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« on: August 29, 2016, 03:59:26 PM »

Soooo, we had an interesting month over here.  It turns out that all three orange Tiny boys have a fairly severe mosquito allergy!  They happened one right after the other, and were similar but also had differences.  

FRI : lasted about 10 days
Vomited once
Hopped around for 1 day as if he had fleas
Face became reddish-pink
Ears became very scabby
Small bumps in front of the ears where there is less fur
Swelling and water-retention in face, particularly the neck
Had appetite but ate noticeably less than usual
ETA: Pawing at mouth

TUESY: lasted about 1 week
Started having terrible diarrhea
Threw up sort of explosively 5 times
Slight bumps and scabs on and around ears

WEDNESDAY:  Still going on, currently 2 weeks
Extremely scabby ears
Bloody ulcer-type areas in front of ears
Pink and scaly tummy
Slightly swollen, pink lips
Blackness around eyelids
Blackness around nostrils
Lots of mucus in eyes
Has appetite but eats only about 3/4 of his usual
Diarrhea

FHIZZY:  Still going on, currently 2 weeks
Licked off all fur on neck, ulcer-type areas on neck
Slight bumps on and in front of ears
Diarrhea


Fri and Tuesy got over the allergy on their own.  Wednesday's is worst so he ended up needing a steroid shot and is now taking medicine once a day for a week.  I'm not to let the cats out on the deck until mosquito season finishes in late September.  Please cry for me as they paw and mew to get out every evening.   Tongue

When the outbreak happened with Fri, I thought he'd maybe been bitten by a hornet after he tried to catch it, but then later when Tuesy also got it, I thought it was something they ate - it seemed like a food allergy.  

They were all acting well and had appetites but they looked like they'd been beaten up, and they were eating less than usual.  Everything in on the mend now though, thank goodness!


ETA:  Went for the checkup with the skin specialist and it turned out that Fhizzy's skin condition is a combination of some type of unknown eczema, but the area on her neck was caused by the mosquito allergy.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 07:31:28 PM »

August,
I am so sorry that the boys have had such a rough time with the mosquito allergies.  I honestly have never heard of that!  Did the vet say that there is a particular type of mosquito that causes this?  I just don't remember ever hearing of it in the US, so maybe it is a thing in Japan?  It sounds pretty miserable.  How was it diagnosed?  Is there a test for it or something.  Very strange!
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2016, 02:53:05 AM »

I brought Friday in first when his head became swollen - I wanted to wait for our regular doctor but was too worried.  As soon as this unknown (to us) doctor saw Fri, she said, "Oh, this is a mosquito bite allergy."  

And so, you know, I didn't believe her.   Cheesy

She told me to wait a few days and see how it goes, so I did, and in a few days, Fri was back to normal... and then Tuesy started acting off.  Tuesy also got the lesions and redness on his ears but not as badly as Fri, and instead, Tuesy was having diarrhea and vomiting - but he was acting his normal self otherwise.  So I started worrying they were allergic to something I was feeding.  Tuesy got better just as Wednesday was getting it, and his was worst of all.  I took him in to see our regular Dr. Nouchi and as soon as he saw Wednesday, he said, "Oh, this is a severe mosquito bite allergy."

It doesn't matter where they are bitten, the tell-tale signs are in the ears, mouth/nose, face area.  The boys acted pretty much as usual - they'd have an appetite but they'd just not eat as much as usual.  Wednesday also had diarrhea, like Tuesday.  Fri did not.  Fri was pawing at his mouth (that's why I initially wondered if he'd tried to eat a hornet).  There was no test for it - both doctors literally just looked at the Tiny I brought in and said, "Oh yeah, this is a mosquito bite allergy."  I asked why it would happen this year and not any other previous year and the doctor said it could be due to the Tinies' age or it could be a certain mosquito, he really wasn't sure.

He told me that if they were to have a next allergic reaction, that it would be much worse.  So theoretically I guess there's a possibility they had reactions to it last year (or previous years) but it wasn't severe enough to have such a huge reaction.

I got home and looked on the internet and found this:

http://www.dermatologyforanimals.com/faq-31/

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2141&aid=194

So apparently and surprisingly, it's not so uncommon.

Japan's summers are notoriously humid and sticky, and wonderful for breeding lots of mosquito.  So no deck until the end of next month.   Tongue


Here are some photos of what it looks like:
http://vetbook.org/wiki/cat/index.php?title=Mosquito-bite_hypersensitivity

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2016, 03:22:50 AM »

Oh, that just sucks!   Angry  Poor boys.

So now you need to net in your deck.  After this year's season of course, don't want to trap any live misquitoes in with you.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2016, 03:59:35 AM »

August I didn't see anything about diarrhea listed as a sx, did I miss it or was that unusual? None of the girls had a problem? That is scary, I have never heard of mosquito bite allergy either and agree with merrihart net that deck for next year.

I wonder if the boys were affected due to being related?  Weird that they didn't get it at the same time rather than one after another. Hope everyone recovers ok. A  swollen head would scare the he!! out of me.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2016, 05:35:26 AM »

Definitely going to need the contractor to net that screening after September ! Glad Friday & Tuesday are feeling better & hoping Wednesday does soon . Did the vet tell you to keep zyrtec or benedryl liquid around in case ? The childrens liquid dosage is by weight & easy to figure out . Make sure it doesn't contain sugar subs , a lot of brands do & cats & dogs can't have them . Weird that none of the girls got it !
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 06:13:13 AM »

So strange, but glad that you figured out what was going on. I wonder if the orange boys are more sensitive to things. Both of my orange boys ended up dying very young with heart disease (Jess) and then cancer/kidney failure (Buffy). Don't mean to alarm you, or anyone else with orange boys, but it's just curious that none of the others were affected.
Hoping for a quick and complete recovery and then no more problems.
I've not been on often, but would love to see some pictures of your crew.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2016, 02:04:59 PM »

How does a net work?  Is that a temporary thing (something put up in the summer months) or is there actually something I can have put it in?  I’m afraid that when it rains water collects under the planks on the deck and makes for a breeding ground - I’ve written to my guy to ask about if there’s something that could be done about that (for next year).

