November 19, 2013 - Beth, a recently single, struggling single mom, called Sam's Hope after seeing the interview with Carol Erickson.
Her cat, Morticia, suffering from inflammed gums for the past five months, was unable to eat properly and was losing weight.
Beth had taken Morticia to her vet for treatment a few times, but treatment was unsuccessful. A dental cleaning was suggested, but Beth could not afford the treatment, as she was just making ends meet.
December 2, 2013 - We met Beth and Morticia at our support veterinarian's office early in the morning.
Morticia, surprisingly, tolerated a thorough examination of her mouth without any fuss. She is such a sweet kitty, and it is very apparent that her mom loves her dearly.
The exam resulted in a diagnosis of feline stomatitis; as a first course of action, injections of antibiotics and steroid were administered to help relieve the inflammation.
Morticia's five month ordeal with mouth pain, which resulted in the inability to eat properly, caused her to lose 3 lbs., a considerable weight loss for a 9 lb. cat. Along with a prescription of oral antibiotics and steroids, Morticia was given vitamins and immune system boosters.
Morticia will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
December 5, 2013 - Update from Morticia's mom, Beth. This morning Morticia woke up wanting food, and was very vocal in telling her mom what she wanted. She ate a full can of pate. Upon her mom's arrival home from work later in the day, she was looking for food again, and devoured another can of pate. After that, she jumped up on mom's lap and began grooming herself, something she hasn't done in about 2 months. We were thrilled to hear she was feeling better and starting to get back to her old self!
December 16, 2013 - Tish went to the vet today for her re-evaluation, and it was good news all around. Her inflamed gums have improved tremendously, and she put on 1/2 lb. in just two weeks! Apparently, the two cans of 9 Lives Pate her mom feeds her on a daily basis is agreeing with her. Her prescriptions were refilled and she will be rechecked in 3 weeks.
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