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I don't have any money and I have an elderly cat in need of help. She has had elevated liver enzymes repeatedly over the last several years (hence the lack of money). She suffered a bout in January with the salivating, whole lethargic thing going on. She regained, again, with fluids and such but since February she has been having bouts of turning in a clockwise formation. It used to be clockwise around a room but is now around a small area. She lost a lot of weight at first and I asked that they test her thryroid...bingo. Plus her liver issue was inflammatory in nature so she has been on 5 mg. of Prednisone every other day...and the doc thought it might help the circling. It's no longer cutting it. The moaning at night, circling, and I'm starting to think she doesn't know me anymore due to her crankiness. It is so sad. I need help but I have exhausted so many dollars on trying to get her help. Her vet feels, w/o tests, that perhaps she passed a clot. What can I do to help my 15 y/o sugar plum?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hello, and welcome!
My name is ***** ***** I will be glad to help you and Chloe today.
I'm so sorry to hear that she's experiencing all these medical issues. I understand your concern with cost, because you've already had her to the vet so many times. From your description, it's possible that she may need an adjustment to her hyperthyroid medication to alleviate the moaning at night, which is a primary symptom. She also may be moaning at night because she's lonely when you're sleeping and she also may have developed early stages of dementia, which is like Alzheimer's in humans. She may be calling out at night, because she feels disoriented and doesn't know where she is and also, may not know where you are. Leave night lights on around the house at night, so it's not so dark and, also, if possible leave a radio or tv on low volume, so she feels like she has 'company.'
Try some Feliway plug-ins, which will help if she's stressed:
http://www.feliway.com/us
The circling could be a symptom of a stroke and/or it might be a self-soothing mechanism if she is experiencing dementia which is also called 'CDS' (Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome). It's also possible that her hearing is diminished, which is common in older kitties, so she may be yowling at night because she doesn't recognize the sound of her own voice.
Discuss with your vet if giving her Denosyl or Denamarin with SAMe might help with her liver. Here is more information:
http://www.nutramaxlabs.com/cat/cat-liver-health/denosyl-for-cats
http://www.nutramaxlabs.com/cat/cat-liver-health/denamarin-for-cats
Milk Thistle may also be beneficial for her liver:
http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/cat-liver-disease
I completely understand your financial dilemma and I can make the following suggestions for you to hopefully help afford continued vet care for your sweet Chloe:
The following veterinary clinics provide a downloadable coupon for a free first visit for new patients, so you might want to use them if there is, hopefully, one or both in your area:
http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer
http://www.banfield.com/landing/index.html
You might also consider applying for Care Credit which is accepted by most vet offices:
http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/
This is a list of organizations that might help pay for vet visits if you have extenuating circumstances:
http://speakingforspot.com/index.php?p=Financial-Assistance-for-Veterinary-Care
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I hope this helped, and you will be able to continue to have Chloe treated and get to the bottom of her current symptoms.
Please kindly rate my answer with positive feedback and if you have any additional questions, just click Reply and I will always be here for you and Chloe. Rating will not cut off our ability to communicate. This question will always be open for you to reply to me.
Warmest wishes,
Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi Cindy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Chloe. How is everything going?
Cher
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
not so great..she continues to walk endlessly and her appetite veracious. I upped her thyroid med by a 1/4 dose and I'm continuing to give her the 5 mg prednisone pill every other day and 1/2 of that the other days. She is losing weight and is always hungry so at this point it is quality of life versus quantity.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she follows my legs when she isn't circling or walking. poor little thing! I just want to give her the best last days of her life because I feel that is where we are headed. Any "free" suggestions would be appreciated. OH! I have also been putting tresaderm in her ears on the off chance the circling is related to a middle ear issue.
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi again, Helen and thank you for your update on Chloe.
Also, thanks for your patience, as I was offline when you posted back.
I'm so sorry to hear that Chloe has not shown any improvement. I hope you tried to find out if those two vet clinics that offer a coupon for a free first visit are in your area and/or you applied for Care Credit or contacted any of the organizations included in the link I sent in my previous answer.
The treasaderm might help if the circling is related to a middle ear infection or other problem.
I do believe she may need to have her dosage of thyroid medication and/or Prednisone adjusted, but this can only be done by a veterinarian in person, who knows her medical history. Her voracious hunger and weight loss are typical and classical symptoms of hyperthyroidism, as you know, but there may be other factors at play, considering her other symptoms, too.
I wouldn't give up on her just yet. Try some of my suggestions to have her seen for free, or at least postpone the payment(with Care Credit), and that may provide you with a definite diagnosis re: the circling and increasing thyroid symptoms. Also, ask your regular vet if you can pay out the fees in installments.
Vestibular disease or syndrome, is a condition where the vestibular system, which controls equilibrium, is adversely affected. It usually does start with an inner ear infection. It can make a cat feel dizzy and like she can't walk straight. Here is more information:
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/vestibularsyndrome.cfm
Discuss with your vet if this may be a possibility.
I'm so sorry, but this is the only information I can provide you with right now. She really does need some testing, but I know how costly that can be. You can try your local Humane Society and/or ASPCA, to find out the names of low cost or no cost vets that might be willing to help you treat Chloe.
I hope you're able to get help for your sweet furry girl!
Warmest wishes,
Cher

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