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Luci's Health Issues: Bartonella (Cat Scratch Fever)

Luci's Health Issues: Bartonella Cat Scratch Fever

October 6th 2012 9:50 am
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One week after Luci's adoption she had very red, swollen gums, one visit had swollen glands in her neck only, hardly ate, and started running from us. Vet checked and couldn't believe how bad it was for such a young kitten. Several diagnosis based on her history, fish allergy, herpes virus, stomatitis. After 6 vet visits, 4 different antibiotics, two steroid shots she would only be 50% better. Vet recommended biopsy and dental cleaning. I haven't owned a cat ever, or a pet in 30+ years. It was hard to see her suffer so my boss has been seeing her vet forever so I got a second opinion. He said everything had been done right but before getting a biopsy and dental cleaning ($500) he tested her for Bartonella. She was 4+ and lab noted in all caps VERY STRONG POSITIVE. Now on specific antibiotic for 21 days. Already she looks as normal as I've ever seen her gums look! Our 1st vet was very happy we have an answer, and so happy she is better. She said she never thought about Bartonella. Second vet said most vets don't even get proper training on this issue. Up to 80% of cats carry the bacteria but never have symptoms. NEVER be afraid to get a second opinion! I work in a hospital and wouldn't think twice about getting a second opinion for myself so Luci needed one too. I've spent $110 getting the testing and office visit done but that's better than $500. She will need a titer test in 6 months ($150) to determine the meds worked and she gets a clean bill of health. I'm so glad she is now acting like an 8 wk old kitten because she felt so bad the first 6 weeks we had her. We need to still work on her aggressive play but I'm just happy she is feeling so much better. Note: I also updated the shelter and the foster family who had her first and the Petsmart we adopted her out of. This is so easily spread to other cats by infected FLEAS!

Important: This can be transmitted to humans by a scratch or bite!! Very dangerous to anyone who already has health issues and their immune system is compromised. Also dangerous to anyone who is pregnant. Can cause multiple heart issues and other health concerns.

I'm sharing our story to let others know it is a real condition and can be so dangerous for the cat and it's owners. Please share with anyone you think needs to know about Bartonella.


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Purred by: Queen Missy of Missylandia (Catster Member)

October 9th 2012 at 2:09 am

I am so happy Luci is better. Thank you for the diary entry, it is something new, and important to know. I hope she will leave this awful sickness behind her. Concats for writing the Diary of the Day!
Purred by: Tabitha (Catster Member)

October 9th 2012 at 5:20 am

My momma told me da bout poor baby Luci. Sheese iz soos pretty. Weese iz alls habin happy purrs dat sheese iz doosin better. Nocat likes toos feels sik. Ans of curs since sheese iz still a baby sheese needs to lurns alls dat dere iz toos lurns. Nowls dat sheese iz feelin betters Ize iz shur dat sheese wills come round bout gresiv playin. Momma saw on Jonathan Galaxy's TV show howls to stops gresiv kitten play. He had da cat's peepl make a racetrak kinda ting wit tunnels and places to leap on and used a feather on a stik to encurrage the cat to run the trak. aftur a few dozen times rund da kitty was calmur and wuznt usin hises momma an poppa az a scatchin post anymure. Dere iz alsho da fermooooooone stuffs da yew can spray an dere iz a collar wit da stuff in]on it. Momma got one for my baby tara, Mrowl mrowl. Nowls alls dy haz to doos iz catch her an put its ond hers. Mrowl MOL. Sheese iz feralish. Sheese lives inside an NEVER goes out. Sheese jush don likes peepl touchin hers Weese'll let yew knoe ifs ey work. ;}
Purred by: K Kato (Catster Member)

October 9th 2012 at 9:16 am

ConCATulations on having the DPOD. Thank you for the information on scratch disease. My Dr check me for it after I was badly scratch by a cat. I have always wonder about it. Kato
Purred by: Mugsy (Catster Member)

October 9th 2012 at 9:27 am

Concat's on having the Diary of the Day today Luci! We have never heard of bartonella before. Thanks fur the info, it's always good to know about this stuff. We're glad you are feeling so much better.
-Mugsy and Taffy(forever loved)
Purred by: Minuette (Catster Member)

October 9th 2012 at 5:17 pm

Our hoomin Mom got two kinds of Bartonella from a tick bite when she was 9 years old, so it can come from other places than cats. She got lots of other stuff too--it was one dirty tick. At any rate, she understands how miserable it is to live with, as it took 27 years to get diagnosed for her, and she was disabled by it and the other bugs that came from the bite. Treatment isn't much fun either, but it's better than doing nothing by far. Since we don't have it, she jokes we might get Human Scratch Fever from her. MOL
Glad you're feeling better, and our Mom is well on the road to it too.
Purred by: Minuette (Catster Member)

October 9th 2012 at 5:17 pm

P.S. Concats on Diary of the Day!

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