- May 26, 2019
Oh poor baby! I wish you the best of luck. I was one of the previous contributors to this thread. My cat had a terrible time. I figured it out myself that it was the vaccines and found a vet that didn't dismiss the delayed vaccine theory. No more vaccines for my kitty!! Hang in there!Hello everyone, I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have found this post! My 7 y/o neutered cat, Jack, was vaccinated on Feb 1 for both distemper and rabies. All good until a week later when my normally food obsessed cat lost his appetite and started sleeping in the same spot round the clock. He would get up briefly to use the litter box and eat/drink. I noticed he was very stiff and his feet seemed extremely sensitive and he didn't want them to touch the floor. Not sure if links work here but I am including a little clip I took of him trying to sit down. Because my normal vet was backed up for appointments I took him to a different vet and they did a senior blood panel, urinalysis, and fecal test. All show he should be in perfect health but he obviously isn't. He also lost nearly 1/4 lb. in the two weeks since having the shots. He is a big cat but at a healthy weight. The vet was stumped but suggested trying pain meds for a week to see if it was an arthritis issue. So far the pain meds have not made a difference.
I have been scouring the internet for anyone whose cat has had these symptoms and here all of your cats experienced nearly the exact same thing. It has given me so much hope that he could recover! While his appetite hasn't been great it is has improved a little in the last day and he seems a bit perkier (but not by much yet). Thankfully he has been drinking a lot so he seems well hydrated. I contacted my normal vet via email tonight and I am hopeful they will believe me and consider submitting this to the vaccine manufacturer.
I am taking it day by day but his small improvements are very encouraging. There has been no other change to diet or environment that would have caused any issue. My main fear was something with his kidneys but the testing has ruled that out. The only thing that was different were the darn vaccines! My second cat had a reaction to the distemper vaccine several years ago and barely moved for 24 hours but that was immediately after the vaccine and she looked really sick so I just didn't put it together when Jack started showing these strange symptoms. He has seemed in good spirits and doesn't look sick, just tired. Thank you again for all your stories. I am hopeful Jack will make a full recovery and am anxious to hear what my vet will say. I also want it documented so that I can have a medical reason for not vaccinating my cat in the future.