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Old 11-03-2015, 06:36 PM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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I'd get down on the floor and crawl around looking for anything that is a hazard, like drawer handles, sharp edges on objects. Block off stairs, if you have them. Keep things the same, don't move furniture and objects around. My first cat had a stroke and abruptly went blind at age 14. But he acted very panicked and confused. He also exhibited the circling that goes with stroke. He kept pacing and pacing and was very disturbed and disoriented. But he adapted to it and and good quality of life for another 2 years after that.

Be very observant and keep her safe while you're trying to figure out what's going on with her. (hugs and best wishes!)
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm really sorry this is happening to you both. I'm hoping for the best. Give her a pet for me.
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Please keep us posted!
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Anyway, I don't know. I have to wait. And I have to figure out how much an ophthalmologist is going to charge. It sounds horribly expensive. Also, I have to decide if I want her being poked and prodded, and whatever else could happen depending on whatever diagnosis is given. And I really don't want to have to think about that. I don't want her gone, no way. She's more than "my pet cat". At the same time, I don't want to subject her to things if there's no way to fix it in the end, anyway. I just can't have my cat be put under for surgery at this age, I can't have her getting needles stuck in her every few months, I can't do anything like that to her. I don't KNOW if whatever it is will require any of that, I'm just having the conversation with myself now. There's no way I could do that to her...not after our life together. No way.
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FWIW, our Benny has seen an ophthalmologist for many years. A general visit costs between $75-100, depending on what they do. A general visit is similar to what is done for humans' eyes. The only thing that's ever bothered Benny is the dye to check for scratches on the cornea (it must be very bitter).

I doubt there is a surgery that could help her, but it's possible she could have glaucoma or something that could be gotten under control (Benny has glaucoma and uses human eye drops). Maybe she won't regain sight, but the docs told me glaucoma is uncomfortable, so she'll feel better.

My advice to you is take it day by day. I know how you're feeling--my late Tucker was my soul cat. I doubt I'll every have a connection like that again. But you can't look too far ahead--it will drive you crazy. Take things as they come and then take the next step.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I think that vet is an idiot. I think my cat did have a stroke. She's been sleeping with me all day long, and I just put her down because she wanted to move. She fell right on over, I righted her, she walked like she was three sheets to the wind, could hardly stand at all....she's been eating when I offer, so it's not because she didn't eat, she's been drinking, she peed on me, (that's more because I was afraid to let her off the couch at one point, turns out, that's what she needed to do...oh well, it's all in the wash now), she was howling at me earlier in the morning to come find her because she went around some boxes and couldn't figure out her way back out....that's when I kept her on the couch with me until just a bit ago when I went to get something to eat.

I need to take her for a second opinion. She doesn't tilt her head, and she doesn't walk in circles, but she does wander all over when I do let her down. She doesn't seem to have a specific place she's trying to get unless she goes towards the closet, but other than that, it's like she's just walking and doesn't know where she is. I attributed that to her not being able to see, but maybe she is disoriented because of more than that.

So if she did...what do I do? Is she going to be like this forever? Is there something that would make her back to normal, or as close to it as possible? Even if she couldn't see anymore, I don't like that she looks like she can't even hold herself up, can't walk a straight fricken line, periodically she grabs on to me tightly, and I feel her heart rate go up...then she calms down and the heart rate goes down...almost like it was a wave of pain or something.

I don't know what to do. I don't want her to suffer...but is there any hope that she can have a somewhat decent life after this? I hate to give up on her, what if she could recover to at least have a decent life...what if I give in too early? But what if I wait too long and she suffers for no reason at all?

I don't know what to do.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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I don't know what to do. I don't want her to suffer...but is there any hope that she can have a somewhat decent life after this? I hate to give up on her, what if she could recover to at least have a decent life...what if I give in too early? But what if I wait too long and she suffers for no reason at all?

I don't know what to do.
Get a second opinion.

Or a third.

I know it's tough, but don't put the cart before the horse here. Thinking about recovery, or not, is about step 17- you're still at step 2.

I'm not a vet, nor do I have any medical training whatsoever. With that being said, if I were in your position, I would try to get to the eye specialist. So many of the body's systems are interwoven, as I'm sure you know. This may be a neurological issue that's affecting the sight and body function. It may very well be something eminently treatable.

I do understand though that you can only do what you can do, and of course there's concern about the quality of life of your furry friend. I would just encourage you to get all of the information that you can to be able to make the best decision you can.

Wish you the best.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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I don't know what to do. I don't want her to suffer...but is there any hope that she can have a somewhat decent life after this? I hate to give up on her, what if she could recover to at least have a decent life...what if I give in too early? But what if I wait too long and she suffers for no reason at all?

I don't know what to do.
Having been in a similar situation recently, and just how hard it is having our best friend sick ((HUGS)). I admire you for wanting the best for her.

If there is another highly rated veterinarian in town that would have been my thinking as well in this position. Or calling up the original vet and see if the new symptoms give them other ideas.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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I'm sorry this is happening to your sweetie. I have never had a cat experience a stroke but did have a cat suddenly become unable to stand unassisted. He also had no control of his bowels. It turned out to be multiple organ failure. He would be on the bed, jump down and his legs would collapse underneath him.

When will you know the results of the blood work?
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Well, I don't really have any answers. The vet doesn't think that she had a stroke. When it happened she was lying on me, so I wasn't able to see any falling over or things like that, but I told her, and she saw, that my cat can walk in a straight line, doesn't walk "drunk", she doesn't tilt her head, none of that is happening. She just walks around like she's blind. Like, she would walk, come up on something, and just stand there.

Blood tests were done...have to wait on that.

Wants me to go to an ophthalmologist...sigh.

