I took in Murphy a little over a year ago. He was small, shy, and afraid. He had been passed from owner to owner since he was a kitten and was naturally very afraid of unfamiliar places and people. Murphy took to hiding in my closet upon his arrival. He stayed in there for over a week, however slowly but surely he began to emerge more and more. Now, Murphy is a happy cat. He plays with our small dog, Ozzy, enjoys basking in the sun and of course cuddling up in my bed every night for a good nap. I love Murphy, he has brought me so much comfort and companionship this past year. Although, unbeknownst to my family and I, Murphy had an untreated mouth infection from many owners ago The disease is Plasma Cell Stomatitis (also known as lymphoplasmacytic stomatitis, LPS, feline caudal stomatitis) or feline chronic oral inflammatory disease. Murhpy's gums are puffy, red, and irritated. Untreated, this disease will endanger his wellbeing and livelihood.
I love Murphy, and he loves me. I will do anything in my power to take care of him. Unfortunately, I am nearing the end of my undergraduate degree in painting, and I have my masters in fine arts on the horizon. Any student knows how costly and stressful this is. My entire savings account was meant for my education. However, I cannot leave Murphy untreated. He needs help, and I need help. Currently, Murphy is on antibiotics (Clindamycin Hydrochloride) prescribed by our local veterinarian, this is meant to ease any discomfort and help fight against infectious bacteria in his mouth. Luckily, he loves to eat and hasn't noticed his medication. The treatment for this disease is a full mouth extraction, which I found extreme to hear but was assured that this is actually the most beneficial treatment long term. The sooner you nip the bud, the less chance the disease has to spread. Murhpy's treatment is an estimated $1800 to $3000 quote. This ensures for instance anesthetic, ultrasonic dental, extraction, x-rays, antibiotics, pain medication to name a few.
Murphy is a young 3 yo rambunctious and mischievous tabby. My only wish is to help him, and bring him along the move to the East coast where he can watch the pelicans and fancy himself a mighty feline from the comfort of a new home with me and his family.
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