We adopted a 6 month old kitten from a shelter about 3 months ago, and up until a couple weeks ago she has been a ball of fire, running playing eating everything in site. The other morning we woke to find her with her two front paws badly swollen, and causing her pain. We checked closely for cuts, bug bites, broken claws and finding nothing we took her to the vet.
He rechecked for everything that we looked for then he took X-Rays, which didn't show anything abnormal. So...... he took blood samples and gave her a shot of strong antibotics and pills to take home.
The next morning I called for bloodwork results, everything looks fine he says. The vet wanted to see her again to change her antibotics the following day, kitten was a much better swelling was reduced and kitten was playful. But.......the day after that, both front paws AND the left back paw were very swollen to a point that the kitten could not walk.
So....... back to the vet again now all four paws are badly swollen, he hasn't a clue and suggest we go back to original antibotics since they SEEMED to work the first day, Old antibotics don't work....... meantime kitten has to be hand fed, placed in the catbox in hopes she will use it.
Frustrated yep........ Back to the vet AGAIN, this time to an advanced internal medicine clinc, Very expensive........ Same result, They dont have a clue...........!!!! Their suggestion a course of diagnostic tests that would cost over a thousand bucks not including treatment if the did find the cause.
We are not trying to be cheap here, you can see how many times we have have taken her to the vet and we have no pet insurance.
The kitten is eating when hand fed, going to the bathroom, according to the vets her heart and kidneys are Ok, she has a low grade fever and her paws feel hot.
Does Anyone out there have experience with a cat with swollen paws which was not caused by cuts, bug bites, broken claws or other obvious physical causes. Please