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.
Dexter is a sweet loving boy who follows you around and wants to give and receive lots of love. He will make the absolute best couch potato buddy and will be a wonderful companion. He was rescued from a flooded rescue that had no place to keep him. Come and meet this cutie at the shelter. He’s waiting for you!
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.