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  • 1.  Unknow illness

    Posted 13 days ago

    Hello all,

    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.


    #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization

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    Theresa Spataro
    President
    Central Jersey Animal Rescue
    NJ
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  • 2.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 13 days ago

    Hi Teresa,

    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!



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    Sheila Segurson, DVM, DACVB
    Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist
    Director of Community Solutions
    Maddie's Fund
    Pleasanton CA
    9258608284
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  • 3.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 12 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback



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    Theresa Spataro
    President
    Central Jersey Animal Rescue
    NJ
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  • 4.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 12 days ago

    Regarding FIP, has any fluid accumulation been detected?

    Have you had bloodwork done? 



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    Amanda Gray
    Grants and fundraising manager
    Operation Liberation
    FL
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  • 5.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 11 days ago

    Yes, bloodwork normal. Unfortunately she spiked up to 106 fever and we let her go, as antibiotics were not working. Thanks for the reply.



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    Theresa Spataro
    President
    Central Jersey Animal Rescue
    NJ
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  • 6.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 11 days ago

    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. 



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    Monica Bennion
    Clowder 9 Ranch
    Buhl, ID
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  • 7.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 9 days ago

    Thank you for the information and thoughts. 



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    Theresa Spataro
    President
    Central Jersey Animal Rescue
    NJ
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  • 8.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 9 days ago

    Thank you for the information, very interesting.



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    Theresa Spataro
    President
    Central Jersey Animal Rescue
    NJ
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  • 9.  RE: Unknow illness

    Posted 10 days ago

    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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    April King
    Volunteer and Board Member
    Kotor Kitties
    +1 206 407 5336
    http://www.kotorkitties.org
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