Our Lexi is Sick.
Being sick is no fun. Animals, cat's especially, don't like being sick...and as you can see my Lexi is no exception. What's worse, is when you find out that your pet needs more then a few drops of medicine here and there and all your attentive love, but rather a life changing on going medical therapy.
Lexi unfortunately suffers from feline eosinophilic granuloma complex; commonly called rodent ulcers. This occurs when the cat's immune system misdirects its internal activities and attacks the cat's outer layers of their bodies such as their mouths, lips and gums becoming swollen or breakouts near or under the chin area or any other parts of their bodies. Signs of this allergic skin disease includes itching, chewing, licking, skin lesions and hair loss. Even her poor little ear's have a tinge of scabs crusted on as they have been affected by this condition too; they started bleeding outside and inside and that's what made me very, very concerned. I had found out about her disorder after we adopted her for a few months, believe me, I pretty much went into panic mode as I've never owned a cat with this illness before. But this time was the worst bout she had. And as my Vet took notice of her after reviewing her medical history, her specialized and strict diet (suspected chicken allergy) and as I had done quite a bit of research, we both concluded this was likely an auto immune condition; it flares up all too often on anything. Many times I've noticed when she is relaxed, stressed or excited, her skin seems itchy and therefore this cycle breaks out every time...so what on earth were we to do...and that was back on end of April 17, 2017.
Conventional medicine has all sorts of remedies including steroid shots that can suppress and relieve the sores...but it's also very hard on the cat's body. Not that I am an expert, just very hard to make the right decision. Therefore we opted for a milder (if you want to call it such) prescription called Atopica: it is an oral solution, cyclosporine, used to control feline allergic dermatitis (allergic skin disease). Atopica requires a prescription from your veterinarian and has to be administered on a scheduled routine to ensure the cat (or any animal) get's the proper dose for the duration. All it takes is a few drops in her food, supervision of any changes in her physical behaviour or habits. So as of now, May 11, 2017, her itchiness seems to have lessened, her ears are healing and her gums and lips have started to heal quite nicely...
It appears Lexi may need this for life. As any medicine that is guaranteed to relieve and assist, it will be costly. But our Lexi needs a better quality of life as a cat. She needs to get caught up with chasing Sadie around our apartment, she needs to have her cuddles with Brian (her favourite human) and she needs to feel relaxed when gazing outside bird watching...without constantly biting, scratching and licking herself insanely in an OCD manner. Of course I will always be on a look out for a more milder and natural way to try to control this. But in the meantime, she is faring much better. And that's all I can ask for.