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Chartreuse is my first cat (we call her char, I know the prior is a mouthful, but it has meaning to us). Anyway, I got her for Christmas and I was really excited. She was appx. 8 weeks when I got her. She was a rescue and a nice lady had taken her in right before a cold front. I fell in love with her pretty blue eyes and had to have her.

She was spayed really young, at 3 months. I was really concerned that this was too young, but the vet assured me that it was okay and it was a common and safe thing. Well, I feel like ever since then, things have gone terribly down hill. Char used to be the cutest little furball, full of energy and life. She would wake me up in the morning to get fed by sitting on my chest and purring at me. She had the cutest meow and would LOVE to snuggle! She would even follow me around the house and watch fix my hair and get ready in the morning.

Well, maybe it is just a coincidence, but ever since her surgery she has drastically changed. The change wasn't immediate, but more a progression. I know that after they get spayed, their personality can change a bit. So, when she slowly became less interested in playing, I wasn't very concerned. But about 2 weeks after her surgery, she stopped eating and wouldn't play or anything. She started isolating herself, as well. I brought her to the vet and she was running a bit of a fever. They gave her a couple different medicines including an antibiotic. Then, she was constipated and had diarrhea really bad. She was getting worse. I brought her back to the vet and she had an even higher fever. They didn't know what the problem was, so they "diagnosed" it as a syndrome called fever of unknown origin. Right. So, they gave her another antibiotic and I was instructed to stop the previous medicines which were causing her stomach ailments and give her a pill to help keep her fever down. I thought - or hoped - she might be getting better, but it was obviously worse. She was shivering and biting and was eating less. So, I researched the pill I was giving her (a quarter or a pill of Zenequin). It says not to be administered to cats under a year of age (she's almost 5 months). And the side effects included shivering, loss of appetite, etc. I was furious, so I set an appt. with a different vet. He said the medicine wasn't necessarily harmful, but he wouldn't have given it to her. Since it was causing side effects, ceased the medicine. She was still running a slight fever. They did blood work on her. Everything came back normal. No FIV either. So, currently, the instructions are to try and get her eating more and see how she does on her own. I have an appt. for her in a couple of hours and she is definitely not back to normal. She is barely eating and just lays in her bed all day. She is no longer drinking water or grooming herself. If I pick her up, she will tolerate it for a little while, but eventually she throws her head back and meows really loudly. All of her meows now are strained and sound painful.

I don't know what else to do. I am sorry this was so long, but it has been our life for the past month. If anyone has any insight or advice, please share!

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Hello Jena and welcome to the forum. I'm so sorry you are going through this with your beloved little Chartreuse, but I doubt very much it has anything to do with her age at her spay, unless the spay was botched somehow and she has internal issues such as internal bleeding.

Many kittens are spayed in rescues as soon as they reach 2 pounds, which can be as young as 2 months.

What kind of diagnostic tests have been done little Char?

I see blood work was done, but what did they check for?

Has anyone suggested an ultrasound to see what is going on inside her?

it was smart of you to seek a second opnion, but it doesn't sound like the second vet has any answers either. My biggest fear when a kitten does poorly with no explanation is FIP.

Sadly, FIP is fatal, but there is no way to test for it on a live cat. Is she retaining any fluid around her tummy?

I think I would be asking for a referral to a veterinary internal medicine specialist at this point. Do you have a vet school near you?

Please keep us posted on your dear little one.
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Blood Work for FIP was done today, but it takes a few days to get results back. It's looking like it might be positive for the dry form of it since today she couldn't walk very well and is having a lot of trouble getting around. She isn't retaining fluid in her stomach, but apparently that is mainly a symptom for the wet form of the virus.

The closest vet school is 4 hours away and I know that I can't afford a specialist, so options are limited.

Supportive care for now and I guess we will see what happens with the blood work...

Thank you for your help Gail, I appreciate your response!

Hoping for the best,

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Jena, there is no test for FIP. They can test for the coronavirus, but that will not confirm that Chartreuse has FIP, only, if positive, that she has been exposed to the coronavirus.

How is she doing today? <edit> I just reread your post and saw you said she wasn't doing so great. I'm so sorry.

I'm praying for your baby.

<edit> Here's a link to some info on FIP from Cornell University.

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/fip.html
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hmm , I personally think its too young . I understand in a rescue situation however it is imperative. But in happy situations where all have more than enough love room and food , then its nicer to wait untill theyve got a bit of strength
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