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Old 10-17-2012, 09:37 AM
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Default Keep this kitty in your thoughts today

I can't go into too much detail because this is a case at work and this is obviously a public forum, but...

Last month we had a young cat come in to the clinic in horrible condition. He had been this way for over a week, but the owner wasn't overly concerned. It was bad enough that I left the room, went and pulled a vet out of another room, and said, "This cat needs help. Now." Owner didn't want to euthanize, but she also didn't want to do anything drastic. So she opted to just see what would happen with supportive care, even though the bill was going to be very high.

Cat was with us for about a week on IV fluids, heavy medication, etc., etc. Over this time period I think we all fell in love with him. He is an awesome cat and his spirit to combat his issues was amazing.

He improved so much. Once he was no longer needing fluids/constant TPR checks and had stabilized, we sent him home with medication. He was home for about a week, then starting having minor issues that the owner didn't want to deal with it, so he came back again. He was with us for a few days while we switched around his medication and got him happy and healthy again. Sent him home.

Now he's back again. More minor issues and he needs to be on meds a bit longer. O dropped him off, then called back later and left a message saying to just euthanize him because she's done with him.

We do not want to euthanize him. At all. He is doing so great and recovering so well, he just needs time and proper care. Once he has recovered, his quality of life will be 100%. He just needs time.

I'm not working today and I really don't want to go in to work Thursday to find out he has been killed simply because his owner is done with him. We're really hoping she'll sign him over to us, but then we have to figure out what will become of him once he's with us. We have donated antibiotics which is what he needs right now, but his recovery will take time and if he needs more, someone will have to be financially responsible. And then we'll have to try to find a home for a cat that will have a very minor physical handicap. But he is such a good kitty, and is so worth it.

So say a brief prayer today for this kitty, that he's able to keep on living and is able to find a home that can appreciate him for the special guy he is.
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