He started acting quiet on Weds. By Weds night, he was hiding under the bed, something he hasn't done since he was around 3 1/2 months old. (He's 9 months old, rescued as a 7 week old feral kitten.) He stayed under the bed until Thursday morning, not even jumping up on the bed to sleep. (usual spot when in the bedroom) He came out with encouragement, ate a kitty treat, had some breakfast, some water, and used his litter box. Just looked dull and lethargic.

Thursday afternoon, he looked more lethargic, still drinking and eating his offered treats, but eating without his normal enthusiasm. We made the decision to take him straight to the vet. He was running a fever of 104.4, a fever they could not explain. They kept him overnight at the clinic to run a urine test on him. I hated to leave him there. He has adjusted into a very sweet cat, but he's sweet and docile on his terms. He is very wary of fast movements, and only totally trusts Dean. But, he was too ill to even protest being picked up, having his neck slightly shaved for blood (very fluffy fur), handled by unknown people, etc. Needless to say, we didn't sleep much Thursday night.

Picked him up from the emergency clinic Friday morning, his blood work had come in and there were different things elevated on it. We drove him straight to our regular vet. (You better believe that YES we were paying for a second opinion. This cat, even if he isn't a cuddle bug is family.) The second vet wasn't able to tell us much more on the blood work, because certain things were up, but others weren't. She did say that if the antibiotics didn't start helping, we would test him for Toxo. (He's indoor only, but mom was feral. The Fip, felv, fiv, whatever other "f" tests they do, all were negative, they checked those again Thursday night.) His fever had dropped down to 103.7.

His urine culture came back last night, it shows white blood cells in the urine. It's being sent for culture and sensitvity. He's not blocked up urinary wise. He is able to pee, no diarrhea. He doesn't have sneezing, coughing, or watery eyes. The vet didn't see a reason to xray him at this time. No lumps we can feel to indicate abscesses.
After being dropped off at the house again yesterday, he ate, drank, used the box, and retreated under the bed. He came out when we got home from work, let us pill him, ate a few bites of wet food, and back under the bed he went. At some point last night, he climbed onto the bed to sleep, which is encouraging.

Around 4am, he started to bellow. It was very strange. At 4am, it dawned on me that Cajun doesn't "talk" normally. His brother Doby screams in a wee baby voice all the time. We used to call HIM whiner. But Caj, he only made meows a few times, usually to call Doby if Doby was freaking out. (Doby used to panic if he couldn't see Cajun when they were younger.) I thought the noise was coming from outside at first, because it was not one of our inside cat voices! So, I opened the door, and he walked out to drink, and use his box, then, back into the bedroom, but onto the bed this time.
The point of this long post is not really seeking advice, just vibes for him please. I am very worried about him. He's feeling really punky. I know. I am lucky to get to pet him most of the time. Part of the time, he runs, or cringes away. I hate having to put pills down his throat. They wanted me to try liquid...that sounded even more tramatic! (We have taught them both that we respect their wishes as far as being touched. We NEVER force it on them. Even nail trimming is done carefully and sometimes one nail at a time. They aren't afraid because we don't make it a big deal and, if they struggle, we put them straight down. So, forcing him to swallow this pill is going to be hard to do. That's another story however.)
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circa 22 Nov 2003 14:37:24 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Angela (Email Removed) said,
The point of this long post is not really seeking advice, just vibes for him please.

Well, I hope he gets better soon. What were the values in his bloodwork that were off-kilter?
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Sure hope he feels better. Please let us know how he is doing? Judy F
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Angela, Definitely sending good vibes your way, and I hope they can figure out what is wrong with Cajun. Emotion: smile
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The point of this long post is not really seeking advice, just vibes for him please. I am very worried about him. He's feeling really punky. I know.

Poor guy, I hope he gets better!
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Here's a brief update, we came home tonight to find him at the door, greeting us. (okay, greeting Dean, LOL) He's starting to play with Doby a little, where this morning, he was hissing if Doby got too close and annoyed him.

Thankfully, pilling him is going fairly easy. Dean picks him up, I scruff him, pill him, we let him go, and I shake the treat container before he can flee the room. He jumps up, eats a treat, and goes off on his merry way. (Eating treats VERY enthusiastically tonight, as opposed to the past few days when he has sorta sleep walked into them.)
The liver enzymes were elevated, and an value that is indicative of either stress or some type of muscle issue according to the vet. She said that many times, bacteria can enter the system, infect the liver or kidneys, then, the antibiotics knock the infection and fever out. (Total downscale of everything she said. She spent half an hour going over everything with us. I love her, she even asked how our senior cat who saw her a month ago was doing. She's why we drive 30-45 each way to see her. She's the kind of vet who if she says a test is needed, you simply write the check.)
Someone exactly what values were high, I'll have to grab the paperwork and look to tell for sure. I know the Bun/Cre were up (kidney), bilirubin was up (liver), not sure what the "muscle" enzyme was called, but it was REALLY high.

I am just glad the little critter is acting better. He sure scared me half to death. I thought we were going to lose him for sure.

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When my now 2 year old cat, Abbey, was also nine months old, she got very sick suddenly, too, with a fever. With her, too, the only abnormalities in her bloodwork were some liver things. It took about a week of antibiotics and she was totally better but she seemed very ill for the first few days, not eating at all. I had to force feed her baby food, it was awful and she looked so pathetic. But then she was better. I'm sure your little guy is now on the road to recovery.
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Someone exactly what values were high, I'll have to grab the paperwork and look to tell for sure. I know the Bun/Cre were up (kidney), bilirubin was up (liver), not sure what the "muscle" enzyme was called, but it was REALLY high.

Maybe the ALT? My Shadows was up to 1500 after a surgery last year and it was described in just the same way. He had hepatic lipidosis but the AlkP and biliruben was back down by the time of his surgery, so it wasn't that again. The ALT went back down in a week or so.
I am just glad the little critter is acting better. He sure scared me half to death. I thought we were going to lose him for sure.

Glad he is doing better. Emotion: smile