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maybe I'm paranoid, but could it be FIP???

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We took walter to the vet on saturday, about him being dis interested and basically sleeping 23.5 hours a day. I thought he was depressed or something... he's only 7 months old, and this started about 3 weeks ago- 1 week after getting neutered.

They did a general check up, and said he looked ok, his heart and breathing are normal. They suggested that since he still is eating, that he is probably just a lazy cat in personality... they checked his eyes and teeth and gums, all looked ok....

But he's been eating less. He drinks more or less normal, but now he wont eat his wet food. He looks like he's eating dry food, but really he only eats 3 or 4 kibbles...

He feels really hot sometimes, but we thought this was his heat blanket... I don't know how to tell if he has a fever or not...

Well, when I came home from work today, Walter was laying on his heat pad, like always. I picked him up and put him on the floor to play, but his limbs were limp, like he couldn't be bothered to use them, or was too weak to try. His legs just slid out form under him, like he was on ice or something... then he kind of made it up, and slowly walked accross the room, but he was sort of "marching" lifting his back legs up really high with each step, it was weird... I followed him and gave him some pets and love, then he was trying to go back to his blanket about 3 minutes later, and was stumbling like he was drunk or something!

I let him be for an hour or so, and then picked him up again, this time he seemed fine at first, he usually sits up real proud and lets he pet his chest and cheeks, and he did this as normal, sitting down. He got up to go back to his blanket again, and again he stumbled like he is a drunk sailor, he fell towards one side, and then his back feet seized up and his whole body went tense for about 30 seconds. I didn't know what to do, if I should pick him up or leave him like that, I was afraid to move him in case it hurt him or made it worse. He recovered and was able to move, and then slept for a few hours.

I've been freaking out and surfing the internet, and keep coming back to FIP! I am so scared for him! I had a dog with epilepsy when I was young, but Walter's episode seemed different, he didn't lose bowel control, it was like his muscles all became tense at once, and he couldn't release them.

It's been about 3 hours now, since the last episode, and he seems ok again, he went for a tiny bit of food, he drank a bunch of water, and he even trotted across the room, and jumped up on the couch. Maybe I am being paranoid... we are definitely going to the vet tomorrow, but still., we were just there and they didn't see anything wrong.

He's not sneezing, that I can tell, except sometimes when he drinks water. He doesn't show any discharge or runny nose/eyes. I did notice he was always squinting his eyes, and sometimes the third eye lid was visible in the corner of his eyes. When we got to the Vet saturday, of course his eyes were normal, wide and bright, but the vet gave us eye drops anyway, these seemed to be helping his eyes, but eye drops wouldn't cause seizures could they??

I'm sorry to rant, but loss of apatite, depression or change in behavior, weak limbs, and seizures all lead to FIP which seems fatal, I've been crying all night! :(

I guess I will have to wait for the Vet tomorrow, or likely a few days more for bloodwork....
 

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It does not sound like fip.
It sounds like something else.
I hope e will be ok.
Can you find out what meds were used on him?
 
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I agree with M2M, this doesn't sound like FIP to me. This sounds like something is neurologically wrong with your companion. And, with all these signs, I would highly suggest you be sitting in the front lobby of an emergency hospital and not waiting overnight to "see what comes". The signs he's exhibiting make me very suspicious of a toxicity or an underlying neurological defect. I would recommend having your veterinarian do a thorough neuro exam tomorrow, as well as run some bloodwork. Just "looking" at a pet will not give you the detailed panel of information that running bloodwork will.

Best of luck.
 

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I am sorry! I hope everything is ok with your little one!! Big hugs to you and him!!!
 

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I'll keep my fingers crossed for the little guy that he'll be okay. He needs a much more thorough examination from the vet than what he received before.
 
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Let them do bloodwork and test urine samples....i'm no doctor.....but it sounds to me.....like it could be kidney failure....
 

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I hope the vet can figure out what is wrong with Walter.

I wish I could offer some help- but just a tip I got from my breeder since you mentioned not knowing his temp. She suggested I take Sophie's temp myself using a human thermometer. This was helpful to me when Sophie had a URI and I wasn't sure if she was running a temp. She had already been seen by the vet of course but I was monitoring her.
 

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If your vet still seems u concerned after you have called back today - find a new vet! You know that Walter is not himself and you need to trust your gut. Please keep us updated on poor little Walter!:Sweat:
 

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Let them do bloodwork and test urine samples....i'm no doctor.....but it sounds to me.....like it could be kidney failure....
I had a Belgian hare, go into kidney failure and he lost the use of his back legs. It happened very quickly.


