now that its opened up. i'll get into this debate up front and pull no punches. i euthed my kids's kitten months back by hitting it on the head with a shovel a few times. the details are on another thread that tells the story but it's long.
facts of it.
came up from hunting
cat was limp, eyes mattered shut, fur was diarhea and vomit encrusted, and i figure d the cat was dead at first until it was gasping havin obviously aspirated.
In the original story you said:she was sh*tting herself on top of the dog house. and rolling around making a weird noise. i then picked up winx by the scruff of the neck taking care not to get cat shit on me.....i tossed her out in the front yar
cat was fine as frogs hair the previous evening
So she wasn't limp but rolling around. And I also don't like the fact you tossed
her into the yard.Also, if you had just returned from hunting, didn't you have a gun handy?nope but i had my bow handy.
i exhumed the body a week later (which grace was not in the previous thread...cuz it never got that far) to have the dead body tested for other issues to see if the other kitten is/was at risk.
the first cat was dead of distemper. i dont know what method of testing was done. i reburied cat in the same spot.so far other kitten has shown no signs or symptoms and was vaccinated immediately after dead cat died.
Why did you exhume the cat? to see if the other cat was at risk. which it obviously was/still is seeing as it was exposed prior to being vaccinated
Didn't you believe the vet's diagnosis the first time? the first thing the vet said was "sounds like distemper"
You did the right thing & had the other kitten innoculated against this disease (panleukopenia or "distemper" - which is covered in the usual 3 in 1 vaccinations given to kittens). However, even if innoculated they're not risk free if already exposed before being innoculated and still at risk between next booster. hell the cat could still have it. the vaccination will not eliminate it if he contracted it.
Our kitten was innoculated but between boosters, got panleukopenia, the vet suggested PTS as he hadn't seen one survive yet (90% mortality rate in kittens) but we opted for supportive care & 9 days later she came home. That was almost 2 yrs ago and she's is with us today. I'm surprised your vet didn't dissuade you from the unpleasantry of an exhumation not to mention the expense of a necropsy. he didnt charge me a thing. he was curious. as for exhuming him. my vet drives by my house daily so he picked up the dead cat i just dug it up. actually he often stops at me house and gives my dogs a "once over" looksee, cuz he likes them. we do business together as well. i sell him alot of antibiotics etc.
What did that cost? not one penny
If you or the vet suspected the cat might have died from rabies I could absolutely understand the reason to exhume. However, they would have had to cut its head off to test for that and I'm sure you'd mention rabies was the reason for exhumation (not to mention burying a headless cat).rabies was not an issue from all descriptions from what i understand. i dug up the cat in its box, did not remove it from its box, got it back in it's box. i could have buried a headless cat. hell i could have buried a nearly empty box for all i know.
So the cat died from panleukopenia as your vet suspected. The other cat was innoculated. The other cat was exposed and could have gotten sick anyway. Nothing could be done about that (could die or maybe survive with supportive care) so exhuming was a waste of tim and money. The vet knew this.i covered this above. he told me to watch jinx..(the live cat) closely. cost me nothing. i have run into him doing things free for me often, especially when he is training a student. but he and i have a good relationship, cuz of the business and my daughter and his grand daughter are on the same basketball team etc.