Stomatitis is a feline disease in which a cat has an immune response to his/her own teeth and/or gums. The outcome? Occasional steroids and antibiotics are needed, and partial or full mouth extractions. Many cats with this disease prefer wet food to dry food. We’ve worked with these cats for many years, and can give anyone interested in adopting these animals advice in giving them the best care. These cats are loving, friendly, and overlooked for this small issue.
Asthma is rare in cats, and can be brought on for various reasons – age, trauma, etc. In Wakely’s case, he survived a fire, but his lungs were damaged in the process. Wakely needs his inhaler twice each day, and he takes it very easily. He lives a normal life. Without his inhaler, Wakely would wheeze and have difficulty breathing. The inhaler we purchase is about $50 for a 2-month supply.
Diabetes sometimes afflicts overweight cats, as in people. Cats with diabetes typically need insulin shots once to twice each day. Our diabetic residents are used to their medication routine. Insulin can cost up to $100 for a few months’ supply. These cats are loving and are regularly overlooked for this manageable condition.
Heart conditions affect cats, as well. Edgar has a condition called cardiomyopathy and requires three medications two times each day – he even asks you for them! His medications are moderately priced. Edgar is a sweet, loving and confident cat who is passed on by adopters for this issue.
Kidney Issues often affect older cats, but can appear in younger cats as well. Milkshake receives fluids through a small needle every day, and is so used to the process that he will purr and lie in your lap while he gets his “daily watering.” Needles aren’t for everyone, but Milkshake is a young cat and would love to have a happy life with you. Fluids and needles are inexpensive.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) doesn’t affect other species, the disease is contagious through general contact from cat to cat. Cats with FeLV would do best as the only cat in their home, or with other FeLV+ cats. Adult cats who contract the virus can live relatively healthy, long lives but unfortunately kittens do not live more than a year or two. Treatment for FeLV varies depending on the cat’s symptoms. Some may be asymptomatic, while others may express issues such as upper respiratory infections and fevers. The cost of caring for an FeLV+ cat varies. These animals generally live out their lives at our Rescue and never see a forever home of their own.
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