I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their cat before. I have an older male cat 13 -15 (no one is sure of the age.) he's an indoor cat and lives with a doggy. He started feeling under the weather, I'm guessing now that I look back possibility almost two weeks ago. (He started climbing under the covers with me - a rare thing but did it nightly starting last Monday.
This past Thursday he started picking at his food and by Friday wasn't eating at all. He's always been a smaller than normal cat and not very big. He doesn't drink very much so I always watch his hydration levels.
By Saturday I starting giving him and eyedropper of water- he was getting very lethargic and I knew for certain something was wrong. I did this the whole weekend. By Monday I had to make an appointment with the vet and took him in Tuesday.
He was hydrated with a needle (poor thing) They did X-rays - other than a little gas no lumps etc.
Wednesday the blood work came back:
Blood work - Kidneys ok, liver okay etc. Temperature - Fine
White Blood cell count very high.
At this point the vet determined it was some sort of infection but didn't know what. I picked up a wide spectrum anti-biotic (Wednesday) and begun treatment. (Orban is the name of it)
Since Monday I was getting up every few hours to hydrate him and try to feed him. After he was hydrated on Tuesday he ate a small amount from my hand.
Wednesday he seemed to go back and forth. Was peeing fine but not eating.
Thursday - peeing fine - not eating. Playing in his water dish a little and drinking off his paw the tiniest amounts of water. Force feeding was causing him to get sick, even in small amounts. (1/2 teaspoon rounded) By Thursday at 3 am - he looked in really rough shape.
Friday - today - I've placed him in the hospital where he will be getting IV, nutrients and medicine.
We still don't know what this is, what caused it or what the prognosis is. for recovery.
What I'm very worried about is this - nearly two years ago something similar happened though not quite so severe. Re hydrating him and an anti-biotic did the trick. He was originally brought in then because he was throwing up once a day for a week.
My concern is that if and I hope he does, makes it through this - not knowing what caused it or if there is a way to prevent it is a scary thought. Especially as he is getting older.
Has anyone experienced something similar to this? Thought on what this could be? Anything i can do to prevent this in the future?
Has your cat had all his immunizations, and booster shots? What you're describing sounds like feline leukemia, which is not a cancer, but a virus.The disease can remain dormant for quite a long time; so maybe he had it the first time and fought it off. There's another disease that cats get which is similar, feline immunodeficiency disease. You vet should have a definitive answer, if he has done a blood panel, which he obviously has or he would'nt know the cat's white blood cells were elevated.I hope you get the answer soon, and good luck with your cat.
You're going to think I'm a terrible caretaker :( but no, he's not had all his shots kept up to date. I know the person who had him before did the shots as a kitten but other than that I don't know much of his history. As he's an indoor cat - and always healthy - the most I ever worried about was fleas and illness from fleas etc. because of living with the dog. So those things were taken care of. Histeeth ever once in awhile as well when needed. Stupid of me probably now that I think about it. If kitty makes it through this - that will be rectified.
All the vet said to me was that he had high white bloodcell count and he didnt know what was wrong just that there was some sort of infection.
Thank you fo r your kind thoughts. I'll be calling in the morning to see how he is and hopefully they will let me go visit.
Nobody will think you're a terrible caretaker with all of the things that you have described that you have already done for him and your obvious concern for him now. You already have him at the vet which is the best thing you can do. I believe it's fairly common to not have yearly vet visits when you have an indoor cat with limited risk of exposure to anything. Personally I feel better having my "kids" all examined and vaccinated every year but not everybody does that. The important thing is that you recognized that something was wrong and you got him to the vet. Good luck and I hope your kitty gets better.
The vet called today - he spent an hour sitting there trying to figure out how to tell me - it seems kitty has FIP. Which I had a hard time understanding as he doesn't live with other kitties and is indoors. It's either genetic or he had it when he lived at the other place with all the other kitties before he came to me. The fact that he's between 14 -16+ years old and lived this long with it (I've had him 11 years) is a blessing. He's lived a spoilt and happy life - I should take comfort in that - but honestly. I wish we had more time together.
