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We took Lily to a specialist for a second opinion yesterday. She confirmed our worst fears that something was seriously wrong. It could be one of two things: FIP or toxoplasmosis. She said it's definitely neurological. I've read up on toxoplasmosis and she's definitely showing more symptoms for that than FIP so that's a good sign. I'm actually 99% positive it's toxo but heaven forbid if it's toxo AND FIP... She's being treated for toxoplasmosis as of yesterday with some strong antibiotics. If she doesn't respond to them then it's definitely FIP. The tricky part is the antibiotics+her weight+eating. She's going to need a lot of fight and strength to get through and over this if it's toxo. She has the fight down. She's down to 2.5lbs at the moment from 3.2 last week. We're going to strictly feed her hills a/d now. She's eating a lot less than she did yesterday so I'm about to go look up syringe feeding her properly. Any advice on food whatsoever please please please post it. I made a blog for her today so that I won't have to keep spamming this page with Lily posts/threads. It's a tumblr so you can follow or just bookmark it! I'll be sure and follow you back if you have one. There are already tons of pictures but there's plenty more to come, and daily updates. Lily's journey, progress, and daily life.

We bought her a new bed yesterday. She loves it. She's been sleeping ALL day today... literally all day. I'm hoping it's because of the antibiotics. I'm trying to get my fiancee to feed her as much as possible. It turns out I don't have to work this weekend so I'm headed over to Little Rock straight after school Friday and staying until late Monday evening. I love him and all but he just doesn't have a mama's touch when it comes to her and making her eat! Please keep us in your prayers though. I'm over the crying part of it for now, at least... but it's still hard. I'm having to be strong for both Brian (fiancee) and Lily now. I tried hiding my emotions from him but ended up breaking down and crying for literally 5 hours on his shoulder. He's worried literally sick over the whole ordeal now. This is his first pet, ever. He loves her so much and treats her like she's his actual daughter. Sighhh.... Thank you all so much for the kind words and encouragement.

This is a picture of her yesterday. Brian bought her a pretty new bed! She loves it. That's also her red blanket that she got last week.... and the white thing underneath? That's another one of her blankets. She's such a high maintenance little princess lol
 

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:-? I hope Lily gets better soon. Syringe feeding is though but the best thing to do is tuck it in at an angle toward her cheek (if I remember right)

Myself, being a mother at heart. would keep her close to me for warmth. Just like sick babies like to be held, sick kittens do too. I hope things turn out alright and I hope she takes to the antibiotics. She has a great mommy (and daddy too!)
 

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Thanks guys! I'll try and delete my other ones when need-be. She was in her bed in a chair next to Brian while he's studying (like the picture) and I took ownedby4cats advice and told him to put her in his lap with her blanket and to pet her while she sleeps and he said that she started roaring with purrs. Gah. So cute. It's so, so hard to see her then and now pictures...... the change is unreal. He has the syringe feeding thing down. She ate 1/4 of a can (not the smaller one but the bigger one... but not the soup can sized one) in ONE sitting!!! and he syringed her a wee bit for practice. Like I said, I'm going this weekend... and I'll be waking up every few hours to feed her. Any idea on how fast a cat digests food on average? I want to set my clock to it so I can wake up and feed her then. I know kittens have smaller stomachs so I don't want to over feed her but I want to feed her as much as possible!
 

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Poor little Lily. But if she had to become seriously ill, she sure ended up with the right family to take care of her.

Here are some links that will provide you with lots of tips, tricks, and techniques to help get food into her. The last link is to the Assist Feeding Mailing List. I recommend you join that list, because the folks there may be able to answer your questions about how much and how often to feed a kitten Lily's age and size.

Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease - Persuading Your Cat to Eat
AssistFeed.com: Advice to help a sick cat who will not eat
Feline-Assisted-Feeding : Feline-Assisted-Feeding

Please do keep us updated here at Cat Forum. We become very emotionally invested in our member kits, and Lily is now one of our own.

Laurie
 

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Please do keep us updated here at Cat Forum. We become very emotionally invested in our member kits, and Lily is now one of our own.

Laurie
Truer words were never spoken. Yes, please do keep us updated. Lily looks like what my Midnight must have looked like when she was a baby. I am praying for your baby's recovery.
 

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Thank you all so, so much. <3 I'll reply to this a bit later about how she's doing. I'm not with her, but my boyfriend says that she seems to be more affectionate/playful/vocal and hasn't bitten/scratched him in three days (since she got the shot and started the antibiotics)... she's not a mean kitty at all, but when she's really hurting like as in even touching her gently would send her into pain she'll let you know by softpawing you. Not even using claws! Such a sweet kitty. However I look down and I have literally 8 large scratches on my wrists from her, haha. Giving medicine to a sick kitty isn't always easy! We've tried the burrito method but we stopped that. Not only is she an olympic houdini-ist but I'm scared that will stress her out entirely too much. Her heartbeat is always extremely fast whenever we get her out of it and I don't like that at all. I would rather put up with the scratches. We found a perfect way to give her medicine now. It's quick, easy, painless, and not-stressful for you or the cat. So that's good... because this cat has literally been on syringe type medicine since the first week in Decemeber that we got her.

She IS eating a little of the AD on her own, but we're giving her syringes of tiny bits more that we feel she needs. Thanks for the websites, I'm going to check them out as soon as I get home from class. I'm thankful that she isn't fighting back or spitting out the food, we're just simply squirting it onto her tongue and she eats it. Sometimes she'll push the syringe away with her paw stubbornly but she's not being too rejectful.... I'll note any more changes that we see later this afternoon, since it's a brand new day :)
 

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My little Mu has been through a lot and at times she does not want to eat. One of my vets gave me an appetite stimulate which really helps. I am not home right now to get the correct name but when she slacks off on eating I give her 1/4 tab every three days and it gets her eating like crazy. I dont give it all the time, just when she slows up with eating. Maybe that would help get her appetite back.
 

