Junior went in for his follow up appointment on Monday.
At our last appointment the vet suggested a 10 day antibiotic, to clear up any infection, but it wasn’t successful. They did a urine screen to confirm he still had blood, which he did, so we moved onto the x-ray.
The vet was hoping to find either kidney or bladder stones, but no luck. Our next step is a more thorough urine screen which will test for various types of infections that the antibiotic wasn’t designed to address. If that doesn’t work, we move onto a specialist and see if a sonogram would show anything. The vet seemed to feel that cancer was pretty low on the list of possibilities, but as we keep ruling more and more out all I can think is cancer.
On a mildly interesting level, though sad, the x-ray revealed that he has two preexisting conditions that he’s been dealing with without our knowledge. One is that his right hip is dislocated and the other is that he has some kind of spinal damage – likely a slipped disc of some sort. Both issues have been present for so long that his body has adapted to the point that it would take major surgery to correct any of it. The thigh bone joint end has reshaped to the point that it wont even fit in the joint, and the joint cup has compensated by filling with scar tissue and solidifying. Lots of reshaping would be required and then lots of healing. The vet didn’t seem to think as though it would benefit him enough, since he’s an indoor cat who only has to make it around 400 sqft in order to feed, drink, and use the cat box – and seems relatively happy and pain free. Hell, he’s put on 8 oz since we took him last time, two weeks ago!
I’ll keep everyone informed as much as I can. In the meantime he’s getting lots of cuddles