Her only symptom was that she is not as "sturdy" as she used to be, meaning she was just like a little old lady...eating, but not firm like the other cats. She's an old cat. Her fur isn't all messed up like one that doesn't get enough water, and since the water dish is right next to where I work, I would have noticed if she were drinking more, but she's not.

She still eats. I fed her this morning and she ate half a can, she ate half a can last night. Nothing wrong with her appetite at all.

She has been as playful as a little old lady can be. Just the other day she was "tearing" (in old cat style) across the room with that crazy look in her eye, (as I always called it), tail poofed, just being her normal goofy self.

She's not sleeping any more that I could tell...maybe a bit more but she's fricken old. But really, the only thing that changed, and it only happened after we moved, was that she yelled at me a lot. Usually it was because I wasn't feeding her when she thought I should be feeding her. I mean, she's thinner, because you get thinner when you're old, but it's not like a rapid weight loss, or from loss of appetite, or anything crazy. She's just older. Of course she is not going to look like the other cats.

Also, when I moved, and since I've moved, I haven't been able to keep them on their all raw diet like I have had them on for years for a few reasons that have nothing to do with my desire to keep them on it. Circumstances are really the culprit more than anything. But I did my best by finding pet food that had meat as the first couple/few ingredients, and would give them meat for dinner when I could. For her, she doesn't really get the benefit of bone because she's old and can't bite in to the bone like before.

I've decided that if I have to go to the dang store every single night, I'm going to find a way to get her meat and organs over cat food, because you won't convince me that diet had nothing to do with it.

Anyway, while talking to the vet, I did remember that this seizure thing did happen to her once before. It was right around the time Blondie had died, and I watched her very closely after that. Within a short time later, she was acting like herself again, and the days following up until last night, she was completely normal. It was the same thing, it was very short, and it wasn't a huge scary thing. It was almost like when your cat sneezes several times in a row, but there was no sneeze to go along with it...if that makes it any clearer.

Before I brought her in, I was holding on to her, looking up everything I could to prepare for the worst, and at one point I looked down at her. I swear to you she was staring right at me as if she could see me. I even got a little excited thinking she could. I waved my hand in her face and she didn't react to that, just kept staring right at me. And it wasn't a stare with nothing behind it, I swear she was looking at me.

Of course she didn't look at me in the vet's...probably not happy with me. She's lying on me right now, and has been for a couple of hours, not necessarily sleeping, just resting. I can't really look in to her eyes at this angle, and I'm trying not to move her around too much.

When I brought her home, she walked fine, just slowly...like someone who can't fricken see. She's just acting like she is not feeling well, and can't see, but other than that, she's not showing signs of diddly squat.

Anyway, I don't know. I have to wait. And I have to figure out how much an ophthalmologist is going to charge. It sounds horribly expensive. Also, I have to decide if I want her being poked and prodded, and whatever else could happen depending on whatever diagnosis is given. And I really don't want to have to think about that. I don't want her gone, no way. She's more than "my pet cat". At the same time, I don't want to subject her to things if there's no way to fix it in the end, anyway. I just can't have my cat be put under for surgery at this age, I can't have her getting needles stuck in her every few months, I can't do anything like that to her. I don't KNOW if whatever it is will require any of that, I'm just having the conversation with myself now. There's no way I could do that to her...not after our life together. No way.

Vet told me to give her extra attention...which I know the vet doesn't know but this girl gets so much attention it's not even funny...but I will give even more. I talk to her even more than before..which was already a lot. I've been making sure she knows where the water dish is located. I was told that when cats lose their sight, while they will adapt easier than humans do, there could still be a bit of "depression" so I need to be extra attentive. Also to make sure that I move nothing at all that she's used to. Also make sure there's nothing ever in her path that she's used to. Which all of that is easy since I pretty much keep things in their place as it is. But still, I have noticed that if she wants to walk around, I keep an eye on her, and when I think she's trying to find her way back to where I am, I start talking to her and she follows the sound of my voice.

I feel so bad for my cat. She was able to see perfectly fine yesterday...now this. I can't even imagine how it must be for her to have her world turn upside down in a day.

I've only had one experience with a blind cat. My wife had two males when I married & moved in with her. Sometime around '94 or '95 one of them, Bo, suddenly went blind virtually overnight. He didn't suffer any trauma, or seizures that we knew about, and his eyes weren't showing any signs of anything wrong. The vet was stumped, and we never knew the cause of it. He was 6 or 7 years old at the time, and was in excellent health otherwise.
Anyway, my point is that we were simply amazed by Bo's ability to adapt to the loss of his sight. He was born & raised here, so obviously had everything well memorized. The only thing we had to do for him was build some steps up to the feeding cabinet where all the cats ate (we had 3 Yorkies at the time & cat food had to be elevated), because he couldn't see to jump. But other than that, and making sure to not move things around, we didn't have to do anything to help him. He learned to navigate where he wanted to go, and we never seen him bump into anything. He would howl if he wanted to know where we were sometimes, but all we had to do was call his name & he would find us. I'm seriously not exaggerating when I say that if you didn't know he was blind, you would never know by watching him. Bo lived another 5 or 6 years before dying of Kidney failure & old age, and I don't think his quality of life suffered very much because of his blindness. He remained his old, sweet self through it all.

I'm relating this to you to make the point that if your cat is blind, and nothing can be done about it, it's not the end of the world for him, and he will probably adapt & be ok. Hopefully there's nothing else going wrong that you both have to deal with.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:07 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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As usual I neglected to read all of the thread before my last post . Sounds like she has some other issues going on. I agree with the others, get the blood test results and then a second opinion. There may be something that can be done for her once you know what's wrong.

Paws crossed you can get some answers, and some help for her.
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