Our cat Mia is a 12 year old short hair that was born under our…

Our cat Mia is a 12 year old short hair that was born under our porch. No one wanted her so we adopted her. Back in October she developed a runny nose. It was a clear discharge. After about 2 weeks it cleared on it's own. Around Christmas it came back with a vengeance and she started making a loud snoring noise. We took her to an emergency vet Christmas eve and they put her on Clavamox and suggested we take her to her primary Vet. Her primary vet did not open until Jan 2 so we waited all the while giving her the Clavamox which did not seem to do any good. Her primary vet saw her 1/3 and put her on Zithromax. 2 weeks passed and no change. Now there was some bleeding from her nose and eyes. I contact a Vet in CA that has some specialty in this area and he suggest an injection of Convenia (antibiotic) and Depomedrol (steroid). Her primary Vet agreed to this and within a day, her discharge stopped and so did the snoring noise. We were excited but it didn't last. 4 days later it all came back again. I took her to another vet who did a nasal swab which came back positive for a Mycoplasma infection. They put her on Doxycyclene 100mg x 20 days. After 20 days, there was no change at all. I took her to a third vet who drew blood and it showed all normal, no infection but she was put on additional Doxycyclene oral suspension and there is still no change. The bleeding comes and goes but there is always some sort of discharge from her nose and eyes. The next step was a referral to a specialist surgeon to do a CT scan and then a treatment plan which will run into thousands of dollars which we don't really have. She is acting fairly normal through all of this and is eating and drinking. She even plays a little but gets easily tired because of the difficulty in breathing. Sorry for the long story but looking for suggestions at this point. We are in FL but heading back to PA in about a month at which point I want to make an appointment with Jarretsville Vet.I should add that we are absolute animal lovers and have fostered about 40 cats / kittens over the years and have found forever homes for all but 5 that no one wanted which we have adopted.
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Krista Magnifico
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Hello! I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty and frustration. I hear it soooo often. Same story. Same scenario. A cat with chronic upper respiratory issues and not much response to antibiotics although it sounds like many have been tried with little to no success. Then the discussion of a polyp arises (usually too late in my opinion) and people are referred to a place they cannot afford. So they have to figure it out on their own. So they find me based on a three minute video that finally diagnoses and resolved the problem. It’s so frustrating. Here’s… Read more »