Tzofia (Sophia) is sick

Poor little Tzofia is nearly scratching herself to smithereens. She looks worse than a cat with the worst mange you’ve ever seen. She’s had an allergic reaction to …something…and that caused her to get the auto-immune pemphigus syndrome.

We don’t know what caused the allergic reaction so we’ve changed the kind of litter she uses, the kind of food (she’s now on an insanely expensive anti-allergin food). We’ve changed our dishwashing liquid, clothes washing liquid and stuff we clean the floors with. In fact, the floor in the room she is isolated in is getting a ‘water-only’ cleaning. It may be an allergy to sunlight…

She’s been to see a specialist (the two vets we took her to prior had never seen anything like it before). The poor little 3-legged wonder is now getting major doses of prednisolone twice a day, an antibiotic pill once a day and pain meds twice a day. She is running and hiding, hiding, hiding when she sees me. She is also supposed to have frequent baths (daily just can’t be done).

We are hoping to get the meds compounded with a marshmallow flavour (she can’t have the fish oil compound as she can’t eat anything she’s ever had in her diet before). That way, it will be less stressful than getting pilled constantly. It may take up to 8 weeks before we see any improvement. In the meantime, the poor little thing is just miserable.

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2 responses to “Tzofia (Sophia) is sick”

  1. Omer Zak says :

    How is Tzofia now?

    I wish Happy Passover to both of you, as well as to the rest of your family – both human and feline.

    • israeliminx says :

      Pesach Sameach Omer!

      Tzofia is still in really bad shape but she is getting slowly better. She sees the specialist again next week. It looks like it may be a full six months before she has a full recovery. She is getting hair re-growth on some of the earliest patches — a good sign — but she is still breaking out in new sores. She is not liking having 13 medicines shoved down her a day :(. She’ll need to be on the special food for life (and she isn’t terribly fond of it).

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