My cat has had randoms swelling that will reappear in different Places, HELP!

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For two months my 1 year old cat has been dealing with erratic symptoms that subside then reappear. He has been lethargic, with on/off fever and in pain but still eats & uses the litter regularly. My main concern is the swelling. It first started w/ his right front arm then went away reappeared on his belly went away, reappeared on his back & his left arm & now head & eyelid is swollen. Yesterday I noticed his nose was a little runny and his eye had some discharge. He's been on Antibiotics, meds to stimulate his immune system and a meds for anemia. I've taken him to the vet and they are stumped. We've tested for Leukemia and HIV both neg and no one knows why he's having these symptoms and I cant afford to spend THOUSANDS of dollars for testing. PLEASE HELP!!! I've researched and have found nothing that is remotely close to all of his symptoms, especially the reoccurring then subsiding swelling in different parts of his body.

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  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    The best advice I can offer anyone in this type of situation is to get a second opinion from a vet that specializes in cats. My Chelsea was misdiagnosed at my old vet and when I took her to my new vet where there are 3 doctors who treat only cats, her doctor consulted with the other doctors, with the visiting internal medicine specialist and online in a vets only professional forum. She did not give up and kept calling me with follow up info until we got Chelsea well again. They should be able to transfer copies of your cat's records so you won't have to pay to repeat any tests. I chose to switch to the new vet but you can just go for a second opinion without changing vets.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Allie is right. We aren't vets here and can't diagnose a cat or suggest treatment as much as we'd like to help out. Ask your vet if there is a veterinary specialist clinic or referral clinic in your area. They have board-certified vets who specialize in the same things people doctors do. If your own vet sends records of the tests they've done and the treatments they've tried, these vets will be able to go from there. Good luck and let us know how he is doing.
  • Valerie CameronValerie Cameron Northridge, CaliforniaMember Posts: 4 ✭✭
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    Poor, dear Girl. I am certainly no doctor, but the first things that came to mind when I read your post were Lupus, or Morgellons Disease. But please, please, don't take my totally inadequate word for it, I am certainly no veterinarian. You absolutely must seek more than one opinion on this problem, and hang in there. I know how hard it is to struggle with panic and despair when your precious baby is suddenly so fragile. I have Morgellons Disease, a relatively new and unacknowledged condition (see CDC website for more info). I recently passed this horrible incurable (at least so far) disease to a cat that I was fostering. His new mommy and daddy want to bring him back to me, and of course I will accept him back. I would keep him and love him until the end of his days if not for all my other forever kitties (foure in a large single apartment with one other foster). I am currently seeking a Morgellons patient who might be intersted in adopting him...I am Angel Pookie's Mommy.
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
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    What is your cats diet?? maybe he has an allergic reaction the the food? Preservatives, Grains, Carbohydrates, fish, beef,and Chicken are known allergens. Also pestecides is something to think about if your cat is an oudoor cat?
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