other disease like kidney disease. Hyperthyroidism can bring on fur loss and cause stress behaviors like licking too..
If the cat is not fixed or in heat, this could be a cause of excessive licking.
There is a condition called "pyschogenic apolecia"
which is recognized as an obsessive compulsive behavior wherin the cat continually overgrooms an area, perhaps due to stress..
Mites, fleas, ringworm, fungal infections or allergies, different types of infections as well as other types of allergys. It could be caused by glandular and internal poblems, underactive or overactive immune systems could be a cause as well, as external or internal cancers. Perhaps a visit with your vet could rule out possible conditions.
Hope this helped,
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01/22/2011 11:48.32 AM Report This Comment
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The diagnosis is confirmed by determinination of thyroid hormones in the blood. A blood test looking at thyroxine (T4 concentration is usually all thats required for the diagnosis as this is usually elevated in clinical cases, liver enzymes are commonly increased secondary to hyperthyroidism, routine blood and urine tests are advised to help rule out any other disease such as renal failure, blood pressure should be checked , and if secondary heart issues is suspected then a (ECG electrial tracing of heart activity), and a chest x-ray or ultra sound may be helpful.
There are 3 main options for treatement, each with it's advantages and disadvantages.
*Methimazole a twice daily medication, although once established, some cats only require it once daily.
* Carbimazole a slow release formulation meaning that it only needs to be given once daily.
* Surgical removal of the affective thyroid tissue(thyroidectomy) can produce a permanent cure and is a common treatment.However surgery will not be sucessful if "etopic" thyroid tissue is present and even after sucessful surgery, occasionally signs of hyperthyroidism develop again at a later time if previously unaffected thyroid tissue becomes diseased.
* Radioactive iodine is administered in a single injection under the skin-the iodine is then taken up by the active (abnormal) thyroid tisue, but not by any other body tissues the radiation destroys the abnormal tissues. The advantages of radioactive iodine it is curative, has no serious side effects. However it does involve the handling and injection of a radioactive substance. For this reason, the treatment can only be carried out in certain specially licensed facilities and a treated cat must remain hospitalised until the radiation level has fallen to with acceptable limits. This means the cat must be hospitalised between three and six weeks. Visit Queen Linguini # 145842
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01/21/2011 11:07.27 AM Report This Comment
how are sweet friend?
sorry for not written earlier but mom was very tiered from her leg and had very bad shoulder pain.
she is ok now. when4/2 will come so mom will check her foot and get rid of her cast.
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After Blackie’s passing Jasper’s future mom wanted another black kitty. In November 2010 Jasper and his mom met at the Humane Society and it was love at first sight. Jasper loves his new home and his sister Molly. His mom also calls him Tippy because the tip of his tail is white. Jasper loves to run and loves his greenies. On Thursday Jan 20 please paw by this cute 1 year olds page 193760 and leave him a vote so he can get his COTD badge. While you are in a voting mood please go by Queen Linguini 145842 page and let her know what a great job she’s doing. Don’t furget to paw by our new COTM candidate Abigail Shyla aka Abby Kat 147614 page and leave her a vote too. She is doing a catriffic job. Leaving a platter of seafood and some nice hot catnip tea and lots of thanks for supporting our wonderful candidates,. We really appreciate your votes for our candidates and letting us paw by your pages. This is Sabrina Anne Bell and Callie and her sisters/Linguini & family your catpaign crew for Wednesday/Thursday turning out the lights for now

