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Hey guys, I know Cops and Medical pros tend to, well, go together and I have no one else to ask, I really can't afford a Vet bill right now. Having worked at an animal hospital years ago, I am not panicked yet but my cat is very lethargic. She is not fixed, only cat, indoor only, mixed tabby, no known health probs, no poisons in the home (that I know of), 2 years old, She is eating and drinking normally and going to the bathroom normally. But she is very weak, cant jump up on a chair and just wants to lay down. She isnt sneezing or coughing or anything. I was thinking either worms or bit by a spider... I gave her .01cc of Ivomec 1% for parasites and a 1/4 echinacia for any type of infections...  Any idea what else could be going on or what to give her to boost her health? I appreciate it.  If she gets worse tomorrow ill take her in but she is still walking around a little and eating etc....

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yup, worms.  they are taking all the energy from it's food, check the litter box.


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You said no "poisons" that you know of. . . .does you kitty eat any people food?  Things that have been coming around through emails and all are things like chocolates and raisins can supposedly be fatal to dogs and cats if ingesting too much.  I knew chocolates were not good for pets but I personally was not aware that raisins could be dangerous.  If these items can damage our pets. . . .has your kitty gotten into any other types of "people food" that could be causing this?

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Please take your cat to the Vet.  I just had to take my cat to the Vet recently for the same thing.  The Vet took blood work of my cat and it showed a mild infection in the bladder... he also found out that his lumbar spine was hurting him.  He was eating, drinking, going to the cat box normally too.... but I could tell that he was also lethargic.  He was given some meds and came home.  He is much better now.  You're cat could have any number of things wrong with him/her.  It's best to have the kitty checked out.


Please keep us updated on how your kitty is doing.


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Take him to the vet. Time delayed can be time for an illness to take a better hold on your beloved feline. Hope she gets better soon !! Keep us cat lovers posted, OK ??

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Could be worms, but could be a metabolism problem...........this cat needs a blood draw.........glandular problems can do this, so can parasites making the cat anemic, are the gums pale or when you push on them, the blood comes back right away?  Yup, she could have been bitten by something, and the toxin is causing the symptoms, or even sepsis.   There are many malabsorption problems that manifest themselves early as well............this cat needs a Doctor.  Most vets will work out a payment plan, but, take the animal right away to the vet, it could even be a congenital or MSK problem..............

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 I used to work for an animal clinic myself.  Since she's indoors only, I don't believe it's worms.  Is she urinating? Does she eat a lot of stuff off the floor? Has she been vomiting?  I"m afraid the best thing to do is to take her to a doctor.  Blood will definitely be drawn.  Talk to the vet about working out a payment plan.  Most vets will allow a payment plan.  Good luck and I hope your kitty will be ok.


 


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Ya, I used to work for a vet as well in college..........was amazed at the  indoor animals that would come in with tapes, from fleas brought in from the outside on owner's clothing, or left in the carpet from the previous tenant.  They can do significant damage, but, whatever this is, a qualified Vet needs to see her, today............if one vet won't work out a plan, another  one will.  Tapes/worms are very easy to diagnose........other ddx can be trickier.  Good luck with your kitty!

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 HOWS THE KITTY DOING?Kitten


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 Thanks T2 for the great advice! I'm sorry if I said I don't think it could be worms.  Heart worms can cause lethargy but an affected mosquito carrying it will have to have bitten your kitty.  There are other worms to consider.  A UTI will also cause your kitty to become lethargic.  It's extremely dangerous for a male cat to have a UTI.   I hope it's not heart worms.  


Has your cat ever coughed up hairballs? Please take her to the doctor as soon as you can.  


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She has more energy today, still weak but I gave her vitamins as well, yesterday and today. I work at home so I can keep a devoted eye on her. If its most worms the Ivermec will kill them and she will just need love and care. She has never shown any signs of anything other than being perfect so i'm doubting anything congenital. I appreciate everyones concern, ill keep you updated. Thanks again.

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You said no "poisons" that you know of. . . .does you kitty eat any people food?  Things that have been coming around through emails and all are things like chocolates and raisins can supposedly be fatal to dogs and cats if ingesting too much.  I knew chocolates were not good for pets but I personally was not aware that raisins could be dangerous.  If these items can damage our pets. . . .has your kitty gotten into any other types of "people food" that could be causing this?


No, no people food and no kids to drop anything she could have gotten into (she's too finicky anyway lol) I didn't know about raisins either, thanks for sharing that. Coffee is also toxic to dogs in addition to the cocoa bean fyi


 



 

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I had a cat that acted the same way.  All tests came back normal.  The vet said lets take an xray and look for some type of trauma.  What he found was a sewing needle stuck in her throat, but she was eating normal.  After he removed it she was back to normal in a few hours.  Don't overlook something like that.


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 I had a wonderful kitty once..  Shaka.  I loved him to death but he was really bad about eating anything and everything off the floor.  One day he swallowed a long piece of sewing nylon string off the floor.  One end was wrapped around his tongue and the other end was being digested by his intestines.  Unfortunately, he didn't make it after having emergency surgery.


