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Poisoned or FeLV/FIV?

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Posted by: pityocamptes at Wed Sep 28 13:13:54 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by pityocamptes ]  
   

Well, last night was from hell. About four months ago my wife and I foolishly (for lack of a better word) brought in to our house a stray kitten (didn't think about disease, etc.). Looked healthy, vibrant etc.

About 10 days ago I put flea collars on all of my cats (some were scratching once and a while and I assumed they had fleas - probably didn't). When I put the collar on this cat about 10 days ago it got a little excited as it probably never had anything around its neck before and started to bite and lick the collar constantly. This went on for about two days.

Gradually over the course of the 10 days the cat started getting lethargic, drinking lots of water and just not its usual self. I assumed it had a cold of some kind as it seemed to be getting better at times (up and down). Last night I came home from school and my wife was very upset as the cat was throwing up food, including some broth she made it. It was constantly at the water bowl. A few times I went over to it and she gave me this really sad meow.

I was hoping it would make it through the night as I was going to take it to the vet but it seems to have taken the ferry ride around 4:00 am. Very sad. Woke up around 4:00 am (waking up every couple of hours to check on it) and noticed all of my cats starring under the bed - bad feeling. So I took it outside and buried it.

Here are some of the symptoms:

whitish gums
some weight loss
lethargy
drinking lots of water
throwing up
breathing very rapidly


I called the vet and asked them what they thought. They said it could have been an allergic reaction to the collar or worse yet a disease such as FeLV. Now if it were FeLV or similiar would it have brought a healthy cat (outward appearance) down in less than 10 days? I wonder if I inadvertently poisoned it with the flea collar? Most of the vets I called told me to wait several more weeks before bringing them in for tests (my four persians). I will be devestated if they test positive. What a foolish mistake. Any help appreciated. Thanks.


   

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