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November 3rd, 2011, 08:12 PM
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Hi everyone, I've never posted here before. I hope you don't mind me coming here looking for advice right away. I'd like to get to know you all as I just LOVE my cats!

Lola is about 3 years old and just found her new home with us only 5 days ago! We rescued her from our local humane society. She is a darling, sweet, lovable little thing. Our other cat Socks and her have been adjusting to each other and that has been going pretty good! Lola is terrified of our son Jayden though. I'm trying to work with the both of them to get her used to him and trust him. Jayden is very active and loud around the house, so it's going to take a lot of time, I'm sure.

My worry is this: I took Lola to the vet today for a check up that was required by the humane society. They just want all new pet owners to establish a veterinarian and take the new animal to see that vet within 5 days of adoption. So that's what we were doing. The vet found some infection in Lola's left ear and gave me some drops to use here at home to clear that up. She also got a distemper and rabies vaccination. She had already gotten the other ones she needed from the humane society. She is is up to date and good to go. She was so scared at the vet's office and cried both on the way there and on the way back home. I felt so bad for her because I can only imagine how afraid she has been the last few days. She has had a lot of change happen in such a short time.

When I got her home and let her out of her carrier, I noticed her eye looked funny. The 3rd eyelid in her left out was out and covering quite a bit of her eyeball. This is the same side the ear infection was found on... Her right eye was fine. Lola has been hiding under my bed ever since I brought her back home. I am fine with this and know she is scared and needs to be left alone. But I'm so worried about that eye... I got her to come out for a few minutes of cuddle time. She barely spoke to me (she usually will meow happily at me when I make a clicking sound that she likes.) She just layed in my arms and barely moved. She also usually kneads her paws on me, she wasn't doing that...

I will be calling her vet first thing tomorrow morning about that eye. But I'm also just so worried that she is acting so tired and has no energy.

I can't forget, she also didn't use her litter box this evening. She has been a very clean cat since we brought her home and used the box right away. But tonight, she pooped on a t-shirt that was laying on the floor. TMI- it was a very healthy poop, not runny at all. I was able to just toss it into a trash bag with little clean up. So she has no worms or anything like that, plus the humane societ regularly worms all their animals. She got a clean bill of health from the vet aside from the ear infection.

Can you wonderful animal lovers give me any advice on what might be going on? Is she just worn out from the long day or could something be wrong? Thank you so much for any and all advice you might be able to give!

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November 4th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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Im alittle late reading this, I hope little Lola's eye has cleared up! Were you able to get her to the vet today?

I would definitely make sure the vet checks out the eye if it is still the same today, but as for the other issues, she is probably just scared and upset from going to the vet. Im not around this board too often but I like to check in from time to time. KUP!

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November 4th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Yeah I agree with the above. I'd give her a few weeks to come around if not a month before worrying too much about the little stuff. Also, if she has an ear infection that can mess with their equilibrium as well as making them feel crummy and many times the first sign of a sick cat is not going in their box. So, once the infection starts to clear up and things settle down and she starts to feel more comfortable you should start to see a huge improvement. I'd just let her be for awhile and let her initiate the contact at her own pace. She's been through A LOT in a very short amount of time and, more than likely, just needs time to adjust.

Best of luck!
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