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lethargy from shots

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
my baby is lethargic. she has not moved for twelve hours! She was ok when I brought her back, at about 7pm.

Last night right at about 11pm she decided to lay down and take a nap. a few hours later she was still there. I thought she would sleep off her rough day. well, she is in the same spot without having eaten and I assume anything else either.

typical? the type of reaction to look for included mild lethargy and if it persists more than 24 hours to call them.

I will call them. I'm worried.
post #2 of 28
Oh poor baby. You know I have heard that this is very common and somewhat normal.. but I understand your concern. I would be too! I think as long as she's not vomiting she'll be ok. (( hugs ))
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
ok well shes up, but that was because I opened the windows and now she is laying in the sun, instead of on the couch. she went pee. she gave me a little squeak. but I feel a small knot on her left leg. I forgot on what leg they told me she had her shots on (distemper on one and rabies on the other).

I called and they asked if I wanted to bring her in. I asked if I should and they said sure, just to be on the safe side. So I will be going in about a half hour.

Thanks Sicy!
post #4 of 28
You're such a caring owner Good luck!!!!! I'm sure she'll be fine.
post #5 of 28
Yes go in with your cat . That don't sound to good to me at all . I never had a cat react like that . Better see the vet and be on the save site
post #6 of 28
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Shes at the vets!!! she has a high fever. I knew she was warm last night but I thought that was because she was under covers. when she came out this afternoon she felt fine to me.

she hadnt eaten or drank anything.

so she has a fever and they gave her subcutaneous fluids to help rehydrate her and bring her fever down. also they gave her pain meds. they are keeping her until 5pm tonight. i thought I was a good mommy, Sicy, but i was wrong! I have never had a cat *really* until Amber though. I know its not really my fault but I feel so terrible!!

I thought she was just sleeping it off. then we went to sleep and when my husband woke up he came back up to tell me she was in the same spot. She didnt have this last time. the vet told me that next year they will give shots one at a time.

my baby...
post #7 of 28
Oh sweetie.. you ARE a good mommy.. dont blame yourself! You were so smart to take her back!! Zoey sleeps in the same spot all nite so I probly wouldnt think anything of it.. Now I'm nervous about Saki's shots at the end of the month. He is supposed to get the final FCCVP or whatever that one is, and the rabies shot.

Amber will be fine dont worry! ((((((((( GET WELL HEALING VIBES TO AMBER )))))))))
post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
at least she didnt have face swelling or vomiting. that would have been an even worse reaction. I have this board and you guys to keep me busy and my mind off everything. the vet said she would be ok though.

Zoey sleeps like a log eh?

FVRCP I think is what you mean. that is distemper. Im not totally sure how Saki will react, if at all, but when Amber got those last year she was fine. this time was strange.

thanks for the vibes! she can use them right about now.
post #9 of 28
Zoey will sleep either on her perch or her kitty bed all nite. She wont even eat or use the bathroom. She's like a human

Well Saki has already had his first two rounds of these shots.. just a little nervous about giving that and the Rabies at the same time. They do use PureVax though which I heard is better and a lot less likely to cause a reaction.


I hope Amber feels better soon and that you can go pick her up
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
shes back!!

she had a 106 fever! poor baby is all bloated with fluids. she did eat some as soon as she came in the door. I am going to have to give a follow up pain dose tomorrow.

the vet said, twice, that what she had was NOT a reaction, it was a vaccine reactor (or something like that), but it wasnt a reaction. go figure.

tonight she gets whatever she wants!
post #11 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by rfox
the vet said, twice, that what she had was NOT a reaction, it was a vaccine reactor (or something like that), but it wasnt a reaction. go figure.
I dont get it.

But I'm glad Amber is home and feeling better
post #12 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by rfox
shes back!!

she had a 106 fever! poor baby is all bloated with fluids. she did eat some as soon as she came in the door. I am going to have to give a follow up pain dose tomorrow.

the vet said, twice, that what she had was NOT a reaction, it was a vaccine reactor (or something like that), but it wasnt a reaction. go figure.

tonight she gets whatever she wants!
I'm so glad you took her to the vet and she's ok.

A vaccine reactor can happen and is fairly normal. I'll try to explain the difference. A vaccine is the actual virus and when an animal (or human) is given the vaccine they can get a mild version of that virus. For example if a human gets a flu shot, they can have some mild flu symptoms after. The vaccine mocks the virus. A reaction is different because it is a more unusual intolerance. You wouldn't expect a reaction to happen as often as a reactor. I hope that helps a little bit. It's kind of hard to explain.
post #13 of 28
You are NOT a bad cat mommy! You noticed something was wrong and you got her to the vets because you noticed and you care. Too many folks (who I can't comprehend) would never have noticed anything different about their cat, because they don't interact with it as you, I and others on this forum do.

