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Cat Sick in Southern Calif.

luvmypet
March 24th, 2011, 10:09 AM
Hello,

I am new to this website. I found it by Googling cat, sick, radiation fallout, california, and Japan. I found an posting about protecting your animals from the radiation from Japan on this website but I can't find it now. The person was also from Southern California. Anyway....

My cat threw up 2x Sunday, and once yesterday. I am concerned about the possible effects of radiation on our small pets in Southern California. Is there anyone else in Southern California whose pets have been sick since Friday, the day the radiation plumbe was to hit the West Coast?

Thank you so very much,
luvmypet

Criosphynx
March 24th, 2011, 11:27 AM
Hi :).

I havent noticed any issues. I am quite a ways inland tho :)

kathryn
March 24th, 2011, 11:30 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Um, you are aware that there was no nuclear fallout to hit the West Coast right? :confused: It is about as likely your cat is sick from fallout as it would be from aliens beaming down from outer space and getting her sick.

It sounds like your cat probably has a hairball, or perhaps ate something she shouldn't have. If this were to continue, I would take your cat to the vets to make sure she didn't catch a stomach bug or accidentally ingest something she shouldn't have.

Mom_Of_Two_Dogs
March 24th, 2011, 12:40 PM
Welcome to Pets.ca!

I doubt the cause of the cat's illness is related to radiiation; could be a hairball or as mentioned, something that didn't agree with the cat. Worth a check with the vet, IMO. :cat:

luvmypet
March 24th, 2011, 03:33 PM
Thank you for responding.

luvmypet
March 24th, 2011, 03:44 PM
Evidently, the aliens don't read the newpaper. Check out Google: Japan, radiation plumb, video animation, and West Coast. We are getting fall out, it is just disperssed with Oxygen, but never the less, still following the wind currents. Small amounts yes, but still coming and radiation never decompensates.. never - no matter how small.

Thank you for your response.

luvmypet
March 24th, 2011, 03:45 PM
Thank you for responding.

SamIam
March 24th, 2011, 04:18 PM
luvmypet, you may wish to PM some of the people who were posting on the thread (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=75873) about protecting their pets from radiation. There haven't been many posts there for a few days, but the people who posted there have probably been keeping up on all the latest info and may have some suggestions for your cat. If you turn on your receive PM I have something to add for you as well!

kathryn
March 24th, 2011, 07:03 PM
Evidently, the aliens don't read the newpaper. Check out Google: Japan, radiation plumb, video animation, and West Coast. We are getting fall out, it is just disperssed with Oxygen, but never the less, still following the wind currents. Small amounts yes, but still coming and radiation never decompensates.. never - no matter how small.

Thank you for your response.

Your pet would receive more radiation from an x-ray than from this "fallout". ;) Also, I would assume your cat is indoors.... I would think there would be significant coverage from the fallout that quite possibly doesn't even exist.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fallout.asp

Many people are taking this WAY too far, including many unreliable news sources.. also, you might want to watch out for anything that is supposed to prevent radiation sickness for yourself or your pets- many of those things can be quite toxic if not deadly if they are not used properly.

Hey, I may not be a rocket scientist, but I've done a fair amount of research into nuclear fallout and whatnot on my own terms because I am quite interested in it and plan to visit the Chernobyl site one day. I'm just not buying into this "fallout" making it across a gigantic ocean and making people on the other side of the world sick.

mikischo
March 24th, 2011, 07:45 PM
luvmypet, first of all, to alleviate any concerns you may have about possible fallout, you might want to check a reliable source such as the following website:

http://www.aqmd.gov/

Here is their report for today for southern California:

http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2011/Radiationmonitoring.htm

A detailed U.S EPA analysis has found extremely low levels of radioactive material at southern California monitoring locations consistent with the nuclear accident in Japan. However, the radiation levels detected are hundreds of thousands to millions of times below levels of concern. In addition, as of today radiation levels measured at three regional sites operated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have not been higher than typical “background” levels seen before the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. These levels are thousands of times below any conservative level of concern. In the unlikely event that this changes, these extremely sensitive monitors will detect any change in outdoor radiation levels and it will be reported on this website.

AQMD has operated these radiation monitors in Southern California for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for several years. Radiation levels at these sites and many others around the country are monitored every hour and the information is sent immediately to U.S. EPA. The latest data from these monitors, including those operated by AQMD, are available at:

http://www.epa.gov/radiation/rert/radnet-data-map.html, or

http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/rert/radnet-data-map.html#westcoast

The AQMD will continue to monitor and assess the hourly radiation levels at sites in Southern California and elsewhere in the United States. It will also assess the weather conditions affecting the potential movement of airborne radioactive material across the Pacific Ocean. Updates will appear on this website daily or more frequently if needed. Further general information on EPA’s radiation monitoring network can be found at http://www.epa.gov/narel/radnet/. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s response to the situation can be found at http://www.nrc.gov/.

Monitoring radiation is a very small part of the many activities AQMD does to protect public health and clean the air that we breathe. For more information on how you can help clean the air, go to www.cleanairconnections.org.

This page updated: March 24, 2011

As you can see radiation levels detected by their sensitive equipment are way below any levels that should cause any concern.

I hope your kitty is feeling better today. It could be something as simple as a hairball as others have suggested. However it could be another issue and, if the vomiting continues or she exhibits other issues such as constipation, inappetance, etc. a vet visit would be in order.

Please update us on how she is doing. :)

Criosphynx
March 24th, 2011, 08:21 PM
drat. I was really looking forward to growing another eyeball :)



I agree with the others, very likely unrelated.

luvmypet
March 26th, 2011, 11:43 AM
What is PM?

luvmypet
March 26th, 2011, 11:44 AM
Thank you for responding.

luvmypet
March 26th, 2011, 11:48 AM
Thank you so very much for this very comprehensive response.