Around Christmas my 8 year old persian-tabby cat Amy developed a limp in her rear right leg, we are not sure what caused it but we believe it was from trying to jump on top of a high counter. Along with the limp she developed a certain listlessness. We took her to a vet and he believed it was simply a soft tissue injury causing her some pain, so we asked him to administer a shot of painkiller to see if she felt any better to try to elimate any variables.

Under the painkiller most of her limp dissaperared and seemed alert but once it wore off she became listless and began limping again. The day after it wore off we took her to the vet to recieve an xray, this xray gave no results. The vet told us that it is likely a torn ligament and could heal in a few weeks, he gave her another pain killer and prescribed some anti-inflamatory drops to relieve the pain. In the following weeks her appetite has slowly diminished and we have been trying different foods to try and encourage her (including all the old tricks warm food blah blah blah), yesterday morning my mother took Amy to a veterinarian who gave her another shot, prescribed a painkilling medication to bolster the shot's effects and recommended different foods to try.

That afternoon Amy ate remarkably well, gobbling down food left and right and we gave her a painkilling pill that night. In the morning she was no longer hungry, in fact she seemed completely disgusted with food. This afternoon Amy is very weak, she barely can climb stairs and I am afraid she won't last very much longer (besides yesterday she barely ate anything on the weekend). Half an hour ago I had force fed her some water through a plastic dropper and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I could get some food into her? Or any other suggestions? I am 14 and my cat was the very first friend I had and my best friend, I can't imagine my life without her, please respond.

Thank you for reading my post and god bless.
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Is there an emergency vet in your area? If not, I'd continue with the water to keep her hydrated and take her to the vet in the morning. It could be that the painkillers upset her stomach

rach
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any other suggestions? I am 14 and my cat was the very first friend I had and my best friend, I can't imagine my life without her, please respond. Thank you for reading my post and god bless.

I'd try another vet, as the other poster suggested, an emergency vet. Somehow I get the feeling that she has been misdiagnosed; although, I do not know what is wrong with her. I'm leary of continuing to give her painkillers.
Around Christmas my 8 year old persian-tabby cat Amy developed a limp inher rear right leg, we are not sure ... most of her limp dissaperared and seemed alert but once it wore off she became listless and began limping again.


This afternoon Amy is very weak, she barely can climb stairs and I am afraid she won't last very much ... best friend, I can't imagine my life without her, please respond. Thank you for reading my post and god bless.

First let me say that you are a great young man for looking after your cat so well, and taking the time to search for answers on what could be the matter.
There is a high-calorie food called Hill's a/d that you can give Amy. You can mix it with a little bit of warm water to make a soup and feed it to her in a syringe. You also might want to try kitten formula, it comes as a powder in a can. Another good emergency food is baby food. You want the kind that is just meat and broth. This will at least get something into her until you can get her to the vet. When a cat isn't eating, it can become a very dangerous situation. Please get her to the vet as soon as you can! Whether or not it is just a leg injury, the immediate problem of her not eating or drinking needs to be taken care of.
She could have something else going on besides a leg injury. Has she been pooping and peeing normally? Think of exactly how she has been acting and write this all down and take it with you to the vet. Does your vet have an emergency service? Call their number, and the message should say what to do for an emergency.
Take care, let us know what's happened. Sending purrs your way for Amy.

-Kelly
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Don't feed a cat human baby food, especially not a sick cat. One very common ingredient in baby food is onion powder (even the "all meat" varieties): Onions, garlic and other allium vegetables are toxic to many animals, including cats. The toxic ingredient is N-propyl disulfide, which causes Heinz-body hemolytic anemia.
http://www.vet.uga.edu/vpp/clerk/Tarigo/
http://www.monkeymaddness.com/articles/onions.html

Another good emergency food is baby food. You want the
kind that is just meat and broth. This will at least get something into her until you can get her ... is just a leg injury, the immediate problem of her not eating or drinking needs to be taken care of.

John Kimmel
I think it will be quiet around here now. So long.
Is there an emergency vet in your area? If not, I'd continue with the water to keep her hydrated and take her to the vet in the morning. It could be that the painkillers upset her stomach
I had the same thought that it might be the pain killers. My Tiggy didn't do well on the prednosolone for her arthritis but is doing much better on Arnica Montana with no side effects. Her appitite is better than it has been for a long time.
The vet can also prescribe something to stimulate the appitite.
I am 14 and my cat was the very first friend I had and my best friend, I can't imagine my life without her, please respond. Thank you for reading my post and god bless.

I can't help more than the others have said, but I do want to say I hope everything turns out all right.
You're a nice young man for doing all you can for Amy.

Purrs and well-wishes from me and the furkids.

~kaeli~
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I have given her dissolved kitty food in water and she is responding well. She avoids the water but enjoys the sludge that collects at the bottom of the bowl.
Around Christmas my 8 year old persian-tabby cat Amy developed a limp inher rear right leg, we are not sure ... best friend, I can't imagine my life without her, please respond. Thank you for reading my post and god bless.

Did your vet look into the possibility of heart disease? Blood clots to the leg caused by a bad heart can cause pain and limping; and heart disease and lethargy may also be symptoms of heart disease. Here is some info you might want to read so you can decide whether to look into this possibility further:
http://www.felinecrf.org/related diseases.htm#HCM1

The good news is, heart disease can in many cases be controlled with daily meds.
Here are some tips on persuading reluctant cats to eat:

http://www.felinecrf.org/diet and nutrition.htm#persuading to eat

HTH, good luck
Helen
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