One of our feral cats, Condi, got a virus and died. I was in shock, since I took her to the vet, and the vet said the virus was going around and didn't seem very concerned. I figured since Condi was young, had always been smaller than the other cats in the litter that she was particularly susceptible. Another cat got had a slight fever, but improved quickly. Now, Big Gulp, another of our feral cats, is under the bench very weak and fatigued. She usually jumps at the sight of us, but won't even look our way now. I'm very concerned. We've called two vets, left our number, but it's Sunday morning and they're not picking up, even the cell phones. I don't know what can be done - I'm so afraid she's going to die. I don't understand how cats can die from this virus. Two of our cats got lethargic and feverish for a bit, but got over it. I've researched other things, but it doesn't point to anything in particular. She was fine until yesterday. I just feel so helpless right now. Please pray for Big Gulp, that she recovers from this and that we can get her into the vet. My dad is driving out now just to make sure he's not in his office. Since she is so timid, do you think she'd be ok transporting her? My dad seems to think she could go into shock, or use all of her energy to get away from us, which could kill her. I've never heard of this - is it true? We have antibiotics here from Condi; should we try to give them to her, or would that traumatize her? She typically won't let us very close to her, but maybe since she is so weak, she'd let us give them to her (we have a syringe that we'd put in her mouth).
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3/30/08 at 7:08am