Our rescue, CJAR has a four month old kitten that has been cycling through normal behavior and being lethargic. She was sick with congestion/pneumonia and while on strong antibiotics did great. Now that the meds are being tapered off she is having bad days. She is negative for FeLV and FIV and her blood work is good. Can this be fading kitten syndrome at this age? Has anyone experienced this? Our vets don't think it is FIP but maybe someone has seen this before?
Thank you in advance.
It sounds like something is still going on with her. Could be that she a resistant bacterial infection in her lungs, a virus that she's been unable to clear, or something else. She's past the age for fading kitten syndrome, but that doesn't mean she can't have an illness that is life threatening. Sounds like she's going to need some more extensive diagnostics, if you're able to help her. Good luck!
Thank you for your feedback
Regarding FIP, has any fluid accumulation been detected?
Have you had bloodwork done?
Yes, bloodwork normal. Unfortunately she spiked up to 106 fever and we let her go, as antibiotics were not working. Thanks for the reply.
Theresa, I am so very sorry for your loss. It's always so devastating to lose one to unknown causes and I wish you had more time to treat her.
We had a foster boy last year, about 7 months old, who was very healthy, playful, active, hungry, etc. One morning he just crashed! Stopped eating, slept in a corner, and was running a high fever (105ish). There was no sign of any infection, no coughing, no sneezing, no vomiting, no diarrhea, no injury, nothing! The vet could not determine any cause and all signs pointed towards 'normal'. But he was anything but normal. After nearly 30 days of antibiotics, force-feeding for a week, subcue fluids for a week and other therapeutics, he finally beat it. Still...no answer or diagnosis. I'm leaning towards a calicivirus that affected his throat with lesions...
My story aside...I wonder if your little one had endocarditis or something...but I would have guessed that a WBC would have been high...man...the not knowing is so hard and I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking good care of this little one while she was in your care.
Thank you for the information and thoughts.
Thank you for the information, very interesting.
I'm so sorry you lost this little one.
We had one kitty like this, with lethargy, inappetance, and temperatures ranging up to at least 105 for a number of weeks. No noticeable fluid build up. He was fortunately adopted to another country, despite the sickness (by car, not plane). The new Slovakian vet did a "hail, Mary!" referral for FIP treatment, and the little boy has now finished his treatment and observation--a healthy little bundle of mischief! His turn-around happened within the first 48 hours of treatment. https://www.instagram.com/thekotorkitty/
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