I read various sites and there were some that did list diarrhea.  I guess the stomach lining must get irritated like the skin around their faces.  Wednesday’s tummy is red and scaly.

Fri - Threw up once, no diarrhea  -> had bad skin issues near his ears (no medicine taken)
Tue - Threw up explosively 5 times, had diarrhea -> had slight skin issues near his ears (no medicine taken)
Wed - Didn’t throw up, had diarrhea -> had terrible skin issues all over his face and stomach (still has them, had a steroid shot, and is taking medicine)
Fhizzy - Didn't throw up, had diarrhea -> had terrible skin issues only on neck, licking and scratching got it infected (cleaning it out with topical wash)

Here is the possible reason why two of the girls didn’t get it:

Jazza - Jazza is my closet cat and doesn’t go outside on the 3rd floor.  She gets to go to the 2nd floor morning and night.

Sunday - By chance, about a month ago Tuesy and Fri had a big fight and she got in the middle of it… and now she’s absolutely had enough of the boys and their antics and has been insisting on spending much of her time on the 2nd floor.  None of the Larges are affected.

The 2nd floor deck has tiles and was newly built by the awesome reform team - the 3rd floor deck is made of plastic wood planks and, I believe, was maybe poorly built (by someone else) and the water doesn’t drain well.  That’s just my guess.  Hopefully the reform team will be able to give me some advice.

I guess it wouldn’t be hard to believe the allergic reaction runs in the family!  But yes, so strange that it happened one by one.

I asked about putting something on the deck to get rid of mosquitos (repellants) but the doctor didn’t think that would cover them enough.  I wasn’t given zyrtec or benedryl liquid - just told to wait until the end of next month to let them go outside again.

The doctor’s attitude was more like it was an issue of being a huge nuisance rather than something I needed to be scared about, though he made sure to tell me the next allergic reaction would be worse.

The swollen head was pretty alarming and weird.  It didn’t happen at first.  Fri’s face was very red and his ears were bumpy.  He kept his ears a bit lower than usual and his eyes were slightly heavy-looking.  After about 5 or 6 days though, suddenly his face looked misshapen and he began pawing at his mouth.  That’s when I started to wonder if he’d tried to eat a hornet and maybe it had stung the inside of his mouth - that’s kind of how it appeared.  The swelling moved downwards within the day to under his jawline and around his neck.  The swelling "only" lasted for about 2 days.

I just hate not letting the Tinies go out onto their beloved deck.   Sad


ETA:  Fhizzy's condition turned out to be from the mosquito allergy.
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2016, 04:00:42 PM »

Not saying let them out against Drs advice , but having something on hand in case of a reaction seems wise .  Netting woul cover the screening on the inner or outer side & help prevent mosquitoes from getting in . They can lay eggs in the slightet amount of moisture , so keeping things dry is a huge must ! Maybe ask the people who did the 2nd floor patio to look at the 3rd floor & resolve any issues ?
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2016, 04:25:16 PM »

Poor boys! Poor you! I'm glad everyone's on the mend now.

Not sure how applicable this would be--have you already seen those retractable screens they make now for doors and windows where the screen rolls up into a nearly invisible cassette when not in use? I had no idea these things existed until a few years back, having grown up with the traditional, full-on permanent window screens.

Example (no experience with this manufacturer) http://www.phantomscreens.com/retractable-large-openings/.
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2016, 06:21:35 PM »

Yeah, there ain't no chance I'm going to be able to keep anything dry in Japan's tropical-like summer.   Tongue  Yes, I've written to the reform guys who did the 2nd floor deck to see if there's something they could do for the 3rd floor to at least try to make it better.  I can just bet under the planks of my deck is an insect breeding bonanza. 

Ooh, look at those fancy screens!  Wouldn't that be awesome!  I wish they had something like that to cover my bed during the day so nobody would pee on it.   Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2016, 03:25:30 AM »

Oh, those screens are very nice!  Fancy schmancy!  Cheesy

This doesn't look permanent, but something like this would work:  

https://www.mosquitocurtains.com/patio-screens/deck-screen.jpg

https://www.mosquitocurtains.com/1-porch-screening-situations/8A-open-deck-screen-patio.html
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2016, 03:56:31 AM »

August if it's that tropical in Japan (who knew) your guys should know how to net and make your deck safe for your gang. It must be a common problem right. Hate mosquitos Tongue Tongue

Hope you can find something that works.
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2016, 03:28:25 PM »

Thank for those links, Merrihart.  Maybe I'll show the reform guy and see if he has any idea.

He wrote me back to tell me to check to see if the drains are clogged or not.

Ranger, yes, mosquitos are a common issue over here but I wonder if netting a deck is common... I'll ask.  Thanks for the suggestion.



I've edited my previous posts to say that Fhizzy had a follow-up with the skin specialist yesterday.  It turns out that the issues on her neck were definitely mosquito allergy related.  She's doing great and won't need to take any medicine - I'm just to continue cleaning her neck with a special solution for the next 3 days.
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2016, 05:36:14 PM »

I would definitely keep some kind of antihistamine on hand just in case.  You don't need a vet's permission to give something like that, but it will go a long way toward preventing excess swelling initially.  If things get really bad, then other medication such as prednisolone can be given for severe allergies to reduce the inflammation as well as additional antihistamine. 
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