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Yes he seems to be walking better most of the time.
He's had a couple more fits in the month since the last vet visit and the second seemed worse, he was walking round in circles. Of course I don't see what happens all the time,3 of the 4 I've noticed have been while I was reading in bed and he was sat on my legs.
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One of ours did this.
He had developed diabetes as a secondary problem to something else, and when his blood sugar was low he had the 'walking in circles' fit. Over the phone our vet, who specialised in cats, told us to feed him, and almost immediately he was better. The diabetes was easy to treat and actually he recovered from that too when his pancreas was less stressed.
I'm not suggesting that you try home treating him like this, because it could be anything else, but it might be worth a conversation with your vet.
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Well she did a blood test when I first took him at the beginning of July, so I assume that was one of the things they looked for.
She said let her know how he got on after a month, so we had a phone conversation last week. Said the fits are more distressing for me than Pat as he doesn't know about them, and though there are tests they could do to rule out things like brain tumours they would involve anesthetic and make no difference to the outcome (and cost a lot)
And if she said it would cost a lot I believe her. After the conversation I collected another bottle of Loxicom, £29 (can get it under £9 online though would need a prescription from my vet)
My daughter got 2 kittens at Christmas as their cat is old and having problems. They have both needed the vet lately, the latest bill £90. She also has ponies and thinks the horse vet is cheaper - £30 call out + treatment fee but rarely more than £50. Her theory is that the cat vet is part of a chain who take their cut. I found the same when my optician was taken over by a chain.
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I understand the expense thing too - ours cost us a fortune, not that I begrudge them the money.
I suppose it couldn't hurt to try feeding him at those times as, if it's blood sugar, then it may wander up and down a bit and not necessarily at the point he had the test. That wouldn't cost anything to try if the vet thought it OK.
I suppose the vet has also considered an inner ear problem. If it was that his eyes might flicker as well.
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It's unfortunate that doctors get franchised like they're a McDonalds or something... What's the point for them? I somehow don't think they get paid leave and compensation for "empty" months of the year from the chain, and it just makes them less affordable to their patients.
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Mo , vet wanted £160 to see hen last week because it was 7.15pm before they even saw her or even asked what was wrong with her }hairout{
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Ouch.
M\kes you glad we have the NHS for us.
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Took Pat for a 6 month check last week. And asked for a repeat perscription so that I could get the metacam online. Felt a bit cheeky asking but she seemed OK with it, wrote a 6 month scrip and even emailed it to 365vet (who also have a feed shop 5 miles from here). So that will save a bit.

She now says he has a heart murmur.
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There is definitely no need to feel cheeky or in fact, anything else for getting the meds somewhere other than the vets, Mo.
If your vet charges are like ours then you will save a packet.
Has she said Pat needs any medication for the heart murmur? We had a really small Yorkie years ago and from memory she used to have one very small pill per day for a heart murmur. Sorry cannot remember what the med was called.
Does Pat seem OK in himself? I am presuming he does or you would have said.
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He seems a lot happier with the metacam.
She didn't give me anything for the heart, said something like ' Is he hard to give tablets to.' I think there might have been something she could have given him for the fits (unless she noticed the heart murmur last time as well), but she said he would have to have it every day for the rest of his life. I think she knows I struggle with pills, always was a performance but now I would have to get my daughter to help.
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Pat was a very poor old cat this week.
Hadn't been eating a lot for a bit though did lick the jelly off his pouches so got his metacam.
Then on Sunday had a really bad fit and just sat near the radiator after that. Was only eating if I put something under his nose.
Thought he might be perking up but wasn't right this morning.
I took him in this afternoon and didn't bring him back - she said there was a lot of fluid on his chest and she could drain it and x-ray but suspected that it would either be heart failure or a growth. So what with the arthritis, heart murmur and fits it seemed better to let him go.
She had hinted when she wrote his repeat prescription in December - said not to get all 6 months worth at once.
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Very sad, Mo. {cry} He was a lucky cat to have you as his mum.

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{cry} Animals seem to hide their worst symptoms well, I suppose nature's way of avoiding the attention of others, that it is easy to miss when things are far worse than expected until things take a turn for the worse. So sad. He had a good life with you {hug}
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So sorry to hear this, Mo - it's very sad.
He had a good life with someone who loved him very much, and who was prepared to make the difficult decision in order to prevent any suffering. I think he was a very fortunate cat.
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Only just read that you lost poor little Pat. I am so sorry Mo and know how upsetting it is when we lose a much loved pet. He was lucky that you gave him such a good life and didn't allow him to suffer any more. {hug} {hug}
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