12.13.2010

Jimmy has a diagnosis

Jimmy finally has a diagnosis.  His second culture results came in and he has a Methicillin-resistant Staph infection (MRS); this is responsible for the bald patches he had when we got him and also the continued skin problems he has been experiencing.  He is on a twenty-one day course of Baytril and hopefully that will fix him up. The vet said that Casper, Ben and Archie should be fine as they are all healthy and the only danger is if one of the cats, or us for that matter, had a compromised immune system or was recovering from surgery.  I am relieved to finally have a definitive answer and even though what I read on google was pretty scary, I am optimistic that the medication will be effective and we will soon have this all behind us. 

Beautiful boy

Jimmy is a lovely little fellow and I couldn't be happier with the way he is getting along with the boys.  He loves attention and to snuggle with us and this health situation does not in any way diminish what a wonderful addition he is too our family.
Ben with Jimmy (and my new snow boots)

31 comments:

Au and Target said...

At last some progress. We're sure he'll be fine now. Handsome boy!

Sparkle said...

I'm so glad there is finally a name to what was going on with Jimmy, and that there is a medication to help him! Paws crossed that everything goes well with the medicine he has to get, and he will be fine after that!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We're pleased yoo have a diagnosis ~ although sorry for poor little Jimmy. Thank goodness he can be cured.
Jimmy looks adorable in those pics and we are so thankful that yoo already love him so much. Purrs.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

That's great that he will be right as rain soon! What a cutie!!

The Monkeys said...

I'm so pleased you found out what is wrong and we're purring that the second antibiotics work! Jimmy is such a sweet little boy.

Firstblood said...

Awe, hes a cute boy! Hope he gets better real soon!

Daisy said...

Finally getting a diagnosis is a great step forward! I hope he is all better soon.

The Island Cats said...

We're glad you know what it is now and Jimmy can get all better! What a sweetie!

Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad that the culture results have shown what is wrong with Jimmy. We hope it soon clears up with the Baytril.

Kea said...

We're glad you finally have a diagnosis and that it's being treated. We hope this takes care of it and that Jimmy gets a clean bill of health from here on in!

Marg said...

WE are so happy that you finally know what is going on with Jimmy. And we are sending lots and lots of purrs that the medicine will work. We just know it will. At least he doesn't have to be in the room by himself. We will keep our paws crossed too for Jimmy. Take care.

Admiral Hestorb said...

It's so good to actually know what the matter is and go about getting it behind him and you. He is so adorable and precious. Paws and fingers crossed for a very quick complete recovery.
xox

Brian said...

I agree, it is good to know and I'm sure Jimmy will be well on his way to good health! He is a very handsome young ManCat!

CCL Wendy said...

Awwww! What a sweet picture of Ben and Jimmy touching noses! I'm glad that you finally know the cause of Jimmy's troubles so he can get the proper medication to fix him up for good.

By the way, your were right, I forgot to upload Archie and Ben's picture on the LOLSpot. I have done so now, but most people have probably missed it, so I'll likely use it again before Christmas.

Caren Gittleman said...

Hoping for a complete recovery for Jimmy!!!

A word of advice from my vet and MY Internist (because I Google, just like you do)....

"DON'T!!!!!!!"

You will find the worst case scenarios...I do the same thing and it puts me in a frenzy! Don't do it! xoxoxo
Hugs to Jimmy for a speedy recovery!

Kat's Kats said...

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde & their Feeders are rejoicing!! They all think that Jimmy will do quite well now and everycat will be happy for the holidays!!

Sammy and Andy said...

YAY!!!!!!! We are so happy that Jimmy's problem has finally been diagnosed.....we purray that he will soon be totally over the problem and able to to totally enjoy the wonderful home he has.

xxxxx

♥I am Holly♥ said...

My goodness...I had no idea kitties could get MRSA (that's what they call it here). I had it come years ago and was in the hospital for a week and a half on antibotics! No idea how I got it but they got rid of it finally. Many prayers going out to Jimmy from us. Now that he is on the right antibotic, that boy should be fine! Hug him for me! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Hannah and Lucy said...

Jimmy is such a happy little man cat and we hope he will be clear of the infection very soon.

Princess Jasmine said...

Jimmy looks like a real cutie, I hope he feels better soon. Happy Birthday to you too. My hooman big sister says only the bestest hoomans have a birthday today!!!

Katnip Lounge said...

Jimmy, you take your medicines like the good boy you are and by the New Year, you'll be in 100% tip top shape! We love seeing you with your new family, and it make Mommy smile wide.
Kissies!

Cat with a Garden said...

It's always good to "know the enemy", so we are glad Jimmy has a diagnosis. We're purring for a problemfree recovery for the sweet boy.
Siena & Chilli

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Well...bad/good news but now he can get on with getting over it, Yay! We have only had one MRSA infection diagnosed where I work and that was on a chronic URI cat that lived with 2 hospital workers...wonder if they gave it to the cat?

ABBY said...

MRSA is a bad thing.
We didn't realize that cats could get it.
But we are glad that you did get the diagnosis and that it is being combated with the antibiotics. We are glad Jimmy is doing so well and will continue to do even better!

purrin
xoxox

cats of wildcat woods said...

Glad you know what it is and can treat it. He looks great.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Oh boy!! Now that you have a diagnosis,we purr Jimmy will recover soon!! He IS a cute little guy :) Good to see him getting on well with the others too!!
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Natalie said...

Yay for a diagnosis! I'm so happy to hear that they know what it is and can fix him! He is such a cute little dude.

Cara n Crew said...

It's always such a relief to know for sure what is going on. We hope the new aunty biotic will do the trick. Purrs,

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

Cloon said...

Hello little twin (Mini-Cloon). I'z got my paws crossed for you that Baytril will work, I'm sure it will. Baytril and purr-ayers are what worked for me when I had something goin' on with my ear. So Purr-ayers to you Jimmy. You seem to be a very good sport and hey, of course, you'z the cutest...

Cory said...

Sweet Jimmy, we are purring because now we know what is happening with you and now your mom and dad can make sure you get the right treatment! Big purrs for a happy and healthy 2011 baby boy!

~*Connie*~ said...

a diagnosis is so important!! I'm glad they were able to figure it out, and my best wishes that the baytril clears it right up.

Thanks for the tip on cleaning "Peter" I'll have to give that a go when I feel comfortable giving him another bath.

(and yes, Ollie is dealing with VAS. we've removed the tumor three times)