I have a sick outdoor cat

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My cat who lives outdoors is sick all the time. He has been to the local vet to get antibiotics several times, even getting two shots a day for five days in a row. He perks up when he gets the shots, but after a few days he is sick again. The vet says that he has an immune problem, and unless his body kicks in, the drugs won't do any good. Is there anything else we can do, because I don't want to put him down unless I have to.

Raymond S.

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Hi – thanks for your email. Sorry to hear about your cat. My first question is – have they done any blood tests to determine if there are underlying problems such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline aids virus (FIV), anemia, and kidney disease. If not – that is where I would start. You need to know what you are treating at this point. There is a lot of reasons that a cat can act sick.


Best of luck!


Dr. Debra



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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.