Hi all! I have a two and a half year old spayed female cat (Lily) that I got as a tiny tiny kitten with the rest of her litter-mates. Lily is primarily an indoor cat with the ability to go outside during the day. She is my primary house cat but her sister comes inside too. The rest of my cats are mousers in my barns. Lily has always been just a little sickly. When she and her sister (Jane) were spayed, she did not pull out of it very well and her sister bounced right back. Lily is more active than Jane, but she is prone to occasional sluggishness and episodes of sleepless nights where she writhes around in what I can only assume is pain.
I have taken Lily to the vet for this probably 6 times since she was a kitten and I expect I've dropped about $800 trying to figure out what the problem is. She has some stomatitis (gum inflammation) but I am not sure it is linked to this other problem. She eats wet food and is offered free choice Science Diet dry food but only weighs about 6 1/2 pounds, though her weight seems to be consistent. I have seen three different vets and none of them have offered any suggestions that have helped her.
When Lily has an attack, she stretches out as far as she she can and writhes around. She won't eat or drink or even sniff a treat. This lasts for hours and has always happened at night. She'll do it on my bed, then she'll jump down and go under my bed and then I can hear her doing it there too. It's not a seizure. Her eyes are big and black and she doesn't want any attention. After the attack is over, she'll stumble over to me and want to sit in my lap for quite a while. She always acts tired after it's over. I can't find any common factor for what triggers these episodes.
The last time she had one was December 1st, early in the morning around 2 am till about 8. I took her to the vet and he could find nothing. When I took her in, she acted pretty normal and alert, but she is scared of the truck and hates the vet's office. The time before that was Septermber 16th, and before that it was sometime in midsummer.
Would any of you have any idea what this could be? Lily and I would be so happy to solve this!