Bluelinegirl, I"m thinking your poor kitty ate something off the floor.  But I"m glad she's doing better.  I hope your kitty continues to improve.


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I'm pretty good about keeping stuff off the floor, I have a half lab puppy that thinks everything is a topping lol Thanks for the well wishes, she's getting lots of extra love today

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 Thanks T2 for the great advice! I'm sorry if I said I don't think it could be worms.  Heart worms can cause lethargy but an affected mosquito carrying it will have to have bitten your kitty.  There are other worms to consider.  A UTI will also cause your kitty to become lethargic.  It's extremely dangerous for a male cat to have a UTI.   I hope it's not heart worms.  


Has your cat ever coughed up hairballs? Please take her to the doctor as soon as you can.  



Yes, I know about heartworms, as they are much more prevalent in dogs vs cats,and I have assisted many treatments to erradicate them from dogs, but, not from cats.  I have had my dogs on prevention since they were puppies,but, this doesn't sound like heartworm infection, as usually, if an animal has heartworms, the symptoms can be lethargy, but, mostly, the animal is exercising, i.e. running, and the adult parasites in the heart release and infarct the lungs.  This doesn't sound like the case in this scenerio.  I was referring to outside fleas hopping on an unsuspecting human who comes into the house, or dormant fleas in the carpet from a previous tenant, but, I don't know how long this person has lived in her home.  I rented a home in college once, and the first time I entered with the owner, nothing happended, but, as soon as I went to move in, body heat just from walking around caused the fleas to come out of dormancy and my legs looked like they had pepper on them it was that bad.....but, it can be far less of a population than that to get on the kitty and have her actually crush the exoskeleton with biting. I have seen that multiple times. 


I am concerned as well, as the Chinese again admitted just recently an additive that was exported to not only the US, but Europe as well that damages the kidneys, and can ultimately lead to death.  One of my friends had a beautiful cat that succumbed to this the first time it happened.  Sadly, everyone thinks just cause the name of the product is well known, like Purina, they don't import from China, so it is best to research the web for food brands that are tainted.


JIMROC is right about foreign objects, they can be easily detected with fluoroscopy,and even if it is material, like Suzannes cat, the obstrution with show via Xray, via obstructive signs on the radiograph, the cat could be suffering from several problems.........she needs a full work up if she still shows signs of illness.........just like a human baby, they really can't tell you, so it is the diagnosticians job to come to the conclusion of her illness.


The cat doesn't sound obstructed, but, there can be a degree of obstruction going on, and the owner just may not realize it as the cat is urinating and defecating normally.  Sepsis can happen quickly, and means any organ system is infected which speads globally.  Checking for a UTI is simple, and is non invasive, for the most part, and even if the cat won't urinate into an empty cat box, a tom cat catheter is not nearly as bad as it looks for collection purposes.


I wouldn't wait to find a vet , start calling for one that will care for the kitty and take payments, believe me, they are out there.  GET WELL KITTY!

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PLEASE take your cat to the VET!!!!!


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Unfortunately not many vets will treat cats for heart worms.  Not a lot of cats get it, but the treatment is extremely strong and may end killing them 


 


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 Thanks T2 for the great advice! I'm sorry if I said I don't think it could be worms.  Heart worms can cause lethargy but an affected mosquito carrying it will have to have bitten your kitty.  There are other worms to consider.  A UTI will also cause your kitty to become lethargic.  It's extremely dangerous for a male cat to have a UTI.   I hope it's not heart worms.  


Has your cat ever coughed up hairballs? Please take her to the doctor as soon as you can.  



Yes, I know about heartworms, as they are much more prevalent in dogs vs cats,and I have assisted many treatments to erradicate them from dogs, but, not from cats.  I have had my dogs on prevention since they were puppies,but, this doesn't sound like heartworm infection, as usually, if an animal has heartworms, the symptoms can be lethargy, but, mostly, the animal is exercising, i.e. running, and the adult parasites in the heart release and infarct the lungs.  This doesn't sound like the case in this scenerio.  I was referring to outside fleas hopping on an unsuspecting human who comes into the house, or dormant fleas in the carpet from a previous tenant, but, I don't know how long this person has lived in her home.  I rented a home in college once, and the first time I entered with the owner, nothing happended, but, as soon as I went to move in, body heat just from walking around caused the fleas to come out of dormancy and my legs looked like they had pepper on them it was that bad.....but, it can be far less of a population than that to get on the kitty and have her actually crush the exoskeleton with biting. I have seen that multiple times. 


I am concerned as well, as the Chinese again admitted just recently an additive that was exported to not only the US, but Europe as well that damages the kidneys, and can ultimately lead to death.  One of my friends had a beautiful cat that succumbed to this the first time it happened.  Sadly, everyone thinks just cause the name of the product is well known, like Purina, they don't import from China, so it is best to research the web for food brands that are tainted.


