Does this work? I thought I had copied and pasted before. Obviously it didn't get through. Now, I can see everything on this screen. Let me know if it works. If not, I may have to add an attachment. It is quite lengthy, so you cn take your time with an answer. We live on Long Island, NY. Let me know if you need further information
For background information: We have a population of seven cats living in the house. Most of them are 6-7 years old. They are of feral origin, in the sense that they were raised by their feral mother and later adopted. However, their taming is incomplete. They can all be petted by people they know. However, when strangers enter the house, they are out of sight. Few of them can be picked up and none carried for any distance. None of them has ever visited a veterinarian, except when they were spayed/neutered as kittens. It is really infeasible getting them into a carrier. A few attempts have been made with serious injury to the handler. In addition, the relationship with the cat is disturbed after the failed attempts. Finally, all cats can leave the house as they please through a cat door.About two-three months ago one of our male cats started sneezing
intermittently. Then, about six weeks ago he made a turn for the worse. The sneezing progressed into a full-fledged respiratory infection
with constant sneezing, wheezing and respiratory distress. We now repeatedly tried to get him into a carrier. As this was unsuccessful, we tried to force-feed him antibiotics, but that did not work either. Needless to say, this caused serious stress to the sick animal and ourselves, so we abandoned further attempts. At this point the breathing had become so laborious and noisy that we feared he would suffocate. Suddenly, one night the mucous “came loose”. It morphed from a thick consistency to a more liquid form. This greatly increased his ability to breathe. Over the next week, his respiratory condition seemed to improve until it subsided completely [he still sneezes occasionally, particularly while drinking water]. That was about four weeks ago. HOWEVER, since then his general condition has worsened. He is loosing weight, presumably because he is not eating. His behavior has also changed. He is more withdrawn and may at times seem confused. He does no longer appreciate activities he previously liked, e.g. brushing, belly and head rubs, etc. Lastly, abnormalities in the pupils were observed [different sizes]. It is unclear whether this still persists. It should also be added that his nose mucous was mostly clear, watery. Pain is at this point not obvious, but it can not be excluded.From our perspective, the symptoms seem to indicate a viral infection with possible central nervous system involvement as a late sequela. However, none of the other cats , including his presumed identical twin, have as yet been affected and since it is impossible to separate them, or their feeding stations, litter boxes, etc., they must almost certainly all have been exposed.Our questions are as follows: Do you have any idea what disease entity this may be? Might he survive? Might he be suffering? What about the other cats? Importantly, all other cats have been treated with advantage II, can this cat also be treated? Finally, is there anything we can do, short of taking him to the vet?