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Red swirls on skin and squinty eyes: the ongoing saga of Jinkx

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Hi everyone,


I am starting a new thread just to tell the whole story so far in one place. Jinkx just turned 9 months and things have unfortunately only gotten worse for her. I have been on a bit of a hiatus because I was between jobs and things have gotten pretty hectic over here. She is receiving all the care we can find, the water is just getting pretty high for what I am financially able to swing. Hoping for some improvement but we got some bad news today. I am going to go ahead and start for the beginning...
I got Jinkx in December, she was born in October. She was doing well until around January 26th, when I started to notice that she was having red spots around her ears and was shaking her head a lot. I texted with the breeder, who told me to use the antifungal wash Sebazole she had recommended along with the ear medicine (for fungus and yeast) that she had initially sent me home with. There was moderate improvement (looking back now I have no idea if it was related to the wash or not) but kept coming back and began showing up on her rear around . I began using KetoWell wipes (also antifungal) but what I noticed eventually was that even though the spots temporarily went away after application of anything topical, they quickly came back. At this time there were only one or two spots that would pop up and fade (this is around March still).

As a separate but potentially related observation, around January 10th (I went back and checked all my photos of her) she started to get “winky” as we called her. She would keep her eyes squinted or closed frequently and this got progressively worse over time and included excessive eye goop (discharge) and rubbing of the eyes. We also noticed that when she would eat food she would look like she was crying because tears would be running down her face. I will share more about what I have learned since a bit later down.

At that point I realized we were coming up on her appointment to be spayed and I reached out to a vet to have her formally checked out (mid-March). The vet used a toothbrush to scrape her skin and take a culture, and additionally tested her under a black light. Both tests came back negative for ringworm, however she received two rounds of a two-week antibiotic shot Cefovecin (Convenia). The shots had no impact on the spots. I was additionally given mousse in early May to put on her that was a topical antibiotic which resulted in her breaking out in rashes on her face, in the folks of her skin, and on her feet. In some areas this looked red and agitated, in other areas it looked like dirt. I discontinued it and it faded almost immediately.

Around the end of May she was prescribed ¼ of a pill of Zyrtec to rule out seasonal allergies, I closed the windows in my house, wiped her twice a day with a microfiber cloth, and changed all of my cleaning supplies (only cleaning with warm water and dawn, only using detergent with no dyes, perfumes etc and I re-washed everything in the home). There was no impact and in mid-June I discontinued the Zyrtec.

I was transferred to a veterinarian in mid-June who owns a sphynx of her own. Within a few moments of meeting her she was troubled by how often Jinkx squinted and did a fluorescein stain on them which revealed scarring on both eyes. Her worry was that Jinkx might have tiny eyelashes scraping her eyes (entropian, where the eyelids roll inward) and she referred me to an ophthalmologist. In the meanwhile, I was sent home with Remend eye lubricating drops 2-3x daily and , tobramycin (antibiotic) eye drops 2x daily.

On Friday she got bloodwork done that came back good with the exception of an abnormal distribution of white blood cells. She noted that this could be due to her being in heat but that we would monitor it. She is scheduled to be spayed on the 19th of this month.

I just saw the ophthalmologist today, who told me that she has really bad conjunctivitis (the inside of her lids are covered in blisters filled with white blood cells that have scarred her eyes over time). She is working to determine the cause but is worried about either Herpes or Chlamydia (neither of which can be received from or transmitted to humans, and she has never been with cats other than her litter so I am curious as to how that happened if not from birth) and that the lesions on her face make her think that it is Herpes but we have to watch. Her rear is also now covered in 10-11 very large noticeable red squiggles and swirls that fluctuate in size and shape so during her spaying they will be taking a biopsy.

Today I was prescribed Omega-3 to start after her surgery and immunosuppressant eye drops to try to take care of the reaction in her eyes, as well as instructions to continue the rembrand eye lubrication because she is not able to retain the tears in her eyes, so they are drying out (that’s one of the theories for why the tears just slid out of her eyes while she was eating with her head down). This also explains the excessive goop, rubbing, and winky appearance she took on as the infection got worse.

So that is the end of my present saga. I am unable to get pet insurance because she now has a pre-existing condition, so I am trying to figure out if I can continue to keep her. I will do whatever I need to not give her up, but ultimately I am young, and a new social worker and I break even at the end of each month before any of her vet bills, so all of it is going onto a credit card. I don’t know if anyone has any advice on the financial portion, but it feels very scary to watch the numbers keep going up and to hear that her eyes will be a lifelong condition. I am mostly feeling sad and like I am quickly going to be in over my head and I want to avoid that if I can.



