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Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:07 PM

Well done Jen, i have just had a look and its is great.
I went on to read Stella Blues Story, so sad it sounds like such a painful disese and for our furrie babies to have to suffer this is so unfair.
Lucy looks fantastic and its good to hear that she is doing so well,keep up the good work, i know at times it must be so frustrating.
Give Lucy and Hershey some chin rubs from me.

Cheers Sher

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:15 PM

It is a bit annoying having to go to the sidebar each time but I can't find how to put the link anywhere else. Price you pay for easy webpages I guess!

I'm not quite sure about putting up the remedy that Lucy uses. Will continue to think on that one... There is an area where people can message me if they want to discuss it.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:30 PM

I didn't take pics of my Lexi when she looked her worst.
She lost all her hair on her ears and top of head and during her last pregnancy she had outbreaks not only on the ears, nose, head and feet but also on her tail, around her rear end and on her tummy around her nipples.
The poor girl looked like a Gremlin with the hair loss!

It is so nice to see the hair grow back and the scabs vanish!!
And don't they just look and act happier when the symptoms go away?
This disease makes them so miserable.

I read all the info on the links you provided - thanks.

About the natural remedies - I saw a homeopathic vet and she explained to me that the remedies are specific to each individual. So what your cat was given was different to mine and would be different again for another cat - so not likely to be beneficial to post details.

I had limited success with the natural remedies - the lotions and potions actually caused Lexi more stress in administration!

The best and fastest results we have had have been with the Prednisone. Now for the weaning and reduction to a lower dose and hopefully one day permanent remission!

I think it's worth noting that the cat in your link who lost the battle was not a young cat (13+) - I wouldn't put the death down to only the pemphigus at that age.

Thanks for you story and photos - I'm sure this will help others who have cats with this terrible condition.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 05:12 PM

Oh great! Im sure this will benefit others out there. :) Will have a look shortly.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 06:35 PM

Hey, Just had a read through your website. What a great story. She is blessed to have you as her Mum. I'm so glad she improved :)

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:10 PM

I didn't take pics of my Lexi when she looked her worst.
It is so nice to see the hair grow back and the scabs vanish!!

About the natural remedies - I saw a homeopathic vet and she explained to me that the remedies are specific to each individual. So what your cat was given was different to mine and would be different again for another cat - so not likely to be beneficial to post details.

I had limited success with the natural remedies - the lotions and potions actually caused Lexi more stress in administration!

The best and fastest results we have had have been with the Prednisone. Now for the weaning and reduction to a lower dose and hopefully one day permanent remission!

I think it's worth noting that the cat in your link who lost the battle was not a young cat (13+) - I wouldn't put the death down to only the pemphigus at that age.

Poor Lexi - it's really difficult to see them go through this. Sort of reminds me of the cockatoos who lose their feathers!

There are a couple of schools of homeopathy and I tend to think that my homeopath's training works best (well, almost everything has worked with him so far!). I have discussed different remedies and he has very occasionally varied Lucy's, but only when her physical symptoms changed. He adamantly says that the only remedy for pemphigus is such and such. And I must admit that long-term it does seem to be the one to make a difference.

Potions and ointments seem to be absolutely the last thing that cats suffering from this need. I recall using vet prescribed ointments as well as natural applications - both had a really bad effect on Lucy and she just wanted to run away, poor girl. Once I got on to homeopathy I didn't apply anything to her skin.

Basically I just wanted to get some information out there on the condition. Stella Blue's website is one of the first that comes up in a search and is really sad to read. I think people need to know the condition can be dealt with successfully and for Lucy this is done in a very different way. Maybe I should include other cats somehow to show the difference in treatment. I'll work on it!

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:39 PM

Ive emailed the link to a breeder friend who has Lucy's Daughter she has the same problem, because I had read your story of Lucy at the time I was able to direct her into what maybe her problem is as the vet was no sure, she responded to meds and broke out again when desexed she has been going fine ever since.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:12 PM

I like the web site a lot Jen....the inclusion of remedies is not useful unless it is a Homoeopath looking for a sign post that reads it....it is prescribed individually and a lot has to do with the temperament of the cat....

Lucy's remedy missed me totally - I was thinking of another that is similar in Materia Medica picture but would not work.

I personally do think there is a genetic pre-disposition that must be inherited...and thankfully it seems to require several situations to emerge it....including stress.....so it does not appear often but when it does it is heavy going for all concerned.

I would not knowingly breed from a cat that had this condition present because the fact that one of Lucy's kittens became active with it. This is good management anyway - not to breed from a cat that is not totally healthy - but also enough of a warning signal for me when we have no absolute way of knowing where the problem has come from or why it presents itself.

I have checked up on all Lucy's kittens that I could find - she had several litters for Deb and myself - and so far there has only been the one that has become positive however in Lucy's case she was a few years old before it emerged.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:41 PM

I would not knowingly breed from a cat that had this condition present because the fact that one of Lucy's kittens became active with it. This is good management anyway - not to breed from a cat that is not totally healthy - but also enough of a warning signal for me when we have no absolute way of knowing where the problem has come from or why it presents itself.


No Breeder should breed with a cat that is not 100% healthy, Desexing is the only option and kept as a pet, I had not heard of pemphigus foliaceous before i read about Lucy, as Im sure you had not heard of it either before Heather and where this has come from and why is a mystery ? Ive just heard of another case where the vets are puzzled to why the cat has sore paws no other signs anywhere, Ive been sent pics if anyone wants to see them email me.

Edited to say: Or PM me your email address

Edited by {Wild-cat}, 25 March 2010 - 11:53 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:48 PM

Deb you are right - I had not heard of it before - and I was shocked when I saw Lucy when I visited her in her new home......especially as Jen had been doing everything possible for her.

Personally I think Jen deserves a medal for what she has achieved in controlling the condition that the vet told me was in-curable when I took her to the specialist.....

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 11:13 PM

Heather, from what I've read of the condition, it is incurable. The steroids control the symptoms to a degree and it is a matter of balancing the meds so that they don't do further damage. In spite of this, other conditions tend to appear - perhaps evidenced by Lucy's UTIs and the bout of abscesses. Homeopathy is doing the same job but without the side-effects of the drugs. I really don't think Lucy will ever be "cured" - perhaps because of the intensity of her case - but her condition can be managed.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 11:15 PM

off topic but how is the delicious Hershey going? Must be time for some more photos. :)

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 11:16 PM

and I agree with Heather. Jen has done an outstanding job with precious Lucy. :)

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 11:26 PM

Hershey is his usual huggable self - and I have taken photos recently but haven't got around to posting them. Must add him to Lucy's site too, so that people can see cats from same parents don't necessarily suffer the same problems...

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 11:47 PM

Jen I used the word controlled - I realise it is not curable.....




 

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