|Purred: Wed Sep 26, '12 2:33am PST |
|It sounds like Moch has a lot going on. Has he been tested for Feline Leukemia or FIP? These would be the two diseases that would concern me when it comes to his symptoms.
Is Moch eating and drinking normally? Is he losing weight?
The fact that your vet has heard a heart murmur, and Moch has an enlarged heart, it really sounds like he has some sort of heart issue. I have two cats who have enlarged hearts. One had a partial thrombo embolism (saddle thrombosis) 3 years ago. A thrombo embolism is usually a death sentence, but since it was a partial one, my vet was able to save his life. Since then I've had him on a cocktail of vitamins/supplements and 1/4th of a baby asprin every 3 days. The most important supplement I have him on is Co Enzyme Q 10. It is a miracle drug for the heart. 25 mgs of Co Q 10 a day can have dramatic results with cats with heart issues. Do some research on it. I feel like Co Q 10 has helped keep Sammy alive this long.
My other cat (Boo Boo) who has an enlarged heart has very different symptoms then Sammy. Sammy is very thin and we have a hard time getting weight on him. Boo Boo is obese, and often has fluid in the lungs. Boo Boo coughs a lot, while Sammy never coughs. I have Boo Boo on Co Enzyme Q 10 as well.
I also was unable to afford getting any high-tech heart tests for my two cats, so I feel for your there. If you do some research, there are organizations out there that will give you a grant to pay for certain tests for your kitty if you qualify. Most of these orgs require a report from your vet that this test is vital in order to save your cats life. I will warn you that a lot of these orgs are lacking in funding right now, so it might be hard to find one who can help. But it's worth a try.
It might be so many things, especially since Moch is elderly. I have never had a cat that lived to 15 (and I've had A LOT of cats in my 35 yrs) so I have no idea what kind of illnesses a 15 yr old cat is suceptible to get. The high white blood count does sound like some kind of infection is present. Make sure you monitor his eating/drinking/potty habits closely.
I hope you can figure out what's wrong with Moch. Hopefully you can get together some money and get him back to the vet for further testing. I too have money issues, especially because I have 8 rescue cats, most of which have some sort of health issue, so I spend A LOT of money at the vets office. Often I have to sacrifice my own needs to get my cats the care they need. Maybe you can borrow money from a family member or relative? I read you are seeing signs of Moch getting better, but you should be prepared (financially and emotionally) for him to go downhill again. Cats can show signs of improvement, but then turn around and go downhill fast. I hope this won't be the case for Moch, but just be prepared in case.
I wish you and Moch the best of luck. If he hasn't been already, please ask for him to be tested for Feline Leukemia and FIP. These are the two diseases that concern me the most regarding Moch's symptoms. Also, has your vet checked Moch's stool? There might be a clue in a stool sample.
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