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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 10:26 AM
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I really wish sick cats wouldn't go off and hide!
I noticed one of our cats had blood in his eye, so I took him to the vet. After a very careful exam, she concluded that it was an infection, but without a lot of blood work she couldn't say for sure what was going on. It's cheaper just to treat him and hope for the best. It's either a bacterial infection/ parasite, in which case he should recover, or it's Feline infectious Peritonitis, in which case he won't last more than a few weeks. He didn't seem sick, so I was hoping for the first. Now, this morning, he isn't anywhere to be found and he usually is sleeping in one of two spots. He didn't even turn up when I opened the canned cat food! SO now I'm left wondering if he's off somewhere dying or else hiding because he doesn't want any more pills or goop in his eyes.

The only good news is apparently the other cats won't catch this from him. It's odd that he's gotten sick now. He either got lost or was abandoned in the country and practically froze to death in a snow storm. He's been very comfortable here and put on a nice amount of weight. (He was a little scrawny when we got him.)

BTW - I don't know how our vet survives - the bill was very low for the care she gave! Vets are good people!
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 11:21 AM
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1. My vets probably subsidize her.
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:38 PM
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3. ha
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 04:27 PM
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2. Update - the cat came back!
He may regret that - he got a can of cat food, two pills and more gook in his eyes!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 05:37 PM
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4. That must be a relief.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:03 PM
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5. Shocking is what it is - this cat generally has three spots where he likes to veg out.
I was outside collecting the garbage cans, and when I came in, he was sitting right there.

BTW - when I took him in Friday, the vet and two assistants must have spent at least 20-30 minutes with us. We came home with antibiotics, steroid, steroid eye cream, atropine for his eyes and a pill for tapeworms. She ran 3 blood tests and checked his eyes for scratches. The bill for the vet's time was $37, the total bill $130. It's money I wish I didn't have to pay, but in my book VERY reasonable considering the time and materials!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:18 PM
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7. Well I hope your furperson will be okay.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:22 PM
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8. We're just taking it day by day to see how this turns out. The vet wants him
back in two weeks, but if I read the articles on the Net properly, he won't last that long if it's FIP. I told the vet that he is mostly an indoor cat, but I joked that if he snuck out at night for some hunting, I'd never know it. Maybe he does go out to hunt and ate a bad mouse, who knows? (The vet checked his clotting time just to make sure he hadn't gotten into any rat poison.)
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:44 PM
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9. Think that it will be the best outcome and your cat will be back to normal soon. That is
the best way to be. Think the worst only when it happens.

Sending vibes your way.
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-27-08 06:11 PM
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6. oh, whew
scary, that.
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