|Purred: Wed Nov 14, '12 12:09am PST |
|My mommy is going to explain to you what my story is. It's a long story but I hope someone has some good advice or comforting words because I don't feel to good
I haven't been on Catster since I adopted my beautiful siamese. He is my 1.5 year old baby boy. His name is Liebchen and since he was a kitten he has always been a little off. When he was younger all he would have to do is look at you with his face and if you were having a bad day it was wiped from your mind.
In July (a little after he turned 1) my friend came to visit and mentioned something about the way he walked. Like he was drunk. I had noticed it before but as I said Liebchen was always a bit of a stare off into space kind of kitty.
For a while after I seriously thought he has cerebellar hypoplasia. But that doesn't get worse and he has gotten progressively worse.
It got to the point that he would jump from a counter (or worse his cat tree) and fall and not land on his feet like his brother. So I took him into to see the vet. His symptoms: lethargy, wobbly legs, and head wobbling when going to lay down or focus, a bit of weight loss eating well though, bowel movements normal. Purred and cuddled still.
She automtically assumed it was FIP. I had never heard of this horrible disease and when she told me it was fatal I couldn't bear to hear it. We ran some bloodwork (Not for FIP because I know now those only test for the virus not the disease) the couple of things she noticed were one of his liver enzymes were a bit high, but he didn't have diabetes, kidney failure or anything like that. The next step of course was taking him to a neurologist and running a bunch of bloodwork, x-rays, MRIs and the like. All of which I sadly cannot afford.
I went home and studied his symptoms and brought liebchen back for a follow up and came prepared with a list of other possibilities. The vet shot them all down. She said she would call the neurologist and ask for the top 5 reasons why a cat would have cerebellar issues.
Two of there top 5 were on my list she had previously shot down...
So instead of doing nothing we are currently treating him for toxoplasmosis and Cardiomyopathy with an antibiotic and prednisone. for the first 4 or five days it seemed like there was a improvement. Instead of pulling himself up onto the couch with his front paws he was jumping. He even jumped onto the bathroom faucet which he hadn't done in a month! But the medication has made him nauseous. He licks his lips and makes gaging reflexes even when he tries to sleep.
I have been hiding 1/4 tab of pepcid ac in his wet food which he has been devouring... today, he hasn't touched it. I can't pick him up, when I tried about 20 minutes ago he spit up a bit.... What do I do? Is this FIP? I know the opinion of my vet and she even told my father who went to pick up liebchen's medicine once that she felt I was wasting my time and she was pretty sure it was FIP. I can't stand the fact of playing God and taking this babies life if I can't know for sure it is fatal.
Any suggestions, opinions or words of comfort would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you all...
Edited by author Wed Nov 14, '12 7:10pm PST