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My Kitty is Sick :-( April 17, 2009

Posted by Mitchell in Home.

Last weekend my cat decided she didn’t feel like eating anymore. At first I thought she was being finicky because I dared to try some stuff she hadn’t had before but when even the old favorites failed to entice I knew something was wrong plus she was becoming very listless and lethargic. So I took her into the vet Monday evening to get her checked out. She had a fever, a high white blood cell count and signs of dehydration. I put her in for the night for some IV fluids and antibiotics and they were going to send the blood sample out for more tests for the usual kitty diseases.

Fortunately the tests came back the next day negative for the nasty stuff and the vet seemed to think that there were some anal glands that might be infected. The antibiotics were sure to clear it up pretty quick and I could get her home. They also gave her some appetite stimulants and they seemed to work and she started eating again. Unfortunately the fever persists and it won’t go away. They gave her a shot to help with the fever and it works for a while but it keeps coming back and they can only give it every 48 hours. Tonight is her fourth night in the hospital. I spoke with the vet a few hours ago and the white blood cells are back to normal as is her temperature for now. But she is less responsive than before.

There is a possibility that we are dealing with a rare type of viral infection after all and the lab is going to test for it tomorrow. Well, sort of test for it. Her symptoms generally match for a mutated viral form that has no specific test so they’re testing for that viral group. If it comes back positive it means that she may have the mutant virus or just have been exposed to the more common form when she was very young.  The mutant form is 100% fatal. There is no cure, only treatments that can delay the inevitable.  There’s nothing I can do at this point but to wait and hope the tests come back negative and her fever to stay gone. 

Please get well kitty.



1. Enas Yorl - April 17, 2009

The test came back negative for the virus! 🙂
The fever is back again. 😦

2. cbullitt - April 17, 2009

Sick pets are no fun, almost as bad as toddlers because they can’t tell you what’s wrong. Then you take em to the croakers and they can’t tell you what’s wrong either. They tell you what it’s not! Give you some meds and say, “see what happens.” Well, duh Dr. Kildaire.
The croakers–they piss me off.

3. EnasYorl - April 18, 2009

Yah, I took kitty home tonight with meds and we’ll see how she does this weekend. I’ll take her into the vet’s Monday for a recheck and see how her stats are holding up.

4. Steamboat McGoo - April 18, 2009

Best wishes for your cat, Enas! She’ll get better!

5. Lemur King - April 19, 2009

I’m answering your posts in reverse order (Shrike-style)… the not-a-virus thing is encouraging but still not very satisfying. Poor kit.

Perhaps you can perk her up with a little WoW. Or some ‘nip.

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