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Looked at your pictures - Your Lily is beautiful kitty! It's very encouraging to hear she is actually eating on her own...that's a good, good sign!

(My Lily has a bed like your pink one, but it's beige. She loves it too).
 

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My little Mu has been through a lot and at times she does not want to eat. One of my vets gave me an appetite stimulate which really helps. I am not home right now to get the correct name but when she slacks off on eating I give her 1/4 tab every three days and it gets her eating like crazy. I dont give it all the time, just when she slows up with eating. Maybe that would help get her appetite back.
It might be Mirtazapine. My cat is currently on it. He gets 1/4 tablet every 3 days.
 

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Your little Lily is so precious. What a sweet face. I too hope it isn't anything serious. When I adopted my Orry at 8 weeks old he developed a respiratory infection and the syringe feedings helped him turn the corner on this illness. You are doing everything you can for your Lily, hopefully soon everything will be alright.
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Thanks all! She seems to be doing fine with eating. Kinda. She'll eat on her own (but not enough in our opinion) but the fact that she's even wanting to eat is a good sign I think! Brian has been giving her several syringes every 3-4 hours and she doesn't reject/fight them so that's also a good sign! I haven't seen her since Monday and he's coming to pick me up tomorrow (YAY!) so I'm going to get to see if she's improved/declined/stayed the same or whatever. I'm nervous but overly excited. I'm going to start a 3 hour regime (even through the night) with syringe feeding her. He says he can feel a little belly on her now so that's great! I was taking a nap Sunday and she was sleeping on my collar bone wrapped around my neck and I honest to God did not feel her there. I woke up and didn't even notice her. It was scary. I don't understand how something so tiny and weightless be so full of life and fight. She's definitely an inspiration to me. I WILL definitely look into that appetite stimulator if she starts showing signs of just not wanting to eat or do the syringes at all. Right now she just seems to be like "Hey, spoil me and hand feed me!" Which is okay with me because I have a yorkie here at my moms that requires to be fed piece. by. piece. of. dog. food. BY HAND! Ugh..... I just hope she doesn't get used to this, haha. Brian wrote an update on her tumblr today (Lily's journey, progress, and daily life.) but I'll copy and paste it into here along with a picture he took of her today.<Br><br>
Lily is so much more playful today. She chases around the little toys I put out for her, she gets into her pouncing stance whenever I pick up one of the toys, and she even does a half-way fetch-type thing…it’s really cute actually. I love seeing her like this. It gives me hope and faith that she will overcome her illness, whatever it may be. Her eye is looking less cloudy even! Definitely a good sign. Her third eyelids are still up though, so we still have a ways to go, but I am still so happy with her progress. She’s been eating a lot more on her own, still not quite the amount that may be best for her, but more than yesterday and previously. I picked her up today and to my shock, I actually think she’s getting heavier and bigger! I can’t wait to get her weighed again at the vet next week for her checkup. Please continue to keep our little Lily in your prayers. Keeping our fingers crossed that this improvement in her continues!
Lily’s daddy

As you can see in the picture below she's looking kinda rough still, but she's still fighting and holding on!

 

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I'm with Lily now! She looks amazing! She looks so much less gaunt in the face. You can't feel her back bone poking out anymore or her ribcage and SHE HAS A MINI BELLY!!!! She ate half of a can of a/d all by herself since midnight last night so she's eating pretty well, too. The downside is her third eyelids are slightly pink and the growth in one of her eyes looks to be pearling over like the other eye and a tiny microscropicly point sized bigger. But her overall health is looking so, so, so, so much better just already. She's currently purring up a storm and making biscuits on her blanket. She's already proudly shown me her new fluffy pink princess bed. I just got in so I haven't had the time to note much more, these are just the basics. She's definitely a lot more alert, too. Yay. :) Keep her in your prayers/thoughts, and I'll post tomorrow!
 

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Thanks guys once again. <3 The support I've gotten through all of this is overwhelming! It's truly amazing to see people so kind-hearted and not just "Umm, it's a cat. Not a human." Last night for the first time in two weeks Lily drank water. She drank water! She hasn't taken a single sip in at LEAST two weeks... and we know this because 1. we haven't seen her do so and we've kept a hawks eye on her and 2. she ALWAYS comes out with a little water beard, which is the funniest thing ever. That and she usually always drinks when she eats... which she hasn't done. But last night I took her into the bathroom to eat some food before bed and she walked over to her water dish and just started drinking. I told Brian and he was like you're lying... I said no, come over and see! He couldn't believe it. Now, she does seem to be doing better but I'm just worried about her bathroom matters..... She's pooping straight liquid and it's dark brown. Maybe that's a side effect of her antibiotics? Or maybe because the food she's on (science hill's a/d) has an ungodly amount of protein and other nutrients in it. Maybe I'm being an overly-protective worried mother at this point because any small thing freaks me out now. I'm going to go research that now! I know she won't eat solid foods so I can't really bulk up her stool in that sense. Other than that, my pot-bellied little baby seems to be a lot happier. Oh and I'm going to record a video and put it up on youtube of how Brian feeds her with a syringe/dropper. She's the worst cat ever with taking medicine, I have many cat scratches to prove it, but he does this thing and she takes the medicine gingerly with no claws or fighting back. It's crazy. However, it won't work if your cat doesn't like being on it's back or cradled.... but I'm thinking this could really, really help some people with giving their little cats medicine! I'll get to that later though.
 
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