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wee3beasties

Posted on 08/18/2013


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How Could I Leave Him?

How Could I Leave Him?
A neighbor girl biked down and talked to Kevin when I was headed down to visit Crystal and all the kittens. Apparently a sickly cat was stretched out on their driveway when they got up this morning. At first they thought he was dead, but then they saw that he was breathing. He got up and very slowly moved over and under their vehicle. The girl provided him with water which he readily drank.

When I spoke with her on the phone, I didn't know what to expect. FIV/FeLV? Injury from being run over? When I arrived, he lifted his head (as you see above) and stared at me with crystal clear eyes. Then he stood up and tried to walk toward me on wobbly legs. Emaciated. Completely, positively starved. He makes Gumbo look normal weight.

When I set the carrier down in the bathroom and opened the door, he came straight out and dove into the dish of dry food. When I opened the wet food, he failed to wait for me to transfer it from the container to the dish. The young man could not stand up to eat, but nothing wrong at all with his appetite. I debated as he mowed down an entire can of wet food, then put two more in his dish. Why so many? I remember Vidalia's appetite after she had her kittens and hadn't eaten in a good 24 hours. She downed everything we put down without difficulty. I figured I'd let this young man do likewise.

I wasn't planning on adding a feline today (unless it was the pregnant feline the gal is trying to capture over in Northfield). But apparently we now have twenty cats living in our home.

I'll invite the neighbor girl down to meet him once he's healthy and has been to the vet. Who knows? Maybe their cat Oliver needs a buddy.

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32 comments - The latest ones
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
#2
Mowing Down

#3
Skin & Bones

#4
Rail Thin

#5
Barely Up
4 years ago.
SunStones
SunStones
I have a feeling he's going to do very well! What a fighting spirit he has! And cute as a button!

