Date : Dec 22 2012
I am personally fostering a cat named Charlie for Starfish Animal Rescue. He has had chronic nose issues since he came into the rescue as a four week old kitten back in June. He is congested all the time and sneezes up bloody looking mucusy globs.
Charlie has been seen by three different vets and been on multiple antibiotics as well as a special diet and immune system boosters. As you can imagine, he is not very "adoptable" yet, because of this state.
He has also developed bumps on his neck that may be hives. At this point he needs some bloodwork done as well as some allergy testing. I am personally funding this right now because the rescue group cannot afford it, and this poor sweet guy needs to be treated.
The vet's instinct is that his nose issues are due to a feline herpes virus, but only putting him under the anesthetic can rule out the possibility of it being a polyp. The vet said without correct treatment, that virus can cause immune deficiencies and can cause increasing harm to nasal passages and bone structures. When the herpes virus causes destruction, secondary problems can occur like fungal and bacterial infections. He needs to have cultures and biopsies done while he is under anesthesia to help determine all he needs treated for.
At his most recent vet appointment, he was able to have four xrays done without a sedative, simply because he is such a friendly, laid back kitty. He won't stop purring even long enough for the vet to listen to his heart!
He is the most awesome cat I have ever fostered and it breaks my heart to see him sick but it doesn't seem to get in his way of enjoying life.
Charlie, I and Starfish Animal Rescue would truly appreciate any help you are able to give so that he can get better and hopefully into a forever home in the near future.