What does your vet hope to find out with a hemoglobin test, do you know?
Do you know what his hematocrit or PCV is? All his chemistries are normal? Has he been tested for FeLV and FIV?
Hematocrit is 27. I am asking about PCV and chemistry levels. I'm not sure about why he's doing the test, my dad took the cat and he was just filling me as best he could. He did eat half a can of wet food when they got back. He is an only cat, who stays indoors. I think i read feline leukemia is transmitted?
He hasn't had any tests you mentioned yet. Everything gets so costly, I'm already in $600 for bloodwork, fluid and antibiotics. He didn't mention him as being anemic, but that's initially what I thought it was.
Moose has no fever and belly looked ok. No trouble breathing, not vomiting or anything. I am not home now, but I am asking my dad to look at his gums to see if they are pale.
He rolled over so I could scratch him and nothing felt or looked strange. He's just very bony :( from what I've read it seems like its related to bone marrow failure or liver disease. I'm not sure about the liver disease because the cat was never obese to begin with, but that's not to say he couldn't have formed it through his food.
All I know is that his immune system is working over time, and most of his counts that stand out, after researching, all bring me to the liver, and clearly bone marrow problems.
FIP says its typical where there's more than one cat or onsets early, but he is alone, does this matter?
FYI last year, he didn't move for a whole day, wouldn't eat or acknowledge anyone. We took him to the vet, it seemed like there was an obstruction. After the vet he was back to normal, but he came home with fleas. I did read fleas can bring disease with them. Maybe this is what caused it? Moose started loosing fur on his hind legs during the winter, but I assumed it was an allergy or flea allergy related. I guess I could have been wrong. The fur did grow back, but as of the past two weeks he's been eating less. My dad changed his food because he wasn't eating the blue buffalo at all. When he would change the food, he would eat some. Like I said before, he ate half a can of wet food yesterday, and when I put canned tuna in the bowl he ate some of that. He's holding it down, not throwing up. He's just very weak looking.
I just called my vet and he agrees it's worth a shot for the prednisolone. I think he was apprehensive to give something that may harm him, but at this point, the cat is wasting away, so I have nothing to lose. I guess it's much harder when the blood doesn't really show much. I'm grateful you have done so much research for Moose.
I'm feeling guilty because I don't want to give up on him if it's something that's treatable, but I just don't have the funds to find out what it is and then have to treat it. And he's a young cat, which makes it even harder to come to terms with. If by some miracle a pile of money falls in my lap I will start next with the ultrasound.
Your knowledge was helpful in weeding out other ailments, and honing in on what the problem might really be. I will start him on the steroid, and hopefully that just improves the quality of life he has left.
I've attached a picture of Moose taken last fall when he was healthy. Thanks so much for all your help, it's given me a little more hope than I had before!