Cat with Toxoplasmosis died
My daughter's cat began hiding behind the couch and not eating. He was taken to 2 different vets who could not find anything wrong. At that time, bloodwork was negative for anything. He continuously became worse to the point he could not stand and when she would try to hold him up to stand, he would fall over. She took him to another vet, and at that time he was tested for toxoplasmosis and it came back positive. This was very worrisome because my daughter was pregnant. She was tested and it came back negative. At any rate, he stayed for 3 days at the vet's. He came home on clindamycin and prednisone-5mg a day. When he came home he seemed like his old self. Later in the evening, I gave him his prednisone. A little while later, he began slobbering excessively, lipsmacking, and growling. We thought he was just sick from the pill because we knew that was a side effect. Later, he began running around the room wildly hitting things. Not long after, he passed away. Everything I have read, says prednisone does not have serious side effects in cats. Could you please tell me if the prednisone did this to him? I feel very guilty considering I gave him the pill.
Answer by Kite
Please do not blame yourself, you did everything possible for your cat, even taking him to several vets to get a diagnosis.
I really don't think that the medication caused his death it is more likely that the parasite infected the cats brain too badly and thats what finally killed him.
Toxoplasmosis is usually very treatable but in some rare cases the infection can just be too much for the cat to recover from.
if you have any questions about the medication i would say that you are perfectly within your right to speak to your vet again about what happened, he should be able to help you by explaining in more detail what the medication was for etc.
i am so sorry for your loss but you did everything you could for your cat and for that you should be proud.
best wishes Kate
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