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William | 8 months ago
Hi There, I Wanted To Ask If Polyps In The Throat Can Be Felt. My Kitten …

Hi there, I wanted to ask if polyps in the throat can be felt. My kitten that can’t meow I suspect of having polyps. The vet tested for Leukemia and FIV negative, xrays negative, and lung worm negative. Now I notice both sides of her neck has lump, one side bigger. My other kittens do not have these lumps. My vet said she doesn’t think it’s polyps because that’s uncommon in kittens, so $500 in tests later and I have no answers. Shouldn’t they have noticed these lumps? They are the size of a small marble.

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Krista Magnifico
7 months ago

Hello, I have only been able to feel a polyp a few times. Every so often I can do a quick enough oral exam to feel them in the back of the mouth. But even with these I needed to do a sedated exam to be sure. Kittens can get hyperthyroidism which can cause palpable enlargement of the glands on the outside throat area. This is diagnosed and confirmed with a blood test. Please call your vet to discuss these. If finances are a concern call the shelters and rescues to see if there are low cost pet care options… Read more »

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Courtney Conaway | 2 years ago
Frequent Flyer Here, Back With Another Question! All 3 Of My Cats Have A Current…

Frequent flyer here, back with another question! All 3 of my cats have a current issue- Milo, who you gave advice on before with his chronic rhinitis/sinusitis which we have mostly under control with nebulizing Gentamycin and saline. Lily, who I asked about recently, was diagnosed with a heart murmur who has further testing on March 18th.

But my question today is about my youngest cat Pippin, who will be 2 years old this month. Pippin has always been a piggy, and eats his food very fast. He throws up every other day or every 3 days, and it is full pieces of food mixed with some liquid, as if this food never made its way down. I tried slow feeding bowls for a few months, but when the vomiting continued I switched back to regular bowls as to not disturb the other cats with this new feeding system for no reason.

I took Pippin to the vet and he told me to try hairball gel, which Pippin luckily loved and gobbled down for a few weeks, but the vomiting continued. The vet then suggested bloodwork, which I just got the results of today. I was told that his white blood cell count was high, specifically lymphocites and the vet suggested that we do further blood work then would include feline aids and leukemia as the initial blood work did not test for those. He stated that we may also want to consider an ultrasound.

Many in my life tell me that I get “taken for a ride” by vets because they know ill fork over whatever money it takes to keep my pets healthy. I wondered what your advice would be about this situation or what steps you might be taking if you were seeing Pippin, as I trust your morals and standards more than any vet (if only you weren’t so far from me)

Thank you so much for any insight you might have.

Courtney & Pippin

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Robert Biser
1 year ago

Hi, I have the same condition with one of my trapped, resued TNR cats on my farm. He is the sweetest thing (aren’t they all ). I solved the problem with him. In his case, he started out like all the rest “gobble hounds” (sorry I didn’t mean to insult the cat by calling him a hound), I figured two things were causing this. He usually only did this while eating wet foods, and it was a “semi pate type with chicken chunks” of wet food while eating to fast. Two I was giving him too much food to look… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello!! Welcome back! As the mom of a full fledged bulimic cat (jitterbug) I will tell you that this happens almost daily. He is a pig! He eats a huge volume and then within 10-15 minutes he vomits it up. It always looks like food. And he has never lost weight or had any other issues. He does this because he prefers to be an outside cat who only comes in to eat and indulge. I have done full works ups. And I check decals often but in general my advice is to 1. Monitor weight. 2. Make sure the… Read more »

Sarah
1 year ago

I would think that further tests will help rule out possible causes, conditions, etc. And the ultrasound is probably being recommended to see if there is some sort of obstruction along the way that might be causing the vomiting, or to see if there is a mass of some sort that would need to be dealt with. I cannot speak for you, but I trust my vet and the team completely and when they recommend a test, it gets done. If you are unsure, you could ,always take your cat to get a second opinion. I will say, that I… Read more »

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Jodi Smith | 3 years ago
I Have An 18 Yr Old Cat Who Is Due For Her Rabies Shot. She…

I have an 18 yr old cat who is due for her rabies shot. She has been up to date on this shot for the last 18 years. She is in good health. I am wondering with her age if it would be worth it to have a rabies titer done? Are there any risks to her continuing to receive this vaccine at her age? When I asked my vet they said they could not legally tell me that a titer could be done and depending on results wave the vaccine. They are no longer suggesting the leukemia vaccine for her. I am not against the rabies vaccine, I just don’t want her to get it if she doesn’t need it. She is primarily indoors but does venture out, staying close to the house. I appreciate any advice! Thank you!

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Jennifer Taylor
3 years ago

I would follow your Veterinarian’s advice and check the law regarding rabies vaccines where you live. With my own pets I have always continued rabies, even with a horse who was over 30 years old, at the advice of my vet we still gave rabies annually as the risk of not having it outweighed the risk of giving it. Best of luck and congrats on having a kitty who has lived so long!

