3 days ago I came home in the evening after being gone all day and found my (almost 3/ y/o) cat acting lethargic. I was in a hurry that morning, so not sure if she was acting oddly before I left, but I do know she had eaten some of her food
By 3am I was very concerned, as she hadn't eaten, hadn't come to sit with me, and was not interested in playing with the puppy. I could tell she was not right, so I took her to the emergency vet.
The emergency vet said my cat was "consciously blind" in her left eye, and had a temperature of 105.2. My cat's eyes worked but she could not actually see out of the left eye (determined by menace test).
Vet gave her sub Q fluids, gave me clyndomyacin to administer 2x day, and did a Leukemia and Fel Aids test- both came back negative.
Brought her home at 5:30am. Was told to call her regular vet on Monday (this was Sunday a.m.) if no improvement.
The next day she would not eat or drink at all. She appeared worse. I took her to a new vet, who said cat's temp down to 101.2 and that she was NOT blind in one eye, found she had tape worms
and, despite her compromised health, wanted me to treat her for tape worms and fleas. I got the tapeworm meds and gave them to her later that day. Vet also gave me some "critical nutrition" cat food, as my cat showed some interest in it while at vet.
Get home, cat eats about 1/4 can of the food, then goes to sleep. A few hours later, she has diarrhea
. That was Sunday night. Her temp that night was back up to 104.8. Spent alot of time hiding in closet.
She did not eat or drink anything else that night other than some liquid I gave in a syringe.
First thing Monday morning I take her to her regular vet. Temp is around 104.4. He says she does seem blind in left eye, though eye functions (pupil dilates, etc.). He suspects virus, though doesn't explain eye issue. Does CBC test, finds all normal except low white blood count, which he says is indicative of virus. Sends us home and tells me to watch temp.
She would not eat or drink anything yesterday (monday). I tried about 7 kinds of cat food, plus baby food. she would not touch it. I syringe fed her the high calorie cat food mixed with water, and gave her a paste called "Cat cal" that's supposed to be high calorie. I rubbed it on her face so she'd lick it off. She did not pee or poop at all. (I'd cleaned box night before, so I know she did not go).
This morning she seemed a bit better. Got up, walked around, sat in window. I was hopeful. She even sniffed some food. But then she vomited bile and later went and hid in corner of closet. She then slept all day, and looked even worse than the day before. Even when i woke her up, her eyes barely opened. I fed her about 1/4 can of the high cal food mixed with water, more of the calorie paste, and then tonight some baby food mixed with water. She looks awful.
I realized, too, that she now appears not to see much of anything. I did the menace test and she only blinked when my fingers were close enough that she could feel them. I dropped a cotton ball a foot away from her and she didn't even notice. Nor did she track my fingers at all.
I am going to take her to vet again tomorrow, but I have no idea what's going on. The vet told me yesterday that she probably jsut needs to ride out a virus and to find some food she'll eat. i've called twice to ask what I'm supposed to do about her not eating, but he has not gotten back to me.
One last thing- about a month ago my puppy bodyslammed my cat into the oven door. She jumped straight in the air and freaked out. Then ran into other room, did another bizarre jump and then slinked away. I realized a while later she was blind (my old cat had seizures that caused temporary blindness, so I recognize what it looks like).
Took her to emergency vet, they said she could see. I brought her home, she was weird for a couple days, then appeared to fully recover.
Vets all know this, but don't know if the present eye condition is related to head trauma or not.
Sorry for such a long winded post, but I've taken my cat to 3 different vets in a 36 hour period. I've barely slept and I've been syringe feeding her and watching her decline. I've already spent a substantial amount of money but the vets have not been very helpful.