11.20.2010

Update on Jimmy with Pictures!

I spoke with the vet who is treating Jimmy on Friday and got the all clear regarding the ringworm culture...it was negative after three weeks...Yippee!!!  So we were able to take off his cone that night.  We washed his head and ears to remove any remnant of the cream, then he was free :-)
Nom, nom, nom, I'm getting big and strong
However...he still has a tapeworm that was not killed by the Revolution that we treated him with two weeks ago, or the Program that Chrystal's vet treated him with back in October; it needs specialized meds.  It lurks in the body and does not show up on any fecal exams (I had one done when he arrived), only when it is mature does it start to shed segments.  This is pretty much how it is diagnosed, by visual identification when the segments come out - yick.  So he started a new medication for the tapeworm.  We are keeping him in his bedroom for another week (maybe two) to hopefully get the worms under control and prevent transmission to the other cats and also make sure there is no recurrence of the weird skin infection; but on the bright side, no cone!
no cone :-)
He was so good when we were washing his head.  He had a little freak-out initially when we took him from his cozy bedroom into the bathroom, but he quickly settled.  We trimmed his nails, gave him his worm pill and washed his head and ears.  When we were drying his head with the towel, he snuggled into my lap and was purring so loudly.  Back in his room, sans cone, he ran and leaped and threw himself on the bed, all fours in the air wriggling with delight, it was so much fun to watch!
Ben is on the other side mewing to Jimmy
He is still purring and patiently waiting until he can leave his bedroom.  I'm sure he is lonely, but there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel now.  He continues to be a happy boy and has taken everything that has been thrown at him with such a good nature
We rigged this because I was afraid the cone was interfering with getting to his water dish.  Jimmy still likes to use it.
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32 comments:

Sweet Praline said...

I hope that old tapeworm shows up soon so you can get rid of it. Glad the ringworm is gone!

Katnip Lounge said...

Jimmy, Mommy's first kitty had those yucky tapeworms...they'll be gone soon and you can start exploring! We love your giant "gerbil waterer"...your Mom & Dad are VERY clever!
We are glad the Evil Cone (and the ice cream) are gone for good!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We hope that tapeworm and ringworm is gone soon! Jimmy is adorable! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Caren Gittleman said...

Jimmy is responding so well because he knows he is soooo loved!
Hope he is well enough to leave the room very soon but I can sure tell he is happy!

Cara n Crew said...

Yay for no more cone! Hang in there Jimmy, you're almost free :). Love the picture of him at the door, talking to Ben :). Purrs-

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie

Cory said...

Sweetie, we are glad that you are no longer a cone head! We will continue to purr until you can join the rest of your wonderful family!

Penny said...

Boy I hope Jimmy gets rid of that nasty tape worm soon.

Glad that old cone is gone.


Purrs,
Genghis

Natalie said...

Aww, what a sweet little boy! Sorry to hear about the tapeworm - that sounds horrid. I hope he kicks it soon, and I'm so glad the evil cone of doom is gone.

michico*Adan said...

Jimmy is really really cute~

Simba said...

Good news about the lack of ringworm. Tapie: BE GONE!

Au and Target said...

Poor Jimmy! glad the cone is off and hope that tapeworm is history soon.

Huffle Mawson said...

Yay jimmy! I hope that nasty tapeworm is gone soon.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are glad Jimmy is cone free! Wot a relief for him ~ no wonder he celebrated it's removal with paw wiggles!
We hope he gets rid if the nasty worm soon so he can enjoy the company of his siblings. We are sure yoo will be giving him plenty of fuss in the meantime so he is not too lonely. Smoochies.

Brian said...

Hooray Jimmy, you are doing so good and what a sweetie you are!

weaverpat said...

Hello, Cat!
I've been following your blog for a while but this is the first I've commented.
I so enjoy reading about the day-to-day life of your kitties.

I'm sorry that Jimmy must stay in the bedroom a while longer, but he seems like a good little trooper. All of our cat children are feral or stray adoptees, which means you never know what evil afflictions they have come in contact with.

I will be thinking of you and your little guys in hope that Jimmy can soon join the rest of the group and play till his heart is content.
Thank you for being such a wonderful, caring Cat Person!

Daisy said...

Oh Jimmy, what a good boy you are!

The Monkeys said...

Sweet Jimmy, you're a cutie. We hope you can get the tapeworm under control so you can meet your new brothers!

Kea said...

We're glad there's light at the end of the tunnel for sweet Jimmy! We can't wait to see him out and about -- in time for the holidays! :-)

Clarissa said...

Concatulations on picking the right name for Jimmy! He is a doll and we hope that tapeworm issue clears up soon! Fortunately, we've never had to deal with ringworm or tapeworm (keeping our toes crossed).

Rene said...

Wow, we didn't know that cats would drink from a water bottle like that! We're glad he's doing well and hope that the nasty tapeworm clears up soon.

Sammy and Andy said...

What a sweetheart Jimmy is. We are purraying that he will soon be A-ok and can meet Casper, Ben and Archie....and that they will all become fast friends.

Love to all of you.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

We are just getting caught up with all the news! Wow! What a story Jimmy!! We are so very happy you are now in such a wonderful and caring forever home!!

Big purrs of welcome!!!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Yea Jimmy! You gorgeous hunka burnin' love! What a good boy!!!

Cat with a Garden said...

A big YAY to no cone time! Jimmy, I'm really admiring your drinking thingie. I love to lick drops from the tab and I surely would love such a thing too. I hope mom gets me one for Christmas!
Purrs,
Chilli

SuziQCat said...

Glad to see Jimmy is doing better...ringworm is no fun at all...we had it several years ago and it was a bear.

Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad Jimmy has got rid of his cone. Eric had a tapeworm problem when he was a baby, probably infected by his mother. Repeated treatments wouldn't clear it until the vet gave Droncit by injection and that worked.

ABBY said...

Jimmy you are so close to getting rid of all of those nasty pests that have been bothering you and once gone they'll be gone for good and you'll feel so good. YOU are such a special boy.

purrin
xoxox
Abby

The Island Cats said...

Yay! No cone anymore!! That's great, Jimmy! But we're sorry 'bout the worm thingey. Zoey had that when she first came to live here and the vet gave her a pill to take and made it all go away! We hope you are better soon so you can meet the other kitties!!

OKcats said...

Well, bless little Jimmy's heart! When they're brought in from the wild, it does sometimes take some time to get all of the ickys out of them, doesn't it? He looks happy, and we can't wait until he can play with his brothers!

Your friends, Fuzzy and Zoe

Marg said...

That is so exciting that Jimmy doesn't have ringworm. Great news. Now Jimmy, just get rid of those worms. It sounds like you are a happy boy but I bet you would like to get out of that room. You are a lucky boy to have such a good mom. Take care.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Cat! I am so glad to see that Jimmy is doing so much better and that the cone is gone! And oh the tapeworms - those segments are so gross! Virgil had one and boy when I learned what those thing were I wanted to barf! But they do usually clear up pretty quickly (at least you stop seeing the segments fairly quick) so that is good news! We are so glad he is so happy there - he just is such a wonderful little guy!!

meowmeowmans said...

Hoooray for Jimmy! We are so happy the ringworm culture came back negative. Now you just have to tell that tapeworm to pack up and go! :)