Worms can rob your cat of vital nutrients causing anemia, diarrhea, perhaps with blood; weight loss; dry hair; general poor appearance; and vomiting, perhaps with worms in the vomit. If left untreated the cat could die, so it is advisable to act on you observation.
If it looked like spaghetti, then it was most likely roundworm which can be treated with a wormer containing piperazine as it's active ingredient.
If it looked like a grain of rice or a sesame seed, it is most likely tapeworm. Over the counter products will generally treat the tapeworms if there is Praziquantel in it.
However, the problem with over the counter treatments is that many aren't effective against ‘all' the possibilities. That's why a vet administered med is highly recommended. The vet can determine what kind of parasite (or parasites) your companion may have in addition to tapeworms and treat him accordingly with the latest prescription meds and accurate dose. Please see this link http://www.fabcats.org/worming.html
Other parasite info:
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As long as she is still eating she may get over this herself, but you should get her an eye ointment called Terramycin for eye infections. It will help clear her eyes, but if you do not see an improvement over the next 2 days, she may need to be seen again and be checked for kidney failure or thyroid problems as this may not be a simple eye infection given her symptoms.....you can get this cream at some pet stores, online, or your vet might sell it to you since he has seen her before. It sounds like you are doing an excellent job with her! Keep me posted!
That is great news that someone can see her. You will both be in my prayers and I will be thinking of you, so please keep me posted!
Since Reani is not currently on I want to try to offer my assistance:
I would go to the store and pick up SAMe and milk thistle this will help her with her liver. I would also pick up a lot more jarred baby meats (be sure there is no garlic or onion in the ingredients). You will need to force feed her 10cc every 3-4 hours until she starts eating much better on her own. What she is suffering from is called hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease and this occurs as a result of not eating food. It happens in cats in some cases as soon as 48 hours after not eating. The cure is feeding, feeding, feeding. Since it sounds like she stopped eating after the congestion started she probably cannot smell her food well and nothing tastes very good either. I would recommend picking up lil noses decongestant drops and use these 2-3 times daily. When she is eating on her own you can taper her off of them slowly. Keeping her head and nose clear will allow her to be able to smell better. A cat who cannot smell will not eat so this will help.
Continue with the antibiotic but remember the most imporant thing is to feed her.
She will need 90 mg of SAMe and 9 mg of milk thistle once daily before the start of her force feedings. This will help to detoxify the liver and blood and can even generate the regrowth of healthy liver cells.
You can get all of these products at your local drug or grocery store. If you cannot find them then you can find the SAMe and Milk thistle at your local nutrition store like GNC or natural foods market.
The lil noses decongestant drops can be found in the infant/toddler medication section of most stores. If you cannot find this you can use neosynephrine.
Theresa, thanks for stepping in during my time away from the computer, it is much appreciated! Customer I agree with Theresa, feed feed feed....I have successfully nursed my kitty back from this condition, so be persistant! It took 2 months of feeding her myself every 3 hours, but I did it, so it is definitely not impossible! We are here for you and your girl! Please keep us posted!
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If you can I think it would be a good idea for you to contact your veterinarian and discuss how you are approaching her issue. I would then talk to him or talk him into prescribing for you an appetite stimulant and a trial of prednisone to see if we can decrease the inflammation in the liver and even get her eating on her own again. We have a saying where I work. "Never let a pet die without the benefit of steroids." It may sound strange but it is true.
Also, I seriously would get her started on the SAMe and milk thistle as soon as you possibly can.
I would still try to call and ask the vet about the prednisone. It is very cheap and if he thinks she is going to pass anyway then there should be no reason why he wouldn't allow you to try it for a week.
Also, in the beginning you mentioned she was eating like she was starved yet still losing weight. This is a thyroid issue called hyperthyroidism.
I would suggest taking another look at all of those charity organizations as they have pulled through for many of our clients. Also, try an apply for care credit and see where you get. You can apply online. What's the worst they can say? NO? It doesn't hurt to try it anyway. www.carecredit.com
Also, call around to some of your private pet adoption agencies, shelters, and humane societies as they may be able to point you in the right direction.
You are welcome. Please let us know if you have any questions, improvements, or even declines over the next several days and we will help you the best way we know how.
Good Luck and best wishes,
I just wanted to say that you are doing a wonderful job with your girl. It sounds like she may be turning around a bit, getting some attitude, and even pink to her skin again. This is great and you are working so hard. I admire you! Thank you so much for the updates and let us know if she is also relieving herself (BM and urine).
Ok. It is time to start adding some cat lax or other hairball remedy to this. For her to decrease the toxins in her liver we need her to have a bm since a large percentage of toxins are excreted through the bowel.
I would start by giving her a 1 inch strip of hairball remedy twice a day. If she doesn't have a bowel movement in 24 hours then increase this to 2 inches twice daily.
I am so sorry for your loss Deni Kay. Baby Blue will be missed. She sure was a fighter and you are very strong. Our thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.