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A few weeks ago we had to put my 11 year old cat, Gizmo, to sleep. It was a terrible ordeal, but he was suffering. For half a year he had been developing a condition on his nose. It ate away his flesh and spread into his mouth until his nose was GONE and his teeth always exposed. Eating became difficult but we tried to help. The vet never gave us a conclusive answer as to what it was. He said maybe a fungus or cancer. When his right eye became infected with whatever this decay was we finally had Giz put down.
But now, only weeks later my other cat, Molly, only 6 and a half, is showing similar symptoms that Gizzy did in December of 03. She has what looks to be reddish scuff marks on her nose. That's how Gizmo's started, only he had only one such mark. Over time his appeared swollen and by late January 04 we could see his right nostril was gone.
The vet had told us that if it were a fungus it was NOT contagious to other cats. Obviously cancer isn't either. So if Molly has this, what could it possibly be? And most importantly can anyone suggest a cure?
I couldn't do it again. I just couldn't, plus I have two other cats and if they all catch it I'll go out of my head with grief.
Obviously, if this continues Molly's on her way to the vet. But he was no help last time (I mean in diagnosing Giz, he was very helpful in compassion and they even sent us a card of sympathy when they put him to sleep). We're a small town and the best place I could think to come was the web. I'm not asking for a specific diagnosis. I know that's not what this forum is for. But any suggestions of what could be happening. Please. Thanks.
 

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Are there any other vets in your area? Or maybe a vet school or university? It sounds like a problem for a specialist.
 

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Any possibility of a poisonous substance?
I'm not saying someone deliberately did something (although I guess they might have) but maybe a garden spray or something that could be causing this?

BTW- Thanks for replying, guys.
 

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You need a second, third, fourth, whatever opinion. Something like this should not go unknown. It could be seriously countagious, I know some things can be passed to humans. I'd separate you kitty from your other animals immediately. Take her to another vet, get a full series of blood tests and a tissue swab on the infected area. It sounds really bad.

Please keep us updated!
 
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