His belly is filling with fluid and the vet has done everything he can. He's made him comfortable and he's in no pain. So I'm very grateful for that. Basically in lew of a miracle, which is unlikely - kitty is not going to survive. It's killing him.
I guess this explains why no one could figure out why a very healthy happy playful cat couldn't gain weight.
My heart is breaking. I'll have to go in the morning and make a decision.
I am so sorry that you have to go through this. Nothing can make it easier or make you feel any better about your decision except that as his caretaker if you decide on euthansia you need to believe in your heart that it's the right thing to do to keep him from suffering. Obviously your vet really cares if it was so hard for him to tell you. He would only give you the best advice. I just went through this with my 16 year old cat this past fall because of a tumor in her jaw. Her quality of life was gone and it was my only choice but it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. Please bring a friend or a relative with you if you can. Somebody to drive you home or at least to support you will really help a lot. I can't imagine what I would have done without my sister's support.
Thank you very much for your posting. I realize I too am replying to an old post but it sounds exactly the same as what my cat is going through. I am taking her back to the vet tomorrow and fear that he will recommend putting her down at this point since she is not eating at all. My heart is breaking...she is only 8 years old and an indoor cat as well.
My cat is having the same issues. She's almost 11 and has been throwing up and has had diarrhea for about 10 days. The blood tests were done and her white blood cell count is 37,000.00. She also has an issue with her pancreas. I have to give her antibiotics for three weeks and then she will be retested. I hope it's just a virus and not cancer. My vet has to prepare me for the worst though. Please pray for my cat Dolly.
Oh gosh my kitty Destiny is going through same exact thing.Started with vomit.As time went by i noticed less and less food touched.sHE EVEN REFUSED TREATS. So i traded to 4 kind of brand foods.Not a bite wouldnt touch.Sometimes she would look like she wanted to touch it but she would shake her head funny and walk away.Sad thing is she still loves to be brushed.And roll around in the sun when i check the mail.She has lost soooo much mostly bones.I of course took her to a very good vet we did a full pattern of blood work.No cancer.not diabetic,thyroid great,liver great,kidneys great Just a very high white cell count.He injected her with a 14 day supply of meds to kill off infection.Shes non social so he had to sedate her for that.Still not eating so he added in another medicine to kill of any other infection still not eating.I am a mess.My husband and i feed her by hand well force feed her.It's stage one baby food and bought this stuff in a tube all calorie buster and added it in.No changes still.She is around 11 or 12 had her since she was a baby.I can't just give up .But catscans would be nuts knowing that if it was internal we couldnt help her anyways.Im so sick over this.Any suggestions???LJT
My cat had a similar problem in Dec 2009-Jan2010 around the holiday season. (Losing weight and she had diarrhea). I would find her hiding in dark corners of the house or in the closet. The blood work showed nothing. She kept losing weight. The vet de-wormed her, gave her fluids each visit and put her on prednisone and Amoxicillin. She was walking around the house like she was drugged. I didn't feel this was right so I stopped giving her the medication... (Later to find out the Amoxicillin does not agree with her... Funny, but I and my sister get sick when we take it also... but that's beside the point)
The vet suggested to put her down but I refused to because she didn't have any masses (tumor) and nothing was wrong with her blood work, so I took her and the results to another vet (who treats only cats) for a second opinion. He gave her a shot of the 3-day lasting PENICILLIN with Vitamin B and Potassium. WOW in 2 days she came and jumped on my bed to awake me up in the morning like usual. I took her back for another 3-day shot just after New Years she had gained back 2 pounds and a nice thick coat. BOTH VETS were amazed and didn't think it was the same cat when I went back to have her weighed.
