After a couple of days of not feeling well, our FeLV+ rescue Bella started to gradually get worse.
Within 24 hours, she became extremely lethargic, hid away in her cave and stopped eating. We immediately rushed her to the vet clinic.
She was very stressed and agitated during the trip to the vet’s but once we got there she calmed down and was very collaborative during the whole checkup and did not need to be sedated. The vets were very pleased with her behaviour.
During the checkup, the vet noticed that she’s lost quite a few teeth which is rather normal for a cat her age and with her condition. The vet took her temperature and she was running a high fever which was making her very lethargic. According to the vet she has been in great pain and that’s why she gradually stopped eating; as a result, she’s now underweight and anaemic.
She has been diagnosed with a severe infection that is affecting her mouth and throat. Due to leukaemia, she cannot fight infections as a non-FeLV+ would but we hope she will respond well to treatment.
She’s now on antibiotics, painkillers, anti-inflammatory and a supplement of vitamins and minerals to boost her immune system and fight anaemia.
Although we cannot say Bella’s out of the woods yet at least we can say she’s very happy to be home and no longer hiding away. Hopefully, all the meds are already starting to kick in!