Re: Help a sick stray with respiratory infection
Thanks for your replies. I will definitely try the herpes treatment.
I did take the cat to a vet and organized a fundraiser within my friends to pay for the costs. I am lucky to have generous friends. The bill was $360 (and the vet says he didn't charge us with everything). He has rotten teeth that needed to be pulled out, ticks. He got tested for leukemia and FIV (both negative). He also got vaccinated and neutered.
The humane society here is overloaded with cats. They told us that they would most likely kill her if she was brought in because of her health issues. Since it is the winter, and with the economic troubles, pets are flying everywhere, they just don't have space and are probably trying to save costs by keeping the healthiest, strongest ones.
Anyhow, he is now in the house, they cleaned it up so it is not scary to touch anymore. He doesn't look much better though. He is so skinny and he has soars and scabs.
At the moment, his paws and nose are looking very bad. I don't know what he got himself into, but they are all raw, bloody and swollen. The vet told me to put antibiotic ointment on it, but he licks it off right away... Any thoughts?