UPDATE: January, 2021. Peggy ended up having to go back on dexamethasone last fall due to a flare up...but now, once again, she is steroid-free. We had to stop feeding the Sensitivity VR and she's doing much better on a raw venison food. We are still hoping to stabilize her care plan so that she can find her very own home. We are continuing with her allergy injections - they vary from every two weeks to every six weeks (under the on-going advice of her dermatologist). Her biggest problem now seems to be chronic rhinitis (sneezing) which was due to being on steroid therapy for a long time. Otherwise she is doing very well, good weight, beautiful coat.
UPDATE: September, 2020. For the first time in two years, Peggy has been completely weened off dexamethasone. Fingers crossed, she won't need to go back on it! She is still receiving allergy injections. We have found only one food - RC Sensitivity VR - that seems to work reasonably well for her....but we are grateful there's at least one food that she can tolerate(ish).
UPDATE: June, 2019. Peggy is now receiving allergy injections by her foster providers. We think it is helping, however, she still has flare-ups from time to time. Her foster provider has to be very careful that she doesn't get into the other cats' food (but accidents do happen). It is necessary to keep her isolated for certain periods of the day when the food bowls for the other cats are out. After a lot of practise, the routine is going very well.
UPDATE: September, 2018.Peggy has significant food allergies. She saw a specialist in Calgary in June, 2018, and was put on steroids and antibiotics. So far, she is doing very well and is gradually being weened off dexamethasone (steroid). She will be going for a follow-up appointment on Oct. 25, 2018. We'll keep you posted! We may decide to do definitive allergy testing at that time.
Color: DSH Dilute Tortoiseshell (micro-chipped)
Age: Born Approx. May 1, 2016
Gender: Spayed female
A young cat was seen in obvious distress between two lanes of traffic on one of those brutally cold days in mid December, 2016. A PAW member just happened to be first on-scene. Our member prefers to think the driver who hit the young cat didn't realize what had happened. Anyway, there she was, a little gray cat hunched on the road, bleeding from her mouth and nose and crying loudly. Had she not received immediate help, she would have quickly succumbed to exposure and shock or been hit again. Another driver helped stop traffic and little "Peggy" was gently placed on our member's front car seat and driven just a block to Highlands Pet Hospital. They admitted her immediately and, although she didn't appear to have injuries to limbs or torso, her head had taken a hit. Further observation revealed a broken hard palate and soft tissue injury to her soft palate. Her teeth, miraculously, were in tact. She had a deep gash under her chin.
Cats are amazing survivors, aren't they? After four days at the clinic, Peggy was discharged with pain medication, an anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. Of course, we'll never know how long Peggy had been homeless before she was scooped off the road - but it was obvious she hadn't eaten in awhile or, for that matter, had shelter. She was very thin and had frost bite along the tip of her left ear. After three weeks in her foster home, her eating finally slowed. She has been spayed, "just a teeny-tiny uterus", said her vet, vaccinated and treated for ear mites. It took about six weeks for her to regain her kitten-energy. She's now very active and can entertain herself for quite some time with her favourite toys (springs, sponge balls, the bathtub). She poofed up the first time she saw the little resident dog, but that was over in about a minute. It's fun to see a cat's personality emerge.
We hope to get Peggy stabililzed to the point where she will be able to transition to a permanent home. For now, she will remain in her foster home.