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Hey guys! I'm new here but I've been reading quite a few posts and whatnot on here so I thought that I would join. I'll give you a little about Lily's background and then move onto the current crisis so that maybe if one of you has gone through something similar you can help me to understand what is going on!

I'm 22 and a full-time college student and I adopted Lily from a local animal shelter mid December. She was 7 or 8 weeks old at the time. I was told that she was healthy and loved to run around the place freely with her sister when they cleaned out her cage and she was very active/loved to eat ect ect. I got her home and she refused to eat and had runny stool. I thought maybe she was just a little nervous/stressed. Not at all. She was in and out of the vet 5 times in the next week and a half. She weighed 1 pound 2 ounces and she had a horrible ear mite infection that left her deaf for a few weeks, a secondary/bacteria infection, and coccidia. For weeks I treated her with my boyfriend and we would wake up and give her ear drops and antibiotics twice a day. She finally seemed to clear up and be a normal healthy kitten for literally a week and then it all went down hill for the worst. Up until this point she finally accepted food and seemed to love it. Then she stopped eating and drinking altogether. I remember waking up mid-night and looking for her and finding her balled up in a corner. I touched her gently and she howled/shrieked in pain. I cried for what seemed like hours. I took her to the vet and she was given eye-cream because the day before she did the shrieking thing her eyes started clouding up REALLY bad. One eye was just hazy and the other had little brown circle dots in them. The vet put a dye in her eyes and she passed the test (as in nothing was damaged on her eyes) so he gave us a steroid/antibiotic gel to put in her eyes twice a day. A day and a half later she did the shrieking thing again. I took her in ASAP and her fever was over 103. He kept her for the night and I got her the next day. The following day I had to take her back and she stayed there for 5 more nights, 6 days. I have no clue what do. I've spent HOURS researching and trying to pull information together and resources on what to do or where to take her but it seems to be getting me nowhere. I've taken her to many many various vets and I've spent quite a bit and every single vet I've been to says the same thing, "She looks fine to me." but they won't listen to me. I try and tell them what is going on, they ignore/look past it, and then I end up having to go right back up there a day/two days later for the EXACT thing that I said was going on.

She tested negative for kitty hiv, negative for diabetes, and negative for everything else the vet tested her for.

She's literally skin and bones right now and I'm syringing her fluids multiple times a day along with antibiotics via syringe and eyegel that isn't working along with having to encourage/beg her to eat since she's not even wanting to do that anymore. She hasn't touched solid food in about three weeks.

It's just so heartbreaking/frustrating because I love her and I can't stand seeing her in so much pain. Yes, I signed up for the responsibility of this cat and yes I'm going to keep paying and fighting for her for the rest of her life but when you're a college student paying for your own school out of pocket, ect and you've literally walked into a vet and easily paid 400 total in visits for them to say oh she's a pretty cat blahblahblah. It sucks.


I'm in the Little Rock/North Mississippi area if any of you know a reliable/decent vet PLEASE let me know. I'm at a loss right now as to what to do. She's going back to her vet tomorrow. I'm going to try and set up an appointment with an opthamologist (spelling) tomorrow but that doesn't explain her other side effects. :(

This was her earlier. She CAN see btw and her balance is just fine.

Has anyone been through something similar? Encouragement is also appreciated! :)




eyes :/


smiling at her daddy.
 

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You need to take her to a new vet. Something is obviously wrong... I wish I could be of more help than that.
 

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Your story horrifies me. Poor baby (both of you)! I've never heard of anything like this. My recommendation, if you can possibly swing it, is to get your little girl down to the vet school at Mississippi State University at Starkville. That's where you will find the veterinary specialists and diagnostic equipment capable of diagnosing the treating Lily. Rather than wasting more money and time on local vets who aren't doing anything to effectively help Lily, get her to the U, along with copies of ALL of her vet records and lab results from ALL of the vets she's seen so far.

I'm scared for Lily, as I know you are, too. I don't know how she can possibly survive much longer without an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

I wish you the both the best.

