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Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:59 am
No such thing as a free kitty... :(

So, Pippa has been working on the Most Expensive Pet Ever award.  About a month ago, she came down with a UTI.  No big deal, right?  We take her to the vet, they take a urine sample--lots of little bacteria in there and blood in the urine.  They send it off to the lab to figure out just which bacteria they are.  In the meantime, she gets Baytril--a broad spectrum antibiotic.  And a pill popper.  Yay, pill popper!  She gets pill-popped for a week and her symptoms are steadily better.  Vet calls, says, "Oops, sample was not viable by the time it reached the lab--not sure what the bacteria was, but if the Baytril is working, then great!"  We say, "It's working!"  There was much rejoicing.

Next morning, Pippa goes into full-blown "OMG! I have a bladder infection!" mode--trying to pee every couple minutes and unable, frantically licking herself, et al.  Vet is called.  "Let's try Clavamox." 

"Uh oh," says I.  This was the antibiotic that Pippa had gone ballistic over last time.  But we pick up the Clavamox and I remind myself, "It's ok, I have a pill popper now!"

HA!  Kitty develops several new pairs of jaws, at least six new limbs, and embeds herself in the ceiling whilst spewing about enough drool to fill Lake Tahoe's basin.  This continues for several days until she then begins vomiting all over the place.  She is taken off the Clavamox and we are told to buy Pepcid and give her a quarter pill until her tummy recovers. 

HA!  Kitty goes even more insane when we try to give her that, and so we give up.  Kitty recovers on her own.  We are told to reduce her dosage to half a pill morning and night rather than a full.  We attempt.  Within a day--barf, barf, barf, barf.  We are told to take her off Clavamox and given a THIRD prescription to try, just in case the infection isn't deep-sixed by now.

Before we can even start, however, she has SOMETHING VERY WEIRD HAPPEN.  Out of the blue, she sits up from a nap on a chair, sways wildly, attempts to jump off the chair, and goes staggering and swaying about like Captain Jack Sparrow on a bender.  We panic, stuff her into her kitty carrier, and whisk her to the vet's.

Blood panels are normal.  Thyroid panel is normal.  All is normal.  By the time she is put on the exam table, she is steady as can be - if traumatized by being at the vet's yet again.  She goes home and we are told that hopefully it was a fluke, and if it's not, we will investigate further. Oh, and let's not bother with Antibiotic #3 unless she shows symptoms.  She doesn't.

Fast forward eight days -- this morning.  I am brushing my teeth, suddenly hear Pippa go, "MEOW MOW MOW!!!!!!" and then stampede up the hall.  This can sometimes be her invitation for me to chase her (she is an only kitty, so I am the only source of romping for her) but that's always at night.  So, this is odd.  I turn to look, and see her go SWAY STAGGER SWAY THUD! onto the floor of my bedroom.  She is up again immediately and has not blacked out, but now she's doing Captain Jack Sparrow again.  I steady her and she purrs... and within a minute or so she is steadier on her feet.  She goes staggering under her own power to her Source of All Comfort--her food dish--and eats.  Within another minute she is utterly back to normal.

Call vet.  Vet mystified.  Maybe a type of seizure.  Call neurologist.

ARGH.  WHAAAH!  Poor expensive kitty!  *Worryworryworry*

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cim_halfling
cim_halfling
Cim Took
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)

Poor Pippa! (for that matter, poor Scendan having to clean up all that barf....ugh.)


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)

Barf is least of my worries. Kitty with undiagnosed neurological problem--that's a worry.


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)

Thank you. :)


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hoshikage
hoshikage
Hoshikage
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)

Poor Pippa - hope she gets better soon! :(


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)

Thanks. :)


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I hope she gets better too.


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sami406
sami406
Sami
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)

Smart Ass Remark ahead

Maybe she's bipolar :P


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)

At this point, sadly, I'm hoping for epilepsy. And not, for instance, a brain tumor.


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sami406
sami406
Sami
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)

but seriously I feel ya on the kitty ordeal :(


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I will do so. She definitely does not like Clavamox, although was careful about the light exposure. I just threw out the half of the pill that was not used and went on to the next pill, so as not to give her any medicine that had lost its efficacy. :) Thanks for the input.


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wyvernwell
wyvernwell
Leah
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)

Since I am just about to go through this myself, as my kitty is a 20 year old who can barely eat and spends most of her time running about confused, yeah, it isn't a party when your pet's sick. *wonders morosely how much putting a cat down costs*

The thing is, Pippa is young and will get better, prob. just weird medication reactions. Vet bills though. Ugh.


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)

Well, I'd think it was a medication reaction--but she's been off any medication for over a week when she had the latest episode. Hence, neurologist.

Sorry about your ancient kitty. She is a trooper.


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lisa_marli
lisa_marli
Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)

Poor Pippa and her mom and mom's pocket book. Hope they figure this out cheaply.
*scritches* to kitty, *hugs* to mom.

Edited at 2010-02-10 09:12 pm (UTC)


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you. :)


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reddheart
reddheart
Queen Redd Heart of Wonderland
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)

Poor Pippa-baby! :( Really hope she feels better...

Just a thought for now, given that Pippa seems to absolutely abhor being given pills, I'd check into the option of either liquid form or something that can be crushed and put into moist food without losing effectiveness.

It's an employment of subterfuge, but it would certainly be less stressful for you and the kitty. Mi-kun was -far- more receptive to having his liquid Clavamox on squishy chow than to us trying to feed it to him.


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)

Hee hee... she is even more ballistic with liquid meds. I could try to mix it with stuff, but... she is finicky. I will try, though, when opportunity next arises. Thanks for the good wishes. :)


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ladycelia
ladycelia
Lady Celia
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)

Can they check for stroke?


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)

Sorta, maybe, with an MRI. Apparently strokes are very rare in kitties, however. Thanks for the check in. :)


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bobsmith4
bobsmith4
bobsmith4
Thu, Feb. 11th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)

So sorry to hear about all the troubles. Could it be an ear infection? I know that sounds weird, but I get dizzy and wobbly with those! :)

Hopefully the neurologist will figure out what's going on (and hopefully it won't cost TOO much -- you and I can compare vet bills to see who "wins"!)

Good luck to you and Pippa!


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)

That would be a good theory--I entertained it myself--but her symptoms pass almost immediately, which is not consistent, and when the vet checked her out, her ears seem fine. :)


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mcgregorkenobi
mcgregorkenobi
Cruising The Universe With Boga
Thu, Feb. 11th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)

Hugs for you and Pippa... here's hoping they can find something out quickly.


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)

Thanks. So far, not looking like a quick answer, but the sentiment is appreciated. :)


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hbrika
hbrika
Sith Pimp - IG/DZ/IJ 8487
Thu, Feb. 11th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)

That is awful :( I hope the vet can figure this out quickly! *hugs*


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)

*HUGS* Thank you. :)


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scendan
scendan
Scendan
Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for the link. :) Yeah, our vet is pretty great although I mislike his politics a lot. Still, his care of the kitty has been very good. Pippa went to a neurologist this week... still inconclusive as I don't have $2,500 to drop on an MRI and a spinal tap. Right now, it's a waiting game and if the symptoms occur again and/or worsen, then I will reconsider.


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