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Kitten having health issues

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Member Since
11/20/2012
 
 
Purred: Tue Nov 20, '12 6:40am PST 
My 8 month old kitten ate cat litter and got a bowel obstruction. The vet did his emergency surgery and he lived through it and is continuing to get better. However, the reason we took him to the vet was because he was stumbling around everywhere and they stumbled on the obstruction. The vet said his stumbling might have been because his electrolytes are off balance. It has been 11 days since his surgery and he is still having issues walking. I am worried! He has a follow up appointment this week, but the vet doesn't specialize in cats. What else could be going on? Could a vitamin deficiency cause leg weakness or neurological issues? The reason I ask is because he continues to want to eat litter (so I switched to world's best cat litter he won't eat that) and I catch him licking the rocks on our fireplace.
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Amber

Georgian Blue
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 8:12pm PST 
I'm so sorry nobody has replied to your post until now! I sure hope I can help. There are a few possibilities here. The cat may have Vestibular disease. If your cat hunts and eats rabbits, he could have been poisoned by proxy. Even young cats can develop diabetes. You need to get your cat to a vet. I hope all is well. I really hope I have been of help. I sure hope you respond to this and let us all know how your cat is doing! Please take your cat to the vet for testing. It's been a while since you posted, so I'm wondering if you might have a diagnosis by now. Or, if the vet has found anything at all. How is your kitty doing? Your cat needs to be treated by a veterinarian.
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Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 9:13pm PST 
OMG! This sounds terrible. Poor kitty! Have the vets dewormed her? Has she had a blood test? X-rays? Ultrasounds? If not, this is where you need to start. Now! Something is very wrong with your cat. Is he eating? If not, you must feed him. Make sure he gets food in him every day. Your best bet is to go straight to a specialist. It's not uncommon for a sick cat not to want to use the litterbox. If this is the case, once he feels better, he will use his box again. I wish you the best of luck. This is just horrible! I really recommend blood work. A urinalysis would be a good idea, too. It's a definite possibility. Also, ask the vet about saddle thrombosis. You need to have your vet check for infections. I'm leaning towards this probably being an infection. We had a cat that lost the use of her back legs because of an infection!
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Amber

Georgian Blue
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 11:35pm PST 
Have you heard about thiamine deficiency in cats? Thiamine helps the body metabolize carbohydrates. It is found in whole grains. It's actually fairly rare in cats. It's mainly found in cats that eat raw fish. Raw fish contain the enzyme thiaminase, which destroys thiamine. Cooking destroys thiaminase. Sulphur dioxide, a preservative in many cat foods, can actually cause thiamine deficiency. It inactivates thiamine. This is why cat food manufacturers must be so careful when using this preservative. If you cook for your cat and then drain the food, you could be removing most of the thiamine. Use as little water as possible or give your cat the water along with the food, if you cook for your cat. Food that is heated at high temperatures will no longer contain adequate levels of thiamine.
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