Burmese Mystery Illness? Sudden Meowing

Jeff CJeff C Member Posts: 2
edited 14 January, 2010 in Cat Health
Have a 14-yr old male Burmese. He's always been a talker. About 5 months ago I took him to the Vet because he was meowing a lot more, like something was bothering him. The examined him and gave him a blood test. The said that physically he was in good shape with minor exception that his phosphorus levels were a little high and he was mildly dehydrated but nothing to indicate any significant kidney problems. (He's never drank very much anyway.) About a month ago he started getting worse to the point now he is exhibiting what I would consider signs of dimentia. He suddenly sits of and starts meowing very loud for a minute then stops and the way he is hunched over it leads me to believe his stomach is bothering him. We are losing sleep at night because of his meowing fits. I also noticed he isn't eating as much anymore. About a half of what he was eating 4 months ago - although he has only lost 6% of his body weight from 4 months ago. We decided to try Cyproheptadine to 1) increase his appetite and 2) it usually has a mild sedative effect on most cats - its in the antihistamine family. Last night I gave him 1/4 tablet by mouth. About 10 minutes later he vomited but I didn't see the pill. He's always had a sensetive stomach and has many times vomited after eating lots of dry food even when he was a kitten. But then after he foamed at the mouth for about a minute, never seen that before. He then started pacing around the house, sort of walking a circuit for the next hour or so - wierd! I assumed it was the medicine. The good news is he is meowing much less and the sudden meowing fits are much less frequent since I gave him the medicine. He ate but not much more than he has been lately but this is just day 1 on the medicine. I'm wondering if any fellow cat owners have any insight, especially Burmese owners. The Vet and I concluded that at this point it appears to be something mental and not physical - senility possibly? But it got so much worse so quickly the past few weeks and he definitely seems, from his hunched over body posture like he is thinking about vomiting, that the meowing is being caused by some physical discomfort? This morning he was just sitting in the dining room staring - never seen him do this before in that spot in that way. I can't afford to run a bazillion tests, MRI's, etc. It seems a bit of a mystery. Any insights, suggestions are much much appreciated.


  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 13 January, 2010
    At 14 yrs old, he would be considered a senior cat, and his needs change, as well as his behavior, and especially his diet/nutritional needs. :D I would ask for an x-ray, they are ballpark $85. It would show the vet, if anything is going on inside. I would also ask for a CBC and Wellness blood panel, if any levels are too high or too low, it gives the vet a place to start, those are ballpark $45. :D I would also ask the vet, the blood test that was done, was it sent to Antech or Iddexx? If, the blood test was done in house, tell your vet you want the CBC and Wellness test done and sent to whichever lab they use. In house blood tests are really not that accurate, and the machines are only cleaned once a week, and that can affect the results. Tests done at labs, their machines are cleaned every day. And the specialists on staff at the labs, are there to help your vet, work with your vet, to help determine the cause and treatment. :D I am not familiar with that medication, but I don't understand, why, they are giving medication, without knowing what the issue is, and why they would give an antihistamine. I would also have his teeth checked, as senior cats usually need some kind of dental work, that could affect his appetite too and if his teeth/gums are bothering him, that may be why he is not feeling good. Depending on what the x-ray and blood test shows, the vet may send you for an ultrasound, those can be expensive, ballpark $150-$300, but it would show what the issue is, and the specialist can prescribe a course of treatment and medication. But it may not need to be done. Start with the x-ray and CBC and Wellness blood panel and go from there. If he was dehydrated, the vet should of given him some sub q fluids, cats can dehydrate quickly, especially older cats, or cats that are not feeling well. This is extremly dangerous. You can also increase his water intake, by mixing his wet food, with water, so it is soupy like, this should be done with each feeding, you need to keep him hydrated and flushed out. If he gets dry food, you can mix 1 teaspoon baby food, Beachnut chicken or turkey ONLY, with water, so it is like a broth, twice a day. You also want to make sure the vet checked his heart, not going to go thru all that, unless the vet tells you he has heart issues, which he will tell you, he has a heart murmur, if he does, will go thru all that with you, and cats with heart issues, cannot be given some medications, as it will kill them. He also should have checked his eyes, if his eyes are going, that could be the reason he acts like he does, he doesn't see well anymore, which is confusing to him, and disorents him. Here is a link on senior cats, best of luck and keep us posted, hope he is feeling better soon. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D http://www.peteducation.com/category.cfm?c=1+2140
  • Marta GasperMarta Gasper FairburyMember Posts: 636
    edited 13 January, 2010
    Your oldie but goodie Burmese is showing the same that Lionel, 13 yrs old has been doing for over a year. If tests show nothing out of whack, then he\'s fine, howling at night and acting differently than usual is common in senior cats. The circling, unless it is for a short time, could indicate neurological damage/stroke. But that\'s continuous, not done once and stops. Lionel does \'kitten things\', like sleeping in the litterbox, tryng to climb up my leg(he\'s heavy and half blind now still he tries), sometimes he plays with his tail (circle and circle), Madam, 10 yrs old never played much, now in her golden yrs she plays with her tail. Older cats tend to lose or gain weight as their metabolism decreases(like people) but it should be a considerable loss or gain to be concerned about. Keep things familiar, love on him often..
