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Sunday, 30 March 2008

The truth behind Momo's poisoning - a cautionary tale

First of all I have to thank efurrbody for their purrs, prayers, well wishes and visits during my illness. Who says there are no miracles - this is one effected by the Cat Blogosphere and fellow furries and animal lovers.

My SS went around the neighbourhood yesterday afternoon to see if there were any clues that made me so ill. She had searched our garden for mushroom and spiders etc. There was nothing much there. No mushroom at all despite the recent rain and there were only a few webbing spiders. There are 3 adjoining gardens that I frequent regularly. She went and asked those neighbours and had a look at their yards. Nothing in two of them.

The third of the families is quite new and has two little children. They had pesticide treatment to their yard the day before I got sick. They had been told to keep pets away from the area for 2 days. They do not have pets themselves and did not think of telling us (yes, they know me because the children have played with me). Furthermore, the younger child had dropped his bowl of macroni cheese on the edge of the lawn that evening and called me over to eat it. I loved anything made of cheese and licked the whole thing up. The older child was there but the parents were indoors at the time and were not told about the incident.

So presumably that's how I was poisoned. SS will tell the vet tomorrow and see what he has to say about it.

Lastly I have to thank my sissy, Sassy, colleagues at the CCSI and the Zoolatry for make the following graphics for me to cheer me up on my road to recovery.


Photo by Sassy


Card from Opus and Roscoe, Sassy, Ruis and Karl


59 comments:

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Momo!!!!!

Oh dis iz awfulz!!! I had no idea you wazn't feelin' good. Oh dis iz terry-bull!! You haz been such a good frend to me & da momee wouldn't lets me vizit anybuddy fur three dayz & all dis time you waz sickee!!!
Momo, you mustee stayz home & do nots go into doze bad peopluz yard. You mustee stay wit your momee & lets her baby you.
I yam bringin' oevfurz some chix-hen soup right now!!!
I lovez you Momo. Pleeeez get better. We iz purrin' now likes cray-zee. Can you hear us????
Hugz & kissez,
Dr Tweety & da Fab Five

Sassy Kat said...

I am glad that you have tracked down as to what made you sick. If only sometimes we could talk but then again the humans already have little ones for that, they are called children. I am so sorry that you had that bad poison but feel better knowing that it was an accident. I would hate to think that someone was trying to make furries sick on purpose. Please, please try and not eat anything except what your SS or gran give you. I know it is hard. I hope your cards and photos cheered you up. It was fun making them knowing you were getting better. When you were ill the mom of the house couldn't even look at your photo without tears in her eyes. Now she has a smile on her face and I sure am happy too. Keep getting stronger each day. Oh, good news! Miral had a good day today!!!!!

Beetle said...

Oh dear that is awful to be poisoned like that :O( We are so glad you are getting better now. Love and purrs from Sukie, Livvie and Mitzi.

The Cat Realm said...

We are just so happy that you are better!!!! Now that the VET knows what might have been the cause he can probably treat you even better!
We keep purring for you so that soon you will have all your strength back!
Karl and The Cat Realm

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh dear! It is why the woman always gets so angry with the man when he uses pesticides adn suff!

meemsnyc said...

Momo, sorry that you had gotten so sick from the poison in the neighbor's yard. We are glad to hear that you are feeling better!

Derby said...

Mum is telling me that is another reason I don't get let outside. You got enough stuff to get sick but not enough to kill you. Good that they could flush out the toxins quickly so you could get better.

Continuing purrs that you completely recover.

topcatrules said...

We are glad to see you beginning to recover, you poor dear soul. We are SO cross about your misfortune.

(And from Tigger's blog: "Wasn't me! Didn't do it! Tigger did it this time!!" - :) from Pyewacket)

amerimom said...

I hope you don't mind that I drop by even though I am not a furry kitty I saw on some of the cat blogs that you were pretty sick. I am so glad that you are home now and getting better. Please listen to what your doctors want you to do and your mom tells you also. You look like such a sweet kitty and I am so sorry that this happened to you. Get better each day.

