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December 16th, 2006, 11:47 PM
Hi all, I am new to this board, but am desperately looking for an answer to what could be wrong with my mother's cat. She is currently at tthe vet's office, and has been for some time. They can't seem to figure out what is wrong. I'm just looking for someone who may have had the same problems or maybe know someone who has. I hate to make this long and boring, but I have searched and searched and cannot find anything.

Okay, here goes:
Toe Baby is about 8 years old. She is an inside cat with 6 others.
This all started with a sore foot. SHe had a small sore that she kept licking and eventually, it got bigger. My mom doctored with neosporin, but she kept licking it off, so it never really healed. We took her to our normal vet, and he said that it looked like her toes were broken. After about a 5 day stay and xrays, there were no broken bones. He sent her home with some anti fungal spray. We used it several times a day as directed, but it didn't get any better. She uses a litterbox, so keeping it clean was really hard. Anyway, over the next couple of weeks, it seemed to get worse and other spots started appearing. It turns out that the vet had put her in a boarding room with hunting dogs. (nice, huh?)
We took her to another vet, and she was concerned with the amount of time this had lasted and suggested running all sorts of tests. She did a biopsy of the foot, negative. I don't remember the exact names, SORRY!, but one was to see if it was a fungus that could be spread to either us or the other cats, it was negative also. They say that they have exhausted all of the tests that they can run and suggest putting her to sleep. This is out of the question for my mother. She raised her on a bottle, so she is like a child. We have had her tested for feline leukemia once before, and she tested negative. Does anyone have any ideas?
I know that I didn't use names for the tests or anything, and for that I am really sorry, but surely someone out there has had or knows someone who has had a similar problem.
I don't know if this makes any difference or not, but when we took her to hte first vet, she didn't have any fleas. When we got her home, she was covered in the really big ones. She was also in a cage with some guinneas before she was put in with the dogs.
Thank you in advance for any help that you give. My mother has already spent about $400 on her.
Please help me help her sick kitty.:sick:

December 17th, 2006, 03:15 PM
I'm not a cat-person but is it possible she has developed a chemical sensitivity to the litter you are using ?

December 17th, 2006, 04:08 PM
I am sorry for your mom and of course the kitty,I hope the flea-problem at least have been taken care of..
I have no direct answer fo you,but could it be an allergy? Maybe something your mom uses for the carpets or floors,with six cats,your mom might be spraying something the kitty cannot tolerate??
Is there a veterinary hospital near you that you could take her too??
I cannot see why anyone would suggest to have her put down,she is only 8 yrs old:sad:
Did you mean she was put in the same cage as Guinea-Pigs??and then huntingdogs,the poor cat must have been terrified,what kind of vet was that:frustrated:
Do they go outside??

December 17th, 2006, 04:25 PM
I agree with chico and mummummum. Maybe something in the house is causing an allergic reaction. I would try to elimate the areas of the house the cat is in the most. Maybe first try switching the litter to something natural, like a wheat or pine litter. Then maybe reduce the amount of chemical cleaners that are used. Try using vinegar and water to clean kitty areas instead of harsh chemicals. That's a start. Eliminate things as you go, anything that is a chemical stop using and see if it makes a differnce to the cat's foot. Good luck. Hope the kitty feels better soon:cat: :fingerscr

one more thing, perhaps get one of those head cones so that the kitty can't lick her foot while you're mom has the polysporin on it. Give it time to penetrate before the kitty licks it off.

December 18th, 2006, 09:24 PM
She is still at the vet's office. She has been for a couple of weeks now. They are giving her strong antibiotics (don't know names)and pain meds, but she still isn't healing. The other cats that she lives with do not have any problems that we have noticed. Spots from scratching fleas, but nothing major.
The guinneas that I talked about are birds. They are kinda like chickens. The fleas have been taken care of, all the cats have been doctored again.
I know I am rambling, and I'm sorry, but I am trying to remember everything I need to say so that it may make some sense.
Has anyone ever had this type of problem before? I don't want them to put her to sleep, but the cost for this is really outrageous.
Anyone have any other ideas?

December 19th, 2006, 07:16 AM
MysMystry,it all sounds really strange,compared to our vet-clinics:confused: where are you??
The poor cat is in pain,probably stressed with strange people and an even stranger surrounding:sad:
If all they can do is give her antibiotics and painkillers,IMO she would do much better in her own home,but I have not seen her wound,nor do I know how much she's suffering:sad: poor little kitty..

December 19th, 2006, 09:30 AM
I'd take her home. What are they doing for her there that your mother can't do herself? Of course, she must be eating and drinking. Give her a holiday from the meds. After five weeks of antibiotics with no improvement, they aren't doing her any favours and actually suppressing her natural defenses.
You could ask the vet for a low dose of steroids to help her feel better. It is not recommended over the long term, since they eventually cause organ damage, but it would give you some time.
Clean her room thoroughly, new litter, maybe think about slowly switching her to raw food (plenty of info on this site); it often helps with chronic, systemic problems. Keep her apart from the others if you think it will stress her. Put some Rescue Remedy in her water to help keep her calm.
Then I'd go looking for a homeopathic vet, one who has some experience with immune-system problems, which this surely is. The sore was the trigger.
I don't understand either vet's approach. One measly xray could have excluded the 'broken toes theory'. The second vet did you the favour of throwing up his hands.
Find another vet. Do a little research on your cat's symptoms and ask lots of questions.
It would be easy to put her down, people dump their beloved pets at the first sign of an ear mite (I've witnessed it) and euthanize them for 'behaviour problems'.
But your cat deserves another chance, with a competent vet.

December 19th, 2006, 01:54 PM
I am sorry to hear the little one is having a tough time and that the vets can't seem to find anything. Everyone here has great advice. Have you thought about seeing a vet that specialises in dermatology. If anything they may be able to tell you whether it is a skin related problem or something more like the immune system. Does the vet have one of those cone collars on her (e-collar/buster collar) so she can't lick the paw.

Best wishes and she and your family our in our thoughts.