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Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 18, 2021 01:45PM
My cat is 16 years old and largely healthy for his age. He's in retirement compared to his more active days but he still shows up for food, cuddles, and generally keeping an eye on things.

A few months ago I noticed he was sneezing a lot more. About a month ago we noticed little spots of blood where he slept and figured out that it was likely coming from his nose.

We got him to the vet who scheduled him for surgery to clean his teeth, do a general inspection, and flush the nasal cavity to get a cell culture. His teeth were good, she didn't really see anything but one of his nasal passages seemed clogged, and she didn't find any cancerous cells - she seemed satisfied this ruled out cancer although its unclear to me how certain this is.

Get him home, he was actually sneezing a bit less. The vet recommended Prednisolone but my cat, who's normally very easy to handle, put up a fight and more than once we saw drops of blood afterward, presumably coming from the mouth or nose. We decided to stop the meds to see if things resolved themselves on their own but nearly a week later we're seeing the occasional blood splatter from a sneeze. We could try Prednisolone compounded for topical use. Side note - I've also been trying to bush his teeth as recommended by the vet. Only relevant because I'm trying to limit how much man handling of him I need to do.

Anyway, I have a phone call into the vet. I suspect we'll try topical Prednisolone but she doesn't seem to have any further ideas. Has anyone seen anything like this? He doesn't seem to be any pain but I can't help but be really worried.



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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: Robert M
Date: November 18, 2021 01:58PM
Matt,

Sorry to hear about your cat's illness. To me, it sounds more like an infection of some kind, something prednisolone isn't likely to resolve. If it's bacterial, he'll probably need antibiotics. If it's fungal, an antifungal treatment. Did your vet give you the results of the cell culture? The results will likely dictate the next course of action. Hope he heals quickly!

Robert
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 18, 2021 02:06PM
Robert - He was on a round of antibiotics, I forgot about that. That was before surgery. I think the bleeding stopped for a bit before his surgery. Perhaps more antibiotics are warranted. Thats a good point and I'll try bringing it up with the vet







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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 18, 2021 02:25PM
Our last kitty was a h e r p e s (forum doesn’t like that word) kitty and sneezed constantly and I mean constantly.
He sprayed kitty snot all over the house, for years, but there was never any blood. He also had lots of dental problems, but again, never any blood.
I think there should be more of an explanation from the vet as to why there is blood.
I might suggest looking for a cat only vet, if she isn’t.
Our kitty was also on pred pills for years. He luckily would take them wrapped in a pill pocket.

Truly hope your senior kitty gets to feeling better. I know you love him a lot.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: p8712
Date: November 18, 2021 02:42PM
Perhaps it’s allergies, or something respiratory related?
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 18, 2021 02:59PM
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rgG
I know you love him a lot.

Yes, the recognition of mortality thats been a part of this has been difficult.

When he was younger, he'd get into things, cause a little bit of trouble, and then purr in my lap. If thats not charming I don't know what is.

He's a confident, curious, and friendly cat. I'd clone him if I could. I've long felt he deserves a longer stay on this planet based on how much happiness he's brought me and others. But I know it doesn't work that way.

ANYWAY - despite all the attention to his health, he's acting quite normal. Your face will be stepped on if you're in bed and he's hungry.
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: vision63
Date: November 18, 2021 03:04PM
I surely hope this can be resolved so that you guys can get back to normal.
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 18, 2021 03:37PM
Sounds like a super sweet kitteh. emoticon_love





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 18, 2021 03:59PM
All I can say is, I hope you find a Veterinary Feline Sinus Specialist who is bored and needs a challenge, and fixes him up for MANY more years demanding things from you.

And, after seeing a botfly larvae being pulled from a kittens nose on YouTube, I hope it's not that. Frickin' thing was HUGE! Ever see Total Recall? That thing Arnold pulled out of his nose? Like that... only wiggling. The good news was, the kitten made a full recovery (and probably remembered the procedure fondly with the drugs he was on....).



Paul F.
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 18, 2021 04:47PM
I'm not a vet nor do I play one on TV.
But ...
[vetspace.2ndchance.info]



!#$@@$#!

If there are spelling issues, please pardon, Owen the cat is walking, standing or sleeping on my keyboard.
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: Maddog
Date: November 18, 2021 05:04PM
We had similar issues with one of my cats. It turned out he had allergies. He got regular chlortrimeton which is interesting because I was taking the exact same drug and dose for being allergic to him. Anyway, he did fine with this. It is a cheap drug. You might try it. 4mg tabs.
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Re: Is there a vet in the house? Crowdsourcing a cat health problem
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 19, 2021 01:07PM
mattkime,
Sounds like you are doing the right things. I applaud your ability to brush your cat's teeth.. I would have to wear Kevlar gloves, a mail coat, and a face shield. Sometimes all you can do is support old animal's health as best you can, and love them while you've got them.

Paul F....
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Paul F.
..botfly larvae
Shudders... my inlaws had an indoor /outdoor elderly cat that had a bot infestation. Little freaking Alien chestbursters tunneling under her skin and appearing, we pulled them out with forceps. My Pugeranian got into a dead bird outside and ended up with some sort of larval outbreak that saw the same thing, only smaller. Poor baby. We treated each one and she healed up fine. Bugs, man...
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