Argo is a kitty with special needs. When he was about 4 weeks old, he was abandoned by his human family when they were evicted from their home and left him behind to fend for himself. He was found and taken in by the landlord of the property and brought to the Pet Adoption Center to give him a second chance to find a home. He has been here over a year -- since April, 2009 -- not because he wasn't just the cutest and sweetest cat around but because he developed a skin condition that needed to be diagnosed and treated before he could be available for adoption.
This was not an easy diagnosis because his symptoms mimicked several other skin conditions. It was finally determined that Argo has an auto-immune disorder called Pemphigus Foliaceus (PF). Auto-immune disorders are those in which an animal's immune system mounts an attack against itself. The Pemphigus group cause blisters and erosions of the skin (in Argo's case, on the pads of his paws), as a result of the immune system mistakenly regarding the cells in the skin as being foreign, and attacking them. It is one of the most common auto-immune skin diseases recognized in cats.
PF is not contagious, and although Argo is doing great now that he has been diagnosed and treated, he still may need to be on daily medication for the rest of his life, along with blood work every 6 months, in order to keep the disease in remission. The individual or family who adopts him will need to understand and be responsible for his special needs.
However, what you get in return for taking care of him and making sure he stays healthy is a super friendly cat who is playful, likes to be petted, and loves to curl up in your lap! Argo also gets along with other cats at the Pet Adoption Center so if your current kitty needs a roommate, he just might be perfect! Come on down to meet Argo and see what love really is all about!