I have a cat.1 yr old, he has been quite ill and recieving medical care as we speak. He has anemia,and has recieved 2 transfusions, is on Epogen injections 1x week, and steroids,and a vitamin tonic. Vet thinks he might have pure red cell aplasia. This all started out with a trip to the vet for a URI. CBC was done, and Fel Luk test, negative, but my cat is anemic. His hct is only 12, very low,and Im sure Im looking at another transfusion. But what i want to know is if anyone has ever had this condition with their cat? He's my little buddy, and one heck of a fighter thats for sure!! He was also diagnosed with megaesophogus, his throat bulges when he breathes, scarey to watch, but not life threatening. Thanks to antibiotics his nasal discharge has cleared, but still has alot of nasal congestion....is there any decongestant he can have? anybody ever heard of all these coditions my poor Charlie Boy has?? Any opinions, comments,or info will be greatly appreciated, as I am always a nervous wreck with my kitty, I am so worried about having to make "that decision" to have him put down, and just watching him so sick....Thanks in advance all.
Dawn and "CharlieBoy"
I've never dealt with anemia in a cat, but it sounds like you've got a good handle on it.
megaesophagus is usually congenital or hereditary. Has your cat been tested for any of the neuromuscular diseases? They tend to go hand in hand (though not always. Damage from foreign bodies in the esophagus tract can cause it as well).
The only two things I can suggest is a liquid diet or solid food that's been pureed in the blender.
Secondly, be very careful with any household or personal hygiene products you use around kitty. Remember, everything that's in the household ends up on Charlieboy's fur, which he then proceeds to lick clean and ingest. Many of the products we commonly use are irritants to cats with megaesophagus, so you need to be very careful in thier use.
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