Who doesn’t love a surprise? Yesterday it was a question of who was more surprised, us or this lovely long-haired senior kitty. Diffley was found huddled in the rain, wrapped in a sodden blanket next to our dumpster. When he was brought inside and unwrapped, he was awarded an instant trip to the vet.
The vet diagnosed him with starvation, major flea issues, and old age, the vet and tech both guesstimated his age at 15+. His FeLV/FIV test came back negative, and bloodwork for kidney and liver function came back good, too.
Diffley is currently occupying his own suite, complete with heating pad and tasty food, in our clinic. He is on antibiotics and has doctor’s orders to rest and gain weight. He’s been treated with Advantage and Capstar so he is no longer supporting half the flea population in Youngstown, and he has been de-wormed to get rid of any other pesky critters. Once he gains a little strength and feels a bit better he will be allowed to get a bath.
West Side Cats is the only no-kill cat shelter in Youngstown, and the only place locally where Diffley and cats like him can find loving care and shelter from the winter cold. On Monday, Diffley needs to go to the vet for some urgently needed dental work. Please donate generously this holiday season so we can keep helping senior and handicapped cats find loving forever homes.
Marley came to us as a death row rescue. He had a history of possible urinary tract issues. The following Tuesday morning the volunteers came in to a bloodbath – Marley had apparently blocked during the night and unblocked himself with the only instruments available – his teeth. He was rushed to the vet where the prognosis wasn’t good. The only way Marley was going to stay unblocked was with major surgery. Major, very expensive surgery. The biggest issue was that our vet doesn’t perform this particular procedure, meaning that we couldn’t have the surgery now and just make payments. We would have to take Marley to a specialized hospital for this and we would have to find the money for this before the hospital would see him.
We were advised to think about humane euthanasia. Instead we asked for help and, miracle of miracles, we found a wonderful couple who agreed to sponsor Marley.
Marley is at the shelter.
Born 1/10/2010, Sandy looks and acts like a kitten. She is very friendly and wants to hang out with you. With her big eyes and cute little pink nose she really is irresistible. Sandy is waiting for her new forever family at PetSmart in Niles. Our volunteers are usually there to help you after 6:00pm
Sailor was safely returned to West Side Cats with the help of our good friends and fellow CH Club members. Here she is having lunch. She is available for adoption so come and meet this sweetheart at the shelter.
Birthdate: July 1, 2009
Monkey and McKenzie have Cerebellar Hypoplasia, an underdevelopement in the balance center of the brain. They are a bonded pair and need to be adopted together. Both have mild CH and are able to climb and all the normal kitty stuff. You might notice a slightly awkward walk but that’s about all.
They were left to fend for themselves when their owner abandoned them. When another rescue group was contacted they took them immediately but didn’t really have room for them. We said yes when they called us. Monkey, a brown tabby, is shy but slowly warms up when he gets to know you. McKenzie, a calico, is very shy and gets along with other cats more than she does with people. She will be your friend when it’s feeding time.
Their adoption fee is $70 including the two of them. Come meet them at the shelter.
Sonny is a real cutie. He was born 7/1/2004. He lost his home when his owner lost her home and had nowhere to stay. He is an identical twin to Mickey, his brother, who is also up for adoption. They hang out together and would love to go to a new home together although it’s not mandatory. They are both very large boys and love to be scratched and petted. Come and meet them at the shelter.