I witnessed the most heartbreaking thing today...
A woman came into the clinic at 7:30AM this morning with her cat. She said he was lethargic, no appetite, and cried constantly. She said he was seizing on and off. All this had been going on since Saturday morning and they didn't do a thing about it till this morning.
Anyway, he was in pretty bad shape but the seizing didn't look like seizures to me. To my untrained eye, it looked more like a neurological issue. First thing Dr. did was call the owner and told her he was in bad shape and she would need to put $150 down before he could do anything as it would probably end up pretty costly. She came in, put the money down, and we haven't seen or heard from her since. She is not answering her home or cell phone and neither is her roommate.
Dr ran a battery of tests on him, most of which we won't get the results back for a little while. He didn't seem to have been poisoned either. We called her regular vet for his vaccination history and found out he was due back in September 03 for his rabies! He was also an indoor/outdoor cat.
He spent most of the day in the oxygen cage due to having breathing problems, but it didn't seem to do any good. I don't know what all Dr did to him, but I know he was totally confused until one of the vet techs reminded him the cat was overdue for the rabies vacc and he was indoor/outdoor. Going over his symptoms again, it looks like he was in the last stage of having rabies. Since the owner couldn't be contacted, we couldn't euthanize him.
At 6PM when I checked on him there was no change. He was totally out of it. Dr. told Cesea to give him a shot of Torb for the night as he was in tremendous pain. As Cesea prepared the syring, the kitty took his last breath and left us
It was awful! He spent all weekend in such pain and misery and the stupid owner did nothing about it! Not to mention that if he did have rabies, it all could have been easily prevented! The kitty was only 4 years old.
Tomorrow probably won't be much better for any of us at the clinic. He's being refridgerated at the moment, and will be decapitated tomorrow and sent off for testing. Although he didn't bite any of us at the clinic, there is no way to know if he bit anyone else or any other animals. The owner will not answer her phone. Just a few weeks ago in the news, another cat was found with rabies in our county. It's better to have him tested and be safe, rather than sorry.
Please everyone, check your pets records and keep up on their vaccinations. Rabies isn't only dangerous, but one of the saddest ways to die.
RIP Oliver, I didn't know you long, but you sure were beautiful!