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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:45 am 
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Sadie is home now - vet's seem to change their mind how much they are charging us! They said on the phone that so far we owe them £50. Got to the surgery and whammo £65! Receptionist didnt know why we were quoted £50! grrr

Anyway, reading on the net it does appear Sadie has a potassium deficiency - weak muscles but everything else is fine. She looked happy and ate loads of food last night.

We put her in her basket and let her sleep. She is restricted to just the living room, so the cat basket is on the floor so she doesnt have to jump down. Her food and water bowl is near her too, as is her cat tray.

So fingers crossed!

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Hi James

So pleased for you that everything turned out to be OK! Has the vet advised you to switch her food? if so what to?

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Things aren't ok yet - she still is no better, but we're waiting for the blood results to come back. They THINK it is metabolic rather than physical or mental issues.

They havent mentioned the food.


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Sorry James...miss-read your post, that'll teach me for skimming!

I thought it had been confirmed as a potassium deficiency hence why I asked about the change in food.

Do hope all goes well.

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No problems :)

I called Louise @ Richmonds Vets and spoke to her. She was pretty helpful to be honest. She talked to me a lot about the situation and that the X-Rays showed no constipation, no nerve damage, no structural damage etc

They did a basic blood test (diabetes etc) which was a little high, but she said it could be down to stress of being in the vets so they weren't worried.
She is in the same mind as us as to the problem we think Sadie is having. They think it is more metabolic than physical or mental. She said potassium deficiency is one of the things they are looking into. Basically, these tests they are doing will cover EVERY possibility for the symptoms she is showing.

She said if they come back fine, then Sadie will have to be referred (to who?! A zoologist?). She said she has seen other breeds of cats show signs of what she is showing but never a Bengal.

As for the fees. SHE charged £50 for the x-rays and checkover. The surgery charged £15 for the blood test (the basic ones for diabetes etc) - hence it being £65!

She asked how she is and I told her she had food last night. She is happy we are keeping her confined to a single room with her basket on the floor and food/water etc near her. She said if she stops eating or starts to look less alert - bring her back immediately.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:38 pm 
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Just got a call from the vets :(
I think we are going to have to have her put down.

Her metabolic levels are fine.
Potassium = fine
Calcium = fine
All other results = fine.

She said she can take another blood sample to see if the gloucose levels are still fine and feel her bladder to see if that is overspilling and she is having toxic issues with pee entering her system... but that is merely re-doing what they did before to say they covered all avenues.

Next course of action is referral to a neurological specialist. The fist consultation will most likely be several thousands of pounds. Total investigations is likely to go into the thousands BEFORE any treatment can be administered.

I said we would talk about it and call her back. The vet KNOWS it really is difficult for us as it is a lot of money and I said it would most likely be that we put her down :(


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OH dear James it really doesn't sound good. Do what the vet thinks is best for her. You won't want to put her through anymore stress and suffering.

Really truly sorry to hear this.....poor girl :cry:

You gave her a good loving home.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:22 am 
James,

That's terrible news - poor you and poor little Sadie. Would your pet insurance not cover any of the investigations? Or do you feel that it would be too traumatic (for all of you)?

I'm sure you'll do what's best, it must be heartbreaking for you though, she's such a gorgeous little girl.

With all my best wishes

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:41 am 
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Trouble is, we bought her just after Christmas and planned to buy pet insurance for her when I got paid next (which was Jan 25th) - this issue happened before I was paid, therefore insurance wouldnt honour it as it was a condition prior to taking it out :(


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Oh James, I am so sorry to hear about your poor dear Sadie. :( I have been following her progress on this thread and I was really hoping that she could be made better. I'm VERY sensitive to animals/pets being unwell, so this has almost made me cry for Sadie. Please know that you have mine (and Missy's) sympathies, and I am still hoping for a miracle for sweet little Sadie. We are pulling for you.

Hang in there.

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Sorry to hear what has gone on. Poor Sadie is having is having a tough time.

My thoughts are with you. Best Wishes.


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Sadie was put to sleep tonight :(

We went to the vets to have the glucose re-tested but spoke to the vet in detail. This was a different vet to the one we were dealing with and he showed us all the tests (2 pages worth) - everything was normal including glucose.

We asked him outright if it could be diabetes or potassium - he said "No".
I asked him what he honestly thought the problem could be. He said "we have been discussing this case, and none of us have come across this before. I've been practising 20 years and never seen a cat with her symptoms. We can refer her to a university vet to test her, but in all honesty they could probably find a name for it but not a cure". He agreed the only thing that we could do was to put her to sleep.

My wife and I stroked and kissed her as he put her to sleep.

Silversafari Mercades 08/03/2006 - 30/01/2007.


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Oh James, so sorry to hear your news. Thinking of you and your wife.
Rest In Peace Beautiful Sadie x

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I am so very sorry James. As our family just recently put one of our beloved kitties to sleep, I feel your pain. At least dear Sadie is no longer in pain and is waiting for you over the Rainbow Bridge.

I'm so sorry for your loss. :cry:

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I am sorry to hear the news. Best wishes to you and your family.


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