darn it darn it darn it...

@dawnald (84132)
Shingle Springs, California
October 7, 2009 4:57pm CST
I walked over to the lake again today at lunch. I'm going to have to do that more often. I knew I had to be back in time for a 1:00 conference call. And I was back with about 10 minutes to spare when I saw the cat. It was meowing and looking under a bush. I figured it was feral. We have a lot of feral cats by the office. But I stood and watched for a few minutes and then it turned around, meowed and ran toward me. Well sucker me, I petted it and it purred. It was so thin, but so friendly that it had to be lost or abandoned. So I picked it up, and it let me hold it. So here I am outside the office, no purse or anything with this cat. I couldn't just leave it there and it didn't seem to be in any hurry to be put down. I knew the guard wouldn't let me in with the cat, but I thought I might find a box to put it in and then I could take it to the vet and have it checked out. Naturally there were no boxes outside the mail room or by the trash bins. So I walked toward the building, thinking what to do. I decided to walk into the lobby and ask the guard for a box. Well heck he didn't even try to be nice. "You can't bring that cat in here." "I know that, I just wanted to ask if there was a box lying around that I could put it in." "NO." Well minus 10 brownie points for him. How much trouble would it have been for him to call the mailroom or one of the admins to see if there was a box? One of the janitors was standing right outside emptying the trash and he seemed sympathetic, so I asked him if he could watch it for me while I ran to my desk and got my purse. Which he did. So I came back, got the cat, put it in the car and drove home. When I got there, I put the cat in a carrier and tried to call somebody to tell them I was going to miss the 1:00. Couldn't get through, so I called the vet and they said to bring the cat in. I dropped her there and left them my number and went back to work. Where... My meeting had been rescheduled. Oops... Anyway I wasn't back at my desk more than 10 minutes when the vet called. Sadly, the cat is FIV positive. Darn. Darn. Darn. I left a message for CATS, sometimes they adopt out cats that are FIV positive. I expect they're going to tell me NO and I'll have to have the cat put down though. I can't bring her home. There's no vaccine for FIV and I have four other cats. Well that's my good deed with a bad outcome story for the day...
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@Hatley (157876)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Oct 09
hi dawnald well I sit here feeling woozy and now my blood sugar is up to 103 after eating a bunch of assorted sweet stuff and carb stuff. it was fifty and I still feel like someone pulled the stuffing out of me. all because I did not eat my rice and carrots for lunch,rice pushes my blood glucose too high as does carrots. so okay I had a small lunch now I feel like I am five minutes from passing out and I am up to 103 so my good deed turned bad after all. it sure is spoiling my ability to think' and mylot as I make a zillion errors and have to redo. wow.
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
Oh yikes, take something to get it back to normal, please?
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Please take care of yourself, hatley.
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• United States
8 Oct 09
Hope you are doing well now Hatley, I am diabetic and I know how that feels. Icck! Take care.
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Oct 09
when I adopted Timus, he tested fine, but a few years later he tested positive for FIV - since FIV isn't as contagious as FeLuk, and I'd already had him so long - we just keep him - so long as he doesn't bit - and he's not really a biter - he can't pass it
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
I hope not. I don't want to take a chance though...
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
7 Oct 09
IF I had first discovered it it might've been different - but he didn't test positive then, so he must've only just been infected when I got him.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
Probably true...
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• United States
7 Oct 09
So sad, D! But you did such a good thing!
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• United States
12 Oct 09
aww:( hopefully someone can take her in. i always test mine first now too-i made the mistake of taking in a stray when i was a teen and next thing i know i had an FeLV outbreak.thankfully,only 2 of 6 became infected,although even one was too many for me :(
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 09
sadly, I had nowhere to take her, so she was euthanized...
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• United States
12 Oct 09
poor kitty.that's so sad. i had no choice but to do that with one of the two (he was in pain),but it almost broke my heart.
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 09
Yeah I hate it...
@jb78000 (15178)
8 Oct 09
that is sad. very nice of you to go to so much effort and i hope someone does take the cat on. pity you are on the other side of the pond because i don't have any cats at the movement and although my landlord said no cats or dogs i am moving pretty soon and he'd never know anyway.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
I had to have her euthanized. :-(
@jb78000 (15178)
8 Oct 09
oh
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
I had no place to keep her and couldn't risk infecting my cats, sadly...
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
8 Oct 09
Dawn this is so sad What is FIV I have not heard of it before I know many years ago I had to have a Kitten out to sleep because she had Cat Leukemia it was so sad as she was only 3 months old but as the Vet said she would die and be in a lot pain before she does
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
It's feline AIDS. They can live a long time with it before they go down hill but I had no place to take her. Feