Hope your all well? A few weeks ago Eleanor and I noticed our boy cat Diesel scratching around his shoulder blade area, when we looked it looked wet, red and angry.
The following day we took Diesel to the vets to have them check this out. The vet immediatly said that this was moist eczema and can either be sorted out by an injection or using a cream on the skin twice a day. We opted for the cream, because it was only one small area affected and due to the side effects of the injection. The vet shaved around the eczema skin to get rid of the fur so that it can heal and showed us how to apply the cream.
We have been religiously applying the cream to Diesels eczema affected skin over the last 2 weeks and it is clearing up nicely. He just needs the little bald patch of fur to grow back now – bless him!
So what is moist eczema?
Moist eczema, also known as a hot spot, is a localized, moist, reddened bacterial infection of the skin often caused by self trauma. A hot spot starts because something irritates the skin. The body’s response is to itch, which further inflames the skin and increase itchiness. This creates a cycle of itching, scratching and chewing.
Hot spots can be caused by anything that irritates the skin. Most often, the culprit is a flea. Other causes include allergies (flea, inhalant, and food), parasitic disease (sarcoptic and demodectic mange), anal gland disease, poor grooming, tick and mosquito bites, burrs, and summer heat. They occur most commonly in long-haired and heavy-coated breeds, and are more prevalent during the summer months.
Diagnosis and Treatment Notes:
- Moist eczema is typically diagnosed through a history of intense scratching and physical exam finding of red, inflamed skin.
- Treatment depends on the severity of the skin, your individual pet, and your veterinarian. Clipping and cleaning of the inflamed skin is usually done. The skin is cleaned with an antibacterial solution and a drying agent may be applied. Some dogs or cats benefit from corticosteroids to reduce itchiness and some may need antibiotics. Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.
- Your pet may also be offered an injection to treat the eczema if the areas on the animal which are affected are significant and there are a lot of them. The injection does give the animal relief and treat the eczema but it does have side effects which include restlessness, more frequent drinking, bigger appetite and frequent urination.
Things to Watch for:
- Areas of hair loss
- Red, inflamed skin
- Intense itching
This is just a bit of useful information for you guys to keep in mind, and watch out for if your cat or dog is itching more than normal.
Good Morning to all the bloggers of the world.
I was browsing my old posts on my blog the other day from when i first set my blog up and came accross this one, with this having no likes, comments and views i thought i would repost it and share it again now that Its a Pussy Cats Life has more followers and viewers.
To any other cat lovers / owners out there, I would love to know how your cat shows you affection and love.
To me and Eleanor there is a mixture of things our cats do.
For Diesel, he loves to sit on the kitchen bench waiting for his breakfast, squint his beautiful bright green/yellow eyes and head butt you, yes head butt! This actually hurts sometimes, but it is so rewarding. When you get the initial butt you also get a lovely soft head rub, he is so cute, and at the same time he is purring like a trooper & squeaking. This is a regular morning thing when we feed him.
Before Dior died she never used to sit on the kitchen bench much but her way of saying she was hungry for breakfast would be to stick her extra long tail in the air and give a little quiet meow. She would walk in and out of our legs in a figure of 8 and if we bent down to give her a little stroke she used to jump into the air on her 2 back paws and rub her face on our hands. Very cute!
For our little Angel, she always likes to be the centre of attention, given the little madam she is turning out to be just lately. Her way of showing affection is to almost bah like a little baby lamb, she loves to rubher head on your bare feet and give them the occasional lick. If she is just after cuddles which is every 30 mins or so (she is a demanding little lady) she will walk all over me and Eleanor whilst we are watching the soaps and walk from lap to lap, chest to chest, she can never decide who to sit with, but when she has made her mind up, she curls up and buries her little head in our arm pit. She is very pretty and such a little baby!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO EVERYONE!
What better thing to chat about on Halloween than our little jet black boy cat Diesel and the stories and tales around superstition and black cats 🙂
As everyone probably knows, Diesel is such a gorgeous character and boy. He has the most softest temperament, is so loving and gentle.
I have heard a few things about black cat superstition in my years of having Diesel and to be honest only belive in a various few. Although i am quite superstitious in other ways…
I have heard a lot of different ‘old wives’ tales about black cats. I went on Wikipedia to find out more, there was a lot of historical stuff on there, things that seem silly too but i think this is due to the past times stories that have been told. The following is from Wikipedia:
Superstition, prejudice, bringer of good or bad luck
The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. In Great Britain and in Ireland, black cats are a symbol of good luck. The Scottish believe that a strange black cat’s arrival to the home signifies prosperity. In Celtic mythology, a fairy known as the Cat Sìth takes the form of a black cat. Black cats are also considered good luck in Japan. Furthermore, it is believed that a lady who owns a black cat will have many suitors. However in Western history, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches, and so most of western and southern Europe considers the black cat as a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses paths with a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death. In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left, is a bad omen. But from left to right, the cat is granting favorable times.
The gambling world is afraid of black cats: it is believed that if, while traveling to a casino, a black cat crosses a gambler’s road or path, that person should not go to the casino; most players believe that black cats bring bad luck.
The black cat in folklore has been able to change into human shape to act as a spy or courier for witches or demons. When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, they brought with them a devout faith in the Bible. They also brought a deepening suspicion of anything deemed of the devil and were a deeply suspicious group. They viewed the black cat as a companion, or a familiar to witches. Anyone caught with a black cat would be severely punished or even killed. They viewed the black cat as part demon and part sorcery. During the Middle Ages, these superstitions led people to kill black cats. This had the unintended consequence of increasing the rat population and the spread of the Black Death (bubonic plague) and other diseases carried by rodents. There is no evidence from England of regular large-scale massacres of “satanic” cats, or of burning them in midsummer bonfires, as sometimes occurred in Europe.
However, the supernatural powers ascribed to black cats were sometimes viewed positively, for example sailors considering a “ship’s cat” would want a black one because it would bring good luck. Sometimes, fishermen’s wives would keep black cats at home too, in the hope that they would be able to use their influence to protect their husbands at sea (see Ship’s cat). The view of black cats being favorable creatures is attributed specifically to the Egyptian goddess Bast (or Bastet), the cat goddess. Egyptian households believed they could gain favor from Bastet by hosting black cats in their household. This view was held in the early 17th Century by the English monarch Charles I. Upon the death of his treasured pet black cat, he is said to have lamented that his luck was gone. True to his claim, he was arrested the very next day and charged with high treason.
Pirates of the 19th Century believed that a black cat would bring different kinds of luck. If a black cat walks towards someone, that person will have bad luck. If a black cat walks away from someone then that person will have good luck. If a black cat walks onto a ship and then walks off it, the ship is doomed to sink on its next trip. Black cats have been found to have lower odds of adoption in American shelters compared to other colors except brown. Some shelters also suspend or limit adoptions of black cats around Halloween for fear they will be tortured, or used as “living decorations” for the holiday and then abandoned. However, in the history of humane work, no one has ever documented any relationship between adopting black cats, and cats being killed or injured. When such killings are reported, forensic evidence has pointed to natural predators, such as coyotes, eagles, or raptors, as the likely cause.
What do you all think to different superstitions relating to the black cat?
I’ve heard of the fear of a black cat crossing your path by moonlight will bring you bad luck, this usually relates to death in an epidemic… Agree or disagree?? I disagree!
People say back in the ‘olden’ days that witches use cats, black ones to help with witchery and that because of this people have fears of black cats and bad luck.
On the other hand:
Many people believe that a black cat brings good fortune and also, that anyone who finds the one perfect, pure white hair in an all-black cat and plucks it out without being scratched, will find great wealth and good luck in love.
In Britain, on the Yorkshire coast, wives of fishermen believe that their menfolk will return safely if a black cat is kept in the house.
A black cat in the audience on opening night portends a successful play.
In the south of France, black cats are referred to as “matagots” or “magician cats.” According to local superstition, they bring good luck to owners who feed them well and treat them with the respect they deserve.
Black cats were once treated like royalty in the homes of English sailors, who believed that keeping them happy would ensure fair weather when they went to sea. They became so high-priced that few sailors could afford them!
Black cats aren’t bad luck everywhere. In the English Midlands, a black cat as a wedding present is thought to bring good luck to the bride.
So as you can see guys there are so many different tales and superstition stories about the black cat, its hard to know whats true and what is not. But i have to say my out look on black cats and superstition are that my black cat… Diesel has been nothing but good luck, has has brought me happieness and fortune – (not a big pot of gold or anything) but a comfortable life. He is a little sweetie.
Our little bat cat 🙂
Hope everyone has a great halloween – Trick or Treat!! 🙂
Good morning everyone and i hope your all well? I just want to apologise firstly because i have not had a chance to reply to anyones comments as of yet (i will do soon hopefully), but want to say a big thank you for all your ongoing support to its a pussy cats life & also for my birthday wishes! And before i forget, i posted this blog a few days ago and stupidly forgot to post the video with it. So this is a repost blog and the awaited video is attached to you tube at the bottom of this blog, happy viewing!
I have spoken before about Diesel and what he is like when it comes to breakfast / dinner times in our house hold. He is very vocal, but I do love this about him.
Every morning, he is asking for his breakfast as soon as he sees our eyes open! We are getting the figure of 8 treatment in and our of our legs, he jumps up to stroke his head, he talks constantly, and then when you go into the kitchen to do his and Angel’s breakfast he jumps on the counter, paws at you, gives a lot of lovely kisses and head butts and talks and purrs loudly.
Eleanor took this video a few months ago one evening when he was after his dinner so I thought I would share this with you all.
Check out this video of Diesel talking wanting his dinner.
What do your cats/dogs do when they want their dinner/breakfast?
Have a great day guys