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The doctors say he is fine...but there is something wrong!

post #1 of 9
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My name is Lisa. My sister-in-law has a cat named Dusty. Back in November we moved a little further north where our back yard was the woods. About two months ago Dusty must have gotten out...when we found him he was all beat up and bleeding. A fisher cat had attacked him and darn near ripped his insides out through his stomach and chest. We rushed him to the vet and they stitched him up. They said with time he would heal. Here we are now and the poor thing is worse then ever. His wounds have healed but, his health is terrible. At first he was okay but now, he won't eat he never goes to the bathroom and he just lays there. He dropped from the healthy 15lb kitty we know and loved to an 8 pound cat that is all fur and bones. We took him to the vet and they said he isn't backed up or anything and they really can't see anything wrong with him. A friend of mine went through the same thing and had to put her poor cat down. I really do not want my sister-in-law to go through that. We are really nervous and don't know what to do. The vets insisted there was no way it is caused by trauma. When we have him away from the house and in other areas, he tries to run around like he used to but once we are home he finds a place to hide and goes to sleep.
Does anyone have any suggestions? We are desperate and do not know what to do!
post #2 of 9
find a new vet - this one doesn't seem to have the answer.
post #3 of 9
Get a second opinion! Your description of Dusty is that of a cat that is not well. If your curretn vet can't see that then take him to someone else who will listen.
post #4 of 9
Yes, I agree w/ the other posters. Please see another vet right away. This poor kitty needs some help.
post #5 of 9
I agree get a 2nd opinion.
post #6 of 9
I swear I've seen a Fisher, but they're not even remotely native to this area. It had a cat (one who'd been dumped outside of town) cornered and ran off before we could get out of the vehicle. He was one thankful kitty, that's for certain.

I'm not certain what diseases Fishers usually carry, but that would probably be one place to start. Could you call your local Department of Wildlife? Keep it vague as you don't want them claiming that your cat has rabies and needs to be euthanized (or worse, reports you to the CDC somehow). Dusty was up to date on all shots when he got out, wasn't he? Other than that more test to see if there was some permanent damage done to any of the organs.
post #7 of 9
Ditto on the suggestions to go to another vet. A feline vet would be even better.

Is there a veterinary university close to your area? That would be a good place.

The issue, in my opinion, is not if it was caused by the fight or trauma. The question is why didn't the vet pursue tests or look for other health problems. There is a host of medical problems that can cause those symptoms but you need a competent vet to check him out. Blood tests, xrays, ultrasound, etc. could be done.

I hope she can get him to a good vet. Praying for Dusty to get better.
post #8 of 9
Oh, how sad. Many, many vibes that you can find out what is ailing Dusty and make him better.
post #9 of 9
There are quite a number of possibilities which coincide with symptoms you've described.

Please go see another vet as soon as possible!

The sooner the problem is diagnosed, the better the chances of (successful) treatment.
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