If you have made it this far, thank you for coming to my Ted Talk, I know this has been a wild ride. I will keep updates more consistent so you all know what is going on! Thank you all for being consistently supportive!!!!
 

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@Kphelan02
I am so, so sorry you and your baby have to go through all of this! There is nothing worse than a sick baby, especially since it seems you have been dealing with this for most, if not all, of your lives together. Thank you for the update. I am hoping you can get her better soon and stop the financial bleeding!
 

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@Kphelan02 awhhh ((((Hugs))) and a lair full of prayers and positive thoughts your way for sweet Jinkx...

Hopeful the spay on the 19 th will resolve the skin issue .. remember No Ketamine . You can confirm ahead of time .

As for the eyes , oh my ... I get it .. my boys eye was aweful ..lt happened at the worst time in my life too .. I kept saying what next ..

Went to the opthamoligst who said it could have been herpes related and said testing could give a false positive and told me not to test... she treated his symptoms ... he was on Oflaxacin , idoxurine eye drops that helped tremendously ( if Jinkx is ever prescribed idox I can share cost saving how to) amd lubricating eye drops (Vet I drops -affordable ‘ that helped a lot too...
I share because I was at wits end at the worst time of my life ,... I get it ...
I followed the vets drop instructions , never missing , he stabilized and within a couple of months a dramatic difference ...

We are here for you ! Stay positive
Big squeeze hug to you amd Head smooches to Jinkx

Please keep us updated on her spay too
 

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Let me start by saying I'm sorry you and Jinkx are going through this. I commend you for staying on it though. It sounds like the first vet didn't know what to look for. But on a positive note, it sounds like you FINALLY have a vet that is on the right road.

I adopted a sphynx that the vet was pretty sure came with a case of herpes virus. The vet suggested not testing her for herpes virus because the test isn't that accurate. We were prescribed some medicine that I can't remember the name of, but it was only like a 2 week course and it helped a lot. In fact we haven't had another bad outbreak since then and it's been 6 years. She always has teary eyes, but just wipe them off with a tissue; not a big deal.

I feel like the eye specialist is exactly who Jinkx needs to see. I know specialists are expensive but gosh after everything, you just need someone that knows what they're doing. There is something called a Care Credit card that you can use for vet bills instead of your regular credit card. Here is a link for when you have time to read about it:

For omega-3, most people give a supplement. The quality varies but here are a couple that were recommended to me and have better quality control. These are gel caps and you would squeeze the oil into some canned cat food.

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I really hope you get good news. Hope this info is at least a bit helpful.
 

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@Kphelan02 awhhh ((((Hugs))) and a lair full of prayers and positive thoughts your way for sweet Jinkx...

Hopeful the spay on the 19 th will resolve the skin issue .. remember No Ketamine . You can confirm ahead of time .

As for the eyes , oh my ... I get it .. my boys eye was aweful ..lt happened at the worst time in my life too .. I kept saying what next ..

Went to the opthamoligst who said it could have been herpes related and said testing could give a false positive and told me not to test... she treated his symptoms ... he was on Oflaxacin , idoxurine eye drops that helped tremendously ( if Jinkx is ever prescribed idox I can share cost saving how to) amd lubricating eye drops (Vet I drops -affordable ‘ that helped a lot too...
I share because I was at wits end at the worst time of my life ,... I get it ...
I followed the vets drop instructions , never missing , he stabilized and within a couple of months a dramatic difference ...

We are here for you ! Stay positive
Big squeeze hug to you amd Head smooches to Jinkx

Please keep us updated on her spay too
Thank you for the advice! I'm actually really glad to hear it was helpful for you, that gives me some hope. My vet didn't mention the oflaxacin or idoxurine so I will ask about those to see if they would be helpful. Also I double checked with the vet this morning to make sure no ketamine, thank you for the reminder! I will keep updates, I am also hopeful that the spay will help the mystery swirls on her skin
 

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Let me start by saying I'm sorry you and Jinkx are going through this. I commend you for staying on it though. It sounds like the first vet didn't know what to look for. But on a positive note, it sounds like you FINALLY have a vet that is on the right road.

I adopted a sphynx that the vet was pretty sure came with a case of herpes virus. The vet suggested not testing her for herpes virus because the test isn't that accurate. We were prescribed some medicine that I can't remember the name of, but it was only like a 2 week course and it helped a lot. In fact we haven't had another bad outbreak since then and it's been 6 years. She always has teary eyes, but just wipe them off with a tissue; not a big deal.

