As is often the case with cats we get from shelters, Lillian’s history is mostly unknown to us. We do know that she was picked up as a stray and remained at the shelter for a long period of time, unadopted due to her age (our vet estimates she’s about 10 years). Even worse, this particular shelter had decided to become a dog-only facility, so Lillian’s fate was apparently sealed.
Fortunately for Lillian, a kind shelter employee pleaded Lillian’s case, and our Intake Committee agreed that she should be accepted into Tabby’s Place.Lillian is a very sweet little girl and we are so happy that she is with us.As soon as we saw Lillian we knew something was wrong with her eyes.Both pupils were fully dilated and it was not clear whether she could see at all.We immediately made an appointment for Lillian with a veterinary ophthalmologist.
The specialist’s examination showed that Lillian has glaucoma. This disease causes increased pressure in the eyballs, which can lead to damage to the optic nerves.While Lillian does have some amount of vision, the damage caused to her optic nerves is permanent.The best we can hope for is that she retains her current level of vision.The best medications to help reduce the pressure in her eyes are eyedrops, as they have the fewest potential side effects.Two weeks ago, we started Lillian on prescription eyedrops.During her rechecks with the ophthalmologist, it became clear that the drops were reducing the pressure in her left eye, but the pressure in her right eye was starting to rise again.
So, the specialist has prescribed an additional kind of eyedrop in hopes of reducing the pressure in her right eye.We are hopeful that these medicines will help Lillian to retain the low level of vision that she has. Given her age and eye problems, it is unlikely that she will be adopted. In addition, the prescription eyedrops are very expensive. Please consider sponsoring Lillian and helping us to care for her as she deserves.
In addition, the prescription eyedrops are very expensive.Please consider sponsoring Lillian and helping us to care for her as she deserves.