Today’s patient story comes to us from Katie W. She is the proud guardian of two handsome black and white feline brothers named Patches and Rocks. Thank you, Katie, for sharing the story and photos with us, and for taking such wonderful care of these special kitties!
Patches was 8 weeks old when he was rescued by The Feral Cat Foundation, with his brother Rocks, in May of 2003. Patches was a tough kitty who had to be trapped and even though he was tiny, he was fierce. Rocks was found unconscious in a nearby parking lot. He was starving and dehydrated. I was told by the vet tech who cared for him that there were rocks in his first bowel movement. The ABC Vet Clinic in San Ramon accepted them into their care.
The next couple of years went by uneventfully, until Patches became severely and rapidly ill. He lost 4 lbs, he was losing his hair, he had brown goo coming out of his eyes, and he was sleeping in strange places all around the house. He would try to eat, but could not. He had diarrhea.
Within a matter of a day or two, Patches was limp in my arms. Dr. Moran at Presidio Way Veterinary Hospital fought hard for Patches, but one night he called me when Patches, on a heating pad, could still not keep his temperature up. He was not sure Patches would make it through the night.
We were referred to Dr. Craig Maretzki at SFVS. After a week of repeated electrolyte and fluid replacement, Patches was finally diagnosed with Addison’s Disease, otherwise known as hypoadrenocorticism, which is extremely rare in cats. Patches takes the same medicine a human would, and over seven years later, he continues to show me how fierce he really is.