Group photo
Author:
1CRAZYDOG's Photo 1CRAZYDOG Posts: 582,413
4/8/13 10:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Oh lord! Hope the cortisol helps! But Georgie sounds like he's managing quite well! HUGS

Love is the root of all things good in life.


 current weight: 100.0 
170
152.5
135
117.5
100
SPARKCHANTAL's Photo SPARKCHANTAL SparkPoints: (118,323)
Fitness Minutes: (126,830)
Posts: 14,401
4/8/13 9:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ok I've had it!
went to the vet's this morning; after 'vestibular disease', 'brain tumor', 'epilepsy', 'stroke', 'infection of inner ear', 'glaucoma' we now have added 'meningitis' to the list. he exhibits some... but not all... of the symptoms of all of this.

but he's out playing, more playful than he's been in a long time. he's been losing weight as well, not that much, but about half a pound since January, he now weighs about 4 1/2 kilos, but he's a big cat. 5 kgs is normal for him. he sleeps two days, then plays a lot, then he's ravenous, then he loses his appetite and the cycle begins again.

he can scratch his way up to the closet top where he has a bed, pretty quickly and quietly, but he cannot jump, often shakes his head (which leans to the left, sometimes more, sometimes less) and then stumbles, like the messages aren't getting to his hind legs.

perhaps his hearing and sight are impaired, but he hears and sees what he needs to. his sense of balance is not gone and he avoids hindrances, does not bump into things. but he is more nervous when he hears strangers or cars approaching, goes into hiding more quickly than before.

what oh what is going on? three vets, antibiotics, pain medication... now we got some cortisol, will begin that tonight, see if that helps.

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

black panthers winter freeze-off 2014-15
cet (germany)


 Pounds lost: 51.0 
0
18.25
36.5
54.75
73
DIANALACAT59's Photo DIANALACAT59 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (51,466)
Posts: 2,050
4/8/13 8:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
hope Georgie is doing better.

 current weight: 320.0 
327
287.75
248.5
209.25
170
FELINA's Photo FELINA Posts: 13,600
3/12/13 9:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Such a strange set of symptoms. It's good you've checked with more than one vet, but frustrating that none has a diagnosis.

Cats we've had have gotten more "needy" and affectionate, wanting more cuddle time, but that doesn't explain Georgie's other symptoms.

Wish I could help more. It's so baffling.

612 Maintenance Weeks
0
155
310
465
620
SPARKCHANTAL's Photo SPARKCHANTAL SparkPoints: (118,323)
Fitness Minutes: (126,830)
Posts: 14,401
3/11/13 6:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
the latest on georgie

I've been researching and reading all over the internet and have gone through three vets now.
the clips I watched on cats with vestibular disease did not match georgie's behavior.

the first vet said glaucoma, but he wasn't sure, so he sent me to an eye specialist.
she said 'balance organ', causes could be infection or tumor, started georgie on antibiotics, but he absolutely refused them, good thing, they messed him up.
second visit there, she said she couldn't do anything for him.
then Cherie's comments gave me hope, went to no. three; they gave me pain medication and since then he's been taking me for our old walks again.
but...
what's the problem? stroke? no. 3 thinks it's a brain tumor.
he can't jump high any more, just chair, bed, sometimes even table.
but he can climb his cat tree.
he sleeps more, but he is also very active at times. esp. 5 am when he gets hunger attacks, which he never did before. and sometimes he paces the house like a bear in a cage.
he won't let me out of his sight, unless I let him out, which he demands two or three times a day; hours on end if it's warm out.
sometimes he's weak, sometimes he feels stronger. but his back legs especially are a bit wobbly.
sometimes his voice seems lower than i'm used to, sometimes he sounds normal.
the vet thinks he's deaf and blind and was ready to put him down, but at home he rips up the place if he can't get out. he can see and hear, and no vet can believe what an actor this boy can be.
my other two cats seem to know there's something wrong here, but georgie still wrestles with sunshine (who weighs double georgie). and he seems to have become a bit more playful in his advanced years, he's most likely 15, but could be up to 17.
he purrs a lot, cuddles more than usual and demands back rubs like never before.

the symptoms I read for stroke and brain tumors are similar, some fit, some don't.
what is going on?????


