I was wondering if anybody else has had this happen to one of their cats or has heard about something similar. In June 2011 my cat, I.R. Kitty, began limping. We chalked it up to a jammed leg as she was always jumping on and off of stuff.
A week later the limp wasn't any better and was in fact getting worse, so we took her to our vet. He told us it was an abscess, but one that probably wouldn't drain, and put her on amoxicillin.
Two weeks later she wasn't any better and was now starting to 'hide' from us. So it was off to the vet again. This time he said it was an inflamed joint and would take a month or more to heal; and put her on more amoxicillin.
By the second week of July I.R. could no longer walk and we decided to get a second opinion. So we took her to another vet that we had used on other occasions and he had always done a good job for us. He told us she had Feline Aids and would never get any better, so we should put her to sleep. She was still eating and alert, so we brought her home and decided that as soon as she stopped eating or acted like she was suffering we would have her put to sleep.
By August she was relying on us to take her to the litter box and wash her off if she got anything on her. She was still eating, still alert, and still purring. So we decided to let her go on for a while longer.
In November, I.R. took her first steps after being unable to since July. It was tough going at first, her legs didn't work quite right--but day after day she got stronger and now she's walking around the house, using the litter box on her own, and sitting on our laps again. She's still not the same old I.R., she has a very pronounced limp and can no longer jump on anything, but she's happy, and most important of all--she's alive.
Has anyone got any ideas about what could have caused this to happen? Has anybody's cat or dog ever exhibited this kind of malady? Or was the second vet right and did Feline Aids cause this to happen?