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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by nmickle, Aug 13, 2009.


  1. nmickle

    nmickle PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    I have been researching information and stumbled on this website. I have a little kitty who isn't even one year old yet and has been having the same problems for a few weeks now. We've taken him to the vet so many times and have had test, after test done and they have found nothing wrong with him. He barely eats any food, wet or dry and we pretty much have to force it down his throat or make him stand in front of the food in order to eat any at all. He has lost a lot of weight, very lethargic, sleeps all the time, sometimes makes a gagging noise when he smells food, he makes a loud grinding noise when he does eat. I thought maybe the grinding noise was just him eating dry food but when he chews the wet food he also tilts his head and makes the grinding noise. If anyone can please help, I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
     
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    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    I would if possible try another vets or just phone around and explain ur situition.
     
  3. nmickle

    nmickle PetForums Newbie

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    He's been to a couple different vets... and they can't find anything. We've already spent over $700.00 and found nothing. I was just wondering if anyone on here has had a cat with those symptoms and found anything out about it. I would really appreciate some help. Thank you.
     
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    I just wanted to welcome you to the forum, Sorry i couldnt help! :(
     
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    Does he eat treats? Things like prawns, chicken, duck, ham etc? I like to give Til the good meats but she still luuurrrves Smart Price Prawns so if im a little skint i give her those for treats. He may just be a fussy little thing xx
     
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    hi hunny just to say sorry to hear abt your kitty it does sound very strange and i would ring around a few vets to try and get a explanation because it needs to b sorted out if hes losing weght as well it sounds to me he could have some sort of blockage in his throat have you had him xrayed best of luck hun ,btw try him wiv tuna or mash some sardines up and fresh chicken some liver as well but just a small amt of that or it could give him the trots pls let me know the outcome ty .
     
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    There was a post several months ago about low grinding sound in this forum. Do a search.
     
  8. nmickle

    nmickle PetForums Newbie

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    Yeah I did a search for that post.. that's actually what brought me to this site. It didn't give me any answers though. He's been x-rayed and they only found that he was constipated and they fixed that but he still wasn't eating much. He has a couple more symptoms than what I posted. From the time we noticed something was wrong, he's had trouble keeping his balance. Also, he's just a tiny little thing, only about 4 pounds. He is very small and looks to still be a 5 or 6 month old kitten but he is going to be a year old in September. We've talked to different vets... and found nothing, just thought maybe this site would help out. Thanks for all the welcomes!
     
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    nmickle PetForums Newbie

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    Oh and we've tried giving him different treats and food... and nothing really makes a difference.
     
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    have you tried him with corned beef? i used to give our old toothless cat that as a treat as it was easier for her to chew just in case the kitten is having issues with his mouth
     
  11. It sounds to me like he has head tilt, something he would have been born with or would have likely happened soon after birth. However there are other causes such as traumer to the head, exposure to toxic substances, poison, ear infections and other diseases.

    As for the grinding and eating - have you asked your vet to referr you to a specialist vet centre? In england we have referral centres with specialists in lots of different areas work, and as a team can help to diagnose and treat.

    Something like that sounds like it could be very beneficial for your cat.


    Lack of appetite is common with head tilt cats, and generally you need to make the food as appetising as possible and have it of the highest quality as possible so that they can get as many nutrients from the meal.

    So i personally would dispense with the dry food altogether.

    Wet foods - stick to only those that are 60% pure meat/fish or more - you really need the highest quality diets available. Ideally a raw diet may help - but only once you have a confirmed diagnosis.

    Hope this helps and hope your cats condition improves. The head tilt is unlikely to get much better but with the right diagnosis and treatment her condition should improve.

    xxxxxxx
     
  12. TheBre363

    TheBre363 PetForums Newbie

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    Is your kitty feeling any better? I sure hope he is.. I hate to say it but I had a little kitty that went through the same thing and ended up being diagnosed with FIP and we had to put him down. Besides the grinding, lethargy and loss of appetite, does he sneeze or have a distended belly..almost like a pot belly but still really bony every where else? I'd get him check for that if possible..FIP is a terrible thing and I do hope he's okay
     
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    Hi and welcome xx
     
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    nmickle PetForums Newbie

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    Unfortunately, we had to put Simon down this morning. Since there is no real test for FIP, we just assumed that's what it was. I appreciate everyone's help. He's not suffering anymore though. I'll definitely miss him...
     

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    So sorry to hear he's been put to sleep. He looks a gorgeous cat.
     
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