|Purred: Thu Aug 2, '12 9:04pm PST |
|Thanks Tigger. No, vet didn't say anything about what we were going to do if Sammy is truly positive. I just DON'T want to put him down. I don't think I could do that unless he was in obvious distress. But then again, I am risking my other 7 cats lives keeping him a part of the clouder. I'm just so scared. It's such a difficult situation because I am really poor and there's only so much I can do. I mean, believe me, I love my cats so much that I sacrifice my own needs for theirs....they get the best food I can afford (TOTW), they get toys, treats, vitmains/supplements, meds, and lots and LOTS of love....I go hungry to take them to the vet when they need to go. But if Sammy is positive I'm going to need to have the other 7 tested again to see if they have contracted it, and that's going to put me in the hole so bad. Ugh. It just never ends.
Most of my rescues have some health issue or another. I've got two with a heart condition, one with asthma, one with a polyp in her ear that causes all sorts of issues and expenses, two elderly cats with arthritis, and they all have herpes. It's a lot to deal with. I do the best I can for them but I wish I was able to afford better treatment (like high-tech tests for the two with heart conditions). Sigh.
And btw, I DO use L-lysin to treat their herpes. I swear I'm keeping the company that makes mine in business! (lol) I buy A LOT of it. But it really does help the herpes.
Oh, and another thing, besides the 8 rescues we have inside, we have about 10 feral and semi-feral cats outside that we take care of! It's crazy. We have probably had over 30 cats over the past 9 years outside....some we've domesticated (not easy!)and found homes for, some we've surrendered to no-kill shelters, and many have succumbed to diseases and died. It's a real problem in our neighborhood. We've tried to control the problem by volunteering with Pet FBI and doing the trap/spay/vaccinate/release, which has helped, but I have so many horrible, ignorant neighbors who keep bringing new cats in here, not fixing them and letting them outside to get pregnant and spread disease. It's been a fighting battle for the decade I've lived here. But my mom and I are determined to save as many as we can.
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