I just continue to be amazed at how wonderful each and every one of you are!
Well I took Thomas to my regular vet this morning and the first thing she says is, "Oh my gosh! He has the cutest ears I've ever seen!"
This vet office has two doctors in it and I usually see the guy.....but today I saw the woman and she's never seen Thomas or Cooper. She only knows my other cats. So I told her the whole story about what he's been doing and she checked him over very carefully. He had no temp this morning, he acted like he felt fine, and she said that he had a beautiful, healthy looking coat.....so all of that was a good sign.
She listened to his breathing and she did hear the sounds I was talking about.....but she said that his lungs sounded very clear....not like asthma. She told me that sometimes young cats will get these polyps down deep in their middle ear that can actually grow down into the sinuses and cause that type of breathing sound. She said that it doesn't cause the cat any respiratory distress, unless of course the polyp grew so large that it begins to obstruct the airway. For that reason, they usually do recommend removing the polyp.
As for his gingivitis, she said that could either be a food allergy or a respiratory virus that caused that and he may not have had any other symptoms of a virus other than the red gums.
As for his vomiting and swollen lip......again...she thinks it's most likely a food allergy. Or he could be one of those kitties who has a really sensitive stomach and needs to eat a special kind of food designed to be easily digested. She said she has a cat who is like that and she has to feed that one separate from her other cats. The foam vomiting, she said was most likely because his tummy was already irritated from vomiting.....and so he just continued to have "dry heaves" basically and was only throwing up spit.
She said, at this point, feline leukemia would be very low on her list of guesses as to what's wrong with him. She said that he just looks too healthy. She even said that he could stand to lose a couple pounds because he's a little fat for his age.
(he weighs almost 9 pounds now at 6 months old) She gave me some Metaclopramide for him to take 30 minutes before meals to help with the nausea and a sample of some cat food that is for kitties with sensitive stomachs.
So Thomas and Cooper are both scheduled to be neutered next Wednesday and the other vet will be performing the operation. She suggested that I schedule it for a Wednesday because the other vet....(the guy) is the one who removes the ear polyps if he has one. Since they have to look so far down in the ear....and even in the throat and under the soft palate.....it's easier to do it while the cat is asleep. So that can all be done at the same time. They will also do all the blood work then because Thomas would not cooperate today so that they could draw his blood. Since the vet doesn't feel that it's an emergency.....she said she'd rather wait and get all the blood work done while he's sedated.
Anyway......she was very reassuring and made me feel a lot better about things. He'll still be tested for the leukemia....but she doesn't feel like that's what is wrong with him. I told her about what the vet last night told me and her response was, "I can tell you 50 things that cause gingivitis besides leukemia......and as healthy as Thomas looks.....that would not even be close to the top of my list." I'm very relieved to say the least.
I will still keep you all updated as to what all they find with Thomas next week. And thanks again to everyone for your support!