Birthdate 9/5/13. Fluffy is a curious but shy grey tabby girl. She had been dumped at a pound and taken in by a rescue group who could no longer keep her. She has such beautiful eyes and a nice coat. She comes out of her hiding place to see what is going on so we think she will be fine once she goes to her forever home. She gets along well with other kitties.
This is Stewie, a very sweet and active boy with cerebellar hypoplasia, a birth defect that affects balance. He can take a few steps here and there but mostly gets around by scooting. He doesn’t have too much trouble climbing up on the furniture where he likes to take naps. He is a very personable kitty with lots of buddies in the special needs room (which he sneaks out of on a regular basis). So far, he isn’t able to use the litter box but he seems so capable that perhaps something could be put together for him so that he could. Or maybe he could have a special place setup with chux pads? He will also be a great lap cat. Come and meet Stewie and his friends today. He’s a very special special-needs kitty.
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.