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Unread 02-18-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Please HELP!

Hi All!
I am glad I found this page, as I am very desperate for my kitty cat, Tinkerbelle. She is a four year old manx rescue. Around last summer, I noticed that Tinky's left front paw was swollen and she was acting withdrawn. I took her to the vet and they took x-rays, but could not figure out what was wrong. They did notice that two of her nails were missing, the others looked thick (like she had not been sharpening them onrgrooming them) and her pads were dry and cracked. They gave her antinflamatories, pain medication and antibiotics but things were not improving, they were actually getting worse. Well, after a few more visits, without any improvements I switched vets and I am now taking her to a vet that specializes in cats only. They gave me the bad news that she was loosing weight and was not grooming herself. They thought she maybe had hyperthyroidism, and by looking at her paw, they feared cancer, so they did lymph node aspirates and a biopsy of her toe that seemed to be the more troublesome (ended up removing the digit) and found she had more than one fracture in that digit. After all that (cancer and hyper thyroidism were ruled out) she started doing better. But now has taken a turn for the worse. She has lost more weight and her paw keeps hurting and looking swollen (she lets me touch her everywhere but she always takes away that paw) she is not moving much and eats, but not enough. They still can't figure out what is wrong and the other front paw seems to be getting swollen as well, and discrepancies are seen on one of her back paw x-ray images. After more x-rays the vet is telling me that it seems like she may have a degenerative disease that is afecting her bones and/or joints, maybe an arthritis or something like that, but she is not sure yet., that is making her feel look and act like a much older kitty...she also felt her liver and tells me it feels larger than usual... I am desperate. My Tinky is the light of my eyes and it hurts me so much not being able to help her... I touch her and I feel her bones... She has always been a bit alergic and scratches much (no fleas). The first time they did a whole body x-ray they mentioned that there was a weird something on her tummy and we may need to do an ultrasound...Now they tell us to wait, since that may have nothing to do with the other symptoms, and it is expensive and I have been spending so much...but I feel like we should check it all. I am so confused, and sad and desperate! Please help!!! I am hoping someone out there has gone though something similar with their cat and can give me some advice.

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Unread 02-19-2008   #2 (permalink)
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Smile sorry

im sorry i dont have any advice but i just want to say i feel so sorry for you and i hope Tinkerbelle gets better
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