I feel like the eye specialist is exactly who Jinkx needs to see. I know specialists are expensive but gosh after everything, you just need someone that knows what they're doing. There is something called a Care Credit card that you can use for vet bills instead of your regular credit card. Here is a link for when you have time to read about it:

For omega-3, most people give a supplement. The quality varies but here are a couple that were recommended to me and have better quality control. These are gel caps and you would squeeze the oil into some canned cat food.

View attachment 94413

I really hope you get good news. Hope this info is at least a bit helpful.
Hi! Thank you for passing this info along, it's definitely helpful. It's also really nice to hear that people have had similar experiences and made it to a healthy place. It's a lot of information to get at once and knowing that it's not necessarily going to be a chronic struggle is good to keep in mind. I'm also super thankful that we have the eye specialist, I think it will be worth the money down the line when we have things stabilized.

I will keep posting updates! I'm glad to hear your sphynx is doing well :)
 

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@Kphelan02 hugs! You got this ... take one thing at a time ..
All paws crossed for her spay !

Just to share about eye meds ... the specialist charge $90 for eye drops .. the nice receptionist told me about it being cheaper st Sam’s club amd was happy to give me a script or fax it ..
With a Sam’s club regular membership , Same drops that were $90 went to $60.. with upgrading to Sam’s club plus membership dropped it down to $30 !
Worth calling around amd checking good RX too .. I use it at Walgreens amd local pharmacies to check and compare to Sam’s club.

I have all adoptees so everything is pretty much pre existing ... so my vet told me about Care credit ... it was immediately approval over the phone ..
Then you can later on and ask for an increase limit .. also very easy ..

Let me say care credit has been a life saver for my crew!
I know all the ins and outs to share to avoid the crazy 29% interest ...
If you are financially savvy amd stay on top of it ,., it is great !

Examples - most bills 200 + automatically get a 6 mos promo to pay it in full ..
You absolutely must pay more than the min per month or it won’t pay it off in 6 mos.
So I divide the total by 6 mos amd make that the payment ... when some months were tight , I made the minimum and budgeted very carefully to make sure it was paid in full by the promo due date ... I have never paid interest .
I use care credit at my own dentist too


The other tip, of the bill for example is just below $200 , say $189 ...
I buy a bottle of hylyt shampoo from the vet amd add it to the bill to make it over $200 amd get the automatic promo.

Example #2- when I had to put my rottie to sleep and had him cremated .. the medical bills amd creation were over $500 ! I was in tears ... it is up to each individual vet the promo they give ... my vet without asking said she would give me an 18 mos promo !
Worth asking but most 6 mos ..

Example 3 - With multiple vet visits , I even use the care credit card for lesser office visits amd work around my pay day and closing date of care credit to not pay interest .
For example I call and verify closing date with care credit - if it falls on the 20th each month , I make appointments for the 21st or 22nd .. then I have the extra days to pay the lesser amount in full ... I go online , add my promo amount due and the lesser office visit amount due . Make a payment for the total .. then call ccsre credit and ask them to allocate , split the payment -
To pay the lesser amount in full to avoid interest and apply the promo amount to the soonest ending promo.
Sounds confusing I know but I canceled help more in a PM if you go that route .
It really is easy .. it really helped when I was stuck with huge household repair bills amd huge vet bills at the same time ...

If you do decide on care credit , feel free to pM me for help navigating .

The idox really helped ... let us know if The specialist thinks it would be beneficial for Jinkx Here is some info on idoxurine

Every kitty is different ... to share **my boy was prescribed from the specialist
Idoxuridine, Oflaxacin , erythromycin , and lubricating vet I drops ..
I am not a vet but wanted to share some ideas to see if indicated for Jinkx


A lair full of positive vibes amd prayers all works out

Following for good news updates!
(Hugs ) n head smooches to Jinkx

Ps sorry for the loooomg post but wanted to share some options that helped when I was at wits end
 
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@Yoda mom Thank you so much for all of that information, it's so helpful to have a community of knowledge to use. It definitely helps manage that feeling of being overwhelmed! As an update, Jinkx is home from being fixed today. She also got one of her spots biopsied so hopefully we will have answers in a few days when the results come back. The vet said it was "wild" to see how energetic she was once she woke up and despite the drugs, and she is indeed a little whirlwind of energy right now. Her eyes look better after a few days on medicated drops too!!
 