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Terri S | 4 years ago
Hi Dr. Magnifico. You Are Our Vet To Our Indoor Cats. Last Week, We Brought…

Hi Dr. Magnifico. You are our vet to our indoor cats. Last week, we brought in a feral cat that was roaming our neighborhood. Turns out, he is pretty friendly, allows petting and belly rubs. On Monday June 19th, I took him to Animal Rescue, Inc., to be neutered, a rabies shot, and flea control. They also checked for a microchip (none), and I paid to have blood work done to have him tested for feline leukemia. Unfortunately, he tested positive for FIV. I would like to find him a home. I have two questions. Do you know anyone willing to give a home to a big orange friendly male tabby cat, or is there anything you can do to help? Maybe doing a courtesy post on your facebook page? I asked Animal Rescue and was told to put him back outside since he is now neutered. I was shocked they said that, as he could infect other ferals. We are currently keeping him in our basement and I just noticed a tapeworm coming out of his anus. My second question is, can you prescribe a tapeworm medication, without me having to bring him in, since he is FIV feral, and just went thru so much at Animal Rescue? My husband can pick it up after work. If not, can you recommend an over the counter medication to treat tapeworms? I am hoping whatever it is, that it will be something easy to give, maybe something I can put in his food that is tasteless. Thank you. Terri

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Shiria Seelenlicht
3 years ago

Hello, When our animal shelter takes in feral cats that turn out to be FIV positive we still let them back to their usual place, if they are truly feral and otherwise healthy. Nothing would be worse for them than to be contained for the rest of their live, always stressed out and afraid. However if they turn out to be friendly, like yours and like to be touched etc. we try to find a new home – however still with the option to go outside, if they turn out to be not lucky inside. Before doing so of course… Read more »

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Morgan Tharp | 5 years ago
I Had A Tabby Cat That Was Going To Be 3 Years Old In July…

I had a Tabby cat that was going to be 3 years old in July and we had to put him down just this past Monday. Over the weekend he started to act funny, he won’t eat, drink, or really move at all. So we got him into the vet as soon as we could. They told us he had leukemia, and he had a blockage idk what the blockage was. They also said his blood cell count was only 9 percent so I guess he couldn’t get surgery. Jinx was a stray cat, he came to us when he was 4 months old and we brought him into our home and loved him so very much. We got him fixed and his shots but I never heard about the leukemia and he could get it. I feel like it’s my fault and I should have known. I just want to know if there is something that could have been done. I hated having to put him down. now our other cat is lonely btw he has been tested and so far is negative for the leukemia, he goes back in two week for another test just to be sure. I never saw any signs he was sick and then all of sudden everything went down hill every quickly. I just don’t understand it and I can’t seem to wrap my head around it.

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4 years ago

Morgan, I’m so sorry for your loss.

I’m writing this as a comment so our resident vets will see this as unanswered and hopefully give insight.

I understand FeLV is always fatal in young cats. I do not know anyone who had a FeLV positive cat that survived. I understand your shock, but I truly believe this was out of your control.

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Jessie Gabalis | 5 years ago
My Six Year Old Cat Was Recently Diagnosed With Leukemia. She’s Had It Since Birth…

My six year old cat was recently diagnosed with leukemia. she’s had it since birth (twin sis had it too). I don’t understand the disease at all. what are symptoms I should look for, what are products that are safe healthy and beneficial

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Hi So Yesterday I Took My Male 2 1/2 Year Old Cat To The Vet…

Hi so yesterday I took my male 2 1/2 year old cat to the vet he got the Leukemia 1 and the FVRCP 1 and now he wont put weight in one of the arms…

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melissa underdown | 5 years ago
Also Cared For Sister And Brother. All 3 Suffered From Excessive Weight (not Caused…

Also cared for sister and brother. All 3 suffered from excessive weight (not caused by eating) brother died at 3 year from unknown stomach disease or leukemia with sudden onset, 24 hours. Sister aged fine, died of injury. Current surviving sibling is 13 yrs old, experiencing diarrhea, 3 or more times daily,with random vomiting after eating and increased appetite. I have know knowledge of geriatric feline health issues.

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Alisa Scott | 5 years ago
Blood Smear Revealed Infection. Test For Feline Aids And Leukemia Negative. Urine Test High…

Blood smear revealed infection. Test for feline aids and leukemia negative. Urine test high in protein.Laboured breathing, mouth open on day 5 after not eating. Force feeding prescribed food. Day 3 now of this and his breathing is better but still lethargic, hiding and not eating spontaneously. Please help. Can’t afford hospitalisation.

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Michelle Hinkel | 5 years ago
My Boyfriend And I Are Thinking About Moving In Together And He Has A Cat…

My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving in together and he has a cat with feline leukemia. I also have cats of my own. If I get my cats vaccinated, will that prevent them from contracting the virus?

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Lindsey Knouse
5 years ago

Hi Michelle, 

Great question. The vaccine might not be a bad idea for your kitties but I’d recommend talking to your vet since they know your cats and their health status well. Vaccines should always be considered on an individual basis. Also, how long ago was your boyfriend’s cat tested and was it confirmed? With FELV it might be a good idea to confirm the positive test 3 months after originally testing positive because they can have a transient self-limiting infection and later become negative. However, if she was showing clinical signs that’s different.

dakoda peterson
5 years ago

Your have to call a vet. personally I think there are risks even with the vaccine