Monday, June 01, 2015

The Rest of the Story (on the four cats)

Nothing ever just ends especially not a story about four cats taken to be fixed today.  What happened to them in surgery and after?

I'll tell the sad story of the buff and white male, who roamed unfixed and injured into the 34 cat fixed colony the kind older couple feed in Lebanon.  That poor boy never had any good go on for him, one could see, just by looking at his thin and scarred body.  He is gone now, at rest,  no longer suffering in this often cruel world.  An unfixed male has no friends.  He is unwelcome everywhere and must fight everywhere he goes.  His smell is obnoxious so people run an unfixed male off, sometimes brutally.

He was not one of the chosen.  Nobody got him fixed, or loved him long and he's roamed awhile.   He picked up FIV in some fight with some bigger male who had gotten it from some other male before that, in a fight.  He also had another auto immune disease nicknamed Pillow Paws, where his body attacks his paw pads.  They were swollen and cracked and had to be painful to walk on.  He had broken teeth and not just the horrific neck wound that was old and had torn off his skin, but many others, too.

The suffering he went through would not have happened had he been neutered early on.  If only someone had done that for him and like magic, rewound his life from the point today where the vet shook her head in disbelief at the horrors he's been through and the needle ended all that for him.  All it would have taken to change everything for him would have been a neuter job years ago.

Fix your boys!

This poor boy is now at rest.  No worries or pain for him anymore.
The Lynx Point, Stripes, neutered today from the other colony has a shot.  He's young still, and has not fought much, if yet at all.  Now he's fixed and vaccinated and that will mean a world of difference for him, compared to the buff and white above.

The two girls were different as their colors.  Elizabeth is black and tiny and recovered quickly from her spay although she was lactating.  She had to be taken back and let loose for the sake of her kittens.  She was trapped at midnight last night, so she was not away from them long.  She won't have more.
Elizabeth, heading off to her kittens

Sky is very very thin  and needs off the streets for good.

She made a beeline for a vacant house and went into a tiny hole into the foundation.  Gosh darn it, there's no way in there to get at kittens.

Sky, on the other hand, was barely lactating, but still was, so back she went too, although she was not ear tipped and was microchipped and she'll be let out later tonight, because she did not quickly recover from spay.  Seems her tissue was quite friable, possibly she was back in heat, and she had very little milk formed even as I left her, at the colony caretakers house, about 20 hours after first trapping her.  There should have been a lot more milk by this time.   So who knows.  She was still wobbly when I left and set up in a cozy bedroom inside.   She's skinny and not in good shape and its a good thing she's now spayed because she could not handle another litter.  Her kittens are possibly the older ones seen playing around a different vacant house, although only one has been seen recently, a black and white kitten.

So one mother is back with hers, but spayed, and another mother may have no kittens by now anyway, due to her own physical condition, but she and they, if they be, will get a chance.

So that's the rest of the story, but just part of it.  Who knows where each story goes now.  I don't and I am happy about that because the sadness sometimes overwhelms me until I have to cry for a couple of days and hide.

Miss Daisy is throwing up and she never throws up.  It seems to startle her and worry her.  It's not the hairball type of hacking but more like her stomach is upset.  It's just been last night and today.


11 comments :

  1. I am so sorry. Glad that the poor buff and white boy will endure no more pain, but so very sad that death was the kindest option.
    Fingers and toes crossed for those who were spayed, for Miss Daisy and for your overburdened heart.

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    1. She's been eating a lot lately, too many treats too, sometimes both old gals, Vision and Miss D, are eating eagerly side by side at one little plate, like if one doesn't it as much as possible as fast as possible, the other will get it all. She seems ok, might have just been over full, don't know. Gosh I love her. That poor boy, I know. I thought briefly about trying to find somewhere to take him, but he's feral too, with all those health issues.

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  2. Oh I'm sorry to read that, it's sad.
    Hope miss Daisy is soon better, not nice to see animals not well.

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    1. She is no longer hurling today, thank goodness.

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  3. So sad.... Just wish there were more folks like you out there... though the cost (in all ways) has to be tremendous.

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    1. It can be very sad, but the benefits of getting these cats fixed, for the cats, for neighborhoods, for the future, is so tremendous, it's hard to stop. I wish there was more money available to put towards these endeavors to "fix" whole neighborhoods.

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  4. There truly is an overwhelming amount of pain in this world. Thank you for your part in trying to alleviate some of that. I recently saw another sad story that at least turned out as good as possible. You might enjoy it...

    http://thatspurrfect.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-cat-is-cat.html

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    1. Thanks Darla, I'll give it a read!

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  5. Someone who is as compassionate as you, I'm sure feels the failures deeply. Keep you chin up and know that you are doing wonderful work. But, you know, it will be alright sometime, if you feel like you need to get away from it and do something else.

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    1. There's nothing else I know how to do, live and learn, or that makes such a difference, for people and cats. That old couple feeding the 34 now fixed cats, those cats would not be fixed now, if I hadn't helped them out. Sky and Elizabeth would not be fixed. It can be very hard, this type of work, but it needs to be done and I don't mind doing it, if I can find the money to do it.

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  6. Hi Strayer,
    I talk about you on my blog today. When you get a chance, jump on over and take a look if you want.
    Live and Learn

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