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Help Needed. Sick cats at home....

 
Deplorable NO MORE Michele B

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I hope someone can shed some light for me.

I have spent close to $500 in the past 2 weeks on my cats. $500 - in the two weeks leading up to Christmas - yeah this has been fun. They are all sick, like with the flu or something. Lots of sneezing, some coughing, all have temps.

I took the sickest one to the vet 2 weeks ago, he hadn't been eating and I could see he had lost weight. He had a fever, which shocked me as I didn't realize he was all that sick, other than lack of appetite and weight.

Well, he tested him for leukemia - at my urging (since the symptoms seemed to point that way - gave him an antibiotic when the test came back negative for leuk. Also gave a steroid, and said come back in two weeks.

So in the meantime, ALL the rest of my cats got sick (sneezing, fever, etc.). So today, 3 cats went to the vet....including the one from two weeks ago - and - HE STILL HAD A FEVER!!! AND LOST MORE WEIGHT!!! Not getting better, apparently.

WTF.

I'm at a loss here. I mean, I GUESS the next step is blood tests to determine exactly what they all got sick from (since ONE of them apparently infected everyone else), but I really don't have THAT much money. The past 2 weeks has cost $500 and it's NOT been fun, given it's Christmas and all.

Anybody have any ideas what might be wrong with my fur babies? Anybody experienced this? Could it be that they've all just gotten the same strain of a "cold" or flu or some kind of thing? BTW - they are all indoor cats, and never go outside.

** One last thing - if you're going to post some stupid shit like, "just kill them all and freeze the carcasses to eat later," or something similarly inane, I swear I will ban you. I'm not in the mood for stupid jokes about cats. I love my cats, AND I don't want them to suffer with some kind of illness, and I'm worried they'll just get worse until this is figured out.

Thanks for any input from other cat lovers!
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I take around 150 mg (half of a 250 mg) amoxicillin and put it in a tiny bit of can tuna with more tuna water.
If a cat can't smell it's food it won't eat it usually. You can also buy kitten formula at the grocery and that will give them fat.
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Your cats have an upper respiratory infection. You can try non alcoholic echinacea and goldenseal. Put 10 drops of both in 1 oz of water. Give 1-1 1/2 cc twice daily for a week. This has worked for my cats in the past.
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I don't like animals suffering so bump.
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Deplorable NO MORE Michele B  (OP)

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So I can give them antibiotics meant for humans?

I have some amoxicillin, so that's easy.

I also have echinacea (I take it pretty regularly). Is it the same as people echinacea?

Thank you both for your suggestions!
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Get some food grade peroxide at your health store and dilute it with distilled water.

Put it in a clear sterile spray or dropper bottle put about 1 full dropper or three full pumps of your spray bottle into the cats water.

This will keep your cats healthy and they wont get sick.

The Peroxide adds oxygen to the body killing infections and bacteria.
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I thought a blood test would have been done first time you brought your little one in!

I agree with trying the amoxicillin. My shih Tzu has had UTIs before and I've treated her myself measuring carefully the dose.

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Get some amoxicillin from that vet. Give it to the cats twice a day and see if they are getting better. The vet has seen the animals and knows you have sick ones, so he should be ok with it.
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Your cats have an upper respiratory infection. You can try non alcoholic echinacea and goldenseal. Put 10 drops of both in 1 oz of water. Give 1-1 1/2 cc twice daily for a week. This has worked for my cats in the past.
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Wouldn't you think the antibiotics the vet gave the one would have worked on upper respiratory infect? He lost another pound in two weeks. Although he doesn't seem sick, something must be wrong if he's still losing weight, no?
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Your cats have an upper respiratory infection. You can try non alcoholic echinacea and goldenseal. Put 10 drops of both in 1 oz of water. Give 1-1 1/2 cc twice daily for a week. This has worked for my cats in the past.
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Wouldn't you think the antibiotics the vet gave the one would have worked on upper respiratory infect? He lost another pound in two weeks. Although he doesn't seem sick, something must be wrong if he's still losing weight, no?
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They need to have antibiotics for 5-7 days. Did you do that?
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Get some amoxicillin from that vet. Give it to the cats twice a day and see if they are getting better. The vet has seen the animals and knows you have sick ones, so he should be ok with it.
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I am guessing the antibiotic he gave was "stronger" (I'm assuming) than amoxicillan?