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Poor little thing (and you)! I agree with Laurie, I'd get to a Uni vet if possible and make sure you do have all the notes from the previous vets so they can see what tests have been done and what the results were to save them doing the same tests over again if they don't need to. Good luck - I hope someone can give you some answers soon.
 

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Poor girl! Poor you! This is a shelter pet gone wrong. I wonder what it is. I agree with the Uni Vet. The regular vets are doing nothing and she obviously has something going on. I hope she gets better. Pinky was laying on me and when she saw the pictures of Lilly she pawed at the screen :( she's sending her good wishes too.
 

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I can relate to how expensive shelter pets can get. I dumped over 1K into my 'cheap' shelter cat within the first month of having him.

It's so difficult to see them in pain and to worry about them. I hope you find something soon to help her get better.
 

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I can relate to how expensive shelter pets can get. .
I think it was $400 was the final total to get rid of Pinky's URI. Shelters are horrible for animals, but I love rescuing them from shelters. Makes me have the warm fuzzies. :D

That's the bright side of you Having Lilly by the way, because imagine what it would be like if she was sick in the shelter. Unfortunately some shelters won't even try.
 

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I am so sorry your kitten is so sick. I recently posted about my son's cat having FI and needing to be euthanized. Some of the symptoms you mention(the lack of eating, and the cloudy eye) match his. He did however not seem to have pain like your poor baby does. The dry form of FIP is hard to diagnose. Luigi tested negative for all the diseases you mentioned with blood tests too. Does he have any problems with lack of balance? Unfortunately this disease is fatal and I don't want to scare you but definately get a second opinion. Praying for you and Lily.
 

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did any of the vets you have visited test for feline distemper?
i do agree with the other people that have posted your best bet will be to take her to a university. they have the most up to date information on diseases. she definitely has something going on. I'll be praying for you and Lily.
 

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I've never had a cat that did what Lily is doing, I'm sorry for you and for her. But I did have a cat once who the vets couldn't, or wouldn't, do anything for, so I know how you feel. Take her to some specialist like what the above people said, universities. Sorry I couldn't be of much help, and best wishes to you!
 

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We are certain she either has a fungal growth in her eyes or feline coronavirus and/or
Fip. I rescued Lily as a Christmas present and first pet ever for my now fiancée. He talks like she's his own blood. It's the sweetest thing ever. He doesn't understand the seriousness of this and I'm glad he doesn't for now. I'm not holding up too good. He's currently driving me back to my college and it's a good thing I'm in a dark car because I'm an absolute (but very quiet) mess. She was given two shots today. An antibiotic that will last over a
Week and a steroid shot. I've totally given up on my new car fund and will be doing everything in my power to making sure she lives for as long as possible and knows she is loved. She is so strong and such a wonderful soul and hasn't given up on life or me and doesn't take her pain out on anyone and tries her best to hold her own. I can't give up on her. I don't know what would happen if she .... Well yeah. My fiancée is in graduate school for pharmacy and definitely doesn't need that stress. I hope he doesn't read
This. I told him about the thread briefly. If you pray,
Please remember me. I'll keep you all updated.

This was Lily a month ago.
 

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I'll be praying for Lily. You will know soon if it is FIP as the progression is fast. Such a horrible disease and I pray your little sweetheart doesn't have it. The virus itself is not fatal.I know what you mean about doing anything you can to save them. We did that with Luigi too and it was so sad to see him go but comforting to know he is at peace. Lily is gorgeous!
 

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I'm so sorry your kitten is sick. I agree with previous posters getting her to a uni. vet. if possible. When our kitty was very sick w/cancer she stopped eating for a long time, but a vet said to try canned tuna with the juice and she had some. Some food was better than nothing.

All I can add is try to spend as much time around her as you can and keep her warm. You could even use one of your t-shirts to cover her up. A blanket might be too heavy if she is feeling irritated with a fever. Read to her, even if it is school stuff. You are the big cats in her life and they feel safe and loved when you are near. Take care and keep us posted.
 
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