Hi,I just today had to put my 5 month old kitten to sleep. He had been tested early on for HIV and leukemia and came back negative; also negative for parasites. The past five days he had been progressively become more lethargic and stopped eating. I brought him to the vet today and there were barely any red blood cells in his body his gums were almost clear and his body temperature was low.
They checked him for parasites in the blood and nothing came back. Know one could figure out what happened. I still question whether or not I did the right thing. The vet said he probably had another couple of days to live.
The only thing that I noticed in the time that we had him is that his heart rate seemed a little high. And the week that he started showing symptoms was when I changed the litter brand to the pearl type litter.
This kitten was found in the wild at about 5 or 6 weeks so I don’t know the health of his family.
I am still second guessing my decision and feel very sad. If any one has any idea what could have happened I would appreciate it.
Hi, I am not going to pretend that I know the answer but I can tell you what the cause might have been from reading some books that I have. But I don’t refer to treatments here as that is the domain of the vet. I do believe though that a well informed cat keeper is a benefit to the cat provided the knowledge is used sensibly. Note that I use the USA spelling of anemia and derivative words except on one occasion.
First, I am sorry to hear of your loss. It must have been a very difficult decision.
Feline Anemia is a deficiency of red blood cells. Therefore anemia is caused by blood loss or low red cell production. The signs of heart disease can be confused with those for anemia.
Drs Carlson and Giffin (Cat Owner’s Veterinary Handbook) make these points on the question of anemia and cats/kittens (this is highly summarised):
The Veterinarian’s Guide to Your Cat’s Symptoms says:
The American Animal Hospital Association Encyclopaedia of Cat Health and Care says this:
The Natural Health Cat Care Manual confirms the above and nothing new.
Cat with Feline Infectious Anemia. This cat and person is not associated with the author of the question. The author of the photo says that the disease was caused by the cat’s immune system attacking the red blood cells having detected an abnormality in them. Photo taken Dec. 2008: by Fenchurch! (creative commons license). I hope the cat got well.
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