Antigone's recovery process
Our 8 month old kitten Antigone has been in the vet since Dec 23. We brought her in to get spayed and that night when we brought her home, she was really weak still and refused to eat. In the morning she still wasn't eating so she was brought back to the vet and turned out she had a fever.
So over the week, she has been on IV, she's being force-fed b/c she won't eat on her own, and her temperature has been fluctuating. After doing a blood test and another viral test she's been found negative for all contagious viruses and bacterias. However, she's got a non-contagious virus in her liver and the veterinarians aren't sure of what it is or how she got it. The veterinarian just keeps saying that she's doing better every day when we call and also that she was starting to eat on her own.
Today we went to visit her and to be honest, she looked awful. I nearly burst into tears. She was swollen all over, she had a bit of an eye infection, her right front paw was so swollen and fat that she looked like she came from a cartoon. She just kept meowing and the veterinarian assured us that she wasn't in pain, but to me I think she was hurting - maybe not physically but in other ways. She looked so unhappy and her fur was unkept b/c she hasnt been grooming herself. They say that she was a changed cat this morning in that she was more active, the "escape artist" they called her, and also that if we werent there with her, she would not stay put on the table. Honestly, it's too hard to believe that b/c she just lay flat on the bed, meowing, as if she had no life in her. She couldnt even stand on her feet.
We are kind of skeptical of what the veterinarian is telling us and that maybe he's just trying to protect us from the truth. He even said that Antigone had a moment were she really scared the doctors when she wasnt doing well at all - this, they did not tell us on the phone, even though we called at least once or twice a day. He thinks that maybe it is a virus that was in her when she was born and b/c of the stress that brought on from the spaying, the virus may have flared up. Everything is uncertain at this point.
The breeder knows the veterinarians very well and she has never had any problems with her cats. Apparantly this is the first problem. And the day we first brought her home after being spayed, they told us that Tiggy was a healthy cat. If his hypothesis about this virus being in the cat from birth is true, then wouldn't all the kittens from the litter have it too?
Has anyone ever had any problems of this sort after having the cat spayed/neutered? We're really worried about her and she isnt looking well even though the veterinarian claims she is. She's been on IV for so long that we're unsure if she'd be able to fight the virus without it or maybe that she will continue to be weak and less active if she fights it. We wonder if she her personality will be different too... b/c she has always been a bit scared of people and she's only calm around my bf and I and Electra (the older cat). Hopefully she wont be even more skiddish and scared later on. She's very sweet and still very young so we definately hope for the best.
If anyone has any kind of information regarding this situation, it would truly be appreciated if you could let us know. Thnx for taking the time to read this lengthy post and also for sharing any helpful information.