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Mr Grey may have an autoimmune disorder :(

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Mister Grey- (Striped- Seven)

TICA M.S. (HHP- Champion)
 
 
Purred: Sat May 22, '10 1:30pm PST 
Has anyone dealt with this in their cats?
My cat Mr Grey had areas which looked like some type of injury/scrapes appear on his back feet near the ankles a while ago... Since it was healing quickly and none of the other cats had anything similar my vet said to just keep an eye on it, we did not know the cause. It healed just fine and the hair was already grown back when suddenly another similar area appeared in the same place on one foot early this week, and in a smaller spot between the paw pads of a front foot which also became swollen. It looks painful so I feel really bad for him...
I took him to the vet yesterday. His foot has gotten more swollen and he had a low grade fever (103.) My vet suggested it may be an autoimmune issue/disorder or Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex. She gave him a steroid shot and antibiotics and recommended switching to a food with no chicken or fish (or grains but they were already on Orijen grain free) because it could be related to an allergy. She also suggested that if the diet change doesn't help we may put him on Advantage Multi. She wants to avoid giving more steroids any more if possible, she tries to take a more holistic approach when possible.

I am not sure if I should pursue getting a biopsy done? Has anyone else had a cat with an autoimmune condition like this?

It is very difficult to find any dry cat food with no grains, no chicken and no fish! I've only found one so far, Natural Balance... Mr Grey is really picky and refuses to eat canned food so I need to find a dry food. I also will probably have to switch ALL the cats' food because it is too hard to just switch one cat.

Edited by author Sat May 22, '10 9:03pm PST

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Lucy Nooner

Chatterbox
 
 
Purred: Sat May 22, '10 10:26pm PST 
Hi Mister Grey,

Lucy and my kitten Leo both have auto immune disorders. Leo's problems are more neurological but Lucy has had similar problems to the ones you've described. She no longer gets any vaccinations due to the life-threatening reaction she had as a kitten. She has severe food and environmental allergies and they definitely cause reactions like you've described. After years of trying to find the right foods for her, I had her blood allergy tested. That was very helpful. It turns out that she is allergic to all dry foods, even the "allergy" foods like Natural Balance. The blood test is expensive and some vets do not recommend it (some vets thinks it causes false positives and is not reliable) but it was very helpful for Lucy.

Unfortunately, Lucy has severe environmental allergies (trees, grass, pollen, scented candles, etc) and those seem to cause the worst skin problems. Because of the severity of Lucy's skin problems, she is now on an immune-suppressant medication called Atopica (aka Cyclosporine). It's an alternative to steroids with less side-effects. It is currently only approved for dogs but I know a number of kitties who take it off-label with a prescription from their vet. The medication suppresses Lucy's immune system from reacting to allergens. She's been on it for a year and a half and it has been a 90% improvement in her skin problems.

These are a couple of options to talk to your vet about. Hang in there- I know how frustrating it can be to try to sort out allergies and autoimmune problems. If you would like any more specific information on the tests and medication Lucy is on, I'm happy to pmail it to you.

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Harley

I am Harley- Quinn!
 
 
Purred: Sun May 23, '10 4:27am PST 
I have eosinophilic granuloma complex. When I was younger, it was really bad and I would get big ulcerations and swellings all over my lips, sometimes my muzzle would swell up real big, I got scabs (linear granulomas) on the backs of both of my thighs. At first, I had to get Depo Medrol injections, and my Mommeh was going crazy trying to figure out ways to help me.

I am doing great now, and only need an occasional course of prednisone about once every 4 months when I start to get a new blister. I am on a raw diet and use unscented and dye -free litter. I stay away from fish and brewer's yeast which seems to trigger my outbreaks. Brewer's yeast is in a LOT of foods.

Good luck!
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Mister Grey- (Striped- Seven)

TICA M.S. (HHP- Champion)
 
 
Purred: Sun May 23, '10 12:00pm PST 
Thanks I would be interested to hear the meds/tests you had done for Lucy.
Poor Mr Grey is not feeling very good right now, my vet said it's probably the antibiotics (poor appetite.)
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Mister Grey- (Striped- Seven)

TICA M.S. (HHP- Champion)
 
 
Purred: Fri Jun 18, '10 8:26pm PST 
Well Mr Grey isn't doing too well... His feet look a lot better but he has lost more weight and is down to 7.8 pounds, he was 8.4 pounds at the previous vet visit and his normal weight is 9-something. frown He's not eating very well.
We went back to the vet today so they could take blood. My vet is doing a "Viral Plus" panel which includes a chem panel, CBC, T4, FeLV, FIV, and FIP screening. She wants to wait for the results before we do anything else. If the bloodwork doesn't show anything abnormal my vet suggested taking x-rays.

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Shadow

Education is the- Key
 
 
Purred: Fri Jun 18, '10 11:57pm PST 
You really need to try and get your cat to eat, or he could get Hepatic Lipidosis. Ask the vet for some medication that will give Mr. Grey some appetite. You can also try syringe feedng him. Some good grain free wet food is Wellness, go for the Turkey, and add some water to it to make it soupy, and try and force syringe it. There is quite a bit of fish in the Orijen, so I would not feed that anymore.
Hope Mr. Grey gets better soon.
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Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Sat Jun 19, '10 12:41am PST 
I'm sorry to hear that Mr. Grey isn't doing well. Purrs that his tests come back with good news. We know how scary it can be to wait for test results. The medication Lucy is on for her immune system issues is Atopica (also known as Cyclosporine). She also had a blood allergy test called Spot Testing through the Spectrum Group. If his tests come back without an answer to his health issues, talk to your vet about this test and medication as possibly an option.

Purring for you!
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Mister Grey- (Striped- Seven)

TICA M.S. (HHP- Champion)
 
 
Purred: Sat Jun 19, '10 11:50am PST 
Thanks Lucy! I will ask my vet about those options.

He is eating some, just not a lot. I had been switching to Natural Balance Duck and Pea (I was mixing them together) but I started giving him the Orijen alone again since he doesn't want to eat the new food.
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Ashlynne

Silly girl
 
 
Purred: Sat Jun 19, '10 1:16pm PST 
Mister Grey, I don't know anything about this, except for seeing photos on a friend's page here on Catster and then reading the link to some information she provided on her page.

You can use this link to Tasha's page, where she has a photo of her paw pads affected by Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis. She also has in her "arrival story" a link to information about the Pododermatitis. It does not sound like the condition you have, since you mention only one paw pad being affected, but I thought you might be interested in it.

Hope you find something that will help you feel better.
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Mister Grey- (Striped- Seven)

TICA M.S. (HHP- Champion)
 
 
Purred: Sun Jun 20, '10 10:49am PST 
My vet just emailed me that the labs were fine and the viral screens were all negative. I'll get a look at the numbers when I go back to the vet next week...

Thanks Ashlynne, but yeah that does not look at all like what Mr Grey has (plus his sores were not on his paw pads.)
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