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After recently losing our 2 Egyptian Mau's of almost 17 years (they passed 3 weeks apart) we decided to get 2 more Mau kittens.
We searched the Web and found a reputable breeder with two 5 month old silver boys (just what we wanted)
We picked them up at her house and were given their complete medical records (which our regular vet had reviewed prior)
When we got them home, they were both poster cats for vibrant healthy kittens
About a week later one of the kittens came down with a case of conjunctivitis. We took him to the vet who prescribed ointment that cleared the condition up almost immediately. About a week later the conjunctivitis returned, but this time it was in both eyes.
We took him back to the vet who informed us he may have the herpes (FEV-1?) virus, and once again prescribed an ointment, that mostly cleared the condition, but one eye still has a bit of discharge. The vet also put him on Lysine (500mg/day) to help with the suspected herpes
4 days ago the kitten started limping badly, hardly putting any weight on one of his front legs. He also became lethargic and won't play with his brother. We immediately took him to the vet. This time the eye specialist was in the office that day so she examined him. His eyes looked good (still a touch of conjunctivitis in the one eye) but she confirmed the herpes diagnosis.
She examined him for the limp, but couldn't find anything wrong, at least on external examination.
He continues to be lethargic, but is eating and drinking normaly. The odd thing is, sometimes when he's sitting up, he is resting one or both legs on his wrists, which looks really odd, and clearly isn't normal. Also when he is sitting up, he looks like he's leaning back resting his body on the base of his tail.
The vet wants to do an X-Ray study, if he's not better in a few days. My guess is he's not going to be.
I talked to the breeder who is willing to take him back, but we've become attached to him (as is his brother also).......But we're off to such a bad start, we are really thinking it's the best thing to do. Especially since the vet has no clue what's wrong with the kitten
Also, at the last vet visit a few days ago, a complete blood work up was done and according to the vet, was as good as it gets.
Does anyone have any idea what could be going on?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Mark
 

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I can't offer any suggestions, but am sorry to hear of such an unfortunate beginning. I think I would go ahead with the X-ray. I'm assuming the cat is still under a health guarantee by the breeder? Have you told the breeder that vet recommended an X-ray study? You should consult with the breeder first about going ahead with this (get her to agree in a written email not verbal), and I would expect that the breeder would pay for the X-ray. Some breeders tho would prefer you return the cat and have their own vet do the X-ray if it's not a lengthy trip or airship. When (and if) the cat gets better then it should be returned to you. Good luck, I hope it isn't anything serious. Let us know how things turn out.
 

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Sorry to hear about this kitten. Did the vet actually test for herpes or was it a presumptive diagnosis? I'm concerned regarding the leg/balance symptoms. What is it he wants to x-ray? If you could elucidate on your description it might help. Other viral infections can cause similar symptoms but this almost sounds like it might be affecting the central nervous system. In which case I would ask them to test for feline herpes (FHV1), toxoplasmosis, and perhaps even feline polioencephalomyolitis. I also would ask the vet about getting any other kittens from this breeder as it may be endemic in her cats and I don't think there is a cure, just remission. The problem with the conjunctivitis is if not watched closely it could lead to corneal scarring. What did your vet say about how he contracted it? It is contagious as far as I know but again I'm wondering what your vet says? Keep us posted please and I hope the little guy is feeling better. GL B
 
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