JIMROC is right about foreign objects, they can be easily detected with fluoroscopy,and even if it is material, like Suzannes cat, the obstrution with show via Xray, via obstructive signs on the radiograph, the cat could be suffering from several problems.........she needs a full work up if she still shows signs of illness.........just like a human baby, they really can't tell you, so it is the diagnosticians job to come to the conclusion of her illness.


The cat doesn't sound obstructed, but, there can be a degree of obstruction going on, and the owner just may not realize it as the cat is urinating and defecating normally.  Sepsis can happen quickly, and means any organ system is infected which speads globally.  Checking for a UTI is simple, and is non invasive, for the most part, and even if the cat won't urinate into an empty cat box, a tom cat catheter is not nearly as bad as it looks for collection purposes.


I wouldn't wait to find a vet , start calling for one that will care for the kitty and take payments, believe me, they are out there.  GET WELL KITTY!



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I agree, and there is no guarantee for the treatment for dogs either.........best treatment is prevention, but, it can be expensive and lots of people just do not really understand the whole scenerio.  I have seen a dog go home after treatment, then run because the owner thinks it's OK, and the adults that still remain in the heart, while dead, release, and cause the same thing a pulmonary embolsm would, thereby, infarcting the lungs, leading to death..


 I never saw a cat with heartworms, but, cats are so much more susceptible to the poison for heartworms........I say just keep them all on once a month preventative, wish it was cheaper for those who simply can't afford it.

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Gotta go to the vet..................

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PLEASE take your cat to the VET!!!!!



^^^^ this. I hope your kitty feels better soon.


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Can we start saying cat, because this kitty talk is bringing out the 15 year old boy in me.  In that, I hope the Cat is ok, I know how attached we get to these fuzzballs.


What was just posted was probably a poor attempt at humor, wit, or sarcasm. It;s called breakin balls, get used to it.

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Thanks everyone for the well wishes, she isnt showing signs of distress other than lethargy and weakness. I wormed her this am for tapes and all others. She's purring and waging her tail and eating lots of tuna (her favorite). I've never seen a flea on her or my dog but thats not to say one couldnt get in....


Regarding Caturday...I bet she would play if I got her catnip out

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When a cat's nictitating membranes are up, this is symptomatic of a systemic infection. 


Your cat has been lethargic too long. Take your cat to the vet.  Local ASPCA may refer you to a vet whose fees are reasonable and who may arrange payment schedule.

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Maybe you can find a Vet version of.....


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Maybe you can find a Vet version of.....




That's to funny.


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BSL1123 says ...



Maybe you can find a Vet version of.....




That's to funny.



The problem with that is you would get 4 or 5 wrong diagnoses before you get the correct one.

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That is funny and yes, several wrong diagnosis but you gotta love the man lol


She is much better today. Still not running around but she is up and moving. I can tell she is a little weak but she is eating good and should build her strength up soon. Thank you all for your wishes and help.

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This turns to a funny story, dont worry.


So yesterday AM I found my kitty 'Killa' laying by the kitchen door, limp and nearly unresponsive. I remembered an old wives tale about animals who believe they are dying lay by the door as if to let their spirits out. I was crushed.  I called the Vet and told him everything. He said that since she has been sick so long but eating and drinking that the worst is probably over...it sure didnt look like it. He told me to force feed her some more antibiotics and a fever reducer and some gatoraide and half and half or he could meet me at the clinic for $200!? So I told him I would try and call him back in hour.


Have you ever tried to force feed a cat?! Well, I also gave her a half hour lecture about how me and the dog love her and dont want her to 'go' and that she needs to fight and I will force feed her all day if I had to. You know how bad tetracycline tastes right?... Well, after a full round everything the Vet told me to give her she immediately went to the tuna plate and gobbled it up as if to say 'OK, you win, ill eat, just keep that crap away from me! Then proceeded to eat dry food as if to say 'no way youre cramming this stuff down my throat!' lol I was shocked to say the least. She went from 'out the door, to ravenous in 20 minutes!' I'm sure the praying and puppy kisses helped her too :)


So this AM, 3 Am to be exact I was thrilled to be woken up by the sound of my little night stalker chasing imaginary mice through the house. My 'not quite a puppy anymore' must have been thrilled to see her up to her old antics as well and decided to join her, against her own cerfew, and forgetting that 80 pound puppies cant sneak! Especially with jangly metal tags on. So I was awaken by sounds something similiar to this: pounce, scratch, climb,bounce, chase, chase, pounce.....STOMP BOUNCE POUNCE STOMP JANGLE JANGLE JANGLE!!! I reached over to turn the light on to see what the comotion was about and saw Killa laying inocently at the foot of the bed wagging her little tail with her shiny little Halo on and Faithlaying inocently  in her open crate wagging her tail trying to adjust her lopsided Halo, knowing that they dont get in trouble if I dont catch them in the act.............Welcome back Killa. XOXOXOXOXO