Reno is going to stay at the V-E-T until at least Saturday. He has cystitis with blood and white blood cells in his urine. The V-E-T and techs are having trouble pilling him. (Heh, heh) That's why I left him there. I took a blankie and some of his favorite foods and Temptayshuns to him yesterday and I could hear his howling when I walked in the front door.
As Eric & Flynn's mum pointed out, cystitis can be caused by stress, and Reno has been stressed this past month what with my Bunco group, and then the Keno group taking place here. And then I've been babysitting a 2 1/2 year old twice a week and I've brought her over for about 15 minutes each day while I check on the litter boxes and clean up any yak that has been deposited since morning. So, I guess Reno is a bit sensitive to stress, just like his brother Obi.
The news on Dorf isn't as positive. He was diagnosed with generalized retinal degeneration. This is rarely genetic, except in Abyssinians. It is also much more common in dogs than in cats. In Dorf's case it is likely idiopathic since I've noticed his eyes looking strange for several years. Initially I thought it was the anti-depressants he was on for his aggressive behavior and inappropriate elimination, until we found out he had Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions. Then I thought his eyes would get weird looking when he was in pain from his teeth. Now that both of those issues are resolved, I was hoping there was another reason for his eyes looking weird. An issue that could be fixed with medication or something.
Generalized retinal degeneration can also be caused by an abnormal reaction to high doses of Baytril. Dorf was on Baytril for an extended period of time after his first dental surgery when he had the capillary vasculitis eruption, but his eyes had already been going bad before that. However, the Baytril could have exacerbated the degeneration.
At any rate, there is nothing that can be done. The ophthamologist suggested keeping rooms as bright as possible for Dorf because that will help him. She also suggested that I get the book Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline Levin. I can also take Dorf back for yearly checkups to see how he is doing. His sight might progress to total blindness, and it may have gone as far as it will, but I think he will become totally blind as he seems to be getting worse. He still responds to the rudimentary light tests, and the threat tests, but since he can't read an eye chart for us, we don't know for sure how advanced it is. But under the microscope and using the various tests that they have, he shows advanced diffuse tapetal hyperreflectivity, vascular attenuation and optic nerve pallor.
I looked all this up on the internet, and most of the stuff I found refers to dogs or to progressive retinal degeneration, which seems to render a cat blind in a matter of months from a quick onset.
If any of you have blind poodins I would love to hear from you. The ophthamologist told me not to move furniture and keep things as static as possible to help Dorf. My biggest fear is that the other cats will bully him. I've noticed that since his FORLs are all gone, Obi now smacks him upside the head. Dorf still does chase Obi and Reno and corners them, but not to the degree he once did when his teeth hurt. The vet said that once they get their pecking order all figured out, things may calm down. So I would love to hear how multicat households with a blind poodin cope.