After recently losing our 2 Egyptian Mau's of almost 17 years (they passed 3 weeks apart) we decided to get 2 more Mau kittens.
We searched the Web and found a reputable breeder with two 5 month old silver boys (just what we wanted)
We picked them up at her house and were given their complete medical records (which our regular vet had reviewed prior)
When we got them home, they were both poster cats for vibrant healthy kittens
About a week later one of the kittens came down with a case of conjunctivitis. We took him to the vet who prescribed ointment that cleared the condition up almost immediately. About a week later the conjunctivitis returned, but this time it was in both eyes.
We took him back to the vet who informed us he may have the herpes (FEV-1?) virus, and once again prescribed an ointment, that mostly cleared the condition, but one eye still has a bit of discharge. The vet also put him on Lysine (500mg/day) to help with the suspected herpes
4 days ago the kitten started limping badly, hardly putting any weight on one of his front legs. He also became lethargic and won't play with his brother. We immediately took him to the vet. This time the eye specialist was in the office that day so she examined him. His eyes looked good (still a touch of conjunctivitis in the one eye) but she confirmed the herpes diagnosis.
She examined him for the limp, but couldn't find anything wrong, at least on external examination. Her guess is some type of injury sustained while playing with his brother.
He continues to be lethargic, but is eating and drinking normaly. The odd thing is, sometimes when he's sitting up, he is resting one or both legs on his wrists, which looks really odd, and clearly isn't normal. Also when he is sitting up, he looks like he's leaning back resting his body on the base of his tail. He walks like he has some type of arthritis in his from quarters.
The vet wants to do an X-Ray study, if he's not better in a few days. My guess is he's not going to be.
I talked to the breeder who is willing to take him back, but we've become attached to him (as is his brother also).......But we're off to such a bad start, we are really thinking it's the best thing to do. Especially since the vet has no clue what's wrong with the kitten
Also, at the last vet visit a few days ago, a complete blood work up was done and according to the vet, was as good as it gets.
Does anyone have any idea what could be going on?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.