Yesterday morning, when I got up, and went to the kitchen for my coffee at 3am, my daughter came in and told me that it was time for us to have her cat, Bob, put down. She’s 21 years old, and she was very upset, as Bob has been her constant companion all of his life. Recently, he’s been getting very thin, and as of yesterday morning, he was quite weak. She had to help him into his litterbox, and then help him up onto her bed.
We thought he had FeLV, as one of our other cats, Spot, had it, and had to be put down about three years ago, due to complications from it. We had all of our other cats tested, and they all get vaccinations each year to prevent it, except for Bob, because putting him into a carrier and hauling him to the vet is just too much for him to handle. He almost needs to be sedated before we can do that. He was so weak yesterday, that he didn’t even put up a fight.
So, promptly at 8am, I called our vet, and made the appointment for Bob. After getting there, they did a FeLV test on him, which to our surprise, came up negative! We were elated, to say the least. Apparently, the FeLV has now run its course at our house, and all of our other cats (an 18 year old, two 3 year olds, and a 12 year old, along with Bob, who is 13 years old) have now tested negative. The vet checked him out, found that his heart and lungs are doing great, his eyes and ears look great, no worms, no fever, and he’s not anemic.
Anyway, here we had poor, old Bob written off as dying, because of his quick decline. Our vet told us that he either has a hairball problem, because he’s been vomiting up his food quite often, and that could be the problem of him becoming so thin, so quickly.
Also, in one week I need to get him back to the vet for a checkup, and if he hasn’t stopped losing weight, they’re going to do a thyroid test, to see if that could be the problem. Then, we’ll go from there, to help him get more weight put back on.
As of yesterday, he’s on a special diet, and he gets a good dose of Laxatone each day for the upcoming week.
We are just SO happy that he tested negative for the FeLV, though! That was very good news for Bob, and for us.
Pictures will follow, as soon as I can figure out how to post the links properly.