One other thing I must mention is that all this time the only food she would eat was the wet pouches of WHISKAS - Chicken Pate. Now she eats Chicken Bites. I was buying it in bulk to make sure that whenever she wanted it, (day or night... and I mean 24 hours around the clock I was there with her... I actually started sleeping downstairs so I'd know when she woke up and gave her food) Also I suggest to all cat owners to make sure your pet has fresh water daily and to rinse out there water dishes at least once a week. DON'T BUY WATER FOUNTAINS. I had several versions and they collect bacteria like crazy. Don't believe me... If you have one when was the last time you took it apart and cleaned it thoroughly? See the scummy build up your cat is drinking. I believe this is what gave my last cat a fatal mass (tumor). (Note: I tried adding pumpkin to her other food and trying baby food too but they didn't work at all). Both vets think that the wet food helped to keep her hydrated while she was sick. She never had any vomiting issues. Hope this helps you!
This is Jan 26, 2011 and she has a different problem right now. She is eating extremely well and begging me constantly for food. No vomiting. She is also very gaseous and has diarrhea again. The vet thinks she probably has an IBS (eosinophilic gastroenteritis) or Parasite infection (tapeworm). Her white blood cell count is elevated (her Eosinophils), so we are going to de-worm her, give her Vitamin B, a low dose of Prednisone and the new 2-week lasting Penicillin injection (Metronidazole).
Hi my cat has the same thing he just can't walk right now he is at Bide a Wee animal hospital white blood count is very hight its his teeth thats the cause.another thing I throught my cat had a stroke he didn't knew who I was hissing at everyone including the cats in the house.
I took my 4 month old kitten in becuase he was lethargic and could not walk and was starting to loose weight. They called me to say his white blood cell count was high. He acted like he couldnt see and kept falling when he tried to walk. Anyone have any ideas on what it could be? All I am being told is that they are looking at infections..
hey there,i m experiencing the same almost n going through hell :-( where do u put up...if in mumbai let me know...i have a nyc vet..anyways...i did all the teast an whtsoever..my snowy is gonna b 14 yrs in april 2012..he was all good till afew months back..he is suffering from chronic renal failure...check ur cat creatinine counts...recently my snowy WBC counts are v high ,under treatment..exact cause dont know...may b urinary infection:-( he fightin n hates me..for all d care i take for him with feeding,medicines n syrups..he isnt weak nor showin any other symptoms ,but the blood report is vvvv bad :-( daily iv morning n evening :-( hope he gets well soon ,his WBC IS 20,000 cu m ...whts urs??
My cat is 15 1/2. I am going through pretty much the same as all of you. It started completely out of the blue 3 or 4 weeks ago. One week he was totally fine, the next dropping weight. We took him to the vet. She did a senior workup on him. Thee blood work came back with all major organs (including Thyroid) working just fine. The WBC was high though (13.1). He has been on an antibiotic & a vitamin supplement for 2 weeks now. Tuesday he started on a powder to help him move his bowels (which he hadn't done for about 10 days). He finally went yesterday. It was hard and looked possibly bloody. I hope to get it to the vet this morning for testing. He has been eating small amounts of wet food a couple of times a day. I just don't know why he's not "going". I think tomorrow I will call another vet for a 2nd opinion. Since all this started just a few weeks ago he has lost 3lbs! He only weighed 10 to begin with! He is now almost skeleton like.
Any suggestions as to what I should ask the new vet?
Thank you in advance and please say a little prayer for Judge.
I have been going through this same thing with my cat. I decided to post my situation here as well. When Pepe first got sick I searched the internet and came across this site so I thought it would be helpful to post our situation as well. I have 3 cats, and none of them ever miss a meal.
Thursday night, 1-12-12, Pepe didn't want to eat. He wouldn't even come out from under the bed. The night before he had thrown up some foam with his dinner, but he is long haired and throws up once in a while because of the fur so I didn't think much of it. I dragged him out from under the bed and sat with him. I tried to give him some plain turkey, he turned his head away. I began to worry, he never turns down food. He then got up and seemed very wobbly on his feet. He stumbled and fell down. He began to paw at the blanket like he does when he is in the cat box. I quickly picked him up and put him in the box where he peed. When he was finished he stumbled out and fell again.
