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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Rosie2508, Feb 23, 2021 at 2:09 PM.


  1. Rosie2508

    Rosie2508 PetForums Newbie

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    My cat started getting virus like symptoms of being very lethargic and a temperature. We brought her to the vet three times and he gave her three doses of antibiotics none of them worked so we think it may be viral . He said she has very low blood pressure due to her not eating . We’ve tried to finger feed her cat pate and she eats it like that but she is very weak and can barely walk , she is drinking a lot . She has a blocked nose and seems to have lost a lot of weight . What should I do?
     
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    Hi,
    I would go back to the vet. Did he give her a long lasting antibiotic shot but no further antibiotics for you to give her?
    I think normally you would continue medicine at home.
    The blocked nose may be the cause of her not eating, as she cannot smell the food. Try something strong - tuna for cats or other strong odor food.
    But if she is in a very bad state, I think she needs a veterinarian.
     
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    I’ve no idea what type antibiotic it was . it’s very frustrating trying to find a good vet because I feel like he could’ve even prescribed her some pain killers . I’ve tried tuna she dosent like it I’ve tried everything under the sun. I’ve been giving her some bovril because she is thirsty and hopefully it will help with raising her blood pressure . I’m going to ring a different vet tomorrow and hopefully it will be good news . Thank you so much for your help
     
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    @Rosie2508
    Recently, when one of my cats was unwell - she was eating well but I wanted to keep her fluid intake and nutrition up, and just give her anything that she enjoyed - I gave her Lactol Milk for newborn and orphaned kittens, it’s also suitable for sick or convalescing animals. I put it in a saucer and gave her as much and as often as she wanted. I got mine locally from Pets@Home.
    It’s quite expensive, especially if your cat turns out not to like it - but she loved it, and got through a few tubs of it, but oddly my other cat wasn’t tempted by it.
    https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/beaphar-lactol-kitten-milk-250g
     
  5. Douglas’ Dad

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    If the vet has tried 3 doses of AB and it still isn’t working then your vet is out of ideas and out of his/her depth. Did they take a blood test/cultures before they prescribed the AB? That your poor baby is so weak is probably not just down to a virus but also down to such aggressive AB treatment which kills good gut bacteria and compromises immunity. Where are you? I feel it might be time to see a feline specialist. Always trust your instinct with a vet. If you think they are useless, they probably are.
     
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    Bovril is high in salt which isn’t good.

    Make some bone broth by cooking fresh chicken in water. You can give her the broth to drink and hopefully she’ll also eat some of the chicken (mince it up maybe).

    Sounds like cat flu.

    We used a syringe to gently give small amounts of fluids into the side of the mouth at regular intervals (and through the night) to keep a cat hydrated.
     
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    Certainly after three unsuccessful courses of ABs (was it the same AB each time, or three different types?) I would expect them to take blood. It sounds like problem has been ongoing for quite a few weeks. Has the vet suggested what it might possibly be? I think OP needs to be really proactive here and start asking questions (altho' I realise at the moment it's difficult as you are not allowed in to the consulting room). Write down everything you want to say and ask and be sure to give the sheet to the vet when the cat goes in. It may be time to see a different vet. How old is the cat?
    Agree with @Lurcherlad: Bovril would be a no for me, full of salt which will dehydrate the cat.
     
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    If you are going to take your cat to a different vet, you need to be able to tell him what she has already been given that has not worked. I hope you get some answers soon.
     
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    I agree with the others, you never want to feed a cat anything high in salt, it is dehydrating and bad for the kidneys.

    The suggestion of chicken broth is a good one, just make sure you do not add any seasoning when cooking the chicken.

    Did the vet give you any type of report or information, that you can use if you try another vet? If not I would ask for one, for your information and records as well.

    My cat Jack was given this while in the hospital and not eating:
    https://www.viyoreinforces.com/cat
    I think they fed it by syringe.
    You can ask your vet about this or similar if she does not take to chicken broth.

    Hope you have some luck today.
     
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    Have a look at your receipts from the vet. They should detail all the treatments and meds that were given.
    If you see Convenia, that's a long acting antibiotic (2 weeks) so only one injection needed.
     
  11. Douglas’ Dad

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    The vet should not have prescribed the AB 3 times without cultures. An educated guess once is ok but not 3 times. The culture identifies if there is bacteria present and what type so the right AB is prescribed to fight it. Otherwise you’re just working blind
     
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    This looks really good. I wish there was a sticky thread on things like this which we could refer to when cats are poorly. I’m pretty certain my vet hasn’t heard of this.
     
  13. Calvine

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    Some of the symptoms do, and I have had three fully vaccinated cats go down with cat flu; but I would hope and expect a qualified vet would recognise and treat cat flu fairly quickly.
     
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