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Casper first showed signs of high temp last Monday,he is not a specific breed of cat.Yes he is vaccinated and spayed. Test were carried out and it showed that he had a high white cell count which indicated an infection,which the vets arent sure what it is.This in turn is causing his temp to go up and down. He had a full bladder last week and one of his kidneys was enlarged. I first took him to the vets just over a week ago as i first thought he had been sat on by my labrodor dog goldie,also his eye was brown stained and weeping which has the look of a bloodied eye which it wasnt. He was also slightly lame as his right rear leg was inflammed which vets thought might have been down to a bite ( we have 6 other cats) but the vet couldnt find a punture wound. He has been tested for both TB and feline aids which were both negative. He has been in the vets since Friday and been on a drip to try and bring his temp down and various drugs which has helped but then his temp goes back up.Im not insured as i have to many animals but tomorrow will have to make descion as to wheather he lives or gets put to sleep.Now he is bright and has eaten especially when we were at the vets yesterday,now is it ok to bring him home where in his own enviroment he might relax better and we can feed him as he reponds better to us,and even the vet said that, and his temp might steady at home at moment it is 104f please advise
Many thanks for your reply,yes he has had x-rays and thats when they said that he had a full bladder,and that one of his kidneys was slightly enlarged,so he has had all the tests that can possibly be done at the local vet practice,and i think that even if he has a high temp it might be worth bringing him home and see if TLC in his own enviroment might help,rarther than just putting him to sleep
I forget to mention that bloods were already taken,as thats how they found that he had a high white blood cell count. thankyou
Many thanks for your e-mail i regret to inform you that we had to have Casper put to sleep this morning as his condition had worsened this morning,and seeing him i could tell he was poorly as his second eyelid was closing on his eyes and his eyes were watering,so something was going on,maybe his whole body was starting to shut down.The vets would have allowed him home if it had just been a temp issue, but it wasnt and the humane thing to do was to have him put to sleep,which i was present all the way through it,and no matter how many times ive been through it it never gets any easier,and i lost my mother last year as well,and they say that is the biggest loss that one can suffer.Kindest regards XXXXX XXXXX
Hi Fenton.im so sorry to hear that Casper is no longer with us .
Perhaps it was the right thing to do after all .
The first rule of veterinary medicine is maintain quality of life .
Our little friends don't understand sick, they don't understand medicine and treatment . they only understand that they are painful , they are uncomfortable and all they wish for it to stop.
These are hard time for you and I can offer little comfort by saying you have done the right thing . Casper was in pain and you let the pain go away .
You did a good thing.
Sincerely XXXXX XXXXX James
I guess you are in the USA well thanks for your opinons it has been appreciated
Fenton Naylor ( uk )