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post #1 of 11
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I'm looking for some help for Tigger. He's a moggy of around 14 years old and been with me for the last 12 years.

He's been perfectly healthy all this time, but recently he started to act a bit wierd. To be honest, he was never the friendliest of beasts - would only put up with a few minutes petting before biting or scratching, and pretty much kept himself to himself, but I still love him. Recently he lost all of his energy. He took to standing around and swaying, so I took him to the vet. No problems could be found so he came home.

Then, 2 nights ago, out of the blue he woke from a sleep in his basket and had a horrific fit. I have never seen anything like it. Rigid body, foaming at the mouth - I was really panicked by this so took him to the emergency vets at midnight. They did bloods on him, and no kidney or liver problems, but a BP of 280! (apparently should be 180) so diagnosed hypertenstion. Since bringing him home I realised he is blind. Went back to the vet who says it is detatched retinas - a common problem of hypertension. He was prescribed Fortekor 2.5 one tab a day with food which is supposed to lower BP, which in turn could apparently cause the retinas to reattach.

Has anyone had a cat recover from such a thing. The vet says he could recover in 2 or 3 days, or in two weeks. It is breaking my heart to see him walking round and round the room hitting the walls. I've cleared a whole room for him and am keeping him in there with food and blankets, and check up on him regularly. I can't let him run free around the house as I'm out all day, and with him 'mapping' the room around the edges, he is getting stuck behind the radiator, the TV, etc etc.

I can't bear the thought of having him put to sleep, but equally I can't bear to have to watch him deal with blindness for weeks. He is clearly terrified. Is he likely to get his eyesight back? If he isn't, to make him deal with 2 weeks of confinement and blindness just seems unneccessarily cruel. I don't want to lose him, but his comfort means more to me than any loss I will suffer.

post #2 of 11
I don't have any advice to offer.
I just wanted to let you know that you and your sweet boy will be in my thoughts and Prayers.
post #3 of 11
I would consult an opthamologist for felines ...

HIGH BP could cause the retinas to detach via excess pressure ...
post #4 of 11
Tigger and you are in my prayers and healing thoughts, as well. You say "2 weeks of confinement and blindness" -- what will change in 2 weeks? Will you be home then? The other poster's suggestion of consulting a feline opthalmologist is a good one and I hope you are able to do it. Poor Tigger! I feel for you both, so much. I had retinal lesions and had to have lasering on both eyes not to see better, but to save the retinas! It's not great now, but believe me, I count my blessings. Hopefully Tigger's situation can improve -- 14 is not old for a cat and he may (I pray) have many happy years with you yet. You obviously love him very much!
post #5 of 11
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Two weeks, I am told, is the point at which there is no chance of his sight coming back if it hasn't already. If 2 weeks of keeping him locked in a room so he doesn't hurt himself, hand feeding him, cleaning his mess and listening to him cry means that he will be cured, then I will do that two weeks with gladness in my heart, so that I can have a few more months or years with him. But if all it means is that I am making my beloved cat spend the last few weeks of his life terrified and blind with no chance of a recovery, then I have to think twice about inflicting that on him.
post #6 of 11
Definitely hear you there. But you may also want to think about the fact that many cats do adjust to being blind and have good quality of life. Love is the key. You may want to visit http://www.bestfriends.org and click on the link to cats -- there are sure to be stories of blind cats there, because Best Friends is excellent in caring for special needs cats, including blind ones. If his eyesight is his only health issue, I would strongly think twice about saying goodbye at this point. The seizures are something else again, and I'd be concerned about those...but hoping and praying they diminish and disappear. BEST OF LUCK and do keep us updated on his progress, won't you?
post #7 of 11
Do they have any idea of what caused the high blood pressure? That must be so hard to see him like that. Bless his heart!! I found some info with a google search....

post #8 of 11
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Just thought I'd let you know, that yesterday, Tigger's eyesight came back. I have to say, I had absolutely no faith that this would happen given the state he was in, but it did. Saturday night he was blind - had been for 3 days. Sunday morning he could see again.

He will now be on the Fortekor stuff for the remainder of his life to keep his BP down, and there isn't any guarantee that he won't have further problems, but he's happy enough at the moment (well, as happy as he ever gets anyway... the bad-tempered sod!)

Just wanted to make the point that I'm glad I waited a while before making any undoable decisions
post #9 of 11
I'm sorry I'm late in seeing this post, as I could probably have set your mind at ease a little. I have heard, via the Feline-CRF-Support site, of many instances of vision being restored once the bloodpressure has been brought under control. I'm so very happy for you and your sweet kitty that you caught it early enough to reverse the damage! Please have your kitty's blood work checked in another couple of weeks, as hypertension is a very common side effect of renal failure....and the bloodpressure medicine could very possibly unmask a hidden renal condition. I am keeping you and Tigger in my prayers.

Pookie & the girls
CRF Cleo, CRF Maggie & Lola
post #10 of 11
I'm so happy to hear the Tiggers eyesight is back, bless him.
post #11 of 11
That is wonderful news! And once again, Pookie-Poo is a wealth of good information and advice -- hope you will follow her suggestions for your sweet little guy! HE'S WORTH IT!
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