FIV+, Stromatitis feline, Advice please
I adopted a 5-6 year old calico manx from the local animal shelter 6 days ago. (She came in as a feral stray, gave birth to one kitten, was spayed, then slowly calmed down and became domesticated. She was in the shelter for over a year, 14 months.) She is up to date on most shots per the shelter and received a mircrochip the day we took her home.
I took her to the vet two days ago because she was refusing to eat or drink, lethargic, will not groom or play. This is not abnormal to her behavior we witnessed in the shelter. In the times we visited her while waiting application approval, she was always sleeping, burrowing into our arms, responsive to our touch, very affectionate. Could not meow.
She tested FIV+ at the vet, temp of 104+, has an awful case of Stomatitis, weighs 8 pounds and is bony. She has a weapy left eye vet said might be respiratory virus. (next day we confirmed with the shelter one of the cats in the community area with our cat, was just diagnosed with a respiratory virus). Vet very gingerly (because I had children with me) cautioned putting her down. No possible way I can do that without at least trying!!!
I have managed to get her to eat small amounts of tuna water, then larger amounts and finally a little bit more tuna pulp, although it aggravates her Stomatitis. I have managed 3 doses of Clavamox into her since the vet visit. Her appetite is slowly increasing, and we heard a very faint meow for the first time this morning! She uses litterbox (same litter at shelter) one time a day. I can not get her to drink unless I "paint" water on her lips from my fingers.
Anything better I can feed than tuna? I am worried of sodium putting strain on her kidneys. One friend mentioned plain meat babyhood, watered down to consistency that will not hurt her Stomatitis. She also mentioned chicken broth to water it down, make it more palatable... again, question of sodium content though?
would tuna packed in oil be better for higher calories? or worse since she is getting a lot of her water from the tuna as is. Vet said she was NOT dehydrated, so I am leery of messing with doing oil instead of water. Also worried oil might make her lick insides of her mouth more to "clean it off" and aggravate the Stomatitis. She is refusing wet cat food because it causes her pain every time she eats.
ANYTHING else I can do for her?
She is very very sick. vet cautioned I only buy one box of antibiotics incase Alice did not make it to next week. yesterday i was worried she was not going to make it through the night, after I found what appeared to be diluted, dried blood on the bed cover and on the floor by the bed.
Overall we are seeing a very small improvement, but it is so touch and go. Vet also cautioned treating Stomatitis and seeing improvement does not mean she may not succumb to a different virus or infection that we don't know about yet. If she makes it to next week, I am to drop off a fecal sample to test for parasites same time I pick up second box of Clavamox. ANY ADVICE? ANY encouragement at all?
We love her dearly and desperately want to give her the loving home she's never known.
Sorry this is so long, thank you very much for taking time to read and respond.
P.S. we do have a second cat, 18mon DSH male, neutered, UTD on shots. We have kept them separated from day one to allow a slow intro. So very thankful as it prevented possible biting altercations before we knew she was FIV+. We also adopted him from the same shelter last year. He is scheduled for his FIV test 4-6 months from now just to be sure. Any advice for trying to care for a FIV+ cat in a two-cat household? (Shelter does not test for FIV, so they did not know she was positive, otherwise they would not have adopted her to a house already with cats)