We went to the vet ER last Monday because we thought Roxy wasn't breathing right (or might be choking). In fact, she's having chewing gum seizures. The kind you almost never see in cats. Plus (and I've been saying this from the start) she just doesn't walk like any cat I've ever seen. She's duck footed. And her back legs are kind of loose, and tend to spread out like she's walking on ice. I thought she just didn't like the tile floors, and maybe had a claw thing going on. She has these ginormously long back legs that she can't quite get working.
So, after following up with the regular vet (and I use the term loosely, since it's her first ever appointment), we've gotten a relatively clean bill of health from the fecal and blood tests. She has an elevated white cell count, which could be from some kind of brain swelling. Maybe. This leaves us with Panleukopenia, (possibly cerebellar hypoplasia [it's the cat version of cerebral palsy] as a result of her mothers distemper while in utero), or a congenital defect.
:::pause to check kitten who has fallen off a chair she knows she shouldn't be on:::
The way to get the definitive diagnosis is to go to a neurologist and do a cerebrospinal fluid test or an MRI. And who knows, they might instead find a cyst and remove it, problem solved.
Prednizone might reduce the swelling (if the white cell count is indicative of cerebral swelling at all, and not some other infection), and fix some of the motor problems. We could try phenobarbitol for the seizures.
of this is really required, according to the vet, if things stay
relatively like they are and she's not bothered by any of it.
Honestly, she hardly pauses her nap if she yawns and has a seizure.
She might circle around afterward, then continues sleeping while I try
to shove my heart back into my chest.
It's all very vague, and I'm not really sure what to do. I go back for her second distemper shot (she is supposed to continue her regular course of vaccinations) on Monday. I feel like I need to have some plan of action, but maybe that's because she's super wobbly today. Tonight, she might be right as rain. She managed to get her feet under her when she fell off the chair, but again, her back legs were spread waaaay far out. She almost landed sitting down. I don't know if it's progress or not.So, does anyone have any advice or similar experience?