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Young cat can hardly walk, barely eating, vet hasn't been much help
padfootfreak14 posted:
Problem is with a soon to be 2 year old male cat. In November his one eye was quite red and the third eyelid wasn't opening all the way. The vet gave us drops for the eye. By January both eyes were having problems, he wasn't eating as much and he'd started eating cat litter and his walking was getting a bit off. We took him back to the vet, the cat had dropped a bit over a pound since he'd been neutered as a 6 month old kitten, he'd been 9 pounds at that time. The vet gave us more drops for the eyes and a bottle of antibiotics (amoxicillin). He said to keep an eye on him and if he didn't seem to be getting better to bring him back for blood work. After finishing the antibiotics our cat wasn't any better so we brought him back again since his legs were getting worse. The new vet (the office has a handful and the original wasn't it) tested for feline leukemia (negative) and took some blood as well as giving him a shot of anti-inflammatory to hopefully help with his legs. The cat had dropped almost another full pound but we had to wait until the next day for the results. When the vet called he didn't offer much help, just named off one or two things it may be but he wasn't sure exactly what was wrong. He had us pick up a different variety of the original antibiotic and a liquid prednisone. We've been giving him the medicine and doing our best to get the cat to eat and he will eat some wet foods but we think he's dropped another pound, he can hardly walk and partly because he can't walk is peeing and pooping all over the house. Often he will just be laying somewhere and when he moves we noticed he peed or when we pick him up to give him his medicine he pees and his urine has gotten to a dark yellow with odor but we aren't sure if that's just because of the medicine.

History, his mother is a healthy cat, still owned by another member of our family. She had just one other kitten in this litter, another male who we also own and is very healthy, and twice the current weight of his brother. Prior to this he had no health problems what so ever and he hasn't been exposed to anything that would have gotten him sick, plants or otherwise. Father also a healthy cat from same owner as mother. Mother had a litter before and after our two cats, both were very healthy litters, the first was large the last was also just two.

At this point we just need advice on what to do. Should we demand our vet do more to help? Seek a second opinion with another vet at that office or otherwise? Any ideas on what could be wrong. While I don't like this idea at all, especially considering how young he is, is it possible to save him at this point or would it be best to have him put down?
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
It sounds like your cat is quite ill. If your veterinarian isn't sure what's going on, it's time for a second opinion. If there's a board certified feline or internal medicine specialist in your area, ask your veterinarian for a referral as soon as possible. Make sure to bring all his records with you. While it's not possible to know what's going on from your description, some possibilities include Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Toxoplasmosis, FIV, etc.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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