Hi. I am new to this site but have become desperate this last week. We have a 3yr old neutered male cat who is loosing weight alarmingly, vomits clear/yellowish bile and won't eat. Is very lathargic, non-responsive to his name (not normal for him) and appears to have frequent seizures/shakes all over.
There's not much but the 2 things I can think of are at one time he developed very nasty diherrea. He would go to the litter box but it would literally spray out accompanied by lots of flatulence. I had to tape newspaper on the walls around the box to contain the mess. A trip to the vet and some medication cleared it up within a day or so and it has never happened since.
The other was at about 1.5yr's old he was hit by a car - he's always be a indoor/outdoor cat. Nothing broken or anything but he has lost the feeling in approx. the last 1/3 of his tail. The vet said it was nerve damage only as the tissue is always warm and healthy. He can flick his tail as normal, it has never affected his mobility or agility - he just can't feel it if I gently pinch the end.
About a week ago I noticed that he seemed a little thinner and his behaviour changed a lot. He would not come when called and was not as playfull at night time (when I get home from work) as he had always been. Then the vomiting started. Then he rapidly lost weight and "howled" in obvious discomfort for short periods of time. This all took place over a couple of days.
My wife and I got him to the vet right away where they kept him for a few days. They rehydrated him with an IV and force feed him a few times. They took blood work but notified us that everything there seemed normal. The vet wanted to run a battery of tests (X-rays, berium etc) and possibley exploritory surgery and informed us that the bill was going to be considerable. As we were already looking at a current vet bill of $500+ we hesitated. I'm a little embarresed to say but with my wife pregnant etc money is very tight for us.
The vet said he would keep Sampson 1 more night and to call in the morning. We were then told the next day that he showed improvement, only vomitted once and appeared more responsive. Vet said to take him home, make sure he stays hydrated and gave us a ointment that helps clear blockages/hairballs etc. Other than that the vet is at a loss.
We've had Sampson home a few days now but he's not improving at all. In fact I never see him eat (I've tried force feeding him soft food myself with varying degrees of success), his seizures/shakes are worse and getting more frequent, he's very weak (can not even jump up onto the kitchen counter where he always liked to drink from the sink), and he's still very lathargic. he will not even look at me when I call him from within the same room (we where very close and he had always responed very well to me in the past). After hours of research on the net and not being a vet myself the closest things that sound like his problems are some sort of liver disease or a stroke.
He doesn't appear to be in any physical discomfort, just very weak and often has these seizures that last a minute and disapate.
My wife, my 7yr old daughter and myself love him to death and of course we are all in tears and very upset. Please, any suggestions, tips, hints, ideas, or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Trout & family.