Knock on wood, my two adult cats, Olivia & Tanner have always been very healthy, so I have never been the originating poster of a thread in this forum before. However, my new little one, Finn (the black kitten in the center of the photo) has been giving me a time lately.
Very briefly, he, like Olivia & Tanner before him, was a feral kitten who showed up at my office about four months ago when he was about four months old. All alone, no siblings, no mama, looking as down and out as a little kitten could be. Scrawny, emaciated, the whole thing. Took me five days to catch him in a Hav-A-Hart trap, at which point I set him up in the bathroom at my office (gotta love my boss - VERY tolerant!) since I didn\'t know what he might have that he could pass on to O&T.
Anyway, checkup, kitten vax, neuter and quarantine period over and one failed rehoming later, I noticed that he seemed a bit wheezy in his lungs so took him in. He was running a temp, and was prescribed Clavamox. He hated it, but worse than that it didn\'t really seem to do much for him. Two weeks later when the course was over I took him back in, where he received an injectable antibiotic, which did seem to make an immediate difference. Three weeks later, though, I could hear him wheezing again. This time he received an injectable steroid along with his antibiotic injection. Again, immediate improvement, but a few weeks later, same thing. Two weeks ago this Saturday, he got yet another steroid shot and antibiotic injection. (He had also been getting L-lysine and probiotics the entire time.) Same pattern - immediate improvement, no wheeziness for a good week and a half, and then the last couple days, I could hear the congestion again.
So back we went today, this time for chest X-rays, which revealed the enlarged heart. My vet is sending the films out for review by a specialist and I should hear something on Monday, but meanwhile, this will be a very long weekend of waiting and wondering. This little guy has already been through so much in his young life, it will just kill me if he\'s got something congenital to deal with as well. So any advice or simply good thoughts will be appreciated.