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Hello Everyone!! First off I want to tell you what a great forum you have. I am hoping that someone can help me out here. My 4 year old spayed female cat has been sick lately. I was wondering if anyone here has had any similar problems or might know what is going on. Here is what has been happening:

Saturday August 23rd: She was sleeping on the couch and all of a sudden jolted up, jumped off the couch and ran to the middle of the room and started yowling (like when cats are in heat). She yowled for about 15 seconds. Afterwards she was a little scared and jumpy. She seemed pretty fine the rest of the day just a little tired. That night she was sleeping on the bed with us and woke up at 3am and yowled once and I comforted her and she fell back to sleep.

Sunday August 24th: She was sleeping in the corner of the dining room and all of a sudden I heard her yowling and went in to see what was wrong. She was laying on her stomach and looked like she was in pain, drooling a little and then continued to have a bowel movement (somewhat hard and dark in color) in the corner and then would not move. This all lasted about 1 minute. I finally scooted her away and cleaned up and then I comforted her and she went back to sleep. She again seemed fine the rest of the day just tired and really jumpy when awake.

I called the vet and the soonest appointment was September 11th so I took it. He told me to keep an eye on her and call him if anything else happens.

Monday August 25th & Tuesday August 26th she did not have any episodes, but did sleep alot and was very jumpy.

Wednesday August 27th: She was sleeping on the computer room floor and got jolted out of her sleep once again and started running across the room and slammed into our bookcase and then layed down and started yowling for about 30 seconds. She got a little bit of a bloody nose and then her nose ran clear. She slept most of the rest of the day and was jumpy.

Thursday August 28th: I woke up in the morning and she seemed like her normal self. She was following me around and meowing and rubbing against my legs. I came into the computer room to check my e-mail and she followed me and sat next to my chair and was meowing for some treats (this is our normal morning routine) . I tapped the computer desk for her to jump up and she did and I layed her treats on the desk. She proceeded to eat them and as soon as she sniffed the treat she jumped straight into the air about 3 feet and came down and landed on my keyboard. She then jumped straight up in the air again and did a flip and when she came down she ran into the corner of the computer desk and yowled. She also sprayed a little urine when she ran to the corner of the computer desk. This all happened in about a minute.

I called the vet and he told me to bring her in first thing Friday morning. I took her in and he kept her most of the day checking her and taking blood tests. He said that her heart, lungs, eyes, skin look excellent, but some kind of liver count is at 240 which the normal range is between 80-130. I am not absolutely sure what he said because when he called I was at the grocery store with no pen or paper. When I went to pick her up with all my questions he was already gone. They sent some blood away to get tested, but because of the holiday weekend they won't know any results until Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. They sent home Phenobarbitol to give her twice a day until next week so she isn't so jumpy. I got her to take it Friday night and Saturday, but Sunday she would not take it and she hasn't taken it since.

They had to sedate her at the vet to do all the tests so I couldn't feed her the night before or Friday morning which she was hungry. When I got her home from the vet she ate about a half of a bowl of food. Since then she isn't eating and she drinks very little. She sniffs her food once and then just turns away. It is almost like she can't smell it or something. She urinates about once a day, but still no bowel movement.

I am sorry this is so long, but I wanted you to know everything in case someone might know what is going on.

Thanks for any help!! Katie (Me) & Mandy
 

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Hello iluvcats!! I'm sorry about your precious cat and I regret to say that I have no other advice but to look around I some of the other threads here because I thought I might have seen one or two people who have the same problem.

I'm sorry my advice is so lousy but I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. so WELCOME TO THE FORUM ILUVCATS! there I said it... hope Mandy gets well soon!!
 

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I don't want to sound weird... But do you have any suspicions of ghosts? (I'm a strng believer) Cats can see ghosts and can get defensive....
 

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Thanks for the welcome Ariel!! :) I am going to do some exploring of the forums and see what I can find.

Aonir, my friend said the same thing. I really don't think that is the problem, but you never know.

I just hope she gets better soon. She is my baby.
 

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Hi. So sorry to hear about your cat. I would have no idea what's wrong with your cat. But I think you should consult your vet more and even find second opinion from other vet. Do not take things lightly. One of my cat just do a bit of throw up and my mum took her to vet where she has to stay in for few days because of something serious I cannot remember. Anyway, just wishing your cat to get well soon.
 

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The Dr called today and said her Viral Panel looks good and shows no signs of infection or disease. They did a toxicology test which also came back negative. I explained to him that she hasn't eaten since Friday and he said that he is not concerned and that she could still be coming out of sedation and feeling groggy. He said the liver levels were only mildly elevated so overall she is healthy.

Today before the Dr called she went under the table in the living room and was dry heaving and threw up a clear/yellowish foamy liquid. It had no smell when I cleaned it up. I told him about it and he really didn't have much to say. She is also breathing really hard when she is awake and seems to tire easily when she walks around. Where ever she stops is where she lays back down. I took a little tiny spoon with some food on it and tried to feed her. I wiped some by her mouth for her to lick and she did, but then she cried a couple of times and started dry heaving again, but nothing came up this time. She still has not had a bowel movement and has not urinated since Sunday. When you pick her up she meows a little like she is in pain and when she lays down she takes it really slow. I feel so helpless and don't know what to do. :(
 

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Gosh, I am so sorry to hear your cat isn't better. :( Is getting a second opinion from another vet an option? It just doesn't sound like you are getting answers or the help you need for your kitty.
Let us know what is happening. You and your cat are in my thoughts.
 

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I agree with Lori. Please get another opinion as soon as you can. I know vets are busy, but if you had waited until Sept. 11 to have a sick cat examined, you might not have a cat at all. Something is wrong. Has the vet taken an x-ray, in case she has ingested something that is blocking her bowels? Please don't wait. See a vet, please. You'll know you've done your best then. If you feel awkward about it, ask your own vet for a referral.
 

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Maybe your cat is seriously constipated, ask the vet and if he rules that out I would ask for a x-ray as Jeanie suggested.
I hope she gets better soon.
 

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Hello Everyone. Thanks for all the suggestions, thoughts and prayers. My little girl passed away last night. :(

The vet still does not know what caused this, but I did alot of looking on the internet about her symptoms. They all seem to point in the direction of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy ~ an abnormal thickening of the heart wall.

She was the best cat ever and it was so hard to see her suffering these past couple of days. :( My husband and I were with her and both holding her when she passed away. :( I had a gut feeling that she wasn't going to make it yesterday. :(

She will be missed by all of us!! :( It is going to be so different around here without her. :(
 

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Bless your heart. I'm so sorry. I'm not very happy about the vet's rather casual attitude about your concerns. I know your heart is broken, and I pray that your pain eases soon. Remember that God knows every sparrow that falls, so I'm sure he is surrounding your little girl with love now. God bless.
 

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Oh iluvcats, I'm so sorry. My heart felt thoughts go out to you and your husband at this very sad time. God bless
 

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My God that is so sad. To go through all that and really not have any answers. That had to be the most heartbreaking thing to have her die right in your arms. I could never handle something like that. I am so sad for you. :cry: :cry: :cry:
 

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I'm sorry about your kitty. :( The first thought that I got was pancreatitis which would cause a slight elavation in her liver enzymes and would also cause her pain that would make her jump like that. She sounded like she was constipated too which could cause pain and why she was not eating and then throwing up. With Cardiomyopathy I would think she would have had more symptoms throughout her 4 years of life. She would have been lethargic most the time and could have had some lung issues with that as well. I think the doc misdiagnosed and had pretty poor judgement. I'm sorry your fuury baby had to go throught that. I hope you find peace from all this.
 
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