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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

I'm really sorry if there is another thread about this condition. I have done a search but couldn't find anything.

My 15 month old male cat has been diagnosed with this condition. He is currently at the Vets, on steroids and antiobiotics.

I don't really know anything about this disease, only that's it rare in cats and is life threatening. The cat is currently described as being 'critical'.

If anyone could give me anymore information, I would be extremely grateful. I am very worried about him.


post #2 of 26
I've heard of the condition, but I'm not familiar with it, so I did a search to get more info.

Unfortunately, what you said about it being serious and potentially life-threatening is true. I can certainly understand why you're worried. But it sounds like your vet is giving your cat the prescribed treatment. I would ask if he's also administering fluids to your cat, since it's important to help the kidneys flush out wastes caused by the disease. That sounds like a very important part of the treatment.

Your kitty is still young and was probably otherwise very healthy until now - his youth may help him pull through. Jen, I wish you and your cat all the best in fighting this illness - sending good thoughts to you both.
post #3 of 26
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Bode is getting fluids, steroids and antibiotics for the condition - but they don't seem to be doing much good. The vet is not concerned about his kidneys, but his liver is producing way too much billirubin.
post #4 of 26
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Unfortunately Bode died this morning. The vet thinks he was in a coma, so its unlikely he felt anything.

And after several drinks this evening, I won't feel anything either!
post #5 of 26
Jen, I'm so sorry about Bode. I've been thinking about him and hoping he'd be able to get through this terrible condition. From what I read, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what causes it, but there are some possibilities. Does your vet have any idea what might have triggered this in Bode?

I appreciate you posting back to let us know what happened - just wish it had been good news. I know what it's like to lose a little guy, and you have my heartfelt sympathy. Bless you for trying to do everything you could for Bode. His life was too short but he was lucky to have had you to love him.
post #6 of 26
I am so very sorry to hear this.
post #7 of 26
I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. I hope you take some comfort in the fact that you gave him a loving home during his short life. You are in my thoughts.

post #8 of 26
Hi Jen,
My name is Nikki. I just ran across your thread. I'm sorry I didn't see it sooner. I personally have no experience with that disorder. I just want to expresses my deepest condolences and prayers to you over the passing of your beloved kitty. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I'm only a pm away if you need someone to talk to. I know how difficult it can be to loose a kitty which you love very much.
post #9 of 26
I read your thread yesterday and didn't respond as I knew nothing of this condition and hoped that someone here with some knowledge of this condition would be along to offer some assistance/advice. I now see you lost your sweet baby. I'm so very sorry and understand how you must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you today to hopefully help you through this difficult time.
post #10 of 26
My heart is with yours ... my sincere and heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your sweet little Bode.
post #11 of 26
I am so sorry for your loss... I didnt come in sooner cause I had no experience to add....
post #12 of 26
I am so very sorry you lost your precious Bode. May he Rest in Peace. My condolences to you and your family.
post #13 of 26
I am so sorry for you loss.
RIP precious Bode.
post #14 of 26
I'm so sorry for your loss. And he was still such a baby. My thoughts are with you. I lost one of my babies( although he was 7, he was still my baby) a few weeks ago so I understand how hard it is.
post #15 of 26
RIP sweet Bode I'm so sorry you've lost your boy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Perhaps in a while you'll feel able to write about Bode. Sometimes doing so helps with the loss. Meanwhile, please be gentle with yourself. Peace.
post #16 of 26
I'm so sorry that your little Bode is gone. Rest in Peace little one.
post #17 of 26
I'm also sorry for the loss of your baby!!
I haven't checked this board in awhile and as others have said....if I don't know about something or have the correct answers,I won't post.
May God and his Angels bring you peace during this hard time.
post #18 of 26
I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Bode.
post #19 of 26
My heart and thoughts go out to you at this very difficult time

RIP sweet Bode
post #20 of 26
I also saw your post and didn't respond because I have no experience with this disorder. I'm very sorry about your loss. RIP, little Bode.
post #21 of 26
I am so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty Bode, I have never heard of this condition, May he rest in peace. I hope you stick around here, there is a lot of compassionate and wonderful people here to talk to. I know the pain of losing a precious kitty, as do many of us here, you will find much love and support here.
post #22 of 26
Poor Bode. I'm so sorry for your loss. At least you tried your best for him, and it sounds like he passed without pain.
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hi, sorry I haven't posted sooner, but I've been busy with other things.

Thank-you all for your kinds words and sympathy. It has been incredibly hard, because this time last week he was fine, it just happened so quickly. I will stick around here, because eventually I will get another cat. I don't think I'll be able to at the moment though, because I don't want to 'replace' Bode, but I did enjoy having a cat, so will do when the time is right.

I've been very shocked at how supportive people on here, and in my life have been about this. I didn't realise I would react to it so badly. Although he was a cat (and not a human) he was still very much part of my family, and will be very sorely missed.

Anyway, thanks again for your support, and I hope I can support other people in the same way

post #24 of 26
IT is so much harder when it is unexpected. I think that you may find that a cat comes into your life when you least expect it, and if it does, it may be a gift from Bode. Getting another cat is never ever a replacement, but it is continuing to share that love with another needy cat, and one that our previous cats will never ever be bothered about, they would rather their loving home and caring owner help another needy cat and give them teh care they had.
post #25 of 26
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I quite agree Booktigger.

Bode came from my sister-in-laws, but if I do get another cat, it will be from a rescue centre. I've had a quick scout on the internet, and I can't believe how many kittens are in these rescue centres. I just hope I will be able to find a new kitty who likes 3 yr old boys!
post #26 of 26
I am very sorry for you loss! I lost a kitten a few years ago to FIP. It is not as rare as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, but it was something I had never heard of until Mattie was diagnosed with it. Her loss was a very lonely thing, as most people (except my friends who foster) didn't know about it. However, at TCS I have since (sadly) met friends who went through the same illness with their kitties.

I am sad that you lost Bode, but perhaps in time some good will come of this experience. If we ever have anyone else who needs to learn about this awful illness, you will be there for them.

As for getting a new kitty...take it at your own pace. I foster rescue cats, and have children. I suggest you call around for a rescue with a foster home who has kids to handle the foster kittens. Then you will get a kitten or cat who not just tolerates your son, but prefers him to adults. The kitten will have learned at a young age that kids are the best for loving on kitties!
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