Last week fifteen wonderful volunteers gathered and gave the Derry Township Community Cats cat house (yes, we call it the cat house) a spring cleaning. Just in time for our newest short-term resident to check in. Meet Sam.
Sam was being fed by a kindly caretaker who noticed he wasn’t very well, and she did a wonderful job of trapping him. DTCC doesn’t generally care for sick cats (though I wish we had the finances to do so!) but when cats come in as part of a TNR trapping week and they’re ill, they hit the jackpot. This poor guy came in last night, and we settled him in the sparkling clean cat house overnight, and then got him to our amazing vet this morning.
I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find out that he is FIV+. You can hear him breathing from the other side of the room, and when the vet looked in his mouth today it was full of lesions, even on his tongue. No wonder the poor guy can’t eat kibble. He hasn’t groomed himself in a very long time (due to the lesions, no doubt) so he stinks and is matted all over. Ear mites galore, and who knows what internal parasites. And the guy is intact, which probably means he was out fighting and got the FIV that way.
Luckily, he’s a sweet guy, as you can sort of tell from his photo taken at the vet’s office. He’s Mr. Mellow, and didn’t even mind being trapped…just kept eating the canned food at the back of the trap (our super duper trapping food – shrimp and fish…who is going to turn down that meal?) He’s very happy to eat canned food, and even ate a whole can at the vet’s office. (What cat does that??)
So, first things first for the guy. We can’t deal with any kind of surgery (neutering and cleaning him up) until his congestion is a good bit better, so he’s on an antibiotic for a couple weeks to see if we can help with that and the lesions. Some Revolution to deal with some internal parasites and ear mites, plus some ear mite medicine to help him be more comfortable. And all the food he wants to eat.
He’s got our king-sized dog crate for now, right next to the window so he can watch what’s going on outside. Lots of fleece to sleep in, and room service for litter, food, and water twice daily. And a nice warm and sparkly clean cat house to hang out in. And that’s a whole lot better than living outside for this guy. He won’t be going back out. I’m not sure where he will land yet, and that may depend on how well he responds to treatment. But one way or another his outdoor days are done. Welcome to the cat house, Sam. Enjoy your stay.