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New supposed bsh has something up with his eye. Advice much appreciated

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Pippyroo, Jan 31, 2021.


  1. Pippyroo

    Pippyroo PetForums Newbie

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    Hello all. I just joined. I havent owned cats in years and this week purchased two new bsh male kittens. The first is registered and the second I'm sceptical about as the owner hadn't registered him. He is very fluffy. Regardless he is gorgeous and much loved.

    My worry is that I have noticed his two eyes are different. Photo attached. I'm.ck corned about anisocornia. The seller tells me the vet has checked it and says it was inherited from the father and nothing to worry about. Akin to a lazy eye. I'm not convinced. I will take him to be checked but wondered if I could get some opinions from the community here. Thanks.
     

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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    To me, it looks in your photos as though the kitten's right eye is bigger than his left eye, not just the pupil sizes being different. It would concern me that there is maybe some inflammation or swelling in or behind the right eye. And I would want that investigated. [Be aware that such investigations to find the cause of this abnormality might not be cheap.]

    If the seller is telling you the truth and her vet genuinely has investigated this kitten's eyes fully, then the seller should have no problem in providing you with an official vet report written or typed on headed notepaper. I certainly wouldn't be willing to part with any money for the kitten, based on a questionable verbal report from the seller..

    You could have put down a small deposit to retain the kitten, pending an official, satisfactory report from the seller's vet.
     
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    Better to let your own vet check it out.

    Did you get papers with the kitten? You can get shorthaired and longhaired BSH, altho he looks as though he will be shorthaired.
     
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    Pippyroo PetForums Newbie

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    update.
    The local vet is concerned about the eye and has given me the option of referral to an ophthalmologist. The referral surgery is 2 hours away I'm in Croydon and they are in Hitchin! I hadn't got round to insuring him yet since I bought him on Saturday and haven't yet done my research. I know insurance wont be an option with a pre existing health condition. The ophthalmologist consultation alone is £295. There is no way I can afford to manage this situation if the cat requires MRI/surgery. Can anyone suggest anything because I really really don't want to rehome my little fur baby.
     
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    What is your vet's concern?
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    If the vet specialist is near Hitchin it is probably Davies Vet Hospital. They are excellent and looked after one of my cats a year ago after he suddenly became seriously ill with Saddle Thrombosis. However they are very expensive, as all specialists are. 2 days of inpatient care cost me £1,500, though I was lucky I had pet insurance for my boy.

    Your kitten may well require an MRI scan, and possibly other tests, possibly corrective surgery, no way of knowing yet. The fees could run into thousands of pounds. I am not trying to scare you, or upset you, but just to make you aware of what could be the case. The fact is your kitten's eyes do not look right and he does need some investigations to establish the reason why.

    Your first option is to try and return the kitten to the breeder and get a refund. . But judging by her negative responses to you (which you mentioned earlier) I doubt she would accept him back. What is she to do with the poor little mite? I can't see how she could re-home him without first sorting out what is wrong with his eyes.

    Another option is to go ahead with investigations, which might mean he needs surgery, and start a Crowdfunding page to help pay kitty's vet fees. You can't share a link to it on this forum but you can share it with your friends on Facebook. People who love animals are generous and several forum members in the past have raised considerable sums of money through Crowdfunding for their cat's vet fees. .

    A third option would to be to go ahead with the specialist appointment and see what the vet's preliminary diagnosis is. It may not come to kitty needing surgery, but if he does then you have the option of finding a Cat Rescue charity that has money in the bank, and will agree to pay for his surgery. It would mean you signing over the kitten permanently to the Rescue though.

    None of these are perfect options, but the third option gives you some leeway for moment so you don't have to make an immediate decision about rehoming him.
     
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    Pippyroo PetForums Newbie

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    It will break my heart to let him go. By signing him over to the rescue centre id ve doing just that.

    You have given me brilliant advice and I thank you for that. Such a hard decision.

     
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    She basically said that she is not convinced there is vision in the eye and that this sort of issue is usually caused either by head trauma or is congenital. She was pretty unsure. She said that the cat is otherwise healthy although she isn't convinced he is 13 weeks as he seems younger. She said that as the eye doesn't seem to be bothering him, I can either leave it be or be referred.

    When I relayed all of this to the owner she asked me to get a second opinion as her vets supposedly said the cat is fine and just has a lazy eye. She said she advertised him clearly showing his eyes and took no responsibility. It's a shame I didn't notice his eye until my husband pointed it out when he arrived home. Who knows what the truth is. I'm taking him to our local vet tomorrow to be registered and will ask them to contact the vet she had him vaccinated at and claims said he has a lazy eye. A full refund on the 1200 I paid for him will go a long way on vet fees.
     
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    Well yes, if you could get the seller to refund the whole amount you paid for the kitten, and you keep the kitten that would be a great solution. But I would be surprised if the seller would agree to that, to be frank.

    I hope you will at least get a proper diagnosis from a vet ophthalmologist even if you go no further.. There may well be no sight in one of kitty's eyes, or he may have double vision. or he may have a degenerative condition that could leave him blind in both eyes eventually. Or it may be something that could be corrected surgically and give the little fella the best quality of life possible.

    Whatever the case I think you need to know what is wrong, for your own peace of mind.

    Your "2nd opinion" btw will be the vet ophthalmologist. No point in seeing another general vet practitioner for a 2nd opinion.
     
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    Definitely. This is already massively affecting my life! I forgot how emotional it is to own a cat. I promised myself at 23 years of age when my beloved cat died (I got him at 8 years old) that I would never ever put myself through the trauma. Here we are 14 years later and three days after adopting this little guy and I'm an emotional wreck again!
     
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    Chillminx I'm going to take him to the Belsize Park Davies Clinic. The one in Hitchin is just too far. Apparently, the vet does a clinic there on a Wednesday.
     
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    Oh yes, Belsize Park sounds much better, less travelling for him. :) x
     
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