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    Question about cat not eating

    No weird Sunday blues for Archie this time. I kept him inside from Saturday evening until Sunday around noon, even then I called him every now and then to check how far he was and he always arrived within seconds (he's neutered and rarely wanders off)
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    Question about cat not eating

    The vet couldn't find anything. She advised me to keep track of when he's acting weird and to take his temperature those days. Since it happened twice on Sunday we also agreed to lock the cat door Saturday night. Maybe it's all coincidental or maybe it's sort of an infection with a certain...
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    Question about cat not eating

    I tried to call the vet after work yesterday but was not able to reach her, I'll try again today. Archie is fully back to normal now, but it took a bit longer than last week.
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    Question about cat not eating

    Hi all He did it again this Sunday. Barely eating, not being his cuddly self and constantly sleeping. While it's not weird for a cat to sleep almost all of the time, he's never sleeping that long when I'm home and when sleeping, he'll try to find a spot on my lap or shoulders. The only reason I...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    You're welcome. My original 3 home raised chickens are vaccinated, at least there is a very slim chance I will ever lose them to Marek's. As for the future, there are uncertainties yes, but nothing impossible. I am not a breeder and have no aspiration to be one in the near future, although I...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    Hi everyone, I know it's been a long time, but I've only just received the results from Ghent University. Unfortunately Phil was tested positive for visceral Marek's disease. I've made my peace with it and the vet's got my back for any future questions or doubts. As a last update I would like...
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    Question about cat not eating

    Thanks for all your replies! I think he's okay. I let him outside yesterday evening and gave him just a tiny bit more food before I went to bed (because he only had one serving instead of 2). It was gone in the morning and he appeared again soon after I got up, eager to get another bowl
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    Question about cat not eating

    That would of course be an alarming sight, even to a new cat owner! :p As far as I know no problems there. It seemed to me he was drinking more, but it could just be he's drinking more inside the house. He usually goes outside and has a drink with the chickens, but I have two new ones, so the...
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    Question about cat not eating

    I hope not, I don't understand why people would think that is okay. In any case he usually doesn't stray to far away and my only direct neighbours know not to feed him as I have explicitly asked them not to before he was allowed outside. They did have a party with friends yesterday, maybe they...
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    Question about cat not eating

    Hi guys I didn't quite know where to turn to, so I'll ask my question here. I'm a first time chicken and cat owner, so I'm always worried when they do something unusual. Usually my animals get fed around 7:30am on weekdays. My cat is always waiting for me on the tv furniture next to the door...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    I understand, therefore they will be "quarantained" for 2 weeks at least. There is a lot of chicken "swapping" around here, probably because we have too many. I notice lots of people from the Netherlands keeping chickens in their tiny backyards, then they decide to get chicks and suddenly the...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    I've read up on a lot of scientific articles about Mareks lately, but even them some topics are still a riddle to me. I absolutely support vaccinating and I will immediately do so when I have chicks of my own, but I thought it wasn't very useful to vaccinating after 5 months anyway. Adding...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    I thought it wasn't possible to vaccinate older birds for Mareks? Or at least the vaccine wouldn't properly work then. If I've read it correctly them being exposed to the dander won't necessarily make them develop the symptoms especially not if they're already a bit older?
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    I made this little memorial for Phil, since I didn't get to keep his body. It turned out really well. I have no news about the results yet, but I do have one question if anyone can help me. There's a girl moving close to my town and she's asked if I am able to take over a serama roo and hen...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    Just a heads-up, it will probably take 2 weeks for the results to come in. Phil's former owner is sad about the whole ordeal too. I told her he was so amazing and if she ever had a "mistake" like him in her flock again I'd gladly take him off her hands like with Phil. She told me yes...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    The vet got started on him immediately and sent me some pictures (after consent of course). I will put them in thumbnails, because of sensitive content. He has an enlarged liver, spleen and kidneys, which leads the vet to believe it might indeed be Marek's when taking his prehistory into...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    The sweet avian vet is also bummed out. She told me to bring him in tomorrow and she'll do the necropsy for free. If she can't find anything herself she'll send a tissue sample to the university and I'll only have to pay for that. He's been worth the money of course, but it's a very nice...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    I know, I really thought he was going to make it... Yes, such samples are sent to the veterinary department of Ghent university, or at least that's where the avian vet sends them, it's also our only veterinarian school, but I'll have to inquire about figuring out how he died, I don't think it's...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    Unfortunately Phil has passed away overnight. It's a shock after the progress he has been making, I was almost certain he would manage to come through. It's such a shame, but I think both he and I tried our bests. He was my first rooster and managed to set the bar high for future additions to...
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    Rooster balance problems - how big is the chance of Marek's?

    You are absolutely right and I don't believe the soil in coops would be any different here in Europe, but I've had fecal tests done before where the conclusion simply was "nothing wrong", so I think they only raise the alarm if it's above average. In any case, the poultry vet advised me to treat...
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