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posted 06-05-2003 10:09 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I hope you can help me. I had my 4 year old cat spayed 5 weeks ago. She was doing great till 4 weeks ago, she started breathing funny, so I took her to the vet and he told me that she has an upper respitory infection. He gave her 2 shots and sent us home. 2 weeks have gone by and she is all bones, not eating or drinking. I went back to the vet and he said that it takes some more meds, so he sent a vial home of Cipro to give her once a day. Now she is not going to the bathroom. I am force feeding her, and she is throwing it back up. I have tried everything from milk, chicken broth, reg cat food, canned cat food, and tuna. Can you help me.... If she is not going to get better, I don't want her to suffer. And if she has a disease, I need to know what it is, because I have another cat and I don't want him to get it. I have looked everyone on the internet and I have found it could be anything from Rhinotractis, to Corona Virus, Feline Leukemia etc. HELP I don't think I have much more time....

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posted 06-05-2003 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message

Sorry to hear your cat is doing poorly, but don't worry, you have done the right things so far.

Your cat is most likily suffering from a bad upper respitory infection (head cold) which has making her feel so sick she is off food. The antibiotics will help, but I am concerned. You need to ring your vet and ask about feeding her, and mention her vomiting. Is she keeping down the medicine?

I am worried that the infection might have spread, and she might need stronger antibiotics. Also when cats arn't eating the risk of dehydration is high. Check for dehydration by doing a pinch test. Pinch the fur and skin up off the cat's body (at shoulders is a good place) and if the skin takes time falling back then its a good bet the cat is dehydrated. You will need the vet to help her at this point.

Don't worry about the diseases you mentioned, I doubt she has contracted anything. More likily she was just doing poorly after the op. Just like people, cats get colds when they feel stressed. However, keep your other cats apart because sneezeing can carry bateria which could spread the illness between them.

Your vet should be able to give you a food that will help her even if it has to be force fed. Talk to you vet, thats the best advice I can give at the moment.

Good luck

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posted 06-06-2003 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Simbo     Edit/Delete Message
I can understand your frastration watching your cat throw up every time you feed it. We have been going through the same thing for a few weeks now too. My cat couldnt hold down any food after a stomach surgery and he lost a LOT of weight but with time he is getting better. We have had really good luck with a food called A/D that we got from the vet. It is supposed to be super nutricious and I think that is important because every bite counts when they are not holding much down. We mixed it up with water so that it is real runny and use a fat syeringe to squirt it in his mouth. Gradually we have been mixing it thicker and our kitty hasnt vomited in three or four days now. Be persistant, your hard work will pay off. I know it is frustrating but keep feeding him. Also, I have been mixing the antibiotics in with the food to make life a little easier on him. Good luck, be patient, and keep us posted.

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posted 06-12-2003 04:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much for your concern, but Sunday my baby went to a better place. She passed in the early afernoon. The illness, musht have been too much for her. It's going to be hard, but its for the best and I tried my hardest to keep her healthy. Thanks again.

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