Some of you guys probably know me from the post I did about how I was fostering kittens...
Well one of the kittens was attacked last week by a small dog that belongs to a friend of ours (bitten on the head). My cousin is a vet, and was in town from out of state. I called him to my house to take a look at the kitten (because it was the weekend, and the local vet was closed). There was some swelling and the kitten was acting sleepy. My cousin said the kitten's head was probably bruised, or that the dog could have shaken her a little, and she had the kitten version of "shaken baby syndrome". Both instances would cause swelling. He said to watch her carefully.
Well, soon after, she snapped out of it, and was pretty much totally normal (except for some impaired vision). She was running fast all over my house, and playing with the other kittens, eating, drinking, etc. There was just a tiny bot of swelling still left over, but she was otherwise all better (again, except for the vision).
So I found homes for all the kittens--- including her! A family (mother and daughter) who likes special needs kittens took her in. They didn't mind the vision issue, because they already have a cat with one eye, a cat that's def and partially blind, and another cat who only has 3 legs.
So when they came to get the kitten, they made a quick pit-stop at a local vet's office... Those vets told them that the kitten looked like she was fine. Then they took her in the back to take her temperature...
Then they came out and said she had a "fractured skull" And they could feel a big split in the back of her head.... Well, I never felt anything like that, and I've had her for a week! They didn't even do a scan! They said she was blind from the fluid, and the only way to save her life is to get a $3,000 surgery, by a specialist. The vets said they were not "specialists" so they couldn't do it. Then they gave the new kitten owners some "Metacam" in a liquid form to feed to the kitten-- its an anti-inflammatory and helps with pain--- and sent them on their way.
Well, later, I called the mother and daughter, to see how things were going. They said they researched the Metacam drugs, and found a site called http://www.metacamkills.com
, with lots of stories about owners who's cats died because of it.
I don't know, I just can't help feeling like maybe this vet nearby didn't do a very good diagnosis... I mean she said she wasn't a specialist, and didn't do this kind of stuff... She made it sound like if the kitten didn't get the surgery TODAY, it was gonna die. But that just didn't seem to fit... The kitten has been getting better, not worse! The first day, she was groggy, but by the end of this week, she was behaving totally normal!
Anyway, with the experiences I've been having with this kitten, it just doesn't sound like it fits with what the vet said. And that medication, along with that website....