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    Skyron
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    Stumpie has been fine all day long, eating, playing, sleeping. A little while ago I went to wake him up because he’s been sleeping for a very long time (4+ hours). I picked him up, and he opened his eyes, but his body stayed limp. I put him down on the ground, and he just slumped over and laid on his side. At that point I started freaking out, so I took him to the sink and washed his face with some cold water, he could sit then, but still couldn’t walk. He meowed when he saw some food, which I gave him, and he ate it, but when I tried to give him water he almost chocked on it?? He walks a bit now, but very wobbly – like he doesn’t know where his feet are. Please help??

    #512716

    CheetahBoysmommy
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    I think I would call the vet. I know he has other problems right now, but this sounds almost like he’s eaten something he shouldn’t have eaten.

    #512717

    jcat
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    Oh Skyron, this is very worrying. It also sounds almost like it could be neurological symptoms. I’m with CBM, get him to the vet, ASAP. Emergency vet if your normal vet isn’t available. Could he have gone into shock for any reason?

    Hoping you don’t need it but just in case, this site tells you how to perform rescue breathing and compressions on your pet:

    http://www.avma.org/firstaid/procedures.asp

    {{{Skyron and Stumpie}}}

    #512718

    Skyron
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    Just got back from the vet. Its 01:21 am in SA. I phoned the man out of bed. He took one look at Stumpie and said he’s starting him on a drip and running blood tests – prelimanary diagnosis: toxoplasmosis. Something to do with parasitic brain infections . . . (googling it as I type). I got the first blood test results back as I was driving home – BUN test was normal, red blood cells were normal, white cells elevated. The vet said he has to do a specific test to get the diagnosis, but he’s certain of it. He says the prognosis with treatment is good, and that the next 2 days are going to be important as to whether he makes it or not. There may be some lasting neurologic damage. Apparently treatment involves killing off the parasites in the brain tissue while controlling the amount of swelling and bleeding that occurs as a result in the brain. I going to start a fan club on facebook for my vet . . . More prayers for Stumpie please??

    #512719

    jcat
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    You got ’em, Skyron, oh, poor little mite. I’m so glad you have a marvellous vet. Healing energies being sent to poor little Stumpie in abundance.

    Toxoplasmosis is carried through the faeces, can be transmitted to humans and can be dangerous to pregnant women so wear gloves while scooping his litter tray.

    I have known a couple of kitties with brain deficits, sometimes they shiver a lot and are wobbly but they have been some of my favourite darling kitties. {{{Skyron and Stumpie}}}

    #512720

    What a wonderful vet and wonderful mom you are! More prayers coming right up for Stumpie and you!

    #512721

    jessij
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    best wishes to Stumpie.

    I hope he gets all better. Sounds really scary but it’s good you rang the vet early.

    #512722

    GizzysAuntie
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    Prayers and good wishes for a full and fast recovery for Stumpie. You have a vet who gets out of bed for calls? Wow, what a great guy!

    #512723

    Good catch, Skyron! Stumpie is a lucky kittie to have you and your vet ready to deal with such a serious health issue. 🙂

    #512724

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    {{{Stumpie}}} healing energies and prayers for his recovery, and for you to have strength now. You are very lucky to have a damn good vet, keep him he is doing a fine job!

    #512725

    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Healing Energy for Stumpie, I hope he improves rapidly.

    #512726

    Skyron
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    I went to see my baby this morning. I was so happy that he’d made it through the night I started crying all over again. By the time we got him to the vet last night I couldnt get him to wake up anymore 🙁 I’m just so glad we decided to take him in last night, if we’d left it till morning he would’ve died. Apparently there are three stages of toxoplasmosis, first it attacks muscles, then it inhibits the central nervous system, and then lastly it shuts down the liver and other vascular organs. Stumpie’s in stage two. There is no treatment for stage 3. So there are lots of spinal taps and blood test lying ahead for the child. At least there is treatment. Thank God. Antibiotics, and lots of them, and cortisones, and steroides . . . The vet said we are looking at at least 4 weeks in icu, and we’ll only know then how much damage has been done to his brain. Thank you for all the support & prayers. I’m sure he’s using them all 🙂

    #512727

    SoxsMom
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    Continued prayers that he will thrive under your watch and the care of the vet.

    #512728

    Kanna
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    Best wishes to stumpie and we will all pray for his recovery! You are bieng a very good mom and congratulations on finding such a dedicated vet. Dont worry, cats are fighters with an amazing will to live.

    #512729

    Mojo
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    Prayers for Stumpie.

    _/_

    #512730

    willtoway
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    Skyron, Stumpie is lucky to have you as his mom. I send best wishes and prayers for Stumpie and you. Also, tell your vet he’s awesome.

    #512731

    Finnegan
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    Best wishes for Stumpie

    #512732

    jcat
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    Sending healing energy for Stumpie and many {{{HUGS}}} for his mama.

    #512733

    wickdnytemare
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    I’m new here I just joined today because I have a 9 week old Kitten named Booger and I read through this post and it scared the crap out of me.. What my question is, is how do they get toxoplasmosis?

    #512734

    wickdnytemare
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    Also all my hopes prayers and wishes are with you and Stumpie

    #512735

    jcat
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    Hi, WDNYT, welcome to TDK! I don’t know how Skyron’s kitten caught toxoplasmosis but kitties can catch it through eating infected rats or through coming into contact with the faeces of other cats who have it. Other TDKers may have more information.

    #512736

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    Skyron, bless you for seeing the urgency in Stumpie’s condition and bless your vet for taking that extra step in his care.

    #512737

    Skyron
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    WDNYT, toxoplasmosis can be transmitted from mothers to their babies, through their milk or whilst still in the womb, or through contact with feces of an infected cat. My vet said most cats will actually test positive for it, but they very rarely develop symptoms – its only in immuno-compromised cats that symptoms sometimes appear. Stumpie was a bottle-baby, so he never got any colustrum or antibodies from his mum, and was probably infected in utero . ..

    #512738

    Skyron
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    I checked on my baby again this morning – he was up in his cage, walking (albeit a bit on the wobbly side) and rubbing up on the side of the cage. He was very happy to see me 🙂 I fed him his soup, and he finished all of it. The vet is pleased with his progress, but the child cant come home yet.

    #512739

    SoxsMom
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    It is encouraging that he is up and walking, continued prayers for his recovery and comfort for you Skyron.

    #512740

    HuddysMama
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    Prayers for Stumpie. Prayers for you too, Skyron.

    #512741

    Jeankit
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    TLC Prayers going out for Stumpie and Skyron!

    #512742

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    TDK Healing Energy for Stumpie.

    #512743

    jcat
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    {{{HUGS}}} and healing energy for Stumpie and his mama.

    #512744

    Karenopa
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    Oh My! Poor Stumpy! I’m so glad you took Stumpy in as quickly as you did and I have to say that your vet ROCKS!! Little Stumpy has a long row to hoe but with a wonderful vet like yours helping and you for a mom…he’s got the best chance of recovery one could ever hope for. Prayers and positive thoughts being sent your way.

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