I had a 9 year old healthy cat. He played, he ate, he did everything a normal, healthy, happy cat would do. Last Friday, Dec. 8th, I came home from work and he was very itchy. I noticed he had been drinking water a lot. Which is something he does when he is nervous and I figured the itching made him nervous.
After a few hours, he was getting frantic with the itch. Scratching his neck, licking his paws and nibbling on his belly and his feet. So I took him over to the vet and the vet gave him a shot of prednisone and a shot of Acepromazine. He said the Acepromazine would help relax him and hopefully let him get some sleep.
I got him home and he was very sedated so I thought that was OK since he had been given a tranquilizer. I watched most of the night to make sure he didn't hurt himself staggering around. He would not go to sleep though, he just kept trying to do things, walking around, eating, drinking, etc.
The following morning he had a seizure. I took him to the vet and they held him for 4 hours, took his blood and said he was fine. Although he was still groggy from the Acepromazine. The vet said there was no sign of anything wrong with his bloodwork except slightly anemic. They sent my little boy home. He slept with me on the couch all of last Saturday and seemed content and peaceful. Sunday morning (Dec. 10th) he started doing strange things. He would sit and stare as if he was in a trance. He would sit over his food bowl or water bowl and just stare down at it but was not very responsive to anything around him. Then it would pass when I went closer to him and gave him a nudge. This happened a few times at the water and food bowl and once at the litter box and at different times during the morning on the couch or the bed or wherever he was. Then he had trouble urinating. Finally he did but he took a long time to finish. When he got out of the litter box he seemed to have some pain but then walked into the other room.
Then I found him under the futon in one of those trances. I asked the vet again and he said he never heard of that. I asked if it could be from the Acepromazine and he said that should be out of his system by that time. But I was worried that some damaged was done.
Anyway, this went on until all of a sudden my cat was going from a chair to the futon and he fell and could not move his back legs at all. He seemed to be paralyzed. He was crying for help so he was awake and not like he was having a seizure. I rushed him to the vet where I was told again that they did not know what was wrong. At that point I had to make a decision and put my sweet boy to sleep because I did not know how else to ease his suffering at that point. He was unable to walk and he seemed so distraught.
Now I am heartbroken because not only did I lose my sweet boy but I don't even know why. And nobody seems to be able to tell me anything.
PLEASE is there anybody here who can tell me if they had a similar experience and what might have happened. My baby had an itch and within two days he was dead from God knows what. Did I miss something? Could I have saved him? I feel like I let him down. If only I had not worried so much about that itch, he would still be here. I am DEVASTATED to say the least and it's been a week now and I can't seemed to move forward in my grief because I can't seem to resolve the reason for the death.
Please help me if you can with any information.
PS - I apologize for such a lengthy post.