She'll be fine and now they know to be extra careful with her re her vaccinations.

<<<hugs>>>
post #14 of 28
Thank goodness she's OK!! I've never had a pet (cat or dog) react that way to a vaccination.

I don't get the difference between a reaction and a reactor either...
post #15 of 28
I never had one of my cats react to their shots like that but I have had my Minature Pinscher,Ceasar,react to the shots like that. He now gets the distemper shot every other year and at different times from the rabies shots instead of both at the same time.

You are a very good "Mommy" to notice that something was not right with Amber and to take her back into the vet's office.

{{{{Hugs to you and Amber}}}}
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

I get the difference. in human terms, if you get the flu vaccine, like you said, you can get a mild flu. but if you had an actual reaction, you would experience way severe stuff and maybe end up in the hospital. is this about right?

so next time (argh) they will do it differently.
post #17 of 28
I've moved this thread to Health for you.
post #18 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by rfox
Thanks everyone!

I get the difference. in human terms, if you get the flu vaccine, like you said, you can get a mild flu. but if you had an actual reaction, you would experience way severe stuff and maybe end up in the hospital. is this about right?

so next time (argh) they will do it differently.
That's pretty much it in a nutshell. Most animal medicine comes from human medicine and visa versa.
post #19 of 28
Well now I am going to be worried about Saki's shots. Should I not do the FVRCP and Rabies in the same visit? My vet told me she would do them both because he is due for his last round of FVRCP on Oct. 31, and my landlord requires the rabies so she said she would do them both on the same visit so that I wouldnt have to pay for the office visit twice.. which I thought was nice of her. Some vets just care about making money.
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
I dont know. I would be scared too. its hard because you dont want to pay unnecessarily, yet what if he gets ill as a result of the two?

if it were my decision i would do it together and if he has a bad response then I would know and not do it again. But thats just me.

Of course, sitting here thinking about it more, I just paid to have her get better. So i would think it would even itself out...if you want to get the shots separately, do it. it wouldnt matter financially at all. he would be better off (and you!)

did that make sense?
post #21 of 28
Sicy you also can ask if you can just trop Saki off at the vet on you way to work and pick him up when you go back at home and then go by your next time when you have the appointment there with the other shot . Then you don't have to pay a the extra vet visit for him I belive .
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
you know, its not worth your cat getting sick to save a few bucks.

If I could do it again I would have the shots separately. This is
the first time amber has hissed at me! I tried to roll her in a towel but the d*ddam thing is just too small and she runs under the bed. I had to pull her out by her legs. Thats when she hissed.

so I get a blanket. I had to give her a final dose of pain meds today and she was SOOOO unpset. she didnt even like it when I picked her up to carry her, and this was before she knew what was going on. She had those meows that were loud and urgent, and muffled growls.

she is under the bed now. I hope she is just upset with me and not in any pain.
post #23 of 28
She hissed at you because pulling a cat by their rear legs or tail, causes them some discomfort and you hurt her inadvertently. Next time, wait for her to come out from under the bed and then give her the rest of the medication. For now, just leave her be and let her decompress. If she is hiding from you, don't go peering after her just leave her alone. She will come out a lot quicker if she doesn't feel so threatened. I am sorry she got so ill- but glad she is doing better. She'll forgive you it will just take some time.
post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
I didnt know that pulling their back legs could hurt them. I HAD to get her out because the vet told me the pain meds they gave her lasted for 24 hours and I was to give her the last dose at about 10 am. I didnt want her to start feeling pain before giving her that last dose.

I know I will let her come out on her own. I hate this!!
post #25 of 28
Bless your heart rfox ((((HUG))))
post #26 of 28
Did you say you have a hubby? Can he help hold her?
post #27 of 28
I know you were in a bit of a panic and did not mean to hurt and scare her. Sit by her hiding place and read out loud quietly to her. Use your most soothing voice, and then just leave. Leave behind a bowl of tasty treats, like some mashed sardines with a little oil. She has been through so much and she picks up your stress level as well. Once she feels safe, she will come out of hiding. What you did was an involuntary reaction to the situation. It just scared her is all, she is used to you being her friend. It's to bad we can't let them know that we are trying to help them, but they rely on basic instinct that when threatened, they flee.
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
She has come back out! I opened the windows and there she was on the stairs...she chirped and rubbed my legs, and I sat in front of the window and brushed her. I gave her some wet tuna Fancy Feast. I will have to get some sardines. that sounds good (for amber ) i will have to get some fig newtons as well. she likes the strawberry kind.


Sicy, when he is available, yes, I have him help me. But try waking up a guy that was out all night watching the Cubs play .

I shouldve held her better, that way she wouldnt have gotten away and i wouldnt have had to pull her out in the first place. Maybe I will take her in the spare bedroom next time...its basically an empty box

thanks for the info and support guys!
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