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Our cat, Felix, is very sick, and we don't know what is wrong with him. He and our other two cats had tapeworms in early January, which we treated. However, as the other two recovered, he began having diarrhea and started losing weight. My husband took him to the vet on January 25, but we couldn't afford any testing at the time, and the veterinarian told us that she couldn't find anything wrong with him. 

Since then, we have tried changing his food, giving him Pedialyte to rehydrate him, giving him feline probiotics, and feeding him high-calorie nutrient gel for cats. He has continued to have diarrhea, he is very lethargic (before this, he was extremely lively and playful), and he is frighteningly skinny now. 

We were trying to hold out until we received our tax return so we could get him the care he needs, but it is delayed and we may not get it until February 27. My husband just switched jobs, and he had to go a week without work in between, so we are also down a full paycheck, when we already live paycheck-to-paycheck. I am disabled and unable to work.

We are really desperate to get Felix seen. We love him so much, and we are both sick with worry about him. He is only about four years old, and he is too young to be so sick. We are asking for $1000, because we aren't sure yet how much it will cost to get him treated, but we do know that individual tests, like fecal testing costs several hundred dollars alone. If you can help even a little bit, we would be incredibly grateful. 

Thank you,
Karyn & Jonathan
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Hi everyone! It's been a little over a month, and I just wanted to give an update on Felix's situation. As of our last update, things were looking promising, but then he took a turn again. He lost some more weight, so we took him to the vet again yesterday, where they did a special blood test to check for a specific parasite which causes a condition called feline hemotropic mycoplasmosis. This is a kind of anemia, and it's possible that the digestive issues are a result of this as well. We plan to pick up the medications to treat this tomorrow.

Then, when we woke up this morning, one of his eyes was full of gunk and pretty much glued shut. Back to the vet he went, where he was diagnosed with conjunctivitis. This is pretty common in cats, so he came home with antibiotic eyedrops.

In addition to those, we are continuing to feed him as much high calorie food as we can get in him every day (we're shooting for one can at least). Things are still really rocky, but we finally have a straight diagnosis, so hopefully no more issues crop up. Thank you all again so much for your help, we couldn't have gotten this far without it.
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Hi everyone, I just wanted to give another update since it has been a few days since Felix's doctor visit! We have been trying some new, high calorie foods with him with a lot of success, plus we've continued to administer his antibiotic twice a day and pedialyte three times a day. His demeanor has improved noticeably, and his appetite has returned as well. On the gross (but necessary) end of things, his stools are still loose but improving as well. We also received the flea treatment and elimination products that I mentioned ordering in my last update as well. We plan to administer the first dose of treatment to all three cats, as well as place the trap to hopefully attract any loose fleas that may be in our home, tomorrow.

We aren't totally out of the woods yet, but things are looking very good. Felix's coat has improved significantly, and although he is still very thin, he already seems to be putting back on a small layer of fat in some areas. We are incredibly grateful to all of you who helped, whether by donating, spreading the word, or even just giving encouragement and advice. Thank you all so much, we love you all.

Karyn & Jonathan

Ps - apologies for the messy carpet. But I had to share a shot of our sweet boy in action.
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Jonathan was able to to take Felix to the vet this evening, and he came away with fairly positive news as well as a plan of action.

They performed a fecal exam, a blood test to check for FIV/Feline Leukemia, and another blood test to check his blood counts and electrolytes and things. The fecal and first blood test results came back negative for anything, fortunately. The blood panel showed that some of his numbers were apparently wonky, but nothing super alarming. The vet said it was likely because of his lack of nutrition right now.

She also said that he was mildly anemic, and she found flea dirt on him, but no fleas. She prescribed Flagyl, a broad spectrum antibiotic, and hopefully that will catch and eliminate whatever is causing his diarrhea. She also said that we need to bathe him to remove the flea dirt and make sure to treat all of our cats for fleas. As soon as Jonathan got home, he placed an order for four months' worth of flea treatment, which we should get on Friday. We have treated them all in the past, but it looks like there have still been some hangers-on.

Additionally, the doctor said the most important thing is to make sure he is getting food in him, no matter how we have to do it. He was down to 5.3 lbs this visit, from 8lbs in January. She also told us we could double the amount of Pedialyte that we've been giving him, until he starts drinking more water on his own. Our plan right now is to give him 30mL of Pedialyte a day, plus try turkey and/or fish cat food. If he doesn't eat enough on his own, we will have to roll up bits of it and feed him manually, just to get nutrition in him.

Finally, if he doesn't improve after doing all of these things, she said to bring him back in for more tests, like imaging, to see if he has any masses or obstructions or anything like that.

It's difficult not to have a specific diagnosis now, but the vet seemed to think that he may have just fallen into a spiral of feeling unwell after his parasite treatment, not eating, then feeling worse, and continuing to not eat. At any rate, it feels good to have a concrete plan of action, and we are hopeful that we can bring him back to good health.

This would not have been possible without all of your help, though, so thank you all so, so much. We are so grateful that you gave us, and him, a chance. <3
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Felix has a vet appointment in about an hour thanks to you all! I will update again once we learn what's going on.
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