  • Christina WahlChristina Wahl Member Posts: 164
    edited 13 January, 2010
    Well Sussie had some mental issues. She was around this age near her end when she was getting really bad. She would meow all day and night while she was awake but nothing was wanted or needed by her she just was doing it. We tried medication for depression but it did not help. So I cant tell you what is causing it but they do say some pets can have some mental issues esp later in life. Now as for the foaming mouth and behavior after sounds like a possible seizure or http://www.cathealth.com/drooling.htm But if the kitty is in good health I would not worry to much. Sometimes they just get a little down in the dumps. I hope the kitty feels well soon.
  • Renee RyzRenee Ryz Member Posts: 2,164
    edited 13 January, 2010
    I am not sure if this is anywhere near the same with dogs & cats, but our sweet doggie Casey, who lived to 16, actually had doggie dementia. He would stare at the walls, or the door, and sometimes even at us like he wasn;t sure who we were. Sometimes he forgot to ask to go out, and the saddest part was when he stopped wagging his tail. He slowly declined, and we eventually had to make the ultimate awful choice none of us want to do, but he lived a good long time after he started getting a little \"forgetful\". Our vet asked me several questions, that helped her determine the problem. Not sure, but maybe he is confused and that is why he is meowing. I would definitley not change anything around the house, as that is familiar. Please let us know what your outcome is. Purrs & Hugs
  • Christina WahlChristina Wahl Member Posts: 164
    edited 13 January, 2010
    WOW that sounds like what happened with sussie. We saw a new vet and they said it was old age. She would also stare at us the wall or the door for no real reason. She would also meow the whole time we even moved in hopes it was the place and sure enough same thing in the new home. Eventually she got very sick and with it all we felt it was her time and I did not want to but we let her go in peace. She also seemed depressed. But the meds did not help as I said. I even went out and spoiled her rotten and got her all new toys and bed and carrier and collar to try and cheer her up. Nothing worked. Its hard having to see your beloved pet deteriorate in front of you. So I feel for you both. Again good luck.
  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
    edited 13 January, 2010
    Yowling can be a sign of high blood pressure so ask your vet to check for that. The high phosphorus levels may be a sign of mild kidney disease which also makes the risk of high blod pressure higher. If the vet confirms he has an issue with his blood pressure they can give him meds for that. Yowling can also be caused by deafness. You can see if he's deaf by waiting til he's awake but looking in the opposite direction. Then clap your hands or make a noise and see if he notices and turns around. If not he may be deaf. The vet can also check for this at your next visit.
  • Dawn HarmanDawn Harman SpeedwellMember Posts: 1,079
    edited 14 January, 2010
    Freckles said exactly what I was going to say. Also if the straining seams to be a tummy problem, I wounder if it is a gas bubble causing this problem. Kitties can have gas-x and this might help. Good luck and please keep us all informed as to what you find out.
  • Kat WhickerKat Whicker ToledoMember Posts: 1,695
    edited 14 January, 2010
    has your vet done an xray? i was hollowing night and day and it turns out i was clogged up! lucky for me i got un clogged in a few days and since has tone down the crying.
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