Last week, Sadie had two blood tests, one for bartonella ( cat scratch fever) and one for toxoplasmosis. The results are back and she is negative for bartonella, but positive and active for toxoplasmosis. This is quite rare and in my vet’s 26 years of practice, she has only seen one active case of toxoplasmosis. It is actually very common for a cat to carry this parasite, but uncommon for a cat to exhibit symptoms. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic diseases and has been found in nearly all warm-blooded animals, including pets and humans. Despite the high prevalence of T. gondii infection, the parasite rarely causes significant clinical disease in cats-or any species. Despite it being rare, Sadie is in the active stage. Her symptoms include: weakness in the limbs, vision problems, swallowing difficulties, pacing, ear twitching, bladder and bowel weakness, lethargy and incoordination. She is being treated with a 21 day course of antibiotics. We are uncertain which of her symptoms will disappear and which may be permanent. Only time will tell.
I continue to syringe feed Sadie 3-4 times each day. Last week she was eating next to nothing. It was recommended to me to try bone broth. I had never ever heard of it, but it has been truly amazing. Here is a link to a video explaining bone broth and its uses. Sadie loves it. I started out using it straight, then mixed with some ground chicken and now it is mixed with wet food. It has helped her to gain a bit of weight and enjoy eating again. I am hopeful that when her swallowing is better, she will be able to eat on her own.
Sadie’s x-rays were reviewed by a radiologist as well as an orthopedic veterinarian. The x- rays show a fractured tail at the base as well as stenosis on 3 of the cervical vertebrae. The orthopedic vet felt that it was likely she was grabbed by the tail and thrown against the wall. She also has mineral deposits in her lungs that are most likely a result of numerous respiratory infections. This might be related to the toxoplasmosis. Fortunately right now she is not experiencing any respiratory issues.
Sadie is receiving twice weekly laser treatments as well as twice weekly B 12 injections. I will start to give these to her at home later this week. She also will start a 3 day trial of an anti inflammatory medication to see if it helps with any of her pain. Cats generally cannot take anti inflammatory medication since it can impair their liver and kidney function. Yet this medicine has been approved for short term use in cats.
The only way to stay positive and focused is to look for small bits of progress. I jumped ahead of myself this week and was hoping for instant progress and improvement. This is just not going to happen with Sadie. Her progress will happen, yet it will be slow. She has a lot of healing to do. Please continue to keep Sadie in your thoughts.