Alasandra said...

Mommy finally got home so we could visit but she is very tired. Youngest won his robotic competition, so I guess it was worth it.

We are glad SS figured out why you got sick. It's too bad they didn't think to warn SS to keep you away. We always have to stay inside if anything gets put in our yard (The humans have a termite treatment done occasionally). ~Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z glad yoor SS figgered out what happened. Dis is why Zippy is only allowed out on a leash...da nayborhood is purrty safe but who knows what gets put on other beans lawns! We'z still purring fur yoo to be all better real fast.

Mickey said...

Oh Momo!! That is so scary!
It is also a reason pesticides are starting to be banned in urban areas. If it's that toxic why would those people even let their little beans play on the grass?!!!
I am so happy you were able to recover!I hope you suffer no long term effects!!!!!
Big PURRS for you!!!!!
Take it easy and make sure yo get spoiled,K? Heehee
Purrs Mickey

-d ma said...

hopefully there are no long term effects. ick.

Moki said...

That is very dangerous indeed! Another area to stir clear of our walnut trees, particularlly after the rain. Most people fail to think about it, but animals can get posioned from eating walnuts shells which have been lying on the ground. During the rainy season lots of the shells grow mold in them, and it is the mold, not the shell that can posion many kitties and woofies!

Tyler said...

Dearest Momo,

I just read now of your illness. Oh how scary! I hate those pesticides, they are so scary! Your neighbors must have none that it is impossible to keep cats out of our yards. They sure weren't thinking. I hope they'll use a different method of getting rid of pests in the future.

I pray that the toxins leave your body super duper quickly. I am so grateful that your family found you in time and that the vet took good care of you.
Be well my friend!

Alexi said...

Oh, Momo!!! Dat is so skeery. We all is so glad you're getting better. All our eyes are leaky about the caring furriends of the bloggiesphere. We is so touched by all this outporring for any one who is troubled.

Love, purrs, headbumpies to you and all yoor fambly.

Alexi and the gang at Krasota Castle

Samantha & Tigger said...

Momo we are so glad you are getting better and that you have found the source of the poison! We are sending fast healing vibes to you!
Your FL furiends,

Karen Jo said...

I am so happy that you are feeling so much better and that you have found the source of the poison. I am surprised that the people let the baby bean play in the yard after putting out something that toxic. I will keep praying for you until you are completely well.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Oh Momo, how scary! We are very glad that you are feeling better and that you think you know what made you sick. Frightening that what the neighbours had done to their yard probably made you so sick! We are very glad we are indoor-only cats and don't have to worry about stuff like that.

Continuing to send healing purrs your way.

MISS PEACH >(^.^) said...

Oh dear Mom this has been such a very scarry time for you and your mommy. We were all so very worried about your illness that cam eon so sudden! It is good to know what caused it...mommy has an all natural police in our cottage garden! We love a creatures and they need to be left alone because each one of them serves it's purpose in the nature of things.
It was my complete pleasure to spend the night with you dear:)
No kitty should ever be alone when at the Vets for the night...
Love Miss Peach

Daisy said...

What a very scairty story, MoMo! It is very good of you to print what happened so other cats can be warned of this danger. I am so happy and relieved that you are on the mend.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Momo, we are so glad you are feeling better. Mom is always very careful about stuff like that and has to really watch Grampy! Nana is always wanting him to spray bug spray 'cause Nana hates all bugs. Mom keeps reminding him that we have a bug service that knows never to spray anything dangerous for us. No Raid!!!

Riley & Tiki said...

We are so glad you are feeling better.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Sadly, this is a case of where the humans only thought of their own pets, not of others, but it happens quite regularly. My Bean always check, make sure there is nothing happening on the street before I am allowed outside in the morning, otherwise I must stay in. No tenting of houses and the like.

Get well soon! Perhaps now you will become a spoiled indoor kitty!

Wrigley & Cobalt said...

