Cryptococcosis is an infectious disease caused by the fungus Cryptococcosis neoformans. The disease is contracted by inhaling infectious particles (e.g. from bird droppings, soil, decaying vegetation).
Symptoms of Cryptococcosis include:
- weight loss
- nasal discharge
- nasal mass
- skin lesions on head
- eye disease (e.g. haemorrhage in the retina, inflammation of the eye)
- central nervous system abnormalities (e.g. head tilt, incoordination, circling and seizures)
As cryptococcus is a fungus, treatment requires the use of anti-fungal medications which include fluconazole, ketoconazole and itraconazole.
The prognosis for cats with Cryptococcosis is relatively good. However, Lico was old and weakened from FIV. She was also losing weight for the past 6 months although blood tests were normal. The original swelling above her eye was very mild but ballooned rapidly within 2 weeks. All the while, her appetite was good.
Lico did not recover. She crossed the rainbow bridge at 15 years old. A good age for a rescued community cat.
Well-loved. Fondly remembered. And always beautiful in our eyes.