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Last week Tuesday, our cat was weak and numb and she wasn't eating or drinking. We went to the vet, he said she got dental infection in her mouth and infection spreaded to her throat. He applied some antibiotics but the next day her appetite is not changed and she wasn't drinking any water. We went to the vet that day too, she got a serum and her antibiotics. She was be able to eat mashed wet food mixed with warm water, I was giving to her like in 2-3 hour period. We went to vet next Friday, same as the other days he applied her antibiotics and we came home. This time she was not eating and drinking as before so we injected wet food and water to her mouth as our vet said. Lastly we went to the vet again in Sunday, vet gave us intensive care cat food because of her not eating told us to inject to her mouth with a syringe 2 times a day. Since Sunday she does not eat anything by herself when I gave her food she doesn't want it and acts like it is a bad thing she moves away from the food. Vet said her infection on her mouth has lowered but why doesn't she eat anything I mean anything besides what we gave it to her with a syringe. Only things she eats now are her intensive care cat food and we are making mashed cat food with a syringe. She has only gone worse I think, what should we do should we go to the another vet? She seems scared and anxious I'm scared going to another vet will made her worse. She is 10 years old I still need her in my life please help us. 😔

Vet also said the first day when we went, if he gets a blood test it will only show her infection so he wouldn't understand any other thing. But we talked with another vet today she said getting blood test should have been done first, then treatment should be started. Which one is true? What should we do please help. 😔
 

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Last week Tuesday, our cat was weak and numb and she wasn't eating or drinking. We went to the vet, he said she got dental infection in her mouth and infection spreaded to her throat. He applied some antibiotics but the next day her appetite is not changed and she wasn't drinking any water. We went to the vet that day too, she got a serum and her antibiotics. She was be able to eat mashed wet food mixed with warm water, I was giving to her like in 2-3 hour period. We went to vet next Friday, same as the other days he applied her antibiotics and we came home. This time she was not eating and drinking as before so we injected wet food and water to her mouth as our vet said. Lastly we went to the vet again in Sunday, vet gave us intensive care cat food because of her not eating told us to inject to her mouth with a syringe 2 times a day. Since Sunday she does not eat anything by herself when I gave her food she doesn't want it and acts like it is a bad thing she moves away from the food. Vet said her infection on her mouth has lowered but why doesn't she eat anything I mean anything besides what we gave it to her with a syringe. Only things she eats now are her intensive care cat food and we are making mashed cat food with a syringe. She has only gone worse I think, what should we do should we go to the another vet? She seems scared and anxious I'm scared going to another vet will made her worse. She is 10 years old I still need her in my life please help us. 😔

Vet also said the first day when we went, if he gets a blood test it will only show her infection so he wouldn't understand any other thing. But we talked with another vet today she said getting blood test should have been done first, then treatment should be started. Which one is true? What should we do please help. 😔
Hello I ineventhorizon and welcome to TCS. I wish it was under happier circumstances. I am no expert. But I would say that if your cat's vet recommends blood work and you can afford it, do it right away.
Ten is not old for a cat -- it is barely "mature" as cats can live into their 20s or even beyond. *PRAYERS* from the heart for your cat, and I am hoping that her vet will be able to be of more help. Also, that others here on TCS may have more suggestions.
 
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Hello I ineventhorizon and welcome to TCS. I wish it was under happier circumstances. I am no expert. But I would say that if your cat's vet recommends blood work and you can afford it, do it right away.
Ten is not old for a cat -- it is barely "mature" as cats can live into their 20s or even beyond. *PRAYERS* from the heart for your cat, and I am hoping that her vet will be able to be of more help. Also, that others here on TCS may have more suggestions.
Should I go to another vet? Would that be wise? Our current vet already applied 4 injection for her dental infection.
 

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Should I go to another vet? Would that be wise? Our current vet already applied 4 injection for her dental infection.
I really can't advise on that, I ineventhorizon as I am not a medical professional. If you do not feel that her vet is qualified or satisfactory, then, yes, by all means; but otherwise, I would want to stay with someone who knows her history and who knows you, who you and she feel comfortable with. The decision is yours.
 

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Bloodwork should always be done, IMO. Most vets usually do bloodwork and prescribe an initial treatment and then, based on the bloodwork results, continue or change the treatment.

If you don't feel that the vet is adequately addressing your cat's issue, then do seek out another vet. Bring copies of all your cat's medical records with you. You could also just ask the current vet to consult with other vets or a veterinary school for more insight on your cat's issue.

What injection did the vet give for the infection? If it's Convenia, giving 4 injections in a short amount of time is super risky and may have long term lasting adverse effects on the cat.
 
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Bloodwork should always be done, IMO. Most vets usually do bloodwork and prescribe an initial treatment and then, based on the bloodwork results, continue or change the treatment.

If you don't feel that the vet is adequately addressing your cat's issue, then do seek out another vet. Bring copies of all your cat's medical records with you. You could also just ask the current vet to consult with other vets or a veterinary school for more insight on your cat's issue.

What injection did the vet give for the infection? If it's Convenia, giving 4 injections in a short amount of time is super risky and may have long term lasting adverse effects on the cat.
I don't know what he gave, he said antibiotics are for 48 hours. We went to the vet every other day except Tuesday and Wednesday. So we went to the vet Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
 

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I don't know what he gave, he said antibiotics are for 48 hours. We went to the vet every other day except Tuesday and Wednesday. So we went to the vet Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Check your receipt or after-visit summary paperwork which you should have received from the vet. The antibiotic treatment should be listed and if it's not you can always call them. I completely agree that bloodwork is most beneficial in order to diagnose the problem. And pursuing a second opinion in order to properly treat your cat may prove very helpful.

In the meantime, regarding his appetite, this Article may also have some supportive information and advice for you:
How To Get Your Cat To Start Eating Again – TheCatSite Articles
 
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Check your receipt or after-visit summary paperwork which you should have received from the vet. The antibiotic treatment should be listed and if it's not you can always call them. I completely agree that bloodwork is most beneficial in order to diagnose the problem. And pursuing a second opinion in order to properly treat your cat may prove very helpful.

In the meantime, regarding his appetite, this Article may also have some supportive information and advice for you:
How To Get Your Cat To Start Eating Again – TheCatSite Articles
My cat is diagnosed with kidney failure and anemia. Her CRE on her blood is around 3.8 mg/l and her BUN values are high too. She is refusing to eat. I don't know what to do, couldn't eat anything for days and crying.
 

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My cat is diagnosed with kidney failure and anemia. Her CRE on her blood is around 3.8 mg/l and her BUN values are high too. She is refusing to eat. I don't know what to do, couldn't eat anything for days and crying.
So you need to follow your vet's guidelines/advice and also suggestions other members have posted. Failure to eat can bring on hepatic lipidosis, which is life-threatening. She must eat. You can syringe-feed her food mixed with water or one of the high-calorie supplements vets have for cats who are inappetant. Gerber baby food WITHOUT onion or garlic (the small jars) in chicken, turkey, lamb, and/or beef can also be helpful. Also, you should ask your vet to teach you how to give subcutaneous fluids (sub-Q) if she needs them. I did this for my girl who was in kidney failure. It got us 7 good months.
 

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Sounds like a gums infection due to her teeth.
I read that your vet gave the cat some antibiotics but that the situation didn't improve much. I wonder if the vet also gave some cortisone to ease the inflammation. This is what the vet that follows my feral cats does in situations like this.
You might want to read my experience with one of my feral cats

Removing teeth in a semi feral with stomatitis

There are a few photos in my posts, you may check and see if your cat's situation is similar to mine.
 
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