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Our poor little cat #419418 10/10/11 12:32 PM
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Our little tom cat is only two, but he has had lots of health problems, ever since we acquired him from the RSCPA, as a wild, cuddly (apparently feral) kitten.

The vets don't know, exactly, what is the matter with him, but it's an auto-immune condition of some kind. Tests show that it isn't cat AIDS.

He gets abscesses and blisters on his pads, which bleed. A course of steroids helped with that, but he was unable to continue the treatment immediately, because he needed his annual booster shots.

Then he couldn't have it because he developed a kidney problem. His kidneys and lymph nodes were badly swollen. A course of antibiotics seemed to be helping, but the problem has not been cured and now he has oedema in his paw and ~ worse ~ his head. His face is swollen and he cannot see, so he is disoriented, unco-ordinated and nervous.

He is at the vets now. They think that all of his conditions may be linked.

I hope that they can help him. He is a beautiful affectionate little thing and it's horrible to see him unhappy smile

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Re: Our poor little cat [Re: PDM] #419420 10/10/11 03:05 PM
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I think it causes by the side effect of steroid, hope he recovers very soon, I'll pray for him. smile

Re: Our poor little cat [Re: PDM] #419422 10/10/11 04:19 PM
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Hello Wise smile

Thank you smile

It has been quite a while since he had the steroids, though, so I don't think that it can be that.

I think that it is the kidney problem.

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Re: Our poor little cat [Re: PDM] #419443 10/11/11 09:28 AM
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Oh the poor guy. Big hugs.
Hopefully the vet will find some answers that can help him
xo


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Thanks, MarleyandMe ~ I do hope so smile


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Re: Our poor little cat [Re: PDM] #419448 10/11/11 12:23 PM
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geeeeeeesh poor lil guy...try some udder balm on his paws and sores and then check out some ALOE DETOX on line to give him...especially regarding he has internal stuff going on too..this stuff is great for that...and of course wishing the best outcome for sure. grin also PDM get some acidophilus capsules to put into his food ..maybe like half a capfull into can food and stir it in a bit.

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Hope he gets better soon.


Re: Our poor little cat [Re: PDM] #419493 10/13/11 12:45 PM
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Hi

Thanks for the good wishes and advice.

It now looks as if it is lymphoma.

He could have lots more tests done, which would upset him and cost us thousands of pounds, but which might or might not provide information ~ certainly not treatment or cure.

He could have chemotherapy, but that can be distressing to the cat ~ and the outcome is iffy. For some cats it gives remission; very occasionally it cures; sometimes it does nothing but cause sickness. In our case, the steroids he had for his pads may / probably will prevent it working, anyway.

All the time he is getting sadder and sadder. He is now having trouble swallowing, so even taking his antibiotics is hard.

It is awful seeing him look so ill and miserable.
The vet just phoned me and I'm going to see her again tomorrow. Our cat has medication to take him up to then, but I don't know if its doing much good.

His weight is quite low, but stable; his blood pressure is high but may be going down slowly; he is very anaemic; he cannot see very much at all, but the lesions in his eyes are improving; he has oedema and haematoma.

His digestive / excretory system don't seem to be working well. I just hope that he isn't actually in pain.

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Re: Our poor little cat [Re: PDM] #419495 10/13/11 02:19 PM
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PDM,
I am so very sorry your little guy has to go through all this. Also sorry you have to see it. I know it is sooo darn hard to watch an animal like this.

You are doing all you can possibly do for him. Hate to say it, but perhaps the best thing to do is let him go peacefully with a little dignity still in tact. I know this is not something you haven't already thought about frown
Hugs to you PDM ((((hugz)))

What is his name? It just seems so impersonal to me saying it or he. I hate that.. He's not just another number ya know?




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i agree kk sometimes the best showing of love we can provide is the heart wrenching decision of doing whats right for the animal when the quality of life is so drastically diminished...

soooo sorry PDM its never easy...BUT you did try and the cat knows.

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