What a terrible accident. But at least the SS was able to find out what was hurting you and now they can better figure out how to treat you and make you all better. We are still purrraying for you, Momo.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Momo, I'm so sorry that I haven't written to send you get well wishes! I'm blogging from my sister's computer. Still in Texas until tomorrow. I heard that you got really sick! I'm SO HAPPY that you are feeling better. Your neighbors should KNOW BETTER! Please get well soon and come and visit the Taylor's again!

Love, Deb

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Hi Momo...we're um ...dogs..but we're friends of Asta's and we thought we better come over and see how ur feelin', you poor Kitty!

Looks like the catblogosphere works fab!!!!!!! All those purrs and wishies have made a huge difference, we're sure!!!

Soooo relived you are on the mend!

We're sending a box of terrier zen for you to inhale and meditate on to help you feel purrrrrfect!!!

Best doggie barks...
Lacie, Scruffy and Babystan

HRH Yao-Lin said...

oh momo what a terrible time for you! hindsight is a wonderful thing but you poor poor kitty. i couldn't resist macaroni either. I am happy you are on the mend and I will certainly note this turn of events for future safety reference. xx

momsbusy said...

it is a gud thing yur mom found outs about what made yu sick. maybe the naybors will use stuff that is natchural insted of poisons.

we is fery happy yu is feelin better. we is gonna keep purrayin fer yu to be 100% befer.

y2k

Sassy Kat said...

Rushing over this morning to check in and say hey! Hope you are feeling better today than yesterday and tomorrow you will feel better than today. Keep up the good work! We have plenty more adventures to go on!!!!!

JB's Big World said...

Oh Momo! You are going to be ok? I hope so. Can you please not go outside any more? It is a big scary world for cats, and I stay inside. Be careful and I'll be back for another update.....
--JB

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

what a horrible thing! pesticides that aren't good for animals aren't good for anyone and should be avoided! those children can't be blamed because they don't know better, but certainly their parents can for not warning your mommy! they also could have told their kids not to let you in the yard since it was dangerous.
i'm so glad you're on the mend. stay inside until you are all better and maybe only go out with your mommy from now on. take care and get lotsa extra snuggles from your mommy.

Beezer said...

It is soooo god to hear that you are better and feeling more like yourself!!

Yeah, ya gots to be careful of food that peoples drop. Only eat what is in your dishy.

Adan*Michico said...

Momo~! Go on!!!!
I am still praying and purring for you until you are back in 100%!!

Beethoven said...

Glad that now you know what maded you so sick. Here I is, sending all my purrs over to you to get better better better...purrfectly well soon! And I is going to keep bugging the Giant Kitty to send all his purrs too until you're totally well.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Momo, you concentrate on getting well. We know SS is taking wonderful care of you.

It's a shame those children were allowed to play in the yard at that time. Young children drop food, pick it up and put it in their mouths all the time. That child would have ended up in the human ER.

Momo & Pinot said...

sissy!!!!!
We're really glad you're recovering!!!!
What your SS found out is really scary. We can't blame human pups but .........pesticides would kill any of us. We would eat if someone offers us mac & cheese!!!!!
We'll keep praying for you and SS. Please take a good rest.

Momo & Pinot

Cecil the Cougar: said...

MoMo I am glad that you finally knows what was wrong. It is not good that they did not warm your Mommie of the pestisides, but I fink that now you will get all better! After all you are not a pest, so it will be ok!

Fat Eric said...

Oh Momo, that is a scary story. Stupid neighbours! I am glad you made it through this terrible experience, I just hope none of the other pets in your neighbourhood also went into that garden! My mum doesn't use chemicals in our garden either because she worries about me or other animals getting ill.

Irishcoda said...

Momo, we're all so sorry to hear you were illl and glad you're better. That's really scary that you might have picked up poison from a neighborh's yard...this is one thing that scares us about the great outdoors! Mommy won't let any of us out.

Black Cat said...

Sweet MoMo, I'm so pleased you're recovering. Those neighbours should know better than to use pesticides when not only do they have small children but also know that you visit their garden (and possibly other cats do too). Please continue to get better and I'm sending loving vibes your way:) xxx

Maggie & Mitch said...

