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Confused and been thru the ringer already

June 9th, 2006, 05:04 PM
Hello All
First I wanna thank you for taking time out to read thru my thread,it probably wont be short so I apologize in advance for that....OK

We have a cat thats just over a year old ,its a male that we adopted from a "friends of felines" or some similiar org at the local petsmart
back when he was about 6 weeks old
The cat was fine and was growing nicely, a great personality and all that,things were good.
I,m gonna say it was back in Feb the cat had vomited a few times, not all at once it was maybe once a week ,probably 3 times total and it was late at night
and I/we noticed we had left canned food out on his dish when we fell asleep
something we usually didnt do(we had a cat for 16 years and we always picked up the "soft" food at night) and we just thought maybe the food "spoiled" and maybe he ate late and he got sick.
Well we monitored things and he seemed fine,nothing out of the ordinary and he hadnt vomit for a few weeks
Our family went on Vaction for 4 days and my neighbor took care of him for us, fed him and would sit and play with the cat ,I do the same for him and his dog,anyway I know the cat was being looked after, and the cat never got sick while we were gone(no vomit)
When we returned home the cat looked fine, but after a few days he actually seemed depressed, we kinda laughed it off with the neighbor thinking the cat
missed his company, within a few days he started getting sick again(vomitting) nothing violent and it wouldnt be more than once, you would hear the cat give a kinda moan and then he would get sick
It happened 2-3 times , and we took him to the Vet
They diagnosed it as either a food allergy or that he was having trouble digesting his food and we were told to try changing diet a bit and that if he wasnt getting sick they didnt need to see him again
It was then that he started to loose weight,and seemed a bit distant,not hanging around us, not sitting on my lap,and sleeping in new spots like in far corners of the room....but he wasnt getting sick, was still doing his business in his litter box, and was eating maybe not alot but we figured the diet change and we hadnt found something he really liked (except some "people food like chicken breast/tuna/ etc)
We figured he just wasnt feeling well, this went on about 10-14 days
when we took him back to the vet, they thought it was a thyroid issue and did some blood work and they said they would call with results in a day or 2
After 3 days with no word from them, my wife called
we were told there was no thyroid issue,and that his blood work was a bit off
but nothing that alarmed him and were told to keep up with the diet change etc
Well maybe 4 days later we get a call from a different Dr at the same office
and well they wanted to know how he was ,that they were worried about him
and the overall tone was not good, when we questioned why so glum the Vet said he's pretty sick and his numbers are not good and that we needed to get x-rays and a sonogram.....well of coarse the red flag went up
I called another vet that we had used with our old cat and made an appoint for a few days later, they called the other Vet asked for the records etc
A few days later the new vet calls and says they havent recieved the records

So we played phone tag with the orig Vet for a few days, first they said they sent the files over, then it was we had to come in and sign for them, then the Dr needed to see me , again they called said the files were sent, then they called saying it was a mistake and I needed to come in, then the Dr himself called (the one who said his blood didnt alarm him) well this guy asks how the cat is,when I said not very good, he tells me the cat should be put down, theres nothing I can do for him....well when I asked him why the sudden change of heart and asked how he could make a decision to put the cat down over the phone and the fact he hasnt seen the cat in almost 2 weeks.....well thats when he spits out the cat has F.I.B.
In the mean time the cat actually seems to be doing better, eyes looked clear
fur looked better, eating more and more sociable but still thin
Well it was a day before the next (New )Vet appointment, I called the orig vet told him to stop with the games that I (not my wife) would be there to get my records in 5 minutes and that it would be in his best interest to have my files ready when I get there......he did take that advice to heart
I took the cat to the new vet, and after a exam the vet said they cant rule out F.I.B. and she felt the cat might not survive the test that would confirm FIB, I told her the cat had seemed better, despite being down to 5lbs
Well she gave him a steroid shot, but basically said enjoy what time he has left, he'll loose all appetitte and that he'll be getting weaker until he cant function ( wont get to the litter box etc) and at that time I'd have to put him down....said more than likely it would be within next few days
Well that was 3 weeks ago , he is still with us and functioning pretty well
he has gained 3 lbs, he has been sociable and somewhat playful
he'll attack his scratching post and play with a string when you drag it by him
He's eating alot, even waking me in the middle of night to feed him which when he was feeling bad he couldnt even be found at night
He has jumped up on the couch sat on my lap a few times, he has even jumped up on kitchen table and window sill
I guess I should take him back to the vet for another opinion? Ive done some reading on this FIB, and I dont think he is showing signs of this disease?
Only thing I really notice is his stomach is making what sound like hunger growls like a person gets,I was concerned I read that with FIB fluid builds in the abdomen, again this sounds like when your hungry, and not a fluid
He doesnt seem to have the bloated abdomen that I keep reading about with FIB, and from reading thru posts at FIB support groups most cats have unfortunately not lived more than a few days/weeks after initial symptoms
In our case this stems back over 5 months, I dont want to get my hopes up
as I have read some info that cats have lasted 6=8 months with "wet" FIB
and some over a year with the dry form
Aside from his stomach noises, he doesnt seem to have any discomfort,he has gotten sick twice during the past 3 weeks,(vomit all liquid)
and like I said he is still thin but has put some weight back, but his rear legs have almost no muscle tone despite him still jumping to the table
Any thoughts are welcome, think I should get him another steroid shot?
The Vet said she would be happy to give him more but that she didnt think he'd last long enough to need another...
Thank You all and So sorry for the length of my post