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 About a week ago I discovered that yet another irresponsible pet owner "dumped" their unwanted cat at my place.  I suppose they knew I'd take it in and care for it.

I had been feeding it and noticed that it was friendly, indeed not a feral at all, and my cats seemed not to mind sharing their food bowls.

Yesterday, I noticed it was not doing too well, so I took him to the vet.  I had thought this small cat to be about 6 months old......well he turns out to be at least 15 YEARS OLD !

How cruel are the owners to abandon such an elderly cat. Its poor spirit is broken and it is clearly in need of a lot of quality food and TLC.

The vet said he was within days of dying, and although he has a healthy heart and lungs, he is undernourished and sick.  He will need care for at least 6-8 weeks before we know whether he will survive.

My cats seem to step aside and allow him nearer the heater (the prime spot) and don't even hiss at him.   

He is a Stately looking male, so I felt he needed a good name, so we have decided on "Thomas".

He is eating kangaroo meat, and chicken mince. Drinking water, and using a littertray.  He appears to have a little problem with his back legs, but he is relaxing and recovering in a comfortable bed by the heater.

I will leave updates on his progress.......

August 4th....Thomas is a little steadier on his feet. He is drinking water like it's going out of style.  Eating about 500gm kangaroo meat a day.  He meowed to me as though trying to communicate today. He is still living in his 'bed' near the heater, but goes outside for a walk for about 30mins at a time, then trots back to bed.

August 14th...Yesterday he took a little walk out in my backyard whilst we had some sun.The amazing thing is my other cats are not even slightly jealous! No hissing or growling. I think they know how ill he is, and they are sharing their mommy with him.

I love THEIR compassion !

September 5th....  Thomas passed away quietly in his sleep

c8lorraine c8lorraine 56-60 32 Responses Aug 1, 2009

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I worked in east London (uk) as a dustman (garbage collector) for17 years and it was the same thing year in year out in regards to pets Every Christmas people would buy pets of all shapes sizes and breeds and come Feb/march the novelty of being a pet owner wore off and out they would go in boxes sacks and the bins We saved dozens of pets over the years from the back of the refuse wagon. But heaven knows how many we didn't save

How sad. Makes my eyes water... Glad you could give him good last days. :( poor guy.

Thomas is in Heaven with Jesus. I am sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through.

You did the most awesome thing anyone can do for Thomas!!!
Bless you!!!

I just took in a stray that was thrown out of a car last week! She is doing fine :)....

I encourage people to leave their unwanted cats at my place in the country, I'm up to 5 right now and will continue to take more as long as I can afford to feed them. They don't always get along and commonly disappear, two years is about the longest they last. Kittens commonly disappear in groups as if the whole litter has climbed up in the framework of a car or pickup and fell out or got off at the next stop. Whole story is kinda sad, cause I get rather attached to the critters. I think sometimes raccoons capture and eat kittens also.

You are a wonderful woman to have nursed an elderly man through his dying days with the grace and respect he deserved! I once adopted an elderly cat from the Petco adoptions. Actually, they gave her to me because of her age. I brought her home, and my cat despised her, so I took her to a friends (who had many cats) and there she lived out her final two weeks blissfully, and also passed quietly in her sleep.

In Buddhism which is not really a religion - its more of a 'way of life' it is said that when a living being dies it becomes reborn according to how the present life was lived! You have done well for yourself in your care for this poor little cat ......... I am very much a cat man myself and had a similar experience just last year. I cannot understand how some people are so heartless as to ill treat a cat that has been with them for so long. Well done - your reward is sure!

I'm quiet sure Thomas 's last few months with you gave him the strenght to survive that long.[[[hugs]]]

It was heartbreaking, the poor soul was so old and fragile. Why didn't they just take him to the vet and have him pass peacefully in his sleep rather than face abandonment and hunger in the cold ?<br />
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I hope a similar fate descends upon the previous owners.<br />
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I did what I could when i found him, but the vet says he was malnourished and near death anyway by the time I got him.

Thank you for your support...Thomas is not out of the woods yet...he"s a very sick old man. He is however drinking lots of water, so his dehydration is not so bad now. Yesterday he took a little walk out in my backyard whilst we had some sun.<br />
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The amazing thing is my other cats are not even slightly jealous! No hissing or growling. I think they know how ill he is, and they are sharing their mommy with him.<br />
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I love THEIR compassion !

Thats Humanity...dats feeling someone else s feelings...<br />
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great!!!

You are a kind person that is so nice, warms my heart , good for you :-)

Thats so cute of u. Good work<br />
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Give him a rub and yourself a pat from me<br />
Hope the big guy gets right.

I do hope he can live, I'd like to make his final days happy and loving

I understand C8 and you can't give him back his family but I know you are giving him love...and he will feel that love.

I'm sad because this boy would have been with the family for many years and must be grieving for them as well as being very sick

thanks for posting this C8! It is inspirational indeed; however the owners should be ashamed to toss aside such a wonderful animal.

thanks for posting this C8! It is inspirational indeed; however the owners should be ashamed to toss aside such a wonderful animal.

Thank you C8lorraine for giving Thomas a loving home. I can't believe what people do sometimes. A 15 year old cat...poor guy...but knowing you Lorraine, he will feel your love and that means a lot!

You're an angel..

Thank you everyone for your love and support. I'm left feeling that had Thomas arrived on your doorstep you all would have been loving and kind to him.<br />
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Thomas (today - Sunday) is eating well and resting comfortably. Still in front of the heater....it's cold here.

Zillaron I agree completely. It says a lot about them as selfish emotionally icy human beings

I live in a rural area where many "city folk" tend to dump their pets, assuming they'll survive in the wild only to starve to death or be eaten by coyotes. It's pretty pathetic that people can dump an animal and drive away while seeing their pet's dismay and fear in their rear view mirror.

thank you abooklover. Thomas has become part of our family now

thank you, my cats are the most loving animals on this planet.....ok I'm bias

Isn't it lovely how your other cats "know" something is wrong with this chap. How they don't challenge him but rather welcome him. <br />
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You have a wonderful family Lorraine

Thank you c8lorraine! I'm so moved by your story. When will we humans ever learn the value of unconditional love?<br />
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Joy and Blessings to you, Thomas, and the other sweet Kitty-Cats.

Thomas is indeed fortunate it was YOUR place he was found. I do hope he gets well.

Thomas is indeed fortunate it was YOUR place he was found. I do hope he gets well

Bless you Lorraine for having such a huge soft heart