Very worried about my cat
cat is 13,sick for the past 12 days, eating is limited to gravy, cat sip, & water. She has stopped cleaning herself. A week ago the vet prescribed zeniquin 25mg - 1/2 pill/day. I had a difficult time getting the pill in her. On Saturday she bit my finger,drew blood. I went to urgent care - got Keflex antibiotic & tetnus shot.
Yesterday I took her to vet - she was very weak - he did an examine and suggested doing a full work up of test - I declined due to her age and health. Instead I opted for the vet to give her an anitibiotic injection is suppose to work for 2 weeks + a water pack. She seemed a bit better last night - actually ate a little baby food. But this morning I woke up to find her lying completely limp on her side in her bed, breathing really heavy, & weezing. Then she pushed her head back, mouth hung open showing teeth, took heavy breaths/yelp while kicking front feet. Back to heavy breathing she has not moved all day. What do I do? Vet says to either wait and see or euthanize + raby test. She is 100% indoors - only goes to groomer and vet. Should I worry about rabies? Isn't the only way to get rabies is via a rabid animal bite? Can they get it from grooming tools and open skin?
Answer by Kate
i am so sorry to hear that your cat is so sick. She really does sound very bad I'm Afraid.
I wouldn't have thought this was rabies if she is an indoor cat. However it is impossible to say what it is without a full set of tests being done.
At 13 she is a mature cat but not very old. My cat dies last year and she was 17.
She does sound very weak to me and so I'm afraid my friend you have a very hard decision to make for her. You need to either decide that she is strong enough to cope with having full tests done, which will help the vet make a diagnosis and possibly be able to help her or that you feel that she is so weak now that she is only suffering and little chance of recovery, in which case helping her cross over is the kindest option. i really do not think there is a middle ground.
Only you can make this decision based on your knowledge of your cat and her current circumstances. I know it is a hard one, all cat owners find themselves at some point with these sorts of decisions, its all part of being a caring cat owner.
my thoughts are with you and whatever decision you make will be the right one for you and your cat.
best wishes Kate
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