Creamsickle, a stray, but for how long will you live?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
February 3, 2009 8:17am CST
A cat came into the cat door on our porch. It looked like a cream sickle in our porch light. My husband came to tell me about it. I went out and it wanted me to pet it. I could see that it had a bad looking eye. So I found a vet that would be open evening ours and as a walk in. Sure enough, the cat left in the AM and came back that night. I put him in a cat carrier and went to the vet. He has conjuntivus in the left eye. But the really awful thing was the one inch deep ear mites in each ear and how badly he had dug up his fur and skin all around the base of his ears and scratched all the hair off his ears. They asked if I wanted him neutered and all his shots. I told them to give him tests to see if he will even live. I'm not paying 200 dollars for that stuff with a cat who is terminal. So they took Feline Lukemia and AIDs tests and at 11:30 today, I'm to call back and see if he will live. If he is terminal, I will have him put to sleep. This cat must have been a drop off. Someone was feeding it because when it came to my house, it didn't want to eat or drink. But no one saw to its medical needs. That is for sure. I thought I would just be paying for an eye, but both ears, Wow! Ear mites are nasty. I hope he lives, but I don't have much hope. If he's that messed up, he probably has lukemia and/or aids. I only ever wanted one cat, this would make two cats, if this one lives, I have to find him a home. At the Doctor's office, their lighting, he looked like a regular rusty orange with white (like two hairs orange to every one hair of white). I'm pretty sure this cat was a drop off to our neighborhood and someone fed it because they felt sorry for it. Ever since the local place started laying people off, cats have been showing up in our neighborhood, some as drop offs and some wondered over after being thrown out to fend for themselves. I really would like to clobber these people who leave cats to fend for themselves or drop them off.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Awww you are so sweet to try to help this cat. No computer chip in the cat or collar? I give you alot of credit for taking the time to take the cat to the vet and making an attempt to get him better or well. It's such a sad story. I can't imagine dropping off an animal and putting it out of my mind. I couldn't sleep at night. We recently had to have our cat put to sleep. About broke my heart. She was only 13 and in cat years that's not old. She had cancer and the vet did everything she could to help her. It was beyond anyone's control to keep her alive. It's been 2 weeks and I miss her constantly. My little friend is gone.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
3 Feb 09
No collar. How do the chips work? I thought if you lost the cat, you found the cat by GPS in the chips. Or does someone who finds the cat have to scan for the chip somehow? I know he's not ferral because he walks up to people and he wants to be petted. If he was ferral, he would run from people. This is a really loving cat. He has claws. I petted him and then he wanted me to take him, he stretched his paws upward and all the claws came out, I could see them and I could feel them go through my clothes, so I had to back him off from me. His fur is fluffy, but not very thick. I had no idea how messed up this cat really, really was. Take care.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
3 Feb 09
The chips can be checked at the vet's office. Our animals had it done before they were adopted. Both the cat and dog were our daughter's and it was her choice to do this and really it's a great idea. I guess the vet's office has some kind of scanner. The chip will show the animal's name, owner's name and phone number. Not sure about the address. Again I say it's so sweet of you to take in the cat. I would do the same thing because I am an animal lover.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
3 Feb 09
He's neg. for feline luk and aids, yeah! I will try to remember to have them scan him tonight. I really would like a happy ending for this cat. He's sooo sweet and he wants to be petted and to have a home to sleep in at night. He acts like he was someone's pet. Thanks and take care.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I'd like you to inflict a few well placed kicks for me. Man, I hope he does all right, I love those orange cats, along with the Siamese, and black cats... Well, I just like cats ya know.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I thought you were going to name all kinds before your realized that! LOL!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I just hit the ones I have the most of around here first....
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
4 Feb 09
oh dear, i'm so sorry to hear about the cat. i can't imagine how long he has been on the street. thank goodness he is tested negatively for all those nasty diseases. it's nice of you to bring him to the vet and pay for all those tests. maybe you want to consider keeping him. there must be a reason why he went up to your home and no one else's.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Feb 09
My cat hates all other animals. It has been a serious trial to keep him away from this cat and the cat in the barn. I can only afford ONE cat. The cat chose me because eveyone else on the street has a dog. My husband has really taken to him. If my cat wasn't healthy as a horse, we would keep this one and put my cat to sleep, but the vet said that's the healthiest heart on a 14 year old cat she's ever heard!
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Oh, I just hate to hear sad stories about animals, especially cats. That was very humane of you to take him to the vet. I hope he doesn't have any serious illnesses. Gosh, I didn't even know that cats could get AIDS. I'm trying to figure out how that could happen, I mean how did the "first" cat get AIDS. Anyhoo, that is so disheartening to hear that so many people are just dumping their pets and not properly caring for them. This cat sounds like it must have been a very pretty animal at one time. Well, good luck and I hope the situation turns out they way you want it to.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Feb 09
From a distance, he's still a creamsycle. This is why I prefer to bring cats to a vet and not to a free rabies clinic, the introduction of new diseases into an area. First it was just rabies, then cats started getting feline luk and now AIDS. So you see, it's important to keep up with the problems in an area. The best way to do that is to go to the vets because years ago, we didn't know about luk either until cats started getting it. So thanks for helping me make this point. Take care