I can get amoxicillin from him, tho.

I think he didn't do the blood tests cause he's trying to save us money (it WAS right before Christmas, and there are a LOT of cats!).

I will definitely insist on it - at least on one cat - if they don't get better pretty quick, now that EVERYONE has had these antibiotics.
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Get some amoxicillin from that vet. Give it to the cats twice a day and see if they are getting better. The vet has seen the animals and knows you have sick ones, so he should be ok with it.
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I am guessing the antibiotic he gave was "stronger" (I'm assuming) than amoxicillan?

I can get amoxicillin from him, tho.

I think he didn't do the blood tests cause he's trying to save us money (it WAS right before Christmas, and there are a LOT of cats!).

I will definitely insist on it - at least on one cat - if they don't get better pretty quick, now that EVERYONE has had these antibiotics.
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I think after 2 or 3 doses they should be feeling better, if not, it may be a virus and they don't respond to antibiotics.
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Your cats have an upper respiratory infection. You can try non alcoholic echinacea and goldenseal. Put 10 drops of both in 1 oz of water. Give 1-1 1/2 cc twice daily for a week. This has worked for my cats in the past.
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Wouldn't you think the antibiotics the vet gave the one would have worked on upper respiratory infect? He lost another pound in two weeks. Although he doesn't seem sick, something must be wrong if he's still losing weight, no?
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


They need to have antibiotics for 5-7 days. Did you do that?
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He gave them something he said would work for two weeks. I've never heard of this, but I do trust him. I had to drive 30 miles to take the cats to him, since I do NOT trust the vets close to me in my town.....I know him personally, and I KNOW he loves cats!
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Your cats have an upper respiratory infection. You can try non alcoholic echinacea and goldenseal. Put 10 drops of both in 1 oz of water. Give 1-1 1/2 cc twice daily for a week. This has worked for my cats in the past.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 70130332


Wouldn't you think the antibiotics the vet gave the one would have worked on upper respiratory infect? He lost another pound in two weeks. Although he doesn't seem sick, something must be wrong if he's still losing weight, no?
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


They need to have antibiotics for 5-7 days. Did you do that?
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He gave them something he said would work for two weeks. I've never heard of this, but I do trust him. I had to drive 30 miles to take the cats to him, since I do NOT trust the vets close to me in my town.....I know him personally, and I KNOW he loves cats!
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I have never heard of that. Longest I heard of is 3 days, do you remember the name? We could look it up.
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Re: Help Needed. Sick cats at home....
So I can give them antibiotics meant for humans?

I have some amoxicillin, so that's easy.

I also have echinacea (I take it pretty regularly). Is it the same as people echinacea?

Thank you both for your suggestions!
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


Go to your pet store like PetSmart, or another big chain and you'll find antibiotics in the bird section and you can use that for them, its all the same.
But, you will have to give them some kind of probiotics to counteract the damage you will do to their system and bring them back in balance.
Hope your babies get well OP....i know the love you speak of as i love my babies like children too!
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Sounds like distemper.
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The risk far outweighs any benefit as the risk will vary from child to child.
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Sounds like distemper.
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Don't they get vaccinated for that?
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Get some amoxicillin from that vet. Give it to the cats twice a day and see if they are getting better. The vet has seen the animals and knows you have sick ones, so he should be ok with it.
 Quoting: bigD111


I am guessing the antibiotic he gave was "stronger" (I'm assuming) than amoxicillan?

I can get amoxicillin from him, tho.

I think he didn't do the blood tests cause he's trying to save us money (it WAS right before Christmas, and there are a LOT of cats!).

I will definitely insist on it - at least on one cat - if they don't get better pretty quick, now that EVERYONE has had these antibiotics.
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


I think after 2 or 3 doses they should be feeling better, if not, it may be a virus and they don't respond to antibiotics.
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So if it's a virus, it's like us getting the flu? it'll just have to run its course?
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Sounds like distemper.
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Don't they get vaccinated for that?
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Some owners do.....some don't.
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Your cats have an upper respiratory infection. You can try non alcoholic echinacea and goldenseal. Put 10 drops of both in 1 oz of water. Give 1-1 1/2 cc twice daily for a week. This has worked for my cats in the past.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 70130332


Wouldn't you think the antibiotics the vet gave the one would have worked on upper respiratory infect? He lost another pound in two weeks. Although he doesn't seem sick, something must be wrong if he's still losing weight, no?
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


