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« on: March 28, 2016, 08:06:01 AM »

Hi everyone, sorry I've been rather absent lately.  I've got very busy involved with a small local stray/feral cat rescue.  We are really struggling for funds, and had to turn strays away at the mo - vet bills are mounting for previous months....

Anyhow, the last one in was a poor little soul - spotted by someone working on the uni campus 12 says ago (a large greenfield site just out of the town).  She was hiding out at the back of a fan unit of one of the buildings - so we went out to trap her and she was so weak she couldn't even run away.  Straight for vet check and now safe in my attic room.

Now in my spare room, keeping warm, secure and fed.  Vet prognosis not good - she weighed 1.9kg - now 2.1, was soooo bony her skin was loose enough to fit another cat inside - muscle wastage so bad she has difficulty with her back legs - she will stand and walk, but if she tries to move suddenly they go.. And of course lots of fleas. She has mammarian cysts and possible lumps, pus a couple of broken teeth.  And worse of all blood tests shows her to be in end-stage CRF.  Cry

She is obv too weak/underwieght anyhow to be able to take anaethesia for a dental, and what point spending money we dont have scanning the lumps if surgey cant be an option anyhow.  Very dehydrated - she wouldnt stop drinking when we first got her back from the vet.  Or eating  Smiley

She had a flea treatment, but her coat was so filthy and matted (semi-long hair) and full of grease, muck from garbage, and smelly we had to bath her on the 3rd day.  And gently work at the matts a little each day cos she really hates that.

But she's a little fighter - eats & eats and only vomited twice. Drinking has now normalised and she had a subq a week ago which has perker her up. She seems quite content to rest and not be in the wet & cold any longer - we figure from the state of her she was living rough for weeks/months.  She is sooo friendly she must have had a home at some point - tried all the usual to locate owner but nothing.  Possible of course she was dumped due to ill health - unf all too common as we know.  We do know that had she not been spotted, she would have died of starvation by now as she was too weak to scavenge any more.

She was so hungry we think she was eating vegetation - a week in she passed a clump of what looked like straw, leaf and bark/small bits of wood, then a few smaller bits later that day.  And then a 2" piece of cord.  This was after having a normal (if dryish) poo every day up to that.

Dead scary tho' - vet could not feel any other blockages in there however, and it has now stopped.  I can only think it was lodged somewhere and the other food passed by which was what resulted in the normal poos. 

So now we have to monitor and decide how long the quality of life is good enough....

Up til this morning our relationship was, understandably, solely based on 'I'll give you love if you feed me' - always going to her bowl after a cursory couple of headrubs  - once eaten she would ignore me.  But today I went back in after her 2nd feed (doing 6 small feeds/day) to take some pics, and she was lying on the futon.  And wanted headrubs, and strokes and purred loads and even gave me a nose-bump.  And didnt then go to her bowl, but carried on wanting a fuss for the next 15mins (would have been longer I reckon but I had to go out!).

Anyhow, here are some pics...

when we first got her to the vet


After the bath


And this morning



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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 08:34:42 AM »

Aww, she's lovely! I really hope you can get her healthy enough to treat her other problems. Poor kitty, she deserves better than to have to go through that in her later years. You are a wonderful person to take her in.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 08:47:58 AM »

So cute I hope she can heal. So glad you are giving her a chance and love.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 12:50:49 PM »

It breaks my heart to realize what this poor little girl has suffered. I am so happy she is with you. Regardless of what time she has left, and I hope you have some special bonus time together, she will know love and caring and kindness. You are giving her a wonderful gift. God bless you and God bless Honey.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 01:19:11 PM »

She is beautiful...I hope she has a lot of time left as she still has a lot of love to give. The "after" pictures shows a sparkle back in her eyes and she has perked up.
I am glad you are taking care of her...
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 09:45:53 PM »

Poor girl. Hope she has some quality time left, as long as she is willing to eat numbers are less important for CRF.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 03:45:50 AM »

Thank goodness you found her ! Even if her remaining time is short , better to pend it with love , warmth & food & water .
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 05:16:48 AM »

Yay!!!!  Breakthough last night.  Took my kindle up at bedtime and sat with her reading.  After her meal she went off to sit by the radiator.  Then after about 15mins she came over, climbed up onto the futon and crawled gingerly into my lap!!  And satayed there purring for half hour!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 09:24:12 AM »

Oh, I'm sorry I missed this!  What a lovely girl she is.  So glad she has decided to trust you!  Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2016, 09:27:04 PM »

It's so nice to hear a kitty so sick is such a sweetheart! Many prayers for her recovery.
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2016, 09:33:36 PM »

That is very sweet  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2016, 08:28:58 PM »

Honey looks so much better in the after picture!  Her behavior with climbing up to her lap certainly seems to indicate that she was once a much beloved pet who somehow became lost.  Bless you for taking her in and giving her some love as she approaches the end of her life.  I do pray that she will have much more time than it might appear from her medical issues.  She might really surprise everyone with her recovery.
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2016, 11:40:47 AM »

You'd be amazed how some CRF cats can turn around once you address nutrition and the need for fluids.  When I got my CRF guy (from the shelter) he was so anemic, he couldn't make it to the litter box in the cage.  Got rid of the fleas, added Epogen to his regimen and he perked right up! 

Thank you so much for giving this little girl love!
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2016, 11:35:59 PM »

Oh, how sweet!  Your so good to be there for her.   <3
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2016, 06:53:34 AM »

JoMax, thank you so much for taking this kitty into your home.   Kiss
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