My poorly cat has not been right since we got him- feel like the vets aren't doing enough for him!

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  1. QOTN

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    If your boy will not eat, you could put the Bisolvon on the back of his tongue. I know the datasheet states it should be placed on the cat's food but I was advised by my vet to put it in the cat's mouth. So often when I have used it, my cats have not been wanting to eat, so adding to food has not been an option for me.
     
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  2. Amies Art

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    Thank you for the tip
     
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    Here is my boy tonight, seems better and he ate some sardines, with some vitamin paste added. Also ordered salmon oil for tomorrow.

    Thank you so much for all the help. I will keep you updated once I try all the other great advice x
     

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    Aww, he's gorgeous x
     
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    @Amies Art - I'm very pleased to hear Bowie is eating again.:) Getting them back on their food can make such a big difference to their recovery. Hopefully you can encourage him to try some other strong smelling foods. I'd avoid foods he normally eats until he is better, as they can develop negative associations with foods they normally eat if they eat them when unwell.

    The swab I was suggesting to get done was to identify the secondary bacterial infection, not the virus. Though it might be useful also to know which virus he has. Feline Upper Respiratory infections often respond better to oral antibiotics than injections.

    If his eyes are still sore you can bathe them with saline solution, made from cooled boiled water and a bit of salt. If the skin is cracked in the corners I'd use a clean cotton bud to put a dab of pure virgin olive oil on the inner corners of his eyes. It is moisturising and also has mild natural antibacterial properties.

    I hope he continues to make progress. :)
     
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    I haven got anything to add to the post which will help but i just wanted to say that i hope your boy feels better soon, i'm not one for giving my cas treats but i do find when they're poorly and off their food if i crush some up and sprinkle them on their usual food they will eat it, i hope once your boy is eating better he'll get stronger and fight the horrible flu.
     
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    Hi everyone, Bowie has been eating a lot better, but it's hit and miss and takes a lot of persuasion. I put off the vets this weekend because he looked like he was getting better and didnt want to stress him out, but he still sleeps all the time and his inner eye lids cover half his eyes, I just can't stop worrying about him. I checked the invoices and it seems he was given convenia antibiotics (they were done by injection). I've read the helpful threads and replies and I see that these just aren't strong enough for him and I should look into Ronaxan? How would I go about asking my vet to give him this and orally? Or if I go to another vet how would I approach this?

    Just getting so frustrated and feel I'm wasting money I can't afford and not seeing results.
     
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    Poor Bowie :( As I mentioned he may need a different antibiotic if he still has an infection. The only way you are going to know what kind of bacteria (if any) are still present is if swabs are taken and tested at the lab. Most vets would not prescribe ronaxan without clinical evidence that it was needed.
     
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    The 'strength' of the different antibiotics is not the problem. Antibiotics have action against different bacteria and Ronaxan is known to be effective against the organisms that are likely to be causes of respiratory disease, but, as with all tetracyclines, I think vets are careful with their use in kittens. ( Sorry if this is out of date thinking.)
     
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    Ok taking him back to same vets tonight after work. I want to try yet another vet for a third opinion but worried too as afraid they won't have the full history and knowledge. Would they be less likely to see how serious it is if they haven't went on the full journey with him? We've literally had no results the entire time with the flu.

    Or should I find a brand new vet for tonight?

    Today he weed himself while he was sleeping and my other half went back on lunch to find a poo on his cat tree :(

    Going to demand to get these tests done so we know what's going on!
     
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    Peeing himself in his sleep might be a sign of a bladder infection (UTI). Has the vet done a urinalysis recently? It is unusual for a 6 month old kitten to be incontinent in his sleep unless there is nerve damage to the spine or bladder or another health issue.

    If there is another vet practice near you with a good reputation I'd be inclined to switch to them. Mainly so you can have another opinion and also hopefully get some tests done. I would not be satisfied if it were me, with just another Convenia antibiotic injection (Covenia is not the best for URI's anyway). If he does have a URI still then oral antibiotics given over a week or 10 days are more effective.

    Not knowing which part of Surrey you're in but here is the list of all 156 RCVS approved vets in the Surrey area.

    http://www.rcvs.org.uk/find-a-vet/s...oner=&filter=Search&treated4=Cats&search=true
     
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    Hi this is the first time we've ever seen him do it. If he does it again we'll be taking him back for a urinalysis, he's never had one in the past.

    We went back to the same vet tonight, mostly because I was panicking and couldn't fit him in anywhere else that I'd researched. I explained everything I did on here and that he urinated during sleep and did a poo etc and the vet just said that's very strange and he can't see why. To be honest there was so much to explain to him I think he was quite overwhelmed with all the information. He'd researched all these antiviral medications for us, so I brought up the subject of Ronaxan which we've managed to get dispensed in pill form on a 5 day course. I also brought up the tests and he said they're only going to say what he already knows, I asked if a test would help pinpoint the route cause and he said it would be the same treatment either way so wouldn't make a difference. Bowie's temperature was also 104 so above average and the vet insisted we should give him another shot of metacam, I asked if there was another option and he said no. Worrying about his high temp I said yes. I didn't really see what else to do?

    I'm please we now have Ronaxan for him, we'll see how it goes.

    Booked another appointment for a vet I found great reviews for and they have a cat specialist so seeing them next Monday (soonest they could fit us in!)

    I will check out those vets you sent over, many thanks
     
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    I hope the Ronaxan helps the little fellow feel better. Many healing wishes to him.

    Please keep us updated.:)
     
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    Little point in testing for herpesvirus IMO, as it will be positive - and even if it's negative, it'll probably be a false negative. Little sense paying for a test you can't interpret.

    Identifying which bacteria are involved in secondary infections is difficult. Swabs just reveal commensals (general bacteria that you find up every nose). You need deep samples taken under GA to have any chance of an accurate result.
     
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    Thank you for the advice, my vet said the same. We're worried about him going under GA while he's ill, we've also had to put off his spay because of his health.
     
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    Does anyone have any advice on what I should do about the Metacam? He's had loads of it now from injections and the vet wants me to continue it orally. He said there isn't an alternative, but is there? I'm terrified of the side effects on his kidneys, he's only 6 months old :(
     
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    @Ceiling Kitty wrote a sticky to give people a balanced view of Metacam. (The scare stories mainly originate from US where there is no form of cat Metacam.) Perhaps @lymorelynn could reinstate the original post? (It did become a very cumbersome thread)
     
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    What is he being given the Metacam for?
     
  20. Amies Art

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    He was running a fever