I hope you remember my Angel. Her rescue story is amazing, and I said on this blog that I have NO doubts about whether or not this cat was meant to be a Wisher. You might also remember that she absolutely hates all cats. After trying her in a few locations, Husband and I “remodeled” a dog run in my kennel into a kitty condo. She loves it.
Angel was a real challenge. She was the biggest challenge I’ve ever had in terms of trying to make friends with a cat. She and I ARE now friends. There are other cats here who still won’t let me touch them. So my relationship with Angel falls into the category of Success, whereas there are cats here I’m not sure I’ll ever have a relationship with. Those cats are safe and warm and fed and they love their cat friends. But they aren’t interested in a relationship with a human. Angel was also not interested in a relationship with a human. But there was a difference. She attacked. She screamed and attacked and charged forward and tried to claw and bite. It’s been nearly a year now, and Angel and I have a good relationship. I can pet her and she walks around in the kennel with me. She’s not one bit afraid of a single dog in that kennel. She stares at them sometimes. Mostly she ignores them. But put her in a room with cats and she loses her mind. So a kitty condo in a DOG kennel works fine.
Our problem now is Angel’s health. I had hoped I wouldn’t ever even be writing about this. I truly thought that the steroid shots she was getting initially would get us over the hump and all would be well. Angel had a stopped-up nose in the Fall. She was given an “allergy” shot (which is a form of steroid) and an antibiotic. There was never any infection, but the antibiotic was given as a precautionary measure. Her breathing got better and all was well. Then her nose stopped up again. When she’s at her worst, that nose sounds like a little freight train. She received another allergy shot. All was well. In mid-November, she had to have another allergy shot. I was becoming concerned about the amount of steroid she was receiving. But if the stopped-up nose wasn’t treated, she stopped smelling her food and stopped eating. A complication was that the injection in the middle of November only lasted two weeks. My vet said that because we have to keep her eating, we’d give another injection at the two-week mark. That was the first of December. But the last couple of days she’s been unable to breathe well through her nose AGAIN. Yesterday, Dr. O said we would try another antibiotic and that I could try giving Benadryl. We just don’t know what the cause is for all of this. While I was out yesterday, I bought special dry food and canned food – grain free. If any part of this is a food allergy, this diet might provide some relief. Of course, there’s always the possibility that there is a growth in the nasal passages. It scares me to death, Friends, because that is what my sweet Waggles dog went through. There is no good ending in that case.
Keep your fingers crossed that this round of antibiotic and the Benadryl and the new diet will turn this thing around. After what this gal went through earlier in her life, she certainly deserves comfort and happiness for the rest of her days. We'll gladly accept a prayer if you'd be willing to send one her way.
Have a good weekend.