Originally Posted by luvmycat1
After I brought Popsie home from the E vet he went and layed down in the closet. Well he just came out and he's walking with his backend real low to the ground. Like his back legs are weak, maybe sore. He went straight to his water bowl because he's real dehydrated. The E vet didn't give him SubQs because I unknowingly declined them. Before they treated him I asked for an estimated and apparently SubQs were considered " any medicines or treatment the vet might deem nessicary" I had no idea SubQs fell under that catagory so I said to just give Popsie an enema. So at his water bowl just now he started pawing at the ground and acting like it was hard to bend down to get a drink. I had to lift the bowl to him and then I eventually elevated so he doesn't have to lean down so far. This isn't a good sign is it?
I'm convinced that some cats have a hard time actually seeing the water in the bowl. My kitty Gryffin does a similar pawing thing--we call it swimming--when he's trying to drink. His own solution, which he does every single time I put out fresh water, is to take a piece of his dry food and put it in the water to help him gauge the depth and where the surface it. Once that piece of food is there, he has no problems and doesn't paw at the ground. Might be something to try.
As for the possibility of a tumor...well, we're going through that with our other cat, Simon, who is eighteen. He just had surgery to remove some tumors on his liver, one of which was pressing onto his tummy and decreasing his appetite. I don't really know what to say about that, except that it scared me to death and tore me up knowing there was that "thing" growing inside him. I just hope that neither you have to go through that.
Nowadays, I'm very cautious about cats and steroids. A few years ago, Simon became diabetic after receiving steroids for bronchitis, and when I was doing some research, steroids can be a cause of diabetes in cats. He had to take insulin shots twice a day for several years, but fortunately is off those now. I'm not saying anything, except that I personally am very apprehensive about allowing the vet to give steroids to my cats.
I really hope that Popsie is doing better, and that they don't find any tumors! Lot's and lots of healing