What is wrong with me? LONG

Maria FoleyMaria Foley KnoxvilleMember Posts: 118
edited 14 January, 2009 in Cat Health
I have a weird combo of symptoms, and I'm not sure the vet is putting it all together. I went in originally because I was limping on my right front paw. No broken bones, and it has mostly gotten better on its own (happened once a few years ago from a bad run-in with a glass door while bird watching). Then it was noticed that both of my pupils were dilated, and unresponsive to light. BUT I am not blind, and my retinas look great. I can tell that there is bright light, because I shut my eyes. But my pupils can't/don't move. I have not been exposed to any toxins. My third eyelids are prominent as well. My blood work came back with slightly elevated BUN and creatinine. Howver, I have been eating EVO canned, so could this cause higher readings without it being an indication of CRF? Sorry, I cannot remember the exact numbers right now. My white blood cells and some other kind of immune cell were really high! But I have a normal temperature and no external signs of infection. I have lost about 1/2 lb in the last 3 months. I am still a happy kitty, love to be brushed and I still like to play and chase things. But I have been sleeping more than normal, eating less, and sleeping in strange places. Please help my mom know what to look for and what to ask the vet!


  • Teresa ConcannonTeresa Concannon Member Posts: 7,378
    edited 20 December, 2008
    Hi Molly :-h You do have an unusual symptoms. I\'m certainly not a vet or trained in any way and have never encountered those symptoms in any of my cats and can\'t help you much. IMO, I\'d regard your symptoms as a sign of something seriously wrong. I did a google search and came up with two plausible answers: Cancer or something called Feline Dysautonomia (FD). I\'ve never heard of Feline Dysautonomia. It\'s certainly something you can ask your vet about or find another vet for a second opinion or referral to a specialist. Here are links to the Merck Veterinary Manual and an article about FD: Merck Manual on FD Feline Dysautonomia Sorry I can\'t help you further. I really hope you do find out what\'s wrong soon and I\'ll be purring for you. |:|
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 20 December, 2008
    Hi Molly, I say the same as KC, but I will say that feeding a higher protein diet will show slightly higher elevated BUN levels, and this is normal for cats that are fed a raw or high protein diet. We hope that you find out what is wrong, purring for you.|^|
  • Gina GroneGina Grone Beatrice, NebraskaMember Posts: 217
    edited 21 December, 2008
    Your vet probably already checked this, but constantly dilated pupils are one sign of high blood pressure in a cat. Hope you get this figured out!
  • Sherry StoneSherry Stone Member Posts: 526
    edited 21 December, 2008
    I tried googling infection/dilated pupils, feline, and came up with this: Feline Cryptococcocic. Here's the link: http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?CID=WSAVA2003&PID=6653&O=Generic Cut and paste, and check it out. A number of the symptoms sound like yours. Hope your feeling better soon!
  • Maria FoleyMaria Foley KnoxvilleMember Posts: 118
    edited 14 January, 2009
    thanks everyone! We went to a different vet who looked over the bloodwork, and decided to start Molly on some antibiotics because she may have an underlying kidney infection which is causing her symptoms. Otherwise, it looks like we caught the very beginning of CRF, which is likely causing some problems with her eyes. She has lost some vision, but still sees well enough to chase her toy! We are just at the wait and see point now, and will retest blood after the antibiotics.
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 14 January, 2009
    Here is a great site that you can read, it also has some links in the site. http://felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=KidneyDisease
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