Of course, such an answer would not satisfy one whose job it is to "fix" things, and so after months of additional internet research, remedy sharing, and homeopathic treatment, Shorty is responding beautifully to something known as Immuno-DMG, discovered by Dr. Roger Kendall and available at U.S. Animal Nutritional (for those with similar cat health problems). Her symptoms are now hardly noticeable, the quality of her coat is improving, and Shorty is just happy to be alive!
With a history of the feline Herpes virus and a chronic upper respiratory infection for nearly a year now, Shorty is also our most fragile kitty. While a resident of the Humane Society with its constant transient state, Shorty’s early life was fraught with ongoing illness and uncertainty. Though she adjusted well after her adoption in the spring of 2003 and suffered only one upper respiratory incident initially, two years later with the arrival of Mama Cat and her four kittens in August of 2005, the stress was too much for Shorty and an ongoing upper respiratory infection led to a secondary opportunistic Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial infection. After much prayer and months of costly conventional vet treatment with the usual steroids and a slew of antibiotics, we were told that Shorty had no hope of recovery from this aggressive bacterial infection.
And just above Shorty's head hangs this sign brought to me by my dear friend and first official cat house visitor who has also found great truth in its sentiment.
Of course, the others love the cat tower as well, especially Mama Cat, who frequently perches there and plays Whack-A-Mole with the heads of the others as they unsuspectingly pass by . . .