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Hi there, a friend of mine has found a stray female tabby cat and taken her in. When she found her she was breathing heavily, but this seems to have abated. I think she is a young adult and one professional has suggested this, whilst another has said she is an old cat. She moves very slowly, is very stiff, is thin around her haunches and has difficulty jumping and moving. Her feet are turned outwards like a ballet dancer. However, her fur seems very fresh and her feet are snowy white, which makes me think that she is a young cat. She doesn't seem to meow, but rather makes a noise like a dolphin. She spends much of her time keeping warm as though she wants to heat her bones through. She also shakes her head, which makes my friend think she has ear mites. I also noticed that it looks as though her eyeballs have retreated into her head, as there is a red space between her eyeballs and the rim of her eyes. My friend has already taken advantage of pro-bono work offered by a local pet charity and a local vet and monies for further vet treatment are seriously limited. I would most appreciate insights into her difficulties and advice as to how we can best care for this cat. Thank you.

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Heather,

I am not a vet, but it sounds to me as if this cat has had serious health issues for some time.  She really does need a veterinary work up to see what is going on with her. Given what you are telling me, she needs veterinary attention sooner rather than later, but without more information from a veterinarian, there is no way to now to what extent treatment might be required.

I understand the financial issues, but I think she will get worse before getting better without some treatment.

Concerned regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

Expertise

I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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