My first pet of my own (we've had animals as long as I remember) was a rescue from my local humane society. During October they had something where adoption fees were pretty much waved for black cats so I went up and found this beautiful 4/5 month old long haired black cat. He kept trying to paw at and bite me through the cage and he was just the sweetest thing. I had my sister and her friend with me so when I decided to take him home, my sisters friend took home his cage mate/sister. It was strange at first having a pet of my own to care for, take him to vet visits and buy things he needed but I've never been happier than I was doing everything I could to give him the best home I could. A few years later Keiran still lurks around the house and follows me, waits up for me and keeps me company. If I'm not feeling well at night and I'm in and out of our room, he lays on the bed and waits for me until I come back. I can't think of anything more wonderful than my adoption cat. They're a lot of responsibility but they are definitely worth it.View Thread
Problem is with a soon to be 2 year old male cat. In November his one eye was quite red and the third eyelid wasn't opening all the way. The vet gave us drops for the eye. By January both eyes were having problems, he wasn't eating as much and he'd started eating cat litter and his walking was getting a bit off. We took him back to the vet, the cat had dropped a bit over a pound since he'd been neutered as a 6 month old kitten, he'd been 9 pounds at that time. The vet gave us more drops for the eyes and a bottle of antibiotics (amoxicillin). He said to keep an eye on him and if he didn't seem to be getting better to bring him back for blood work. After finishing the antibiotics our cat wasn't any better so we brought him back again since his legs were getting worse. The new vet (the office has a handful and the original wasn't it) tested for feline leukemia (negative) and took some blood as well as giving him a shot of anti-inflammatory to hopefully help with his legs. The cat had dropped almost another full pound but we had to wait until the next day for the results. When the vet called he didn't offer much help, just named off one or two things it may be but he wasn't sure exactly what was wrong. He had us pick up a different variety of the original antibiotic and a liquid prednisone. We've been giving him the medicine and doing our best to get the cat to eat and he will eat some wet foods but we think he's dropped another pound, he can hardly walk and partly because he can't walk is peeing and pooping all over the house. Often he will just be laying somewhere and when he moves we noticed he peed or when we pick him up to give him his medicine he pees and his urine has gotten to a dark yellow with odor but we aren't sure if that's just because of the medicine.
History, his mother is a healthy cat, still owned by another member of our family. She had just one other kitten in this litter, another male who we also own and is very healthy, and twice the current weight of his brother. Prior to this he had no health problems what so ever and he hasn't been exposed to anything that would have gotten him sick, plants or otherwise. Father also a healthy cat from same owner as mother. Mother had a litter before and after our two cats, both were very healthy litters, the first was large the last was also just two.
At this point we just need advice on what to do. Should we demand our vet do more to help? Seek a second opinion with another vet at that office or otherwise? Any ideas on what could be wrong. While I don't like this idea at all, especially considering how young he is, is it possible to save him at this point or would it be best to have him put down?View Thread