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chandracap
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posted 01-21-2004 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
My 9 year old kitty stopped eating about a week and a half ago. The vet has run numerous tests, x-rays, and we have tried prednisone, antibiotics, and valium to increase her appetite. They are currently force-feeding her the pudding mixture, and they don't know what else to do. She was very healthy and active until then. Any ideas?
Any discovered diseases or anything? Please help. She is my beloved Toonces.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-21-2004 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I found your post way at the bottom. I'm so sorry about your kitty. I think you should try another vet. The new vet office can have all of your kitties records faxed over to them. If your current vet doesn't know what is wrong with your kitty, then it's time to seek another vet. Please keep us posted.

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chandracap
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posted 01-22-2004 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much for your reply. During my daily call to the vet this morning, they told me Toonces ate 14 treats during the night last night. They are watching her closely today to see how she does. I'll keep you posted! Thank you!

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Chessmind
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posted 01-22-2004 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Any updates on Toonces? It seems like you've probably spent a lot of money at this vet office, with them running tests, x-rays and keeping her overnight. Yet, they still don't seem to know what the problem is. You can still take her to another vet and they won't have to do all the same tests again, as they can have this info faxed to them.

I would never feel bad about switching vets. I'm sure they are nice people and perhaps you don't want to hurt their feeling by taking your kitty to another vet. However, good vet care and getting to the bottom of the problem is more important than your curren vet's feelings (if that's a factor for you not going elsewhere).

I hope your kitty will get better soon and that someone will be able to diagnose her condition.

Please keep us posted.

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chandracap
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posted 01-23-2004 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, I do have a positive update. I brought Toonces home last night and before bed she ate 5 treats. This morning she ate more treats as well as about a teaspoon of canned food, then more treats, and a little more food before lunch. One thing that puzzles us and the vet is her hind legs wobble just a bit and she has a hard time jumping to a high place, although she can do it. I'm being referred to a neurological specialist in Jacksonville, FL to see if she should have an MRI. Any ideas on that? As long as she continues to eat, I feel much better.
What do you think?

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Chessmind
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posted 01-23-2004 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Did your vet by any chance do an EKG and ultrasound test to rule out heart problems? Also, did they test her for diabetes? Another possibility is FIP. The problem with FIP is that cats often test negative for it, even if they have it.

If it were my kitty I would have an EKG and ultrasound done first to rule out heart problems, assuming diabetes and FIP was already ruled out. Then if her heart looks fine and for certain no FIP I would then get the MRI to see if it's a neurological problem(s).

I am posting some sites for you to read about various things that may cause rear leg weakness and some of the other problems your kitty has. Please take a look at them, as they are very informative and may help you in your decision. I wish all the best for your kitty. Please keep us posted.

This one covers neurological disorders in cats. Scroll down and click on 'Rear leg weakness' at this site: http://www.vetinfo.com/catneuro.html#Rear%20leg%20weakness

This one talk about diabetes in cats. http://www.thepetprofessor.com/cat-info/cat-diabetes.html

This site has good information on FIP. http://www.21cats.org/health/fip.html

This one talk about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)(one of the most common form of heart disease in cats). http://www.greenoaksnorthvets.com/medical/

This one talks about arterial thromboembolism (a disorder of the heart and blood of cats). http://www.bobmckee.com/Client%20Info/Cardiac/AorticThrombi.html

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chandracap
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posted 01-23-2004 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Wow! Thank you sooo much. I will check these out. No, I don't think they have the equipment to do the EKG. They did rule out Diabetes.
I appreciate all your help. Are you a veterinarian? Thanks!

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Chessmind
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posted 01-24-2004 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
You're welcome. No, I'm not a vet. I'm the person people are suppose to see twice a year, but most people don't like to see me. Please keep us posted on your kitty. I wish your kitty all the best.

