George arrived on our doorstep on the
18th August 2002, he was suffering from a very bad nasal discharge,
diarrhoea and was in urgent need of dental treatment. We later discovered
that he had been abandoned some six weeks earlier and had been living
He was taken to the vets for treatment where his age was estimated to
be about thirteen. He had his teeth cleaned, one had to be removed and
his diarrhoea sorted out but his nasal discharge although greatly improved
proved to be a chronic problem that never completely went.
We fostered George until we were sure he would settle in with our other
cats and they would accept him. In November 2002 we adopted him.
During December 2005 we noticed George wasn't quite himself so he was
taken to the vets who carried out blood tests and a chest x-ray. He
was found to have an enlarged left side of the heart which indicated
early signs of Feline
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, he was been put on Fortekor.
All the time George lived with us he had been on different courses of
antibiotics to treat his chronic nasal discharge but in early 2008 after
more than a month on two types of antibiotics one after the other his
nose problem was getting no better and in April he had to be rushed
to the vets because his nose started bleeding badly. The vet suggested
trying Maxitrol "Eye Drops" and the results were extremely
good, his nose cleared almost immediately and we only had to put a couple
of drops in each nostril from time to time to keep the problem under
In August 2008 he had to be rushed to the vets as he had collapsed,
he was found to have a kidney infection and was kept in for treatment
for seven days. Towards the end of September 2008 he was again taken
to the vets as he was not eating and was obviously feeling very unwell,
he was kept in for four days on this occasion and treated for kidney
On Thursday 6th November George collapsed again and was rushed to the
vets where the very sad decision was taken to put him to sleep.
He was a "marvelous" cat, very affectionate and full of character,
we will miss him greatly!
All the treatment George received was paid for by the Croydon Branch
of Cats Protection (CPL).