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Post by Theo M Karal » Sun, 16 Mar 1997 04:00:00



We live in an apartment.  
Last year, about this same time of year, Astro began walking in
circles.  He would look over his shoulder and his head would become
fixated in this position as he walked in a circle over and over again.
He would have a kind of dazed look on his face and the white eyelid was
coming up a little. He's getting older, so I guess I was naive in just
thinking it was senility or something.  Then, a few weeks later, he
began having seizures! The vet did all kinds of tests and could not
determine the cause of these seizures but asked us to think back to
anything that Astro may have been exposed to that may have been toxic.
We had bought him some grass to nibble on.  We had bought new plants.
The exterminator had recently been at the apartment.  Any of these
could have caused him to be toxic.  We had also let him go downstairs,
supervised, though, to nibble on the grass (this is before we bought
him his own grass to chew on).  Well, we removed all plants from the
apt.  All we own are silks now.  No grass.  We haven't had him outside
since that happened a year ago.  My husband made contact with the
exterminator and they said they could not disclose what they used, but
that it was safe for pets.  Since we removed all of the plants and have
not let him eat grass, Astro has not had another seizure for almost a
year.  But this week, I noticed that when I put food into his bowl, he
became fixated, looking over his shoulder, and began to walk in a
circle.  I picked him up, which he usually hates and usually does a lot
of fussing about, but he just continued to have his head turned in that
direction and did not do his usual struggling.  I noticed him walking
in a circle again night before last.  He has not had any seizures, but
this is how it started before.  I'm wondering, since I found a dead
roach in my bathroom, if the exterminator may have been here.  I can't
think of anything else that could be causing him to become toxic.  If
the exterminator's treatment is so safe for pets, then how come they
can't tell us what they are using????  I'm calling the vet to make an
appt. to have Astro looked over and calling the apt. office to see if
anyone was in here spraying anything, but in the meantime, can anyone
think of anything else that could cause Astro to be toxic?
Thanks.
Paula

P.S.  I am very careful when I clean and use cleaning supplies that I
wipe everything up thoroughly and don't even allow the kitties in the
same room with me.  The other two cats are not showing any of the same
symptoms.

 
 
 

exterminators

Post by WannaBeM » Mon, 17 Mar 1997 04:00:00


Paula;
        I don't know what state you're in, but in many places,
exterminators are indeed required to disclose what chemicals are in their
pesticides.  And if they're not required to, then they SHOULD, in the name
of good customer service (not to mention customer health).  Any reputable
company will be willing to work with its customers.  But if your apartment
is part of a large development, your landlord probably bid out the job,
and was more concerned with taking the lowest bid instead of the safest
company.
        I would first contact your landlord to see if he has any better
luck with the exterminators.  If there are a lot of tenants with pets,
it's in his best interest to know these things as well.  Also, check with
some other tenants to find out if any of their pets are getting sick.  
        If you don't have any luck with the exterminator or the landlord,
check with the BBB or your state Consumer Affairs department to find out
what the disclosure laws are in your state.
        Some plants are extremely toxic to pets, but since you said you
removed all of your houseplants, I doubt that's what's caused this latest
round of strange behavior.
        Does he ever go outside?  If he nibbled on some grass outside, and
there were chemicals on that grass, that could be it, as well.  Find out
who does the landscaping on your grounds and see what they use in the way
of weed control, fertilizer, etc.
        Good luck!  Please keep us posted on how Astro's doing, and if you
have any luck at all with these people!
Beth