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my cat pooh ma is ranging from 8-10 years old. she has recently not been eating, or drinking water. she had also been vomiting daily. i took her to the vet for the first time 4 weeks ago. the vet took a blood test and everything came back normal except something in her stomach they described it as a bad stomach ache. so they sent me home with some antibiotics to give to her, i tried to give her the medicine but half the time she would not even open her mouth. i took her back to the vet a week later making it my second visit. they told me that her tooth was loose and that we should schedule to have it removed for the 12th. the 12th came and we took her back, at this point she still wasn't eating nor drinking. the vet ran another blood test and they seen her lungs and kidneys was slightly high and they seen she was dehydrated so they hooked her up to a IV to give her some fluids. she is still at the vet til this day (April, 15,2013) the vet called today to tell me that her kidneys had inflammation and that they were going to put her on a steroid and see how she did in the morning. they say if she doesn't respond then i will have to make a decision on what i want to do. please tell me your second opinion and if there's anything else i can do to make my pooh ma feel better.

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Deisha,

I am not a vet, but the biggest killer of cats are kidney and liver problems. At age 8-10 years of age, she is border line geriatric and could be having kidney issues.

The problem you run into kidneys is that, by the time the kidney numbers are elevated, the kidneys are usually 70% gone.

I am sorry I cannot be of more help, but for a second opinion, you need to contact another veterinarian.

Concerned regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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