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