Edited by: SPARKCHANTAL at: 3/11/2013 (18:35)
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

black panthers winter freeze-off 2014-15
cet (germany)


 Pounds lost: 51.0 
0
18.25
36.5
54.75
73
1CRAZYDOG's Photo 1CRAZYDOG Posts: 582,413
1/25/13 11:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
wish I had advice, but not a cat owner. Hope Georgie gets better! HUGS

Love is the root of all things good in life.


 current weight: 100.0 
170
152.5
135
117.5
100
SPARKCHANTAL's Photo SPARKCHANTAL SparkPoints: (118,323)
Fitness Minutes: (126,830)
Posts: 14,401
1/25/13 10:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
thanks for all your kind answers. i'll get back to you individually asap, but for now:
i only let him out about 1/2-1 hr (he's waiting for me at the doorstep by then anyway) as long as he still runs like lightning towards the door whenever i move in that direction-- ever tried to keep an outdoor cat indoors? they'll kill you;
an umpteenth vet is likely a good idea, i'll do that;
meds? i only got antibiotics which were impossible to administer, after he got my line (i succeeded-- once.)
old, well, he's not even 75 in human years. is that so old?

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

black panthers winter freeze-off 2014-15
cet (germany)


 Pounds lost: 51.0 
0
18.25
36.5
54.75
73
FELINA's Photo FELINA Posts: 13,600
1/25/13 10:05 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I agree about keeping him inside, especially with his age and health issue. I also agree about finding another vet for another opinion.

612 Maintenance Weeks
0
155
310
465
620
LAC936's Photo LAC936 Posts: 5,610
1/25/13 8:39 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
If it was my cat I would NOT let him go out anymore. Cats have a tendency to hide when they are sick and if he goes out and he gets even more sick or worse dies, you'll never find him. For his sake and your peace of mind give him the best life possible, but indoors where you can monitor his care.

I've been through sick cats and know your anguish!


What you think you are, you are not . BUT what you think ...you are!


 current weight: 141.6 
160.2
155.55
150.9
146.25
141.6
CHERIE682's Photo CHERIE682 Posts: 891
1/25/13 8:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It does sound like vestibular disease but I am not a vet. Getting his meds in him is definately key, the vet should have also given him something for nausea that goes along with that.
Until he is back to normal he REALLY should not go outside at all. Vestibular disease makes them dizzy and nauseous so he has absolutely no defenses while he is out there!
Even if you have to travel a little way you should find a vet you can trust. He needs help to get through this or things can get much worse.

Cherie (17 year veterinary receptionist)

 current weight: 263.4 
263.4
235.05
206.7
178.35
150
SPARKCHANTAL's Photo SPARKCHANTAL SparkPoints: (118,323)
Fitness Minutes: (126,830)
Posts: 14,401
1/25/13 3:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
my boy georgie is deteriorating fast. he's losing his sense of balance.

one vet thought it was a glaucoma, so he sent me to an eye specialist, who said it was the 'organ of balance', both sides, more on the right. causes could be infection or tumor.
she gave me antibiotics for him, but anyone with a cat can imagine how that went over... and my impression was that he got a lot worse the days i managed to get some inside him, improved a bit when i gave up.

the internet says it's vestibular something-or-other and that the prognosis is positive, meaning simply there is a chance of recovery. and there were many other possible causes, one being congenital (he was born with it)-- interesting enough because he's always shown some of the symptoms, like suddenly falling off a table or walking around himself in a circle.

does anyone anywhere have any sort of advice what i should do? i don't trust vets around here, the only thing i get from them is salted bills and trouble.

georgie is at least 15, eats well and even goes out an hour or so in the evenings (he used to spend the day outside). i sure would like to keep him a few more years. HELP!!!!!


The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

black panthers winter freeze-off 2014-15
cet (germany)


 Pounds lost: 51.0 
0
18.25
36.5
54.75
73
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Pet Lovers Help and Resources Posts

Topics:
Last Post:



Thread URL: https://sparkpittsburgh.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21257x53170x51812974

Review our Community Guidelines