|Purred: Sun Mar 29, '09 10:53am PST |
|Yesterday I went up to visit my Mom and her cat was sick. I took kitty's temperature and it was 105 degrees. Kitty was dehyrated, lethargic and not eating.
Immediately took her to the vet and they are running a complete blood panel on her. They took a chest/body xray becuase I noticed the cat was breathing short and a bit shallow.. sort of reminded me of a horse with heaves..
There were no obvious tumors, no blockages, no obvious FIP leasions etc. no pneumonia but the arteries feeding the lungs were enlarged. The cat was given a shot of Naxcel (antibiotic), a fever/pain reducer and some Dexamethazone (Cortizone) to make her more comfortable. She was sent home with 7 day supply of Clavimox. She was rehydrated with SQ fluids.
No definitive diagnosis was made EXCEPT it MAY be heartworm (enlarged lung blood vessels.. 1.6 times wider than the 9th rib is one part of this diagnosis). HOWEVER, the cat's heart sounded good. No arrhythmias and no murmurs.
Because Mom is quite elderly, I now have her cat here in the "sick Cat room" and will be monitoring her health and giving her the Clavimox pending the results of the blood work. She is a very easy cat with pills.
The sick cat room is isolated from the rest of the house where the cats, dog and I live and there is unoccupied air space between the room and the rest of the house. Hand washing and separate feeding etc. is also invoked in the Cat Sick Room procedure. I do not know if Pretty Kitty has anything that is contagious at this point. My cats are UTD on shots.. but not everything can be vaccinated for.
Last night Pretty Kitty FINALLY ate some wet food. She is concentrating urine and using her litter box. She has not pooped yet (food has to be taken in for poop to come out).
This morning she would not eat and had not drunk any water (I measure it out into the bowl and then pour it back into the measuring cup after 12 hours to measure water intake). Her temperature was 100.8 so well within normal range. Her breathing is no better. Per Vet instructions I started the Clavimox.
Because she would not eat I added some water to some canned Evo and some of the Canned food my Mom had been giving her (NOT Evo.. but NOT good.. Fancy Feast.. I know I know.. ). I don't want to change too much too fast for this cat.. she is sick. Anyway, she refused the food.
I put her in my lap and found she would swallow the food if I put it on my finger and put it in her mouth.. so that is what I did and I got about 5 oz in her (and it had extra water in addtion to the 5 oz.. want to keep her hydrated).
She is fed and she is sleeping now. The room is very comfortable and I have an extra heater in it as a feverish cat can get to feeling cold. It is probably 68-70 in the room.
This cat is entirely UTD on vaccinations (including FeLV) and is 3 years old. She is not over weight and is calico tabby colored.
I will know more when the blood work arrives tomorrow or the next day, but I am wondering if any of you have had similar presenting symptoms in your cat and what the outcome was. Just tossing this out there.
I am more than a little concerned about the somewhat labored, short breaths.
Mom is dealing with Dad with Alzheimers and this cat is her anchor.. and her buddy.. well this is a cat forum.. you KNOW what I mean. I am doing all I can to pull Pretty Kitty thru both for the cat and my Mom.
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