(Closed) My kitty is sick :( and I’m very sad.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh my gosh.. huge hugs to you because I know EXACTLY what you’re going through. My one year old kitten Leo is going through liver failure, and while he’s bouncing back slowly now, we had to have a feeding tube put in (eeek $1000! we couldn’t afford it either – but it was this or a very fast death), and have to tube feed him multiple times a day. It’s the worst thing in the world to have a sick animal or child and not be able to tell them why you are doing what you are doing. In your case, FIP is a difficult disease. I think your best bet is to treat her for now and make the hard decision when she gets to a point that life is hard. You are NOT a bad mom!! You are a fantastic kitty mommy because you love her. Now – you said it’s suspected FIP. How much is the test to see if it really is FIP? She may have some sort of mouth infection? Please keep us updated and if you need to talk, PM me because I am going through this now, too! It’s awful! Best of luck to you and your kitty, it’s funny because your kitty actually looks A LOT like my little Leo.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Awww how awful, I’m so sorry SoontoBeeMrsM. There’s no easy way to make those decisions that’s for sure. My own little furbaby is really sick too (giant chest tumor), and like you all we can do is keep him on his meds to make him comfortable for the time being. He doesn’t seem sick either, the meds do a terrific job, but in time the tumor will get worse and we will have to put him down. I’m having a hard time with the fact that I’m going to have to pick a day at some point to do it, but you have to keep in mind that to keep your pet around when they’re so sick and unhappy is really unfair. You’d be doing it for your own peace of mind. Enjoy the time you have left with Lola and spoil her rotten. It’s really all you can do. Removing all her teeth would probaby not give her a great quality of life and would absolutely traumatize her. You’re doing all you can now by keeping her happy and keeping the problem under control, and ultimately, you’re doing what you would want someone to do for you right? Try to keep your chin up and just give her lots of snuggles, that’s what every pet needs and wants! ((HUGS))

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know much about total tooth extraction but I am not sure if it would traumatize her for the rest of her life.  I think she would just basically have to eat soft food, but I can’t think of any other difficulties it would cause.

6-7 years old is NOT old for a cat.  They can live to be 15-20 years old.  She could have many happy and healthy years ahead :o)

If you want to go through with the surgery, look into Care Credit, which is offered for expensive procedures for pets.  Also, it probably wouldn’t hurt to contact the SPCA.  I see in the paper occasionally that they sponsor expensive procedures for animals who need it.  Might be worth a shot.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i’m so sorry! your kitty’s very lucky to have such a loving mom. i don’t know anything about cats or the specific diagnosis, but i just wanted to say you are definitely NOT a bad mom! with pets, i definitely think keeping their quality of life in mind can weigh heavier than getting to the root of the problem in deciding whether to treat or cure. it’s not the same thing at all, but my (really my parents’) dog is almost 12, and a few years ago tore her ACL. my parents had it repaired with surgery, and it was really traumatic for her–her mobility was extremely limited for a really long time, like i think they kept her in 1 room for like 6 weeks? so when her other ACL started tearing, they decided not to do the surgery, just because it’s too much for her. she doesn’t move around very well anymore, but it’s better than making her go through the surgery again…again, totally not the same thing, but i jsut wanted to say you’re not a bad mom at all!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I think I’m confused. Why is total tooth extraction being recommended? Are you sure they said Peritonitis and not Periodontitis? (severe gum disease,often resulting in tooth loss,horrible bad breath).

Poor baby. :o(

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

I read the article and didn’t see anything mentioned about oral lesions or problems associated with it.

I’m a hygienist and people with gum disease  very often take regular long term low doses of antibiotics. I’ve had patients on long courses of Prednisone as well and ironically a side benefit is better looking gum tissue.

Our dog was diagnosed with ITP (immune mediated thrombocytopenia),and the first manifestation was oral…terrible gum lesions and she was lethargic and stopped eating. Thank God we were referred to a veterinary specialist (internist) who ran more extensive tests and had a diagnosis almost immediately when the regular vet was only hydrating her as she couldn’t figure it out.  We did a round of chemo and she was on a ton of meds for almost 2 years. That was followed by all her facial and jaw muscles deteriorating and she lost the ability to swallow.We also had a feeding tube placed and we had her for 2 1/2 more years,but this past August she’d finally had enough. It was the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do. :o( 

I think you’re doing the best you can for her in keeping her comfortable. We ended up spending close to $15,000. over 2 1/2 years…

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m so sorry to hear that your little furbaby is sick, whatever it turns out she has.

🙁

I’ll send some positive vibes your way!!

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