This is my cat Gidget I brought her home from the vet yesterday after having her eye removed.
It started about a month ago when I noticed one of her eyes seemed like it was swollen and I took her to the vet thinking she may have gotten
something in it and rubbed it too much. Unfortunately, the vet said it was glaucoma. She had already gone blind in that eye and was experiencing
severe discomfort from the eye pressure buildup.
There were two options it could be treated with medication or there was a 5k surgery that "may" relieve the swelling. I opted for the medication. The
Doc wrote a script and I got it filled at the pharmacy. It is the same eye medication for humans with glaucoma and luckily there is now a generic
brand of one type. It cost a few cents short of $100 for a months supply.
I gave her the drops twice a day for a few days, but something seemed off so I cut it back to once a day for a day before taking her back to the
Gidget was allergic to the drops. The vet gave me some drops for the allergies and schedualed me to bring her back in a few days during that time he
would look into the other medication. I brought her back a few days later and she cleared up some but the eye pressure had returned with a vengeance.
She was actually crying bloody tears.
The vet had located a slightly expired bottle of the other eye medication to try however she also had a reaction to it which prompted another
The medication he gave me would generally cost 4 to 5 hundred dollars. By this time we had already talked and decided that in the future the eye had
to come out but the hope was to bring down the pressure for a while before doing that by giving her the anti-inflammatory with the medication
That worked for a while until last week when Gidget stopped eating stopped drinking and started to shut down.
OK, back to the vet this time she needed IV fluids and was taken off all medication. After talking to the vet I had him keep her until she was well
enough to have her eye removed which was a few days later. I brought her home yesterday however she will not eat or drink even though she is meowing
for food every time I go by.
So guess where I am going after I post this? If you guessed the vet you're right. It seems she can't smell the food due to the swelling no matter what
kind of food I give her. She will not even touch canned tuna fish.
Guys this is tiring, but that is all I am really complaining about. I had two family pets pass away last year from old age and when this one goes I
want it to be old age as well so I will do what is needed. The vet has been great about this discounting a lot of it like boarding and he really saved
me from buying a 4 to 5 hundred dollar medication that we found out wouldn't work.
It is possible she never had glaucoma in the first place I guess I will find out in a few days because the vet said there was something weird that he
removed while taking the eye out which he is having biopsied free of charge. She may have had a tumor that was causing the eye pressure to build.
Honestly, I hope that is what it is because cats have a 50/50 chance of getting glaucoma in both eyes so f it is some kind of tumor then there isn't
that risk. Glaucoma is pretty rare in cats my vet said he had only seen about 4 cases in his 30 years and my cat was a first for being allergic to the
OH well, I just felt like sharing I am now signing off to take her to the vet.
edit on 17-3-2015 by Grimpachi because: (no reason