Sick kitty, but no clear answers
I apologize in advance if I write too much, sometimes I get too detailed. I have a 5 year old kitty, whose health has been steadily declining these past months. I first took her to the vet in August, when I noticed she was not eating as much, losing weight and started discharging. She was given blood tests, x-rays, an ultrasound, and a urinalysis. Results showed a fever and high white blood count. The vet determined she had UTI and prescribed her Clavamox.
After a week & Ĺ (?), the symptoms did not go away, so the vet prescribed her more (enough for 2 more weeks). The discharge stopped, but she was still losing weight. During this time, she was refusing cat food and was begging for people food, something she never did before, (wouldnít touch it, even if it was offered). We even switched to a high grade cat food, which she snubbed after a few cans. On the last day of administering the medicine, she started throwing up white foam. This lasted periodically over three days. So, she went back to the vet for more blood work. The fever was gone and WBC was normal, but her weight was at 8.10 (9.0 at the last visit).The vet then put her on a special diet thinking she may be constipated.
The diet did not work (kitty lost interest in the food after 2 weeks), but started eating her regular food again. By now, she is anorexic, lethargic, depressed, and hiding. I also noticed her losing fur on the back of both ears. I take her back to the vet 2 more times. Extensive blood work, high grade x-rays, FELV/FIV test, fecal exam. All negative, which is a relief. The x-ray showed no tumors, but thickened intestines and she has a high WBC again. The vet said it could be one of 3 things: pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or gastrointestinal cancer. So, she gave her a pancreatic screen and a fungal culture for ringworm.
A week later the vet called and said it is not her pancreas. I have one of two options, take a chance and treat her symptomatically for IBD, or put her under for a biopsy of her stomach and intestines. I am sick about this! I love my baby and want to do whatever I can to get her better, but I do not want her cut open and put through any more stress if I can help it. I told the vet that I wanted to try the medicine first, and see if it works. She did not seem happy with my decision, but prescribed my Prednisolone.
When I went to pick up the prescription, the vet was disinterested and did not offer me any information about the medicine. I havenít started her on it yet, because I read online that you should not give it to a cat with a fungal infection. At the time, the culture wasnít ready. When they didnít call, I called myself. I was told nothing showed up, but they wanted to wait a few more days and that they would call me. By the time they did, it had been 3 weeks for what was supposed to be a 10 day test. The receptionist spoke with my mother and was very rude to her. She was told it was not ringworm, but did not offer any other possible causes.
Has anyone else ever been through this? Kitty is at 7.5 lbs. It is hard to tell if she is vomiting or has diarrhea because I also have an elderly cat. It only happens sometimes, but I never see who does it. Usually when I do, it is the older one, though sometimes my sick kitty makes a little hiccup like she wants to. We switched her food bowl from plastic to ceramic, because the plastic discolored. Could she have gotten allergies or infected by that? And what about the hair loss? Her ears are now turning scaly and appear to be darkening in spots (she is a black cat, so I canít say for sure). I have no idea how she could have picked it up, since she is strictly an indoor cat. I am so worried! But I am also afraid to start her on the medication because I know nothing about it. Some recommend that I get a second opinion, but I donít know how to handle going through all this again.