We already had four cats when we decided to adopt one more. No, I am not a crazy cat lady. We made our decision because of the state of the economy at that time. It was terrible, and many, many cats and dogs were being abandoned by people who had their homes foreclosed. We knew that we had room for one more cat, so my husband and I agreed to bring one more cat into our home.Our youngest daughter was allowed to choose the cat. She saw Lily and fell in love with her, despite the fact that Lily had only one eye. We knew when we adopted Lily that she had lost her eye at around five months of age due to glaucoma. This is extremely unusual, since glaucoma is almost always a disease that affects the old, not the young. What we did not know was that Lily had stomatitis because she did not exhibit any obvious symptoms of this disease at that time.
Lily was the most energetic cat I’ve ever seen when we first adopted her. She was about seven months old, still basically a kitten, and full of boundless energy. She would jump several feet into the air to chase after her favorite toys, and my girls loved playing with her.
It did not take long for us to label Lily as our little ADD kitty. She was very loving to us, but she had the attention of a gnat. She would jump onto my lap and stay for just 30 seconds before something would capture her attention, causing her to jump down and pursue it.
We had Lily for several months before she started exhibiting symptoms of stomatitis. Then, when she did start to show symptoms, I did not understand what they were for at least one month. I will discuss what her early symptoms were and how I finally realized something was wrong in my next post.