I have been told that FIS eventually reaches the affected cat's brain. Are there known symptoms, and can anything be done? My cat (16) has been diagnosed with FIS and is showing what seem to be spastic twitches. He also has epilepsy for which he has been prescribed valium (quarter of a 5-milligram tablet daily), and has remained seizure-free since taking it - approx. 13 years. The FIS diagnosis was about one and a half years ago. Thank you. Alice Zechbauer
Dear Dr Salkin,
Thank you for your response, and please accept my apologies for stumping you: I thought "Syndrome" and wrote "S".
On 14th June 2014, our cat tested positive for FIV but the antigen Fel.V was negative. He was not viraemic. Since then he has been relatively healthy with one very hefty dose of gingivitis in August of last year. It required two consecutive ten-day courses of anti-biotics to clear it up. Generally, he eats well but sometimes eats virtually nothing while, at others, he binge-eats everything in sight. The twitches I mentioned occur at intervals, but yesterday evening they were particularly marked. Additionally,from time to time, he appears to be disorientated and even fearful. On such occasions he hides under a table with a floor-length tablecloth for hours on end. He is very much an outdoors cat, free to come and go as he pleases.
I hope I have clarified the situation somewhat. Our vet has recommended he be given Renes Viscum Comp., a homeopathic support for his kidneys which appear to be compromised. I give it to him every day and it does stop his vomiting.
Thanking you for your patience and help,
Thank you for your answer. It is much appreciated.
At the time of diagnosis, our vet said he did not think AZT would contribute much to the cat's well-being, apparently, since it is not as effective in cats as in humans, and cats can live a fairly normal life with FIV, as has been our experience so far.
Now that his symptoms have worsened,as it were ,I'll take the cat to see our vet but, considering his age, I do not wish to cause him too much unnecessary distress. Visits to the vet cause him to panic, with the result that he disappears afterwards, making it difficult to ensure that he receives his medication. I agree with you that a more potent anti-convulsive drug may be needed, but I'll have to have it prescribed. I shall also discuss further diagnostic tests re a brain tumour with our vet, but he will probably be of your opinion.
I looked meningioma up. Since it seems to grow slowly, the cat's age is certainly a basic consideration.
Thank you again for your very valuable advice.
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you, Dr Salkin and I will let you know what our vet here in Vienna (Austria) says.