Kathylou--What is Bitsy's history? It sounds like she was well and healthy before the vaccinations and that they triggered this reaction which as the vet said could have caused a stroke or other damage. Had Bitsy had these same vaccinations before--if so, presumably she reacted normally to them. So how often does a cat react normally to a series of vaccinations and then suddenly one day has a near-fatal reaction to the same kinds of vaccines? I'm just wondering-I know that people, for example, can take penicillin for years with no problem and then next time they're given a shot of penicillin they can go into even a fatal anaphylactic (sp??) shock. So I guess the same could happen to cats. My next question: what are the odds that she could recover from this--don't forget, the little thing almost died just a couple of weeks ago, maybe she just needs a long period of time to fully recover. Not many of us would go from deathbed to running around and eating well and feeling playful within 2 or 3 weeks--I don't think!! I'm wondering if you could get another opinion on this--say have Bitsy given some pretty thorough neurological tests and things like that--get an idea of the extent of damage done and prospects for recovery. I had some of that done for a sick cat of mine at the nearest vet school, which for me was the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia. These schools have an amazing array of specialists who can do things our family vets (however excellent) can only dream of. And you can pay on an installment plan generally if that's a concern (like it is for most of us.) I guess what I'm getting at is that I know this is very very hard on you, and you don't want little Bitsy to suffer unnecessarily--I'm just wondering if there's a way to figure out just what her chances for a partial or complete recovery are before deciding the only thing to do is to have her put to sleep. Please don't take this the wrong way, I know you love Bitsy and you want what's best for her--I just wonder if her chances might not be better than you think right now?? That cat of mine I mentioned--all the experts thought he was paralyzed permanently in his hind legs from a blood clot after being hit by a car. They assured me he would never walk again. WRONG!!! With determined physical therapy and the help of the wonderful doctors and students at the UGA Vet School, my Malkin not only walked again, he ran, and jumped, and played, and thoroughly enjoyed his life. I also had to hand-feed him for WEEKS until one day I put him down at his food and he returned to eating normally. All I know is, common sense told me to believe the vets who said Malkin would always be seriously handicapped. I just couldn't. He was still trying to fight--and as long as he didn't give up, I wouldn't either. Even when he laid in my lap and I had to feed him liquid food like a baby, because he had to keep up his strength. Sometimes I did wonder if I was being selfish--if it would have been kinder to let him go. I'm sure sometimes it is the kindest thing to do. But--I just felt Malkin was fighting to live, and I couldn't give up on him. I don't mean to sound preachy--again I know you love your baby dearly and are going thru a very difficult time. I can't tell you what to do. I don't even know in your case what the "right thing to do" might be. Maybe I'm just asking for a little more time, a chance to assess the damage more thoroughly. I only know the difference in made for my Malkin. Whatever you decide, I know it will be done out of love for your little one. I am so very sorry that this happened. I will be keeping you and your baby in my thoughts and prayers---please keep us up to date, okay? You know we all care very much. God bless you and your little patient/baby.