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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cat is sick

My Cubby who I have posted on here before about seems sick. He had been to the vet already for being crabby and chasing another of my cats. He has a checkup and they said he was fine. He was a bottle feed so I am unsure if he's crabby because something is wrong or because of that...

Tonight he is off. He let me hold him without fighting for much longer than normal of course growling the whole time. He seems thinner, he was coughing or gagging. Unsure because my son saw it. His third eyelids are slightly exposed. When I pick him up he growls the most so am unsure if he hurts when I do it. He is also more lethargic. I have him in a separate room to be sure he is defecating normally.

To make it more complicated, a few years ago I had a cat who had FIP. Of course I did not know it until my cats were exposed. And it is a possibility that is finally kicking in. I really hope not though, it would be very devastating for me.

I will be calling the vet tomorrow but thought I'd get feedback from here.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 11:22 PM
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It's been almost 2 months since he went to the vet, right? It could be something completely new and different. When that happened with Cleo, it was parasites, but the third eyelid is just a symptom and it could be dozens of things, including eye issues.

I would definitely take Cubby to the vet tomorrow. I hope it's nothing serious.

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I hope the vet is able to determine what's wrong with Cubby. Third eyelid exposed, unusual grumpiness, losing weight and lethargy are all red flags to me that something's wrong. He's not Feline Leukemia Positive is he? Has he been tested? Thyroid also may off. He should be tested for that too.
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Franklin periodically displayed all 3 symptoms when is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (easily treatable) was undiagnosed.
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ended up at the vet who did an xray. He had something in his lungs presumably pneumonia. Bad news i they noticed his heart enlarged. Either heartworm or heart disease. They recommended going back in 2 wks for a new xray and if the heart is still enlarged doing a heartworm test. Then if that's ok a ekg test. Since he was exposed to feline leukemia I will be retesting him for that. (I tested him 6 mo after exposure but to be safe will do again. He did have feleuk vx but that's never 100%) This was way too much info than I wanted to hear. I never gave my cats heartworm medication because it is so rare in cats and now I might have killed him. 2 weeks is a long time to wait, I might just test him before that...
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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I called another vet as he seemed worse. They said a cat with those symptoms the prognosis is poor even if treated. My regular vet said the same. I am heartbroken. You don't realize how much you love someone until you are faced with their possible death. Now I sit here and wonder if he isn't better tomorrow if I should bring him to the vet to let him go...
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I'm so sorry to hear of your news....that is so sad and devastating. It will be a difficult decision what to do. It is good that you got a second opinion. All the best to you and to Cubby.
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 08:43 AM
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I'm so sorry you and Cubby are going through this. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get some more hopeful news soon.
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I ditto Susan's sentiment and our all of our paws are crossed here, too
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 03:45 PM
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I'm so sorry. I can understand how you must feel. Take care, you want to be in the best health yourself so you can be there for him when he needs it.
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