The results just came in at 2:30 this afternoon he was negative for rabies. The tech said he was an old, old guy with a lot of lipofusion granulars in his brain. These are released, she said at the very end of the life of a cat. It is some sort of protein the brain needs in order to stay alive.
First off, I am just really angry right now. I took the cat to another clinic, not my regular one- because this new clinic, they open an hour earlier for emergencies. They wouldn’t even take him out of the carrier! They looked and saw he was blind, and when I told them about his jerky leg movements and snapping at the air, they said they were treating him as a rabid cat! They called the Health Department and were advised that they needed to put him down and I was to take the body to OSU and pay $95.00 for the test for rabies. They said that the deputy should have followed this protocol and never got me involved with it.
When I questioned their opinion they said the only other option for this old guy was for me to quarantine him for 10 days to see if he presents for rabies. BUT they would not give me any pain medication, no antibiotics, steroids nothing! I was just supposed to stuff this cat into isolation and let him suffer for 10 days! That is not what we are about! I told them to euthanize him, I would pay the fee but I said that I wanted to look him over (with the vet’s help and heavy gloves) to see if he might have been hit by a car after he was gone- or what.
There was no evidence of a car hit- claws all intact, no compressions of the body cavity. He was so flea-ridden and emaciated, they couldn’t even find a vein to put the final solution in. They had to heart stick him!
He was old, he was emaciated, he was completely blind, full of mats, he was miserable and I’ll be damned if I was going to put him through 10 days of suffering to prove he didn’t have rabies. There’s something wrong with a vet who would just walk away like that and not even touch the cat to make him comfortable. If he had been younger, I might have fought for him to live- but he was just not there anymore and there was no point in asking him to continue.
I am waiting for them to call on the results of the rabies test. I suspect it will be negative. I think he is a bad survivor of distemper but I will let you all know what they find. Oh they did check for a chip (AFTER he died) No chip. What a lousy, lousy morning. Before he died, I whispered to him that I hoped sometime in his life, he had bright spots and memories of people loving him,
Thanks for letting me vent-