The antibiotics should have, but it could be a fungal infection rather than a bacterial. Have you noticed blood in your cats stool? If so, he/she may have irritable bowel syndrome? That could be causing the symptoms. Did the vet do a complete blood panel to check liver/kidney function and thyroid levels?
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I once rescued cats...I couldn't afford a vet...I know a lot of alternative health info from my own health issues...when a cat I had had some sort of infection, id give them my homemade silver water...it's easier to buy it at a health food store, tho...you want colloidal silver...or nano silver...add a very little bit, just a few drops, to their water. They won't taste it. If they quit drinking, get a dropper and put a few drops in their mouths...I've saved numerous cats this way!!! Repeat several times a day, for about ten days...you should see improvements after about two days. Praying.
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Wouldn't you think the antibiotics the vet gave the one would have worked on upper respiratory infect? He lost another pound in two weeks. Although he doesn't seem sick, something must be wrong if he's still losing weight, no?
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


They need to have antibiotics for 5-7 days. Did you do that?
 Quoting: bigD111


He gave them something he said would work for two weeks. I've never heard of this, but I do trust him. I had to drive 30 miles to take the cats to him, since I do NOT trust the vets close to me in my town.....I know him personally, and I KNOW he loves cats!
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


I have never heard of that. Longest I heard of is 3 days, do you remember the name? We could look it up.
 Quoting: bigD111


I believe it's written on the bill. I'll get it for you as soon as my guy lets me get up. Right now he's resting on my shoulder, sucking on my fingers on one hand. Something he's done since he was a kitten!

Typing with one hand is fun too,
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Good luck. Cats are tough. I take care of a feral tom, once something got ahold of him, chewed his head up pretty bed.. treated it externally for infection. He lost so much weight I thought he would die. Fat as can be now. Hope your cays bounce back.
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If it is virus oriented you can get Lysine gel.

I smear on front paws.I know the powdered Lysine is cheaper

but I have had no luck in pets eating in cat food.rose
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Sounds like distemper.
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Don't they get vaccinated for that?
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THey all had full spectrum kitten shots, so I'm going to nix the distemper idea - for now anyway.
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There is a new antibiotic for cats that lasts two weeks. It's usually used on difficult cats and may not be the best choice medicine wise. I'm thinking he should have Clavamox.

Before you spend anymore money, call and ask to talk to the Vet. Most will usually take your call, and tell him what's going on and ask what you should do next. Good luck!
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There is a new antibiotic for cats that lasts two weeks. It's usually used on difficult cats and may not be the best choice medicine wise. I'm thinking he should have Clavamox.

Before you spend anymore money, call and ask to talk to the Vet. Most will usually take your call, and tell him what's going on and ask what you should do next. Good luck!
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I think that's the name! I think that's what the vet gave them. I know it starts with a "C," and I sort of remember him saying a word like that.

I'm getting up in a minute. I'll check the bill, but that sounds right.
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There is a new antibiotic for cats that lasts two weeks. It's usually used on difficult cats and may not be the best choice medicine wise. I'm thinking he should have Clavamox.

Before you spend anymore money, call and ask to talk to the Vet. Most will usually take your call, and tell him what's going on and ask what you should do next. Good luck!
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I think that's the name! I think that's what the vet gave them. I know it starts with a "C," and I sort of remember him saying a word like that.

I'm getting up in a minute. I'll check the bill, but that sounds right.
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I don't think Clavamox has a two week form however I may be wrong. It used to be the best thing for upper respiratory infections though.
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We were giving Clavomox to a cat for a UT infection. Urinary tract infection. He got it every day for quite awhile, more than a week, might have been 2 weeks.
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you need to quit feeding them shit food or you live like a filthy rat...
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There is a new antibiotic for cats that lasts two weeks. It's usually used on difficult cats and may not be the best choice medicine wise. I'm thinking he should have Clavamox.

Before you spend anymore money, call and ask to talk to the Vet. Most will usually take your call, and tell him what's going on and ask what you should do next. Good luck!
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I think that's the name! I think that's what the vet gave them. I know it starts with a "C," and I sort of remember him saying a word like that.

I'm getting up in a minute. I'll check the bill, but that sounds right.
 Quoting: Deplorable NO MORE Michele B


OK, here it is; it's Covenia and Vetalog combo.





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