Caring for a cat with stage 2 URI and possible FIV
I adopted a kitty from the humane society on July 29, a week and a half ago. She came to me with URI in its second form (a kitty cold, complicated by a bacterial infection in the lungs). I brought her down to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics. Though I'm aware the medicine doesn't target the virus but rather prevents further infection, she doesn't seem to be getting over it. She still oozes mucus and sneezes from time to time. It takes the average URI patient 7-10 days to get over it, and it's been 11 days with no sign of improvement. To make matters worse, my kitty is anorexic and completely refuses to eat (cats rely heavily on their sense of smell for their appetite, and since she's congested she doesn't have that), so I've been force-feeding her all this time (by scraping pasty prescription food on the roof of her mouth). Her previous owner never saw her to a vet, and I'm fairly certain the kitty has contracted FIV, which is making it difficult for her to fight off the URI, this is my assumption.
Wahhh, I want my kitty to be healthy! What more can I do?! What I would like most is to see my kitty take a bite of food on her own for the first time! Thanks in advance to any help!
-- On a different note, here's a pic of my new kitty just 'cause I can't help it, from her profile at the humane society. She's a beautiful 6 year old girl. I'm not too fond of this pic though, I think it's a rather poor one of her. She looks evil in it, especially since it makes her pupils look green (they're a NORMAL black by the way). It does no justice to her cuteness in person I say!! I'll have to post a better, more recent one sometime.