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Ditto has gotten very thin and is breathing fast...

post #1 of 73
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Ditto is very skinny and is acting lethargic. He isn't wanting to eat very much even when we try tempt him with real meat, and his breathing is fast and has a case of semi-diarrhea. His brother (littermate) Sunflower died recently from something that we think was the same thing as this. What could it possibly be? Any ideas?
post #2 of 73
I wish I could help, but I have no idea. Only advise I can give is try to find a vet who will look at him.

Sending prayers for his recovery. I'm so sorry he is going through this.
post #3 of 73
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Thank you for your thoughts...it's very hard going through this, both for him and for me.

My mom doesn't want to bring him in because it could get really expensive, but she said if I'm willing to pay for it she'll bring him in tomorrow. I don't have a lot of money, but if I can pay for it I will. The thing is, if I knew what it was, I could research it and get an estimate on how much it'd cost...does anyone have any idea what it could be? He was fine just two or so days ago!

Oh, and I can post a picture of him if that would help.
post #4 of 73
Sorry to say, but cats don't usually lose massive amounts of weight in just a few days unless they are EXTREMELY dehydrated. If this is the case, your cat needs a vet NOW!!! Tomorrow may be too late...
post #5 of 73
I don't have any suggestions for you. I just hope Ditto pounces back. Hopefully you can make arrangements with your vet for the bill. I hate to see you lose another baby.
post #6 of 73
Not knowing exactly where you are my dear here is what I'd do: Look up an emergency or 24 hr animal hospital or the humane society in your area. Ask for a sliding scale or hardship consideration. PLEASE act fast and make a deal with your mum that you will "work it off" either in household chores or summer job or whatever it takes. I can honestly hope that any parent hearing this reasonable and urgent plea from their kid will help ACCELERATE your kitty to the vet ASAP. Please keep us posted!
Fingers crossed!!!
post #7 of 73
Kitty needs a vet ASAP
post #8 of 73
Thread Starter 
I'll do the best I can. Right now he's inside with plenty of water available and I'm cooling off of his stomach every half an hour or so. We're ssupposed to be going to a family gathering, but I'll work on my mom to get her to take me. I have money saved up and am going to use it...hopefully it'll be enough!

Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. I'll definitely keep everyone posted.
post #9 of 73
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I tried, but to no avail...Ditto can go to the vet tomorrow but no earlier. I'm doing the best I can to keep him as comfortable as I can for the moment. He's curled up on my lap as I type this.

I hate being as helpless as I am right now. I wish I could do more, but I can't!
post #10 of 73
You tried... hopefully tomarrow is okay for kitty..
post #11 of 73
Is there some other member of the family you can call that may be willing to take you?

I'm so sorry - this is a terrible situation to be in.

I'm sending vibes for a Christmas Miracle. Hopefully with persistence on your part, you can help make it happen.

post #12 of 73
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No, nobody. No one besides my mom or me would consider Ditto important enough to drive him to a vet on Christmas Eve night. I looked up over the counter medications, but I decided not to use any...it'd be worse to have a cat die with me trying to help it rather than waiting a bit longer to take it to a vet to have it correctly diagnosed.

Ditto isn't doing any better, but he isn't doing any worse. He's still walking around, and the only sign of lethargia he has is how he goes to sleep often, more often than he did when he was healthy. It's just sickening picking up a mere skeleton of a cat that was completely healthy just a few days ago.

He can still purr even though his breathing is fast, and I can steer him to a steadier breathing pattern if I compress a bit. However, after a few seconds, he'll start breathing faster again. He's not as hot as he was previously, but I don't have anything to take his temperature with, so I'm still using the ice pack to help cool him down (on his stomach). As for eating and drnking, he's doing both regularily...he's not showing a specific want to eat more, though maybe a bit more drinking. I can't be sure, though.

Does anyone else have anything I could try to help him?
post #13 of 73

I would focus on keeping the kitty fed and hydrated. Can you call an ER vet and describe the symptoms and your situation? Some are willing to give limited advice over the phone.
post #14 of 73
Not sure this is helpful, but a bacteria strikes kittens at the humane society here. Diarrhea, lethargic, & skinny.