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@Yoda mom Thank you so much for all of that information, it's so helpful to have a community of knowledge to use. It definitely helps manage that feeling of being overwhelmed! As an update, Jinkx is home from being fixed today. She also got one of her spots biopsied so hopefully we will have answers in a few days when the results come back. The vet said it was "wild" to see how energetic she was once she woke up and despite the drugs, and she is indeed a little whirlwind of energy right now. Her eyes look better after a few days on medicated drops too!!
So happy she is doing well. I will be looking for updates on the biopsy. Your info will help others in the future.
 

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@Kphelan02 thank you for keeping us updated ... we all come together for the love of nakids !
So happy Jinkx’s spay went great! Amd her eyes are improving ! Kudos for you for doing the biopsy too.. all paws crossed and speedy recovery vibes n head smooches sent .

She is an amazing girl with a great mum!
Your little “wild “ Jinkx is reviving to go on a speeding recovery !
Hugs n head smooches !

Following closely for updates
 

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Happy to hear Jinx is doing well. Hope the biopsy will give info on what's going on.
Speedy recovery!
 

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Hi all,
Jinkx is home and has been recovering. When she woke up from anesthesia she was a little wild and rubbed her face raw on the kennel bars (my vet says they put up a blanket but she just tore it down) which sounds about right for my girl, she usually scratches her nose every time she's in the carrier because she wants to be held instead. Adding that first part for context when you see her face healing. She is overall doing well, the vet tech didn't do the stitches on her biopsy well so they came loose but the wounds themselves are healing nicely and she is in good spirits. No results yet but she is handling the medication well still.
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Thanks for the update. Yeah, we have seen some pretty scabbed up faces from cats not liking crates/carriers. They sure are little stinkers. I will be looking for your update on the biopsy. No doubt your info will help others in the future. Hoping it comes back clean and it was just due to hormones. Happy healing vibes are sent.
 

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Thank you very much for the update!
Bonnie is being spayed today.. The fact that she is there on her own is sooooo stressful for me!
Lots of hugs for you and for your lovely Jinkx! {}

Hope the biopsy will confirm that it is nothing serious to worry about and spaying will help our girls to get rid of this weird swirls!

Justyna xx
 

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@Kphelan02 awwh Jinkx sending hugs and speedy recovery vibes and positive thoughts for her biopsy ... her poor nose and those stitches ... hugs n head kisses ..
Following closely for updates
 

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Such a good girl! I wanted to chime in that Ellie rubs the bars after anesthesia too. We found out that she was reacting to one of the meds and ever since we do anesthesia differently. She doesn’t rub or act crazy anymore.


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Such a good girl! I wanted to chime in that Ellie rubs the bars after anesthesia too. We found out that she was reacting to one of the meds and ever since we do anesthesia differently. She doesn’t rub or act crazy anymore.


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Oh wow I didn't even think of that, Jinkx was pretty much a spinning terror after anesthesia haha. What medication was it that she was reacting to?
 

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I hope your pretty baby heals quickly and the biopsy results come back "clear".
 

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We have also seen nakids with face skin marks from the anesthesia mask

Healing vibes
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Oh wow I didn't even think of that, Jinkx was pretty much a spinning terror after anesthesia haha. What medication was it that she was reacting to?
It was hydromorphone. When I spoke with her acupuncturist she said “oh yeah, that’s known to cause crazy kitty syndrome!” Not a real syndrome of course lol but you get the point. You might check if she got hydromorphone or any other narcotic. Usually that is the culprit, not the sedatives.

Here is a thread on our experience:


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@Sheldon13 thank you for that information! I'll mention that to the vet for sure. Jinkx is doing well, she is healing nicely. We still haven't gotten the results from the skin biopsy but I am hoping to hear back soon. She has mellowed out a bit and finished up her post-surgery medications so right now she's just on Omega-3, the eye drops (lubricant and an immunosuppressant) and medication to make sure that her skin isn't ringworm (the vet says she's pretty sure it isn't but wanted to be extra safe). Her eyes are looking much better, the blisters have really gone down and she seems to be happy about that, and her face is clearing up! Overall things are going well and she is healing nicely, but not a ton of updates yet. Thank you everyone for checking in! I will keep posting updates.
 

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Sending love & healing vibes from TX. Sounds like you’ve had a tough go of things & I wish nothing but the best for you your kitty. Please update when the biopsy comes back. The info will be very helpful to others in similar predicaments.
 
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