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PreMedVa
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posted 01-24-2004 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PreMedVa     Edit/Delete Message
My cat had the same problem. We noticed abouta month ago that our 6 year old cat Fred wouldn't eat. No matter what we bought, not even tuna fish. We took him to the vet and they ran every test known to man, gave him iv fluids because he was also dehydrated and sent us home to wait for the results. They ruled out cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and everything else. Finally after a very insightful vet checked one more blood test they found out he had infectious anemia. This is a virus type of anemia they get from fleas. I had never noticed he had fleas but the vet said it only takes one flea with this virus to cause it. So they put him on Prednisone and Dioxycycline and gave him IV fluids for 2 days outpatient and then we had to force feed him the mush described above and Pedialite. He is just now getting back on his feet and starting to eat by himself some. We still have to make sure he gets plenty of water though but hopefully this will all be over in a few more weeks. You may want to ask your vet to check for the "infectious anemia" and if you have any small dogs (yorkies and lashas especially) make sure you watch them closely too because they are very susceptible to this too.

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nern

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posted 01-24-2004 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
quote:
I'm the person people are suppose to see twice a year, but most people don't like to see me.

A dentist?

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chandracap
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posted 01-25-2004 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Premed, thank you! That sounds soo familiar.
Toonces is eating more everyday and is especially addicted to "Temptations" treats in the yellow bag from Whiska's. When she wouldn't eat anything else, she ate these.
Try them with your kitty. She is gradually eating more canned food, and is doing very well. Other cat people..I caution you, give your kitty fluids and forcefeeding for several days before concluding that there is nothing else to be done.. The vet was preparing me for putting my kitty down. The illness may be a virus, or the anemia that will eventually get better. Thanks so much for replying!

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Chessmind
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posted 01-25-2004 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Chandracap. Here is some information on what PreMedVa posted about FIA in cats. I will also post you the link so you can read all about it.
http://www.21cats.org/health/fia.html Below are the signs of FIA in cats:

Symptoms to look for:


Lethargy
Depression
Weight loss
Decreased appetite
Pale or white ears and gums
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin due to liver disfunction)
Dehydration
Diarrhea
Incontinence
Increased breathing rate or wheezing

Nern: Correct

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chandracap
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posted 01-26-2004 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Chessmind:
Toonces had a healthy red blood count.(low-anemia possibility)However, she did have a questionable white blood count...This was the only strange thing on the blood tests, which led the doc to believe she may have had an infection.
Any ideas?
She is eating so much better now, will now try canned food in addition to the MANY treats she is now eating.

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Chessmind
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posted 01-26-2004 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I'm glad to hear she is feeling better. I hope she did just have an infection and that she will get better as the days pass. Do you by any chance know what her white blood count is? On the lab slip it would look like this:
WBC..... 10.6 x 10-3/mcl.........(4-12 x 10-3/mcl)
The numbers in the parenthesis are what is considered the normal range. For instance 4-12 would be a normal range. However, it does also depend on the lab the vet is using.

There are a few things that can cause low levels of white blood cell count: viral infections, bone marrow abnormalities, infections and sepsis (blood poisoning).
Another would be: Feline (distemper) panleukopenia. Also known as FIP. Here is some information about this. http://www.pethealthcare.net/html/body_feline__distemper__panleukopen.html

Also bone marrow disorders can lead to low levels of WBC, as most white blood cells are formed in the bone marrow.

FIV is another cause of low WBC. You can read about this here: http://www.2ndchance.info/fiv.htm

There are a few other things that could cause low WBC, but I think you have enough to read with what I posted for now. I do think it's important for everyone to understand what the blood tests mean. This will help you a lot to understand your cat's blood work: http://www.catdoctor.com/info/bloodwork.html

I really hope she's okay and that she will get better. Keep us posted.

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chandracap
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posted 01-27-2004 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Well the second blood test showed a normal WBC - 8. She didn't show any of the symptoms of distemper, FIV.
Hopefully she is healed and just had some kind of virus. It's difficult not knowing what it was, and feeling it may come back. I will post if that happens. Thanks for all your help!! She is doing great!

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SirKevy
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posted 01-27-2004 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SirKevy     Edit/Delete Message
Strangely my kitten isn't eating normally of late, I'm hoping she'll get over it but Ill see how it goes, she kinda eats like 1 min and then walks off whereas before it was like 4mins then come back later and finish it off. She hasn't eaten a whole bowl since Saturday now,

Kev

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chandracap
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posted 01-28-2004 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chandracap     Edit/Delete Message
Kev, please take kitty to the vet. It's better to try and find out what is wrong sooner than later. Chessmind may have a response for you, knows alot about cats! It could be so many different things at this point. Keep us posted!

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