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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lucky Zenobi.

Zenobi has only been with me for four weeks. She loves the railed balcony in front of the house. It's about ten - twelve feet above ground. Because the weather has been warm I've been leaving the door open so that she can wander in and out at leisure. Yesterday evening I couldn't find her. She wasn't on the balcony, nor was she in any of her resting places. Suddenly I felt sick to the bottom of my stomach and looked over the edge of the balcony. There she was looking up as if to say, "What the (beep) kept you?"

I went down and let her in. She was very distressed but otherwise OK. After a good deal of petting, a teaspoon of mashed tuna, and some soft talking, she was fine.

I'm still recovering.

She's a lovely cat even though I do have to be careful she doesn't mistake my thumb for a cat toy again. (It's healed over now.)

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 08:42 PM
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Re: Lucky Zenobi.

Whoa! That's some fall, what did she land on?

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 09:12 PM
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Re: Lucky Zenobi.

Eek!
Lucky kitty, might I suggest putting up some bird netting or chicken wire so kitty can't squeeze through the bars and string it from top to bottom somehow so kitty cant jump over the railing but still enjoy all the sights and sounds?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Lucky Zenobi.

She probably landed on hard dirt, not the concrete pathway. Went out today and bought chicken wire. I thought of the garden net, but I was afraid she might get hung up on it.

She may have been more shaken up than I thought. Yesterday she was quite unwell and throwing up, but she seems to be more like her normal self today.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 07:26 PM
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Re: Lucky Zenobi.

Really keep an eye on her. Vomiting can be a sign of a concussion, up to more serious brain injuries. In fact, when one of the kids has a fall involving their head, vomiting is one of the signs that means an immediate hospital visit.
Other things to watch for:
unsteady gait, weakness on one side of the body, change in appetite that could be nausea, unequal pupils, unresponsiveness, change in breathing

Any of these would enough for a trip to the ER. Twelve feet is a huge fall for a kitten.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 09:04 PM
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Re: Lucky Zenobi.

I hope that Zenobi is feeling better.

You can use zip ties to secure the chicken wire so that it won't leave any marks if you have to take it down.


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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 01:00 AM
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Re: Lucky Zenobi.

Nylon deer netting secured with zip ties works well. Cats won't climb on things that seem too flexible to hold their weight.
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