I suddenly noticed how quickly he had lost weight, and started looking boney when I returned from a week-long business trip. He had gotten diarrhea a couple weeks earlier from some antibiotics he was taking for feline acne, and per vet advice, we tried feeding him a 'bland' diet, which he wanted no part of. So, I went back to his regular canned food, without adding dry to it, and he started eating fine.
Dex just got very lethargic, and stopped wanting to play with our other cat, though he's still wanted to be by us, or on our laps, and purrs up a storm when he's paid attention to. He's even played with little pieces of wadded paper, string, or other little trinkets we put in front of him.
He has been eating, and drinking - though I'm just not sure how much he has actually drinking lately - pretty normally. (I've been feeding him canned food for a while, because he seems to tolerate it better than dry now.) He's been urinating normally, and his stools have gotten firmer since the diarrhea incident, but have remained a very yellow color.
All of this said, the vet mentioned the possibility of something called "FLP", which she said is a condition that keeps his body from absorbing the proteins in his food, and is possibly what's causing his stools to stay yellow. My problem is that I can't find ANYTHING online about it, and I'd really like to be able to read some information.
She said that IF he responds to rehydration, the new antibiotics they're giving him, and the Prednisone they're trying, that he may recover well. She said if it is FLP that he'll need to stay on the Prednisone, in low, spread out doses, for the rest of his life, which she said could be several more years. Oh, and she did say she's fairly certain that he DOESN'T have FIP; I've read up on that one.
...I'm anxiously awaiting her call today to get a prognosis and advice.
Needless to say, I'm beside myself with anquish. Has anyone else ever heard of this condition, or know anything about it?? Any experiences anyone could share would be tremendously appreciated.
- Dexter's Worried Mommy