Thanks all! I really appreciate all the great responses!!!
Yes, the very first thing I did when all of this started, ...I got on the internet and I read till I was blue in the face.
I'd read all about how steam really can help the problem. The article I'd read said to introduce the animal to a steam filled bathroom for at least 1 hour per day, and also to put a small amount of Vicks vapor rub underneith his chin (where he won't be able to reach it with his tongue). Both of these things really seemed to help him a lot. After using the vicks, ...it opened him up enough to where he was at least able to smell his food and eventually eat a lil' something.
The vet prescribed these Zeniquin pills, and showed me how to give them to him by securing the cat, and while holding his head back, nose pointed upwards, opening his mouth, dropping it down the throat, closing his mouth and lightly holding it shut until he swallows. Yeah, this is a lot easier said, than done. My vet makes it look soooo easy. However, I rarely am successfull at doing this, ...he always ends up spitting it back out
I even try to massage his throat a little to make him swallow. The old saying about leading a horse to water...... (Argh!)
Oh, and his name given by his previous family, was "Cry Baby" ...well, this is going to be changed, he doesn't come to that name anyways, ...however, believe it or not, it still hasn't yet been decided. We have been over a lot of hurdles since day one of his arrival, and it's been an emotional roller-coaster. I guess, we haven't really had any time to think of what to name him
Thanks for all the great responses!!!
reeB_relliM ---> a.k.a. Robin (..male version. lol!)