Keep him hydrated & eating. for him & for you
post #15 of 73
Thread Starter 
I don't think so. Right now I've got water and food in reach for him, but he's been sitting on my lap for more than an hour, probably going on two and he hasn't been drinking anything. I'll stick some down next to me so he won't have to go as far to drink.

Thank you all so, so much for the support and help. You have no idea how much it means to me...I'd be lost without you all!
post #16 of 73
Thread Starter 
Here's a picture of the sick little man:

post #17 of 73
What a cutie! Do you have an eye dropper to give him some water? Or a syringe?
post #18 of 73
Bless him I sure hope he bounces back~~keep us posted, please!!
post #19 of 73
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I think our Christmas Miracle is arriving. Ditto's fever is finally going down and his third eyelid has gone back into place. What's more, he's jumping up and down from the furniture and drinking lots of water! He's still skinny enough to fit down the drain and breathing quickly, but with luck those will vanish, too.

TCS vibes work wonders. Keep them up!
post #20 of 73
Good, good, but stay vigilant. Don't let up until he is seen by a vet. They will run the most obvious tests first which cause the mysterious fevers, I could rattle off a list but it's not critical I do right now, but talk to him and tell him to be strong. Please keep us posted.
post #21 of 73
Would you open his mouth & tell us what color his gums are?
post #22 of 73
Thread Starter 
The fever is coming back Am I doing the right thing by trying to keep him cool, or should I just let him be?

His gums are light pink, thankfully. I checked and didn't see anything different there. I'm supecting the fast breathing is from the fever.
post #23 of 73
Is there an all-night vet you could call? They might be able to give you a little help.

Please tell Ditto we're all rooting for him.
post #24 of 73
Have you checked him for dehydration? If you don't know how....snap the skin at the base of his neck above his shoulder blades, it should go right back down immediately.

I'd consider syringing some water into him if he is dehydrated. And talk him into eating a little bit. I'd be cautious with the ice packs, you don't want him to get too cold with a fever he'll probably be bouncing around between cold & hot.
post #25 of 73
Thread Starter 
I don't know, I'll look into it.

He's not dehydrated, I did the test and his skin went back just fine. He is drink and eating, not a lot of food going into him but he has eaten some. I'm putting it mostly on his stomach (I read that that was what to do) and am not keeping it on for long periods of time.

Thank you all for your help! I'll talk to Ditto about how important it is for him to get better.'

Edit: I just talked to him and told him everyone wants him to start feeling better soon. He meowed and meered and flipped over for me to rub his chin. Bless him, he really does understand and is trying!
post #26 of 73
Sending lots of get well vibes to Ditto!
post #27 of 73
Aw sweetie, I'm so sorry you and Ditto are going through this!

I hope he's still eating and drinking.

Sending vibes that he'll make it to the vet with you and your mom tomorrow, and that he gets the treatment he needs - and recovers completely and quickly!!!!

to you, and scritches to Ditto,

post #28 of 73
I would really try to talk your mom into getting him to the vet as soon as they can get you in, in the morning! Losing weight and running high fevers is symptamatic of lots of different things. The one that is stuck in my headed is the dreaded "f" word... No one can really tell you what to do over the computer but if you can call the vet sometimes they will give you a temporary solution for the fever... Good luck and please let us know as soon as you find out! I will be keeping you and your BEAUTIFUL kitty in my prayers and thoughs! Heres some good GET WELL SOON vibes!
post #29 of 73
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I had my alarm set to go off during the nigh and Ditto's gone nearly ten hours with no sign of fever with no help from me! His breathing has slowed a bit (not all the way, but it's getting there), and while he's still skinny, he's back to his normal eating/drinking schedule. I'm going to monitor him closely. If he shows ANY signs of fever/getting worse, I'm bringing him in, though.

post #30 of 73
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Here's an updated picture of him:
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