Some wounds just won’t heal.
Usually, people are talking about broken hearts when the say that, but in Papaya’s case, he has an actual, physical wound that doesn’t want to heal.
The poor fellow was living outdoors and so obviously unwell that a rescue group in Florida just couldn’t leave him out there. Was it an injury? Or a skin disease? It was really hard to tell, but his poor head looked terrible.
They took him in and loved the friendly fellow. But strangely, they couldn’t get his wound to heal. To make matters worse, it turned out he was feline leukemia (FeLV) discordant. That means he tests positive for feline leukemia on one kind of test, and negative on another kind. So to be safe, discordant cats shouldn’t be around either positive cats (who might make them fully positive) or negative cats (who might catch it from them). What a mess!
So Papaya came to Best Friends, where all of his Guardian Angels out there can look after him. And we’ll find out what that awful-looking condition on his head is.
Is it an old wound that won’t heal because of the feline leukemia? Is it the symptom of some other disease? We don’t know yet, but we do know that he’s a fantastic cat who deserves everything we can do him to get to the bottom of the problem and help him heal.
Please welcome Papaya!