Mystery Sickness in Cat
June 14, 2011 6:30 AM Subscribe
Cat has raft of weird symptoms, isn't improving, vet is nonplussed.
posted by Medieval Maven to pets & animals (32 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This isn't my cat, and therefore I do not have photos. Sorry guys. Suffice to say that although Josie is not mine, her Mom is my friend, and things are getting weird.
So late last week was when Josie's behavior seems to have altered - didn't greet Mom at the door (but was sleepy and happy to be petted, showing her belly, etc). On Saturday morning, very early, Josie was found in the closet, which is not normal, and she was weak and not unresponsive, but clearly in distress. She was taken to the vet and had a fever of 104. Bloodwork was normal. CBC, urinalysis showed no bacteria or reasons for the fever, so idiopathic/fever of unknown origin. She got sub-cu fluids and stayed overnight at the vet, where she did urinate. She didn't rest because she's *extremely* high strung, and really more or less hates anyone who is not her mom.
After she came home on Sunday, she didn't eat, drink, or use the box. Monday morning, which is when I was called on the scene for moral support, same thing. Throughout the day on Monday we offered her chicken broth, crunchy food that she likes, cat treats, and wet cat food to no avail. Finally around 2pm we resorted to restraining her and feeding her with a syringe. Probably she got 1.5 teaspoons. At this point b/c of nonuse of the litter box, we took her to the vet. At this visit there was no fever (temp of 102). She got a shot of antibiotics, and some more sub-cu fluids. The vet was concerned about the non-elimination, palpated her bladder, and stimulated her to urinate, which she did (in her carrier, sadly, and on herself, sigh).
After all that excitement, Josie went under the furniture and has more or less stayed there. Water and a selection of food were on offer, which she did not express interest in. She's not groomed herself or used the box. The vet doesn't have a lot to offer in the way of what the fuck is going on. Taking her to the vet's is so, so stressful that just taking her there for observation is a terrible ordeal.
Until recently two other cats were living with them, cats that unbeknownst to Josie's mom hadn't been vaccinated or otherwise treated before coming into the home. This is a source of conversation with the person in question, but it's done. Josie was tested for FIV/FLV and it came back negative. Helpfully she's also got fleas from these other cats, but according to the vet she is not anemic and she doesn't have any flea-borne parasites.
I'm up for anything. I'm worried about Josie getting fatty liver disease. How long can this idiopathic lethargy go on? Have you seen this before? are there questions we should be asking that we're not asking? I'll be watching to respond if there are further questions.