Prayers for Flora the Explorer please
The lab results have come back completely inconclusive. Some of the things, like a higher than normal calcification level, seem to be possibly indicative of cancer but other values that you’d usually (maybe, possibly) see with cancer are not there. Some of the values seem indicative of an inner or middle ear infection but again, a lot of the values you’d expect to see for that are not there. The other possibilities have been ruled out: She doesn’t have Feline Leukemia or Feline Aids (we already knew that but had the tests run anyway just on the off-chance that her previous tests had given a false negative). She hasn’t eaten anything that could contain botulism (she eats exactly what the other cats eat and nothing that could spoil is left after a meal, much less left out).
She is spending the day at the vet clinic again today to get supportive care and further observation. She is getting sub-Q fluids there and they are going to start her on the antibiotics that, if it is an inner ear infection, will cure her. Her balance is, obviously, still non-existent and so she falls over a lot, especially if she tries to put her head down to drink or eat. She simply can’t manage to do either on her own. She still has paralysis that keeps one eye fully open and so needs to have eye drops put in every few hours.
If it is all caused by an ear infection we will know somewhere between 3-7 days from now …because she will begin improving. If the antibiotics don’t give improvement, essentially we will know that it is a brain tumor. And there just is no cure for that in a cat and it would be criminal to even try.
This is just so shocking to experience. One day you have what appears to be a completely healthy, sleek, happy and young cat (she isn’t yet 6 years old!) and the next morning you have a cat that is stumbling and falling over and can’t even blink one eye.