I have a male cat who will be three years old in May. In November of 2004 he had his first episode of digestive problems. He stayed at the vets for three days on an IV and antibiotics. Given his age the assumption was that he had swallowed something but nothing ever showed up in an X-ray and he recovered. The following February the same thing happened. It was on a weekend and I had orientation for a new job that week so I couldn't take him to my regular vet so I took him to a 24 hour emergency clinic. They gave him sub-q fluids a shot of antibiotics and sent him home on antibiotics. The following July it was the same thing again. I took him to a feline specialist. She said even though she couldn't make a definitive diagnoses she thought it was chronic pancreatitis. She did complete blood work as had been done the previous November and checked him again for feline leukemia and everything came back normal. She told me to keep him on Eukanuba Vet Diets Low Residue food. A month ago he was sick again I took him back to my regular vet and she gave him the sub-q fluids and amoxicillan as in the past. He got better and the day after finishing the antibiotic he got sick again and I took him back and she kept him this time it turned out to be a urinary tract infection. She sen him home with a fourteen day supply of Baytril, he is almost finished with it and hopefully this time he stays well. I read an article on the internet that these infections are very rare in a cat his age that is properly cared for. I have kept both of my cats on high quality foods, before the vet diet food it was either Wellness or Natural Balance, I keep the litter boxes clean and my other cat has no health problems. They also have access to fresh water at all times. I give them canned food in addition to keeping the dry food out at all times to up their intake of water. They get tired of the canned food quickly so I change brands often, right now it is Merricks. Anyone have any ideas on what I can do to keep this guy healthy. Not only do I hate to see him have to go through these episodes but I am not a wealthy person and these extra vet bills are a real problem for me.
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2/7/06 at 3:52am