A couple weeks ago our clinic got a call from Health Services (not sure if that's their exact title) saying that a client of ours was recently put into the hospital for mental issues. They weren't expecting her to make it home. Very sad, because we'd known her for years and she has always taken remarkable care of her cats. Sharp, smart woman. Last time she was in (about six months ago), she said a couple things that made us tilt our heads, but we all forgot about it till the call.
Her husband is elderly, has one prosthetic arm, and sadly drinks a lot. He was currently feeding their 11 cats Trail Mix (that's right, like nuts and raisins and M&M's). Health Services came in, more or less condemned the house, and said the cats had to go. Most weren't vaccinated or vetted at all, because things had been declining for a while and no one else knew.
We took the cats for a while, vetted them (owner of the clinic reduced the cost and partially used a relief fund we have). Health Services was going to take them all to the SPCA, but before they came back, we were able to find homes for all the aging cats but one.
I realized she was a 13 yr old gal I'd seen 3 years ago, when I'd surgically removed a fibrosarcoma (a bad type of cancer that can come from a vaccine reaction) from her hip. Even with extensive surgery, this type of growth has a high chance of coming back, and when it does, it's always fatal.
Well this tiny sweet gray & white gal had no growth and was still kicking it just fine. If I sent this old gal to the SPCA without vaccines, best case scenario would be that she find a home and get vaccinated... and gets the same thing she miraculously got over already. I just couldn't. Even though we didn't have a home for her, when they came back for the others, I snuck her under the radar and kept her in the clinic.
A few days later, our very elderly clinic cat had to be put down, which was sad but she'd had a very good long life and was surrounded by people who loved her.
And, now we have a new little gray clinic cat.
|I see you discussing me. More petting, less talking.|