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Unread 06-10-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Question My veterinarian and two other specialists are puzzled. What could it be?

Melvin had a lot of problems when he came to us. He's basically been in and out of the vet nonstop. It started out that the vet just thought that he was extremely emaciated and dehydrated. After his first night's stay with the vet he was sent home with special food and a syringe to feed him.
A little after that he started showing problems with his right eye not dilating. Then he started having small "ticks" that looked much like the start of a seizure. So we went back to the vet and got some blood work as well as some bile tests (not 100% on this, but we were told his bile level at one point). He was tested for a liver shunt, and although his tests came back negative for this, our veterinarian wants to take some further tests as well as keep him over night to watch his behavior.

He was also tested for parasites, FPV, some respiratory infections, toxic poisoning, and feline leukemia. All of which came of negative. He was also given TumilK to supplement a possible potassium problem. He still has problems with seizures and now has some hard masses in his tummy. He also has some problems eating.

Along with this, he's shown some problems with balance at certain times. He'll run and run and run, then all of the sudden stumble around as if he was dizzy. This lasts a few seconds then dissipates.

The veterinarian is also noticing some odd behavior that occurs at random where he will wake up from a sleep and call out as if in pain, then fall right back to sleep. This doesn't happen too often, as I've never actually seen it myself.

He's never had an issue with throwing up, although he has had a couple of "poo" problems (constipation, diarrhea), but the veterinarian feels that this is because of his diet changes we've been making to try and help the other problems.

I think that's everything, although it seems we've been finding new problems every week or so. Just odd little things here and there, although the prominent issue is the dilation of the eye and the sudden strange behavior.

We've had a lot of guesses as to what it could be, but haven't had a positive diagnosis, yet. The veterinarian is now wanting to look into testing his heart, as we've already determined that it's much smaller than a usual 3 month old kitten.


We're looking for any possible ideas as to what this could be so we can catch it early on.

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Has his heart been tested? My friend just lost her kitty, he had many of the same symptoms that you described, and they found out that it was a blockage in his heart. Unfortunately, we found this out after he died. If there hasn't been any heart testing, please suggest it to your vet!
We'll keep fingers and paws crossed here for a true diagnosis soon. Keep us posted!
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Has his heart been tested? My friend just lost her kitty, he had many of the same symptoms that you described, and they found out that it was a blockage in his heart. Unfortunately, we found this out after he died. If there hasn't been any heart testing, please suggest it to your vet!
We'll keep fingers and paws crossed here for a true diagnosis soon. Keep us posted!
He's had the "stress test" and is scheduled for a few more heart tests. My vet also wants to get an MRI, but those are so expensive we may have to pass.

His blog is at mouchois.blogspot.com

I try to keep all the updates on there.
 
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Melvin has gone through so many hard times... I feel sorry for him, such a cute little kitty. Hope to hear some good news after the stress & heart tests. (those many tests could possibly cause him stress too...)
Praying that our merciful God will be with him through every test and heal him, so he can have better quality of life.
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Poor Melvin and poor you, I hope that it's nothing too serious but it does look like it could be something bad, but my prayers are with you and him!
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Poor Melvin and poor you, I hope that it's nothing too serious but it does look like it could be something bad, but my prayers are with you and him!
Melvin's the only one to worry about. I'm doing well other than money, but money always comes and goes.
 
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Actually I meant all the worry that you to go through with the beautiful Melvin. It would be nice for you if you didn't have any medical concerns (of the kitty variety).
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i hope all is well with you and your kitty x i have seen something similar before it was actually brain damaged am sorry to say the mri is the only way to find this is the mri which should help if the kitty is having eratic fits etc x poke your vet about that and there might be other ways to determin brain damage xx
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