This time it was Ms. Megabyte2. She hadn’t been acting her normal self at all and we were both very concerned about her. She just had no energy and although she sleeps a lot anyhow, she was sleeping more than usual and not playing and running around like she normally does. I’m sure you pet owners know how you can just sense when something isn’t right. She wasn’t going to the bathroom at all. Ms. Pat and I decided to take her to the Vet but first we took her temperature. It was 105*. Yep, definitely something wrong and the Vet said to bring her right in… she was a sick girl.
The Vet did a quick examination and took a urine sample. He then looked at the sample on a small portable microscope. He immediately diagnosed her with FIP. which is Feline Infectious Peritonitis. He gave her a steroid shot and gave us some Prednisone tablets to give her for the next few weeks. He told us that FIP is incurable and although this is usually always a fatal disease, it can often be controlled with medication. Ms. Pat and I were devastated and in shock. Our hearts were broken as we took her home. Ms. Pat started researching FIP on the Internet and she was shocked even further. The diagnosis was pretty grim. We both cried all night and were wondering what to do next.
The next day we decided to call our Vet in Arizona who helped Megabyte through her pregnancy and other illnesses to see what she had to say. We told her what the Vet here told us and about the Urine test that led him to his diagnosis. She told us to find another Vet and get a second opinion because FIP cannot be diagnosed with just a Urine sample. We called another local Vet here in Custer and they told us to bring her in. When we arrived at the Vet’s office, her fever was 105.6*. She was very lethargic and a very sick little girl.
The new Vet confirmed the opinion of our Vet in Arizona and said that FIP cannot be determined solely with a Urine test. She said we needed to do further testing to determine exactly what is going on and really questioned why the first Vet didn’t do more testing before diagnosing her with FIP. She said the fever could be caused by any number of illnesses. So, she drew a large sample of blood and overnighted it to the lab. Since it was Friday, we won’t know the results until Monday.
Meanwhile, the doctor gave Megabyte a shot of antibiotics and some antibiotic pills to take at home. She also gave her some fluids under her skin because she was really dehydrated. We took her temperature yesterday morning and it was back to normal so we’re hoping the antibiotics are starting to work. She is still a very sick little girl. She's not eating and drinking like she normally does and not going to the bathroom like she should but we are praying she is getting better. Monday, if the Coronavirus test comes back negative, we will know for sure it is not FIP.
It’s in Gods hands and we put our trust in him. We sure don’t want to lose her.
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I will be saying lots of prayers for your little one. Be sure to let us know what you find out tomorrow. We who have furkids know exactly how you are feeling and how scary it is.
I had a cat that was diagnosed with FIP. Turned out it wasn't. In researching I found out that a true test for FIP, unfortunately can only be done once that animal is deceased. I also learned that alot of vets are quick to diagnose FIP in cats when it really is something else. Keep doing your homework and maybe another opinion. When you say she's not going to the bathroom, is she not urinating either? Female cats can and do get crystals in their urinary tract the same as males. My daughter had such a cat. I hope that Ms. Megabyte is okay.
We are sorry to hear about Megabyte not feeling well and we will pray it's not FIP.
It's hard when our furry kids don't feel good.
Awww, so sorry to hear that Ms. Megabyte2 is sick. We sure know how stressful it can be when are pets are not feeling well. We are sending positive thoughts and prayers that she will be just fine. Now you guys all take care of each and no more trips to the emergency room for awhile! Hugs, John, Sandy, and Koko
Hi Mike and Pat
So sorry to hear Ms. Megabyte is under the weather. Best wishes, thoughts and prayers for a good diagnosis and quick recovery for the Divine Ms. M. I have a covey of the critters and they sure can be a worry when they are sick.
You'll know tomorrow, more or less for sure, I guess. With a Mama and Papa like you too, Ms Megabyte2 will be in good hands, with as much care as she needs! Our thoughts are with you!
I am praying for Ms. Megabyte... having a sick animal is hard on you because you just don't know what to do for them. I sure hope the diagnois in something that can be cured!!!
Thinking of you all
Having recently gone through a similar emotional crises I well know the feelings you are struggling with right now. Can only send you our best wishes for a positive outcome. I know this isn't easy for you.....
Our hearts goes out to you two. Loving our Bella as we do, we can image the pain and confusion you are both going through! Please know that you two and Megabyte are in our prayers. Praying for a quick diagnosis and God's healing hands on Megabyte!
We will be praying for your furbaby!
So sorry to hear Ms Megabyte is ill, keep us updated!
sorry to hear about Ms. Megabyte!..hope she is feeling better soon!!!
Praying for Ms. Megabyte and her Mama and Poppa. Please let us know how she is doing.
I sure hope that Miss Megabyte gets over this quickly, and it is not as serious as orginally thought.
When my 15 year old Bobcat (Manx) had severe urinary problems many years ago, she was put on GRAIN-FREE canned cat food, like Wellness and even the more expensive Wellness CORE.
She is doing very well on it. The expense is greater than normal cat food, but it is cheaper than vet bills.
Cats are carnivores, and should not have grains in their diet as it does lead to urinary problems.
Dry food diets only, can cause it too.
I hope this helps.
Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX
I am so sorry that your fur baby is sick and hope that it is something that can be corrected with the antibiotics!! We know how much this little one means to you and hope that she will be all better soon. Please let us all know as we will be thinking about you!!
I checked back to see if you had posted anything more about Ms Megabyte2. By now I am hoping she is coming around to being her old self. Rod
So sorry to hear Ms Megabyte2 is sick. We do love our animals, don't we? Both of our very old cats died in the last year and it was very difficult for us.
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