Sunday, September 09, 2012
buddy (formerly known as mr. kitty)
in the last week, i noticed he was acting like he was trying to hack up a hairball. then he started making a wheezing sound friday evening. i took him to the vet to see if he needed some antibiotics. keep in mind buddy is still feral, so this was an interesting adventure to say the least. we ended up having to sedate him for the exam. while there, i figured i better go ahead and have him tested for heartworms, fiv and felv (hope i got all those abbreviations right). the blood work showed his white cell count was low. vet said his heart and lungs were fine so he was thinking allergies. i thought great! buddy will get a steroid shot and we can go home. when the vet came back in the room he said he could not give him the shot because he tested positive for fiv. he showed me the little test thingie (kinda like a pregnancy test thing). i was really hoping buddy was going to be all negatives on that test. but given his age (vet says around 6 years), living outside and that he had been intact when i rescued him, well, i guess it was nothing more than wishful thinking.
so now buddy cannot be integrated into my cat family. my house is not set up for him to have his own room. i feel bad about having had to keep him in a really large dog crate for this long but now i can't let him out either. i started giving him l-lysine last night. i am hoping this will make him feel better since there is no cure. i don't know how long he has before the virus kicks in and he goes to the bridge. i will have to read up on feline fiv.
i am going to have to figure out what is best for buddy.