We were just at Momo's blog! We're sending you lots of AireZen, Momo! We hope you feel better soon!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Eric and Flynn said...

Momo, we are so furry glad that you are feeling better and we are purring furr you to keep improving.We are glad that your mum found the probable cause of your poisoning. Just be furry keerful in future and don't eat anyfing you shouldn't. You just don't know how worried we wuz.

Chairman Mao said...

Awwwww, preshus Momo! We Ballicai are so glad and releeved you are gettin bettur. We were worried about you, sweet gurl! And I'm furry glad that yur momma was able to track down and figyure out what happened. Big huggies to you, and we're sendin you and yur fambly lots of love and healin purrs fur you to make a komplete reckofury ASAP!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Pesto Cat said...

Momo! We found you via Asta and were very upset to hear you were ill. Even my dog roommates, Gordy and Georgie were worried about you.I know that mac and cheese is irresistable-almomst as much as cantaloupe. Hope your human gives you lots of love and attention.

Tara said...

Oh Momo, that was so scary! I'm so glad you are doing better. I hope your neighbors are more careful next time!

Tara

caspersmom said...

Oh Momo we all are so glad you are doing so much better and found out about what made you sick. Prayers do work, so we are still sending you purrs and prayers until you are all well.

Casper and crew

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Momo... we hopes you iz feelin' a itty-bitty better to-day. We iz all still purrin' furry hard. & we iz not gonna quit till you feelz likes your self again!
Love, Dr Tweety

shushu, momo & kero said...

Hi Momo,

We are glad that SS managed to track down what is the cause. It is pretty scary and it can happen to the human kids too, not just pets. We hope with the info it can help the vet to cure you faster. Get well soon!!!

Jimmy Joe said...

Oh man, Momo, I was worried about you all weekend. I'm glad your momma found out what made you so sick and that the v-e-t was able to get you on the road to recovery. What a scary story! Sending you purrs and furs to get A+ better soon.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Pablo said...

Wow... what a story! And well done to your SS for getting to the bottom of things. Hope you're feeling better and better by the hour. We're still sending purrs your way!

Tybalt said...

How scary, MoMo!

I am so glad you are doing better!

Tesla said...

keep us posted if you find out!

SophieKitty said...

OMG! I'm so glad you found out what made you so sick. I hope you have no residual effects from this. I'm glad you're feelin' better, friend. I'm still purrin' for ya.

Victor Tabbycat said...

Oh my Bast! That's a furry strong pesticide to use where kidbeans play! And to then let them eat out there... I hope the parents learned a fing or two, too!
BTW, how come my boy won't gimme any mac an cheez? Um, hold the pesticide! I can only joke now cuz yur gettin better. Still purring!

Criz Lai said...

Well as long as you are feeling well, we are all happy for you. Just make sure you eat what's being laid on your plate and nothing else at the moment.

Do stay in best of health Momo.

Lots of purrs and love,
Criz & the J Family

Gretchen said...

Momo,

I've been seeing how other's have kept a vigil for you during your illness. I just now leaned about how you got sick. That is awful. They put posion on the grounds where I live and asked the tentents not to walk their pets for a few days. Some people don't see to get the word either.That was a totally dreadful epsisode you had.

I'm so sorry you had to suffer through all that and that you are better. Even though I don't know you well, I've been purring for you.

It's nice to meet you, after hearing so much about you. I didn't know you lived down under.

Hugs...Gretchen

Cory said...

That is so scary Momo...we don't spray our yard, but my Jonesie sister might wander into a neighbors yard and...uh oh! Hope you will be all better very soon and swat that neighbor for us, ok?

Cat with a garden said...

Uh oh! It is so stupid to use pesticides - sorry about that! Our neighbour said to my mom once that "she has to be careful" because he was planning to spray some. I mean, what is she supposed to do? Lock me in for weeks? There is nothing a bit of muscular work can't solve. With pesticides the seeds stay in the ground anymway and will germinate again. Grrr! That made me kind of angry.
I am glad you were okay, though!!!
Purrs, Siena