We adopted our lovely girl just under a year ago. We did not know she would be ill until we arrived to pick her up. When we adopted her, she had just recently been spayed and had a large infection at the incision site. Her abdomen was swollen and hot to the touch. She also had nose and oral ulcers, an upper respiratory infection, and was only 5lbs. We took her home anyway and brought her to a vet. At the same time that we began treatment she began to suffer from chronic diarrhea 3-4 times per night. Probiotics, antibiotics, and new foods didn't work. We did stool samples and blood tests and she was drastically losing weight despite eating well. We thought she wouldn't make it. Then, we ordered a special test to measure her B12 and EPI levels. The B12 levels were very low and so we began her on a treatment of one B12 injection every week. The vet suspected IBD (irritable bowel disease). Within weeks of administering the B12, switching to a novel protein diet, and adding s.boulardii to her food, the diarrhea subsided. Overtime, she slowly gained weight and is now at a happy and healthy 8 lbs! Her fur has grown back thick and healthy and she is an incredibly sweet cat. But, she has one last hurdle -- the dreaded stomatitis.
Stomatitis is a debilitating and progressive condition in which the gums and mucosal lining of the mouth become inflamed and painful. It is believed that calicivirus can result in stomatitis. She will need a full mouth tooth extraction done by a specialist. It is the only treatment for stomatitis. The specialist believes that with this surgery, she will experience great relief. The surgery with dental x-rays and overnight hospitalization will cost over three-grand. I'm looking for donations to help cover some of these costs and the costs of follow-up visits.
She has come such a long way and deserves a life free from pain.