Not satisfied with the level of medical care available
Hi everyone…for those following me on Facebook and Twitter, you already know by now that I’m sick…
On Wednesday morning, I refused to eat any of my breakfast even when Daddy put crushed freeze dried treats on it and when I refused to eat even a freeze dried treat on its own, that’s when Mummy and Daddy knew something was seriously wrong. I was perfectly fine the night before. Eating well and loving my treats. And suddenly in the morning..wham.
They brought me to the vet and I had a fever of 40.5º celsius (cat’s normal temperature range is 38º celsius to 39º celsius or 100.4º to 102.5º fahrenheit). The vet did a blood chemistry panel test and nothing was overly alarming…liver was fine…kidney was ok…glucose a little high although that could have been due to stress and I was definitely dehydrated. A complete blood count test was not done because the machine was down. A thyroid test was done and thyroids were fine.
So the vet said maybe infection. Viral or bacterial, Mummy asked. Don’t know..can’t tell the vet said. The vet also said..fever could also be caused by inflammation or cancer…inflammation would probably need an ultrasound or something to see if it is. Cancer very unlikely in a young cat like me. But yes Mummy thought..throw the word cancer out there anyway to scare the heck out of the pawrents but cover your own butt because if it turns out that it IS cancer..you did mention it right?
So…I’m just going to put it out there and say “modern” medicine is highly unsatisfactory in SO many ways but it is unfortunately the “best” we got.
The vet gave me some underskin fluids because of the dehydration. Gave me Clavamox an antibiotic, Prednisilone a steroid and Cyproheptadine an appetite stimulant.
Antibiotics because…well that’s what all doctors prescribe when there is a fever and they don’t know the actual cause right? If the cause is an infection and the infection is viral, antibiotics will do nothing for it. And even if it was bacterial, not all antibiotics work on all bacterias. The antibiotic will only be useful if it works for that particular bacteria. And all antibiotics have side effects. At best all you get is pretty bad nausea or vomiting. At worse, possible blindness (Baytril) or kidney damage (Meloxicam).
So Mummy doesn’t like the idea of anyhow taking antibiotics for me. But unfortunately…that is just how it is with “modern” medicine. It’s not quite a science…it’s a huge and you hope educated guessing and gambling game. You guess that it could be a bacterial infection and you hope that it is a bacteria which a broad spectrum antibiotic like Clavamox will work on.
But since the Clavamox side effects didn’t sound too scary and it’s not a bad antibiotic for kidneys, Mummy decided to start me on the course of antibiotics even though she doesn’t like the approach and isn’t happy about it. But she does feel like she doesn’t have much choice because we just don’t know what exactly is wrong.
Prednisolone…steroids. The vet didn’t want to prescribe a normal fever medication for me because the vet sees me as being a CKD cat and he said the fever medication is no good for kidneys. So he gave me steroids instead. I don’t know if that actually is how it works..but Mummy read up on prednisolone and it’s a common steroid which is prescribed. What she doesn’t like about it is that it can suppress the immune system. Why would you suppress my immune system if I am highly potentially fighting an infection…..Mummy decided not to start me on the steroids. If my fever persisted then maybe she would have given it to me.
The appetite stimulant didn’t seem too harmful and it would be helpful because cats MUST eat. A lot of people have been saying to Mummy that I’m probably not eating because I don’t feel well and humans are like that too. But unlike humans, cats MUST eat. So Mummy is giving me the Cyproheptadine but as little as possible.
I was willing to eat very little and very unwillingly on Thursday and on Friday because my appetite was still not good and I was still lethargic, I went back to the vet. Thankfully my temperature had come down. Sadly…the vet couldn’t run any other tests on me because I was cat from hell man. I was screaming, spitting, hissing, swiping…I’m a sweetheart at home. But I am every inch the bad black cat you see on Jackson Galaxy’s my cat from hell intro when I am at the vet.
It was very odd though that I was SO fierce on Friday because Nurse J was there and I am usually manageable if Nurse J is there. Nurse J is awesome…she has no fear or apprehension of me unlike everyone else at the clinic and she doesn’t try to scruff me or roughly restraint me. So Mummy had no idea what was going on when I was completely going berserk.
Then she found out that on Wednesday at the vet where they took my blood, my temperature and gave me the subq, the nurse that was there put a towel over me, flipped me on my side and pressed me down with his forearm by leaning his weight on me!! I had been manhandled and painfully restrained. Mummy had NO idea because she was so stressed out she had left the room so that her stress wouldn’t affect me. Ok so maybe it’s also my “fault” because I am so fierce at the vet’s but the vet will ALWAYS be a hated horrid place if everytime I go, this is what happens to me. Already I get poked and prodded which is already a huge shock to my system. Mummy is wondering if this is why I am getting worse and worse and more and more difficult when I go to the vet. She needs to do something about this…and make the vet a less painful and hated place.
So apparently, this type of manhandling is probably normal but hopefully last resort measures for fierce and difficult cats. I totally understand not wanting to get hurt by the cat and needing to get the cat in a “position” where the vet can do the things the vet needs to do. But is there no better way? Mummy heard that in New Zealand or something…they do not tolerate this type of manhandling of cats and don’t even approve of scruffing. They prefer to leave the cat in the room for like half an hour or more to let the cat familiarise itself and relax. I don’t know if this will work for every cat…maybe not. But we kitties remember these experiences you know…and if one experience is bad, why would we be cooperative and willingly allow you to do it to me again? And as we get more difficult…you get rougher with us? That just doesn’t seem like a good solution…
If anyone has had or has seen or heard of a kinder way to handle difficult cats at the vet, please let me know. Or if you have any ideas as to how to do things at home to help a cat deal better with going to the vet, please also share! Mummy is really worrying about my worsening behaviour at the vet and how the hell she’s going to get my tested and treated the next time I fall sick. This is an SOS…
I really hope I get better soon. Right now it’s hard to say if the poor appetite and lethargy is purely the infection or is being caused by the antibiotics which I still have 4 more days of…please pray for a speedy recovery for me! Being sick really sucks…for me and my pawrents…