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Cat was examined on Oct 18 2008 and blood work and urinalysis were done. I was told it showed white blood cell count was slightly off and urinalysis showed Urinary Tract Infection. At first she was on Clavamox for 5 days then when the urinalysis results came back - he switched her to Zeniquin for 10 days. I took her back on Nov 8 to get her re-test to ensure we got rid of the UTI and see if the blood cell count was OK but seeing that she had lost weight - he determined there was nothing further to do. Said the antibiotics should have cleared up the infection and she should be eating/drinking on her own.
Jessica was on Buphenorine (spelling?) .1 cc every 12 hours for about 2 weeks. It was a liquid. When I expressed concern about her still not eating/drinking properly even though the UTI meds were done, he said we needed to switch over to another med as the one wasn't effective for a long period of time. She is now on a tablet she takes 1/4 of a small white pill every 12 hours and I cannot remember the name and her pill bottle is not with me.
I suspect this was going on longer than I knew - possibly months before I noticed the weight loss. I noticed she appeared to have lost weight and she had lost approx 1/2 lb from Jan 2008 to October 2008. She dropped from around 6.5 to 6.0 pounds. Over the past few weeks she dropped a few more ounces. She was 5 lb 13 ounces on Oct 31 and 5 lb 12 ounces on Nov 8 (sub-Q fluids were put in her on Sat Nov 7). The vet scale weighed her at just over 5 lbs on Nov 7 but the scale at the post office weighs her in at closer to 6 lb on Nov 8. According to the vet, she's lost almost 1 pound in 3 weeks but I believe the scale must be off - I am checking the post office scale for accuracy tomorrow and weighing her again. Due to this weight issue, I believe he has written her off as dying but I think, again, it's a nasty cycle of her teeth hurt, she doesn't drink/eat enough and round we go. If she had given up, why does she still come to the kitchen for breakfast, lap up gravy and stare at the water bowl like she wants to drink?
I'm sorry, I don't. He is usually willing to share them if I am there in person but he gave me the results over the phone and I don't have a copy of them. I could probably have him fax them to me at work on Wed but that would be the soonest. When he got the results, I know he was frustrated becuase he said her blood work always looks good and she is a puzzle.
She has been dismissed before as "dying" and wasn't. I once took her to an ER after she wouldn't eat/drink much and they said she was dying of renal failure becuase she was 16 and it was common with 16 year olds. They ran blood work and could only find a cell count was off and treated her for infection. Shortly after that I had dental surgery done on her - he said she had 1 bad tooth but after she was in there, found 6 bad ones and pulled them all. She bounced right back - that was 2 years ago.
I had inquired further about the blood cell count when I was there last but he said it wasn't off by that much and the antibiotics should have cleared it up.
Currently I am feeding her a/d and trying to keep her hydrated. I found a dental specialist in my area and thinking of calling her tomorrow. I still really believe it may be her teeth and he said he doesn't want to operate on her again. I am monitoring her weight and going to see if there's any change since I last weighed her on Sunday at the Post Office! After she got those fluids on Sat, she was a new girl on Sunday, she started sleeping in her old favorite spots, she's been purring, but she still looks at the water like it is some type of demon. I have 2 water dishes out (one huge plastic one, one ceramic bowl) plus a cat fountain. Like I said, she will drink but very hesitantly and not very much.
My vet and husband insist that on pain meds - she feels no mouth pain and she won't drink becuase she is old and given up.
When she was 16 she was starting to not eat and drink much and was diagnosed by my vet with hyperthyroidism. He recommended a radio-active iodine treatment that I had done by a clinic in Baltimore, RadioCat. That cured her of the hyperthyroidism. So I know we can rule that out.
He had suggested that she may have cancer but said it doesn't always show up in a blood test. I thought that if she had cancer the blood cell count would be WAY off - he said not necessarily - I asked if it would show on an x-ray and he said "possibly, but not necessarily" - may not even show up on an ultrasound. Does this sound correct?
Thanks - this has been a huge help and now I have some further questions to ask my vet as follow-up.
I only have one final Q and that deals with my intial concern/hunch about my cat's teeth. I KNOW for a fact that she has dental pain as I witnessed her chatter when he pushed on a tooth. The last time he did that 2 years ago and said she had 1 bad tooth to be pulled - he got her into surgery and she had 6 pulled. Is it possible that her loss of interest in food and esp the not wanting to drink is simply related to this and not one of the 3 possibilities you list? Could that explain it all? She is on pain meds but couldn't her mouth still hurt regardless? She walks up to the water bowl, won't drink but will lap up an ounce of gravy with no problem - seems odd to me.