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Old 02-24-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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Okay, I have a female that two years ago she got out for 12 days and came home very skinny and her tail had a huge hole in it. We fixed her tail and had her tested for various things. The doctor couldn't spay/neuter (I never remember which is which) because she was too thin. So now she has her "monthly cycle" and then the following week she's weak, doesn't want to eat or drink, and just sleeps. It's actually kind of scary because it looks like all the signs of Feline Leukemia but she doesn't have the excessive mucous or swollen gums, just the weight loss and bad coat. But she's skinny so any time she doesn't eat for even a day it shows and if I give her tuna her coat looks great.

She wasn't positive when we tested her before. Two kittens I have given away who were around her were negative for the disease, but she just has this week after her cycle that she just scares the heck out of me.

Does anyone have enough experience with cats to know if I should be overly concerned over my bunch? And don't say "go test them" because I can't right now. I gave notice at my job and they let me go and the job I was going to fell through. I have $17 to my name and testing her would be way more than that. Everyone else is seemingly healthy and those tested are negative so I'm just at a loss. Can anyone help?

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Old 02-24-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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Callisto, so sorry to hear one of your kitties is feeling puny. Cats are odd creatures so it's hard to tell right away what's wrong. Clearly, you want to ensure that she is drinking and eating. This might be a very good time to offer tuna or sardines, that sort of thing. The stinkier, the more it seems to stimulate the appetite. If she's not drinking, that's a very big issue. Sometimes you can stimulate thirst by squirting small amounts of water inside their cheek with a syringe.

As far as what this is and why it happens, that's something else. Since it's cyclical, I wouldn't be as worried about FeLeuk or FIP, although I guess it's possible. Does she go outside when she's in heat? It's possible she has eaten or licked a frog or lizard. Do you put flea treatments on her? I have a cat who gets very quiet and doesn't eat well for a couple of days after I put the Frontline on him. Also, she could have picked up some intestinal parasites. The other thing you mention is that she is very thin. That's actually quite common in un-spayed cats. Most pets are neutered and thus gain weight and get bellies. Un-neutered animals tend to be on the thin side naturally. HTH
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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I'm sorry to hear about your kitty troubles, Callisto. I've never had a cat with feline leukemia, so I don't have much to add except, when you give her tuna, give her the juice, too. In fact, maybe she'll take more water if you mix the tuna juice with water. Good luck.
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Callisto, I'm more worried about you than I am your cat! Are you going to be OK?
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:50 PM   #5
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Constance ~ I can't answer that one. I've got my $17 and I'm stocked up on food, my electric bill is paid, and beyond that I'm grateful for anyone asking. And darn it, I'm teary eyed that anyone would ask.
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:49 AM   #6
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Second Constance and Fisher's Mom's comments, Callisto.

I have had two cats with FIV and one with FIV/Felv. I have one of the FIV-ers still and none of them are/were small and one was "intact". I'd be looking at anemia which could be Felv but you would notice that she after each bout she would decrease. If she returns to a similar point after each bout, then I think you can rule leukemia out. (Oh and Greizie didn't have swollen gums or the weight loss only the runny nose from the nose cancer and he had been losing his coat condition through being old and no longer grooming himself. If not for the nose cancer, he was healthy but old to look at.)

If you can ensure the cat keeps her fluid up, I would get some quality biscuits when your finances can bend that way. Also try beating up an egg yolk in milk for her. Some cats really enjoy that and eggs are good for everything!! (Milk of course isn't but once in a while won't hurt most of them.) All the raw offcuts from your meals are good too. And yeah, the liquid from canned fish is a fabulous treat.

I would get another opinion about the spaying when you are more financial. Cat will be healthier probably in the long run. Just schedule it so it happens a couple of days before her cycle when she is probably at her largest.

Provided the cat isn't deteiorating with each cycle, I think you have time to wait until you get another job. Just as a thought though, do you have any radio vets that you could phone up and ask? It might help relieve your mind a bit.
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Watch the tuna it is not good for cats a little once in a while is ok. Check the feeding link there are a whole bunch of other links to search and see whats up with your cat.
Tally's Cat Basics 101: A Guide For New Cat Owners
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Here is another great site
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:31 PM   #9
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How's your kitty, Callisto? And how are you?
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:42 PM   #10
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How's your kitty, Callisto? And how are you?
She's more active today, she actually tried to play with the feather toy. I was wondering if anchovy paste might be enough to get her to eat something (I'm out of tuna). She goes to the food bowl, but then she just sits there.

Me, I could definitely be better.
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