|Purred: Fri May 17, '13 9:43am PST |
|Shempi is not my cat, but I'm posting for his owners to get advice.
Shempi was initially my boyfriend's sister's kitten--when she moved away and went back to college she ended up leaving him with her parents to continue his care.
Her dad is a bit old fashioned and 'country' about his beliefs in cat care, so poor kitten got the boot outdoors.
He was never neutered, and was under a lot of attacks from the other male tomcats in the area from the time he was only 4 months old. He's suffered and healed on his own from several cysts and the like by this point.
Well, this time, an injury wouldn't heal. A big, gaping hole on the top of his head. His owner tried to fix it with alcohol and peroxide every day (OW! ) and it was still open and beginning to smell foul several months later.
Meanwhile he's full of worms, poor kitty, his bed was covered in, euch, dried tapeworms, and some other kind of worm I don't recognize off the top of my head.
Finally after some long and frustrating arguing, they took him to the vet.... Where he was then diagnosed as FIV positive. Surprise, surprise.
Anyway, other than...well, all this, he's a surprisingly sturdy and healthy cat. No wonder, he's had to survive a lot on his own, I guess. They have other indoor cats so he can't stay there anymore, so we are in charge of finding him a new home. We might see if his old owner can take him now that she's moving again, but only if she promises to keep him indoors.
The vet ended up neutering him, 'refreshing' the wound and suturing it(they said usually they wouldn't suture such an old wound, but in his case he might never heal properly with FIV if they didn't) and dewormed him and got him back on his feet.
I guess I'd like some advice for what to do to keep this FIV, sweet sweet precious kitty healthy. I'm looking at posts mentioning inferon or something, I'll look into that.
I already have lysine powder for my kitten, is that something else that could help this guy?
Thanks for any and all comments and advice.
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