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01/19/2011 06:59.34 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a very common disorder of older cats. It causes an increase in production of thyroid hormones from the thyroid glands, which are situated in the neck. Clinical signs associated with hyperthyroidism can be quite dramatic and cats can become seriously ill with this condition. In most cases hyperthyroidism is treatable and most cats will make a a complete recovery.
A malignant (cancerous) tumor known as a thyroid adenocarcinoma can can also be an underlying cause in some cases of hyperthyroidism. Fortunately this is rare, and is only the cause in one to two percent of all hyperthyroid cats. When a thyroid adenocarcinoma is present treatment is much more difficult.
Hyperthyroisi- sm is almost exclusively seen in middle-to-old-aged cats, and it is rarely seen in ccats less than seven years of age. Male & female cats are affected with an equal frequency and although no studies have shown any breeds that are particulary prone to developing hyperthroidism, ther is some evidence that it is less common in Siamese cats.
Signs are quite suttle at first, becoming more severe as the disease progresses.
The classic signs of hyperthyroidsm are weight loss, usually despite an increased appetite, increased thrist
increased irritability, and restllessnness and ever hyperactivity. Many affected cats have a rapid heart beat(tachycardia) and developing an umkempt coat. Mild to moderate diarrhea and/or vomiting. Some affected cats will be noticably intolerant of heat and seek out
cooler places to sit, and some (especially advanced cases) may pant when they are stressed.Most hyper thyroid cats will show some degree of excessive appetite and restlessness, but in some advanced cases there will be generallsed weakness, lethargy and loss of appetite and the signs will be less characteristic.
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01/19/2011 10:16.51 AM Report This Comment
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We are suppose to get a wintry mix tonight. Snow & ice. Not sure how much. Mom doesn't usually pay any attention to the predictions because the weathermen are totally unreliable. No sense in getting worried when they carry on about how bad it will be. And then it's not. Leaving a vote. Peace and love. Have a purrfect evening. Kitty Kisses. Anderson

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01/17/2011 07:45.09 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Coughing, sneezing, runny eyes and nose, and possibly a fever are all the familiar symptoms of a cold.
Unlike in humans, however, most feline "colds" have known and (preventable) causes, usually one of three kinds of viruses. Safe and reliable vaccines are available to prevent them all.
Even vaccinated cats may have upper respitory infections, though, and most will resolve within a few days to two weeks. Severe infections or those in cats with weakened immune systems may last several weeks. Although antibiotics won't kill the viruses, they are often prescribed to treat or prevent secondary infections that take hold when the virus damages tissue in the nose, eyes, sinuses, mouth, and possibly even the lungs of an affected cat.
Early signs of upper respiratory disease include sneezing, watery eyes, and a clear discharge from the nose. The cat usually runs a fever and may salivate. As the infection advances, the lining of the eyes may get inflamed (conjunctivitis) giving the eyes a "meaty" appearance, the nasal discharge contains pus, the tearing from the eyes turns white, and ulcers may appear in the mouth or on the tongue.
Advanced symptoms-most commonly seen if the disease is left untreated-include the eyelid being glued shut by pus and discharge with ulceration and destruction of the eyeball, loss of appetite due to obstruction of the nose by mucou and pus, and pneumonia. Viral pneumonia can be fatal and about one in five cats that develop it will die.
Current vaccinations are the best protection against upper respiratory viruses. Even indoor cats who never have contact with another cat need their shots since the viruses are carried through the air.
Even though many upper respiratory infections clear up on their own, don't assume this one will.Notify your vet, The virus can attack the eyeball, causing permanent damage or blindness. Also a cat with an untreated cold will stop eating or develop pneumonia.
Veterinarians can recommend a vaccine that can prevent feline "colds" This vaccination might not always work, but it can inprove your cats chances for a healthy recovery.
Upper respiratory infections are fairly common and mild ones are only moderately dangerous. However, if left untreated or found in very young or elderly cats or cats with weakened immune systems, complications from what started out as a simple cold can be fatal.
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01/17/2011 04:51.22 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
It's Sunday and time to answer 2 questions paw-picked by my Abby Katz advisor Mimi.

Our question is if 2 kitties have been treated repeatedly for Giardia and cannot get rid of it, would you ask your vet to test for Tri Trichamonas Foetus? Our diarrhea is gone & we seem to feel ok. The drug to treat TIF is dangerous and also the drugs to treat Giardia can cause liver damage if used long term. Our Mom is frustrated and has been reading up on these parasites. Eddie & Eli

