Not confident in vet maybe someone has seen this in their cat


Acts like she has something caught in her throat, and acts like she is having difficulty swallowing. She does this usually when purring heavily but has done it  when just sitting on her own.   She only acts like she is having diffuculty one or two swallows then is fine. She has done this off and on for several years.  No loss in weight, energy etc.. in all other regards she looks healthy.


New issues

Her swallowing issues have become more pronounced with the look of greater difficulty


Stomach bloat.  Her stomach is firm and distended if she hadn’t been fixed we would have thought she was pregnant.


We Brought our longertime forever cat to a new vet.


We are worried because we adopted a shelter cat which was given a good clean bill of health and then neutered by our regular cat vet.  Brought the cat home in the evening right after it had had surgery.  The next day we noticed the new cat sneezing.  Sure enough..  Upper respiratory infection and fever.  Two days later the new cat is on antibiotics (the vet “couldn’t see him any sooner”).  And by day 4 new cat on its way to being better no fever, most congestion gone.  New cat is now fine, only sneezing every once in a while and running around enjoying his new forever home.  One of our concerns is that the exposure to the URI might be exaggerating our other cats throat problems.



We explained to the NEW vet about her throat as stated above.

She is eating and drinking normally.  She is having normal excretory functions, no diarrhea etc.


Stomach is bloated and has occurred in the last couple of months after our other cat was killed by a local *drunk driver.   She was upset at the loss of the other cat and may have even witnessed it.  We thought she was eating more because the other cat ate huge amounts ( although not fat) and we thought she was just getting more food now than she used to.



Examines the cat.  Lungs are clear.  Hears the cat swallwing



x-rays taken.   “all good”

No growth in throat all clear

                        Heart lungs etc all look good.

                        Stomach looks clear clean no signs of anything wrong

                        No fluid build up in the abdomen

            Minor problem Gas showing in intestines but  Intestine clear of all food



Tests given

            Pancreatic Snap (Feline)         neg.  all good

            GHP/CBC                               neg.  all good

            Felv/Elisa and Fiv/Elisa         neg.  all good



Vet then starts telling us the coughing and hard swallowing are possibly due to a soar throat.  I told him the cat has not been coughing.  He continues.  The intestines are full of gas and gives us the reasoning that when what we see as her having trouble swallowing she is swallowing air and it is getting trapped in her intestines. She just needs eat more and to exercise to help expel the trapped gas.  (We mentioned that lately she runs around the house like a banshee , playing and chasing imaginary )


He sends us home with an antibiotic amoxiclav and hi-vite vitamin drops (drops that are supposed to have some pain killer in it. But I don’t see it listed in any of the ingredients. )


The next evening our “old” kitty begins sneezing but still eating and drinking.   The next more sneezing and by that evening sneezing and nasal congestion..  .  Local animal shelter worker tells us about l-lysine we call the vet and make sure it’s ok to give her some.  He says yes.   I stayed up with her all night


The next day full nasal congestion and she is mouth breathing.  Mouth fully open Drooling and looking like she hated the world.  I went out and got the  l-lysine and gave her some. But I am not liking the way she looks.  She is tired not moving much and eyes are a little glassy.  I felt that she might have a temp and was looking even worse never shut her mouth in three hours and looked like death warmed over.

I took her back to the vet.


By the time I got back to the vet the cat looked 300% better… of course.. right..  sigh


She is no longer mouth breathing, her mouth is completely shut, and she is no longer drooling and her eyes are back to normal…… damn cat…


Vet looks her over.  She has a 105 temp.  Says this shouldn’t be happening, she is on antibiotics.


I explain to him that I feel that cat may now have the URI from the other cat.  He ignored me.  Said, with the antibiotics there should be no fever so something else is wrong ( the antibiotics that this vet gave us are not as strong as the ones the first vet gave our new adopted cat).  He feels he missed something on the xray. And wants to now take new x-rays, and start and iv.  Brings her non existent cough again , in which I have to assert there Was no cough.

Wants to keep her for a few days and administer different antibiotics, fluids  give us a huge bill and sends us on our way.


Fever is down that evening.  And he explains to us he thought she had pneumonia but it looks like a bacterial infection. (whaaat.. huh… pneumonia but no, a bacterial infection in her intestinal track. Ok well you’re the doc.. ….) 

Next day “she is doing fine” but she is not eating our food.  Could you bring some of her regular food. 

So we did.  We visit the cat and the poor thing is like  TAKE ME HOME!  We sit with her, calm her down and she is all happy, but she will not eat because she is still stressed out being at the vet.  So we leave her over for another night.  


Next day they call us up and tell us they are syringe feeding her.  “She is fine but won’t eat.

  and they want to keep her over for another day or two.  We asked about her stomach has it gone down… “we don’t know, the reg vet is gone and the new one doesn’t know what it was like before… but it is still swollen”   at this point I am !!!!!!!

Ok so It’s my girlfriends cat.  And I love the thing.  But I have no confidence in this vet, and from what I see he hasn’t corrected the stomach problem and now wants the cat for two more days.. I have a feeling after 2 more days he will want her for just another couple of days.


We’re in a small town with vets that come here because I believe they can make it no where else as a vet.  The community is sick and tired of poor vets but the nearest  town for better service is about 80 miles away which doesn’t help during emergencies.  My g/f was told of this guy from a friend of hers.  It turns out that the vet her friend told her about has left this vet clinic and is no longer there.


Has anyone seen this type of sickness in a cat before and have any ideas of what it might be?  We are into this vet for close to $1,500 .   It’s a bad economy.  I will pay more, but I told her we need to go to a new vet.  This new vet is now off for a few days, and has someone coming in to relieve him.  She wants to see if this new guy knows a little more before we take him to another vet. 

I just want this cat fixed and healthy if possible.  I will spend more if I know someone is capable of healing this great cat.


If anyone has some similar experiences with their cat symptoms, and or ideas that we might bring up to the vet it would be appreciated. 

Also, are we allowed to take copies of the x-rays already taken by this vet to another vet for a second opinion?


Thanks in advance.

Pissed, upset, and heartbroken



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