Do you test the cats for disease yourself or bring them to the vet?
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to SunStones
I'll have him tested for FIV/FeLV when he is neutered and given his rabies vaccination. All my cats get Drontal for parasites. He's actually remarkably healthy in spite of being so emaciated.
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Oh man! How did this happen? I think he was on his last legs. Poor guy! I'm glad you were able to help him, and I hope it will be nothing more serious than hunger and that he will recover accordingly. My little guy Romeo has had diarrhea on and off for a couple of days and today he threw up all over the bathroom while I was at work. He seems to be alert and in fine condition - I am thinking that he is just not used to the brand of food I have him on, and probably he has been eating too much soft cat food. I have been supplying enough for both him and Julia, but I think he eats both of their portions. (She doesn't come out very readily yet)
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Cats 99
I do think he stretched out on the driveway to die. Wild that he was across the way from a pond and yet so dehydrated. Bummer about Romeo! I hope it's just the result of too much soft food too soon. We have a few that help themselves to everyone else's food here, too, hee hee. I have to supervise in every single room.
4 years ago.
Diane Burke - Diane's Sweet Treats
Diane Burke - Diane'…
My heart breaks for this little one, he is sooooo thin! I'm sure you'll fatten him up quite nicely, and he'll be playing with the rest in no time at all.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Diane Burke - Diane'…
He's a sweetheart, trying to get up and rub against me, but I feel so bad because it takes all his strength. I am amazed at how thin he is. The funny thing? He's polydactyl. Technically my third polydactyl, so I guess that completes my series of three.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
I feel terrible for the guy. He's so bony that I put a pillow in the bathroom for him to stay off the hard floor. Now he's lying in his own filth on the pillow. He doesn't appear to be in any outward distress. I think it's just a matter of seeing if this young man can survive the night. He's hydrating himself and has eaten plenty of food. If he's too far gone, well, I don't think there's any saving him. Still, he's held on this long. I'm hoping he's strong enough to pull through his state of starvation and thrive.
4 years ago.
Agnes Siljekil
Agnes Siljekil
Poor thing! Sending prayers! I hope he can make it because he looks like a fighter.
4 years ago.
Heidi Christmann
Heidi Christmann
Poor baby :-(! Praying he'll be ok.
4 years ago.
Theresa Holland
Theresa Holland
Poor little boy. I do hope he has been found in time. He is in the best place now.
He will be cared and loved.
4 years ago.
Diane Burke - Diane's Sweet Treats
Diane Burke - Diane'…
Just checking in to see how he's doing. It's early, but you're probably up too.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Diane Burke - Diane'…
He's still alive this morning and appreciative. He's purring and wanting to rub against me, but his legs are so weak and he's uncoordinated. I'm hoping he can continue to gain strength and recover completely. . . first night over. That's often the hardest.
4 years ago.
Doron Sane
Doron Sane
Poor boy! Finding you is his best chance. Hope he will make it!
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
I'm glad he survived the night. I hope he starts to gain some strength now. Poor guy!
4 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
While I was too nervous to eat any dinner before checking on this guy tonight, I am thrilled to report that he actually had the strength to use the litter box today. Granted, he didn't clean himself, but he obviously has made an improvement. Also, tonight, while still wobbly, he managed to stay on his feet rather than collapsing when seeking out loving from me. This boy is an absolute sweetheart. I hope he manages to pull through this difficult time as he both has a strong will to live and a beautiful disposition. I'm quite smitten. Yes, he will eventually have a name. I've been bouncing up and down through a litany of names trying to land on the one that suits him most.
4 years ago.
4 Vellie Yoda Fred & Finn (Til)
4 Vellie Yoda Fred &…
Braveheart,... Bravo He's amazing.
4 years ago.
B-Max Inc.
B-Max Inc.
oh my the poor thing! i'm glad he found his way to you and it sounds positive he'll make a full recovery. he is a cute little thing and i hope he is healthy after the vet visit and no "surprises" ha.
4 years ago.
Marilyn Adams
Marilyn Adams
Breaks my heart to see how thin and weak he is, and glad he has an appetite. Sending positive thoughts to him for a speedy recovery and clean bill of health!
4 years ago.
KJ4VOV
KJ4VOV
I have a feeling he managed to get himself trapped somewhere and only managed to escape shortly before he was found on the driveway. Quite possibly he was in one of the body panels of the car he was found near.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to KJ4VOV
Given how healthy he otherwise seems, I do wonder if this isn't an accurate picture. I hope that his body can recover from the horrific blow. Only time will tell, but each passing hour his situation gets more and more promising. Fergus (means Man of Strength) has been entirely appreciative of everything I provide for him!
4 years ago.
Diane Burke - Diane's Sweet Treats
Diane Burke - Diane'…
I'm so glad he's doing better, I was almost afraid to check in.
4 years ago.
La Cabeza
La Cabeza
I like your choice of Fergus! Seems fitting somehow. Fight on, little one!
4 years ago.
Agnes Siljekil
Agnes Siljekil
I like Fergus so much : )
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Fergus is a great name for him! I'm glad to read that he is continuing to recover. You may have to watch for what Max had Hepatic Lipidosis (or something like that). He started producing green urine about a week after he was rescued and started eating again.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Cats 99
Right now I'm monitoring closely for refeeding syndrome. Tough, though, because he's become particular about what he eats. But he is able to be up on his feet now which is great to see. He likes to plop down and knead. Whenever I clean the floors, he assumes I'm down there to love him. Fergus is an incredibly grateful and precious boy. Someone someday is getting a treasure. I'm watching for any evidence of liver problems, too. I feel so bad for Max, but I am grateful that he made it and has flourished! Right now Fergus is "dumping" his meals. They go straight through him. The gray clay-like appearance makes me hope that his pancreas is working properly. Time will tell. For now, I no longer have a moment of panic opening his door.
4 years ago.
Theresa Holland
Theresa Holland
So good to hear he is doing ok. Love his name.
4 years ago.
4 Vellie Yoda Fred & Finn (Til)
4 Vellie Yoda Fred &…
I hope he's continuing to gain strength. He's definitely one to cheer for,...Brave handsome lad.
4 years ago.
Marilyn Adams
Marilyn Adams
Checked back to see how he's doing........hope he continues to improve!
4 years ago.
wee3beasties has replied to Marilyn Adams
He's now making it into the litterbox consistently, and he's even started to make an effort to clean himself. I'm thrilled!
4 years ago.
La Cabeza has replied to wee3beasties
Oh, good lad! There is hope for him.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
Today I noticed for the very first time that FERGUS HAS A BELLY! I'm so excited. Yep, he's gained weight. I'm thrilled for this boy. I admit I am a bit nervous what his FIV/FeLV results will be, but he never had signs/symptoms except for being emaciated.
4 years ago.