Dear Eddie, Eli & Mom,
Tritrichomanas Foetus is a recently recognized parasite in the feline world. It is a single celled protozoa that likes warm, moist, & oxygen deprived conditions inside the feline colon. Testing for this parasite is still not routine at most veterinary clinics, T Foetus looks similar to Giardia when viewed under a microscope. Therefore, it's misdiagnosis as Giardia is common. Fecal floats & Giardia SNAP tests do not detect T Foetus, a T Foetus specific test must be done.
There is a do it yourself test pouch you can purchase BioMed Feline In Pouch TF. No special skills are needed to detect T Foetus in a positive pouch culture. However, positive test results depend on finding live T Foetus in the feces, so appropriate care must be taken in obtaining a fresh specimen & maintaining the culture properly. T Foetus may be a stubborn adversary inside the body of a feline but is very fragile outside of these confines, so one has to keep T Foetus living to prevent test results from becoming fasely negative.
You will need a microscope(student microscope will do) T Foetus is best found with 100X magnification. Also, a digital thermoter, to moniter temps to make sure the pouch stays a warm 72-98 degrees
to purchase a Feline In Pouch TF cultures pouch approximately $5 to $7 dollars per pouch depending on quanity purchased. www.biomeddiagnostics. com
Ronidazole has been shown to be an effective treatment when administered to cats that were experimentally infected with T Foetus. 30 mg/kg orally once a day for 14 days. Comes in capsuels, liquid, & gel form to be administered into the ear. There are risks associated with the drug but are noted to go away when medicine is stopped.
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01/16/2011 09:28.13 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Dear Abby Katz,
I am a fine fellow loves Mama much. I want to play with her but don't know how. No one played with me as a kitten and now I nearly senior. I don't like any toy to approach me! Also I will give away to any other kitty wanting to play. How can I learn? When no one is looking I collect and guard toys, and sometimes try to copy playful antics of sisters, but I am not getting it. What to do?
Purrs, Mr. KLK

Hi Mr. KLK, K sisters & Mom.
It is so sad that Mr. K was not played with in his younger years. I am sure you have tried many ways to play with him but since he is older and a bit shy purhaps it should be in a room with just he and mama so he will not be intimidated by the other siblings. Try a string pulled away from him gently, or try the hand under the blanket trick and see if he will try to pounce the hand.
No matter how old your cat, you can teach him how to fetch in a few simple lessons. It's best to start as young as possible, but this isn't necessary as older cats can learn too.
Throw a paperball onto a slippery floor, Catnip mouse works too. See which one he likes best and which he pays the most attention to. Once you have found his favorite toy you are ready to begin the 1st lesson.
Dip & rub the toy in catnip, Now let him smell the toy. Toss the toy a few feet in front of you. Your cat will most likely run after the toy and rub his body all over it.
Go to the cat as he rolls around with the toy & praise him. just as you would your dog. Go to him & retrieve the paperball or mouse and return to your original place again. Repeat the throwing of the ball and praise him. You can usually keep him interested for about 10 minutes, then give him a final petting and put the toy away where he can't see or smell it. Everyday you should follow this routine at the same time of day if possible. Your cat will begin to anticipate your playtime. Within two weeks you should see your cat picking up the toy and carring it towards you. Most likely the toy will be dropped before he reaches you, but praise him anyway.Get the toy and throw it again. Everyday your cat will bring the toy closer & closer until he realizes how the game of fetch is played.
One word of warning though, your cat may become quite addicted to this game & if you leave the fetch toy lying around your cat may begin to bring it to you to play fetch even in the middle of the night.
Cats enjoy the time you spend with them and this extra fun game, which involves you as much as your cat & will create a bond that lasts furrever.
Some other suggestions to try, lazer light toy, or chase the kibble.
Hopefully Mr. K will learn that playing is fun. Give Mr K a big kiss and hug from me as I miss him a lot.
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01/16/2011 09:26.08 AM Report This Comment
Hey Bella!
So what is new with you? Same old story here, trying to catch up on blogs. Mom spends alot of time every day voting for NKLV and other animal groups in the Pepsi Project. But it will be over at the end of the month so maybe then Mom can get us all caught up. Leaving a vote. Peace and love. Have a purrfect evening. Kitty Kisses. Dean

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01/15/2011 05:54.16 PM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & Family
It's me--Sam! I just wanted to thank you for stopping by while I was sick and in the hospital. I know your prayers and well wishes really helped! I am already feeling MUCH better--so much so that Mom is having a hard time making me take my medicine--it tastes really yucky! Mom got all excited this morning because I did a "man size" poop in the litterbox and it was solid--humans certainly do get excited about the strangest things! I can't seem to get enough to eat--my appetite is back in a big way, so bring on the food! One thing I have learned from this experience, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME! Thank you head bonks and purrs, Sam "The Ham"

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01/15/2011 02:42.41 PM Report This Comment
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We need some more dear Abby questions for my Dear Abby Katz advisor Mimi to select from on Sundays. Send questions to my Deae Abby Katz page.