Have you took him to the vet today?
 

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Really hope walter is ok, keep us posted when you go to the vets. When an animal is off it's food that is a clear sign that it is unwell. Hope he improves
 

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I'll keep you and Walter in my prayers and thoughts. Poor little guy..I really hope they can figure out what is wrong. :(
 
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Thanks guys

The vet did full blood work, and palpated a "mass" in Walter's abdomen. We are off for ultrasound tomorrow morning to see what it is....
 
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Thanks guys

The vet did full blood work, and palpated a "mass" in Walter's abdomen. We are off for ultrasound tomorrow morning to see what it is....
:Cry: Oh my...best of luck tomorrow. Sending positive vibes to little Walter!! Please keep us posted. It's disappointing the vet gave him a clean bill of health just yesterday. I'm glad you insisted and had him looked at again.
 
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i'm glad we went back too... the saturday visit was not our usual Dr, it was a partner of the clinic or something.

Today we saw our "real" vet and he did a much better checkup... he thinks Walter might have a congenital kidney defect :(

There's a veterinary hospital and cancer specialist center we take him to tomorrow, so hopefully we can get more news then. He's being kept for monitoring tonight...
 
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Wow, I'm glad you have a little more answers now then you did yesterday. I really hope Walter is able to pull through no matter what the outcome is. My prayers and wishes are going to you both for the best case scenerio news tomorrow. Goodluck and keep us posted. *hugs*
 
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my worst fears were true. He tested positive for FIP, but they also said he had congenital malformed kidneys, a "mass" (they didn't biopsy if it was cancer or not) in his stomach and "spots" on his lungs....

i'm crushed that so much could be wrong in such a little body. He never complained or appeared to be in pain. He had 3 vet visits since we got him, and they never suspected anything. He was eating normally until the last few days, but they said the mass in his stomach is preventing him from digesting food properly. There is nothing they can do for him, he's on IV and in an incubator tonight, and we have to say goodbye tomorrow. We only had him 2 months, but we're both completely a wreck,,,,:Cry:
 
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my worst fears were true. He tested positive for FIP, but they also said he had congenital malformed kidneys, a "mass" (they didn't biopsy if it was cancer or not) in his stomach and "spots" on his lungs....

i'm crushed that so much could be wrong in such a little body. He never complained or appeared to be in pain. He had 3 vet visits since we got him, and they never suspected anything. He was eating normally until the last few days, but they said the mass in his stomach is preventing him from digesting food properly. There is nothing they can do for him, he's on IV and in an incubator tonight, and we have to say goodbye tomorrow. We only had him 2 months, but we're both completely a wreck,,,,:Cry:
Oh my god, mercurysmile, I'm so, so terribly sorry. :Cry: That's the most heartbreaking news. Sending hugs to you during this painful time.

I'm confused when you say he tested positive for FIP? There's no "test" for FIP - it can only truly be diagnosed by necropsy.

I know this is not the time you want to be thinking about this, but have you contacted the breeder? Was there a guarantee for genetic health in your contract? The reason I bring it up (and I'm really sorry for bringing it up right now) is that the breeder may insist on a necropsy, so it might be a good idea to ask your vet to hold his remains until you have time to work out those details.
 

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I agree with Brooke.
Even a pos fip tggtest does not mean anything.
The only way to know for sure is a necropsy.
Sorry this is happening to you.
It did sound like a idney proble to me like I said in another post.
 

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So sorry to hear that.

Did he test positive for FIP, I didn't think it can be tested for in itself? or did he show high titers, which could mean he's been exposed to antibodies of the virus that can mutate into FIP.

Whats the vet's plan of action? Have you let the breeder know? What are they doing to do? I know he's irreplaceable but they should have some sort of genetic/ health guarantee in their contract and I would imagine congenital malformed kidneys and masses would be covered. At the very least they need to inform the owners of his littermates and you all go from there...

So sorry :Cry:


ETA; Brooke has said everything I've said but more eloquently.
 

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I agree the breeder should have something in the contract.
This happened to my sister with her Bengal and the breeder is replacing him.
They thought fip at first and after the necropsy it was something else.
I know you never can replace this kitten.
Ty was only 8 months old.
Another thing was he fine before he was altered?
Were there any blood tests done then?
 
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