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Well, good news and bad news.

For those of you who didn't see the first post a couple of weeks ago, my 1.5 year old Maine Coon kitty went into the vet where he was diagnosed with severe uveitis, and the vet though the probably cause was FIP, FeLeuk, or FIV, and I was a complete mess. As you might remember, his bloodwork came back indicating that the eye infection probably wasn't due to FIP and the other viral nasties also came back negative. He was put on a course of 10 day oral antibiotics and longer eye drops.

He seemed to be responding to the meds, went back for a re-check last Monday (week ago, not yesterday) where there was improvement in the eye but a small amount of continued weight loss. I started giving him the antibiotic crushed up and disolved in kitten formula milk replacement (which the vet thought was a great idea), which buffered the stomach upset and actually seemed to stimulate his appetite, which was good. The vet aso gave me some high-calorie wet food for him which he fortunately liked.

The orals ran out Friday. He was perking up and eating more - and since we were home all weekend, we pretty much fed him whatever he would eat whenever he would eat it. I also kept giving him the kitten formula twice a day for appetite simulation and to keep him in the habit of taking it.

I took him back for a re-check today. His weight is up nearly a half-pound. Good news. But the cloudiness and redness in the eye are worse. Bad news. Although he is keeping it more open than in the past, so we're not quite sure what to make of that. So we're back on another course of oral antibiotics, and because of the positive response to them initially, the vet is now leaning toward a bacterial infection being the underlying problem rather than a viral cause. Which is probably good, since a bacterial infection will be treatable whereas the suspect viruses are not.

But she's also going to refer me to a feline opthamology specialist, because she's never seen an infection quite like this. So sometime after the new year, we'll go to the specialist. Meantime, if anyone can spare good thoughts for Sherman, I'd certainly appreciate it. Overall, things seem hopeful, but we're far from out of the woods yet.
 

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Thanks for the update. I am sure that the opthamologist is a good idea. I will keep up the good thoughts for Sherman.
 

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It sounds as if your vet is very careful and conscientious. Good thoughts for Sherman and the specialist.
 

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I missed your past post, sorry Sherman is struggling :(. Just a thought
kitty formula can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, I have had luck with
canned pumpkin (plain) mixed with the formula or on it's own (most cats like it)
the fiber in the pumpkin helps with any gastro issues.
Sending good thoughts Sherman's way and your too. :)

Peggy and Finn
 

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Oh no, I missed that one. Prayers for Shermy.
 

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Sounds like he's on a good course so far. Hopefully this bout of whatever it is won't use up one of his nine lives. Doesn't seem that it will. Encouraging thoughts from here!
 
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