I called the vet and they advised to come down right away for after hours care. Once we arrived the vet did an exam and said Pepe had a large kidney. He advised me to get an MRI, XRAY, and several blood tests. Total was to be 900 dollars. I didn't have 900 dollars so I asked to do this step by step. The doctor explained that if it was cancer we could see this on the MRI but there is no treatment.
I decided on just a senior kitty blood test, he is 14, antibiotics and water under the skin (he was dehydrated). The doctor said the blood test will tell us more and we can decide on the MRI and XRAY at that point. When we got home Pepe ate 2 pieces of turkey. I was optimistic. The next day Pepe was 10 times worse. His mouth seemed sealed shut, his mucus so thick from the dehydration. I tried to put water in his mouth from a dropper, he spit it out as it seemed to turn to gel in his mouth.
I was very worried and took him back to the vet. The blood work results were in and they told me Pepe was in Renal Failure, Liver failure, low potassium, anemia and 34000 white blood cell count- very high. The doctor recommended I put him to sleep because the cost to pinpoint a cause would be high and there is not a cure for Renal Failure. His body was shutting down. I asked for option 2. There had to be an option 2. He seemed to get sick over night. He had never ever been sick a day in his life. They said they could put him on IV fluids to hydrate him and give him antibiotics. They said it would work like dialysis for his kidneys.
I applied for Care Credit (27 percent interest credit card for health care but they do have a 12-18 month interest free period). Pepe stayed the day and that evening they called me to pick him up. They don't have overnight care but I would need to bring him back the next day for more IV. They said he looked much better and ate an entire can of food. He was alert and pissed to be there. Once I got him home he ran straight to his food dish and ate like crazy. I gave him another can of food, and he drank lots of water. Next day, more IV fluids and antibiotics. I picked him up and brought him home at the end of the day. I was told to bring him back the next day for another day of IV fluids.
I was only able to do this because it was 60 dollars a day at this vet for the IV and hospital stay, some vets would have charged hundreds. At home he seemed back to normal. If I didn't know his blood test results I would have assumed he was better. After day three they did another blood test. His Potassium was normal, his kidney function was stabilizing, his liver was still high but stable not rising, his white blood cell count went down to 24000 and the anemia was gone. The doctors were shocked.
I brought him home. I was told to keep him on antibiotics. At this point, after the first day of IV, he was eating and drinking on his own, even sitting in the window and playing with his toys. They told me to bring him back in a week and retest the blood. A week later he was retested. Kidney and liver were now normal; potassium was normal but slight anemia and white blood cell count back up to 32000. They doctors were again confused. They gave me more antibiotics to give him and liquid steroids to control the white blood cell count until we knew what was going on. They said he needed to be tested for FIV and FeLV. Both came back negative. They tested him for FIP.
We won't get the results until tomorrow, and I am praying itís negative. The vet said itís rare and he has never seen it but we need to be sure. The doctor also said if itís negative he believes it may be auto immune disease. Pepe would need to stay on steroids for a while. I will know more tomorrow when they results come back. Pepe seems to be feeling good, eating and drinking well, using the kitty box and playing. His belly doesn't appear to be filling with fluid, although I still have opted to not XRAY or MRI. If its cancer, we can't cure it, and all the antibiotics and trips to the vet and the blood tests have cost us quite a bit, ironically just about what I was quoted the first night. By doing this step by step we have saved lots of money. Had we paid 900 the first night and then had to pay all this treatment we would be on the hook for double now. I will update when I hear more. If anyone has any info on autoimmune, the blood kind not the teeth kind, let me know.
My advice for anyone going through this. Take it step by step, and apply for credit if you can't afford it all at once.(carecredit.com is high interest but if you pay it off before the 12/18 moth period its interest free at most vets who take care credit.
The doctor says the FIP test shows his level is 1.25. Anything at that level and higher is considered positive. He said a positive test means there is antibodies, he may not have FIP. So confusing. Anyone know anything about this?