I just stumbled across this site this morning.
I would like to share my experience with the Ivermectin and my Cat, Chavah, after reading other articles then coming here.
I had a very large litter of Kittens born to a former toss out Mama. They seemed to be some well others sickly. Even the Mama was not doing too well.
Lots of antibiotics from the Vet then they started doing better then right back down a few days after the completed regimen of antibiotics.
Each time they got sick, it was worse. Then they began dying. As of this morning, Chavah was the last one that had been sick left. When Darla died on Friday, I wrapped her in a special cloth & immediately sealed her body in a plastic bag. When I went to bury her, about an hour later, for some reason, I decided to look at her again. To my horror, there were fine hair like worms coming out of her nose!
I had never seen this and I grew up on a farm. I made inquiries & the Vet diagnosed them over the phone as Lung Worms. Apparently, they may be more common in Felines than originally thought.
At this point, Chavah, was obviously dying & it was make the choice of keep her comfortable or euthanize. I opted to keep her comfortable.
I read the pros & cons here and in other sites when I began investigating Lung Worms. From what I read & learned, my guess is they may have been infected in utero.
I had some Ivermectin Paste, left over from a Dog whom suffered from IBS and possibly also got Guardia from the drinking water, (which she had been tested for several times, however, the tests often give negative results even though they have it).
Using Ivermectin on Zorrie, by a previous Vets advice gained me ~ 5 years with Her that I might not have had. That Vet relocated to another state.
I used the amount She recommend for, Zorrie, whom was a 90# Lab, as a guide & starting point. She had been prescribed a 3" ribbon on my finger, for two weeks then reduced by half for one week then again reduced by half for 3 days. Repeat in one month.
Since, Chavah, is probably just 2# when well, I decided to use the same amount as for the currently prescribed Am-Clam, which was upped to 0.5cc.
I gave her the Ivermectin @ 10:15am. She could not hold her head up nor hardly breathe, very raspy feeling & seeing (I am deaf).
@ 10:50am she roused herself towards the litter box but had an "accident" b4 getting there, a good bowel movement, which she had not had since last night.
By 6pm she was walking around & responding to her name.
I just fed her an hour ago. She ate 75% of a 3.3 oz can of Sheba mixed with Kitten Gloop Recipe and Kitten Pedialyte. This morning I barely got 6cc's in her and she was choking so much I had to hold her upside down & slap her between her shoulder blades.
Right now, her breathing is almost normal and she is able to walk around, jump up on the couch and when she lays it is a normal cat curl not a flopped state.
This is a huge contrast to how she was fast fading. Also, it is the reason I decided to join this site.
Thank-you all for posting your opinions & experiences with Ivermectin. I think you all saved my Kitten's life.
Right now, looking @ her sleeping comfortably, I think this will be the first night both she an I get some sleep.
I will post tomorrow on her progress.
OH! To Speckledhen, your question on your Tom's age. I noticed in your Pics he is starting to get his "Chipmunk Cheeks", (the fat padding that grows in their cheeks that is supposed to protect their eyes when they get into fights), my experience shows they grow them when they are about 3yrs old.
Also, after neutering, the "Chipmunk Cheeks" often disappear leaving the much narrower face like a Queen has. So, obviously the padding goes with being a intact Tom.