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Dear all,

Hello from Australia, I hope that all of your beloved pets are doing well :) I have a problem with mine that I'm quite worried about yet it's currently too late to see a veterinarian (23:30).

Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon I took my 2 y.o female cat to the local vet to have her yearly vaccination. I also asked to get a vaccination again leukaemia as I'll soon be moving into shared accommodation where another cat has leukaemia. I also asked the vet for a flea treatment, and decided to get Revolution (Selamectin), and topical treatment for fleas/intesinal worms etc.

Came home Thursday evening and washed my cat, M.G (she wet herself in the car). I waited a few hours until she was dry, then administered the Revolution. She seemed a bit tired/down in the dumps after her visit to the vet.

She's been fine mostly however tonight (Friday) I went to pat/pet/stroke her and she growled at me. I stroked her some more and she growled even more than stood up and took off. I thought she may have some kind of internal pain, yet she will still run around, jump around and chase strings, chase bugs etc as though she has no illnesses. I can pick her up no problems - no growling.

However, when I pat her, she growls as though her skin / fur is sore or painful. I'm really worried and don't know what I can do. I can also feel heat around her rear legs through her fur, as though she has a fever. Her ears don't feel overly hot though.

I'm worried, I cannot contact a veterinarian. I think her skin may be sensitive due to the Revolution, yet internet research doesn't mention this as a complication. Could it be the vaccinations/combination of them all?

Please help me and my lovely ***** cat :) Thank you all in advance, and best wishes for 2004. Sorry about the long post.

Fezz
 

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As with anything, there is a possibility of an allergic reaction to Revolution. It is a very safe drug, but nothing is absolutely guaranteed not to have a negative effect on every cat in the world.

Vaccinations can cause soreness at the injection site. This is normal and should resolve in a couple days. No emergency unless your cat is showing other symptoms (lethargy, swelling in the facial area, vomiting, refusal to eat, labored breathing, etc.). A little lump at the vaccination site is considered normal, as long as it's gone within a week's time.

Also most vets use killed virus vaccines these days. But in the event that a live virus vaccine is used, there is a slight possibility of the cat developing a mild, usually transient, case of the disease it vaccinates against. Same thing as the human flu vaccination actually causing the flu in some cases.

Of course, her behavior could be stemming from the vet visit itself. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for cats to show fear aggression for a few days at home after returning from a vet visit. The person who brought the cat to the vet is often the one the cat reacts to aggressively. With some encouragement, though (like giving treats and spending quiet time with the kitty, and allowing him some space), the issue normally resolves itself.

You should certainly contact your vet and mention the symptoms. A vet who has actually seen the cat is the only one who can safely advise you as to what you should do.
 

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Wow, thanks a million red_kitty. You've put my mind at ease. M.G (Morning Glory) is eating healthily, I've had her playing around chasing a string etc so I'm relieved, yet stroking her is still a bit of a no-no.

I'll sleep tonight :)

I'll call the vet in the morning and report back.

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Everything was fine

Hello all,

I thought I'd report back to say that everything turned out fine... It seems as though she was just moody either the visit to the vet itself, or maybe because she'd had some vaccinations and these were making her feel a little bit ill.

She was just a tad down for another day, but was back to her normal, crazy, energetic little self afterwards.

Thanks for the help.
 
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