Gingivitis is (inflammation of the gums) and can result in the loss of permanet teeth. Actual cavities are rare, but pitting and other tooth damage can result from negelecting oral hygiene. Mouth pain and tooth loss may reduce the cat's interest or ability to eat, causing weight loss and making the cat more prone to illness.
Brush regularly. You don't need to have an actual toothbrush and paste, but give your cats teeth a good going over a few times a weeek is the best way to fight plaque. There are pet toothbrushes available, but you can use a piece of gauze or a rough moistened cloth that is moistened and wrapped around your index finger. Rub the cloth vigorously over the outside surfaces of the teeth you don't usually need to get the inner or biting surfaces. This helps keep teeth clean & gums healthy
Hard, dry cat food is the best bet to prevent plaque tartar.
Plaque is a mushy whitish material that you can easily scrape off the teeth with your fingernail. Tarter, on the other hand, is greyish, white or brown and does not come off with brushing. Tarter buildup needs removed by the vet.
Make an appointment with your vet if your cat has tarter builldup, shows signs of ginivitis, has a broken tooth with exposed pulp or tooth that has has died (will become discolored), has any swelling or tenderness around the mouth, or has any loose permanent teeth. Adult cats often lose teeth as they get older, especially the small front incisors, no need to go to vet for this.
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01/15/2011 09:44.44 AM Report This Comment
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The temperature was high 58 & low was 51 this morning, now it's 56 with humidity 87% & wind is 7 MPH. Saturday's suppose to be Showers & 54.

♥ SIR EBBONNY KNIGHT 10703 ♥ For the last few days he has not eaten much nor drank much. He has been sleeping most of the time on the kitchen chair. He does look like he's lost a little weight with his eyes sunken in some and his breathing is still not good. He doesn't act like he's in any pain. His pictures makes him look better than what he really is.
We thank you for your continued prayers for him.

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01/14/2011 10:55.14 PM Report This Comment
Hi pretty Bella
How are you? What a wonderful surprise we had when we logged onto CC this morning! All three of us were awarded a Cat Rescue of the Month badge.★ We feel honored to receive this special award.

Please join us in celebrating our pretty new badges by sharing our Fancy Feast Fish & Shrimp cake.

Have a dazzling weekend!
The Awesome Pawsome Threesome™

Come visit me, ♥ K Casper Todd ♥, ♥ Q MerryBelle (in Loving Memory) ♥ & ♥ Q Sissy ♥.

01/14/2011 09:09.27 AM Report This Comment
Hi Bella & gang
Kidney failure part 2
Kidney failure is sneaky. Many times, the symptoms are masked or completely invisible until the damage is critical. The typical cat in kidney failure has already lost abour 70 percent of her kidney function by the time she is diagnosed.
Veterinarians sometimes talk about what is called "end-stage" kidney disease when things start getting bad. This diagnosis is just what it sounds like. Treatment for end stage kidney disease can prolong the cats life and make her feel better, but the end is inevitable.
Do you notice your cat drinking more? Has she suddenly quit eating? listless or depressed? Does she seem to be urinating a lot more or barely at all? Does she seem sore over the lower part of her back or sit in a hunched up "pain crouch?" All of these along with vomiting and diarrhea are signs of possible kidney problems or infection.
Home care for cats with kidney problems is only follow up care. You need a vet to diagnoise the problem, start treatment, and possibly even hospitalize your cat until she's stable. You will probably be given a very strict diet for your cat and possibly some medications. FOLLOW THE VET"S INSTRUCTIONS AS IF YOUR CATS LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, because it does.
Call your vet immediately if any of the warning signs of kidney failure show up in your cat.Other problems have similar symptoms, and only a through exam & blood test can determine for sure. The sooner you catch it, the better the odds will be.
Kidney failure is extremely dangerous.
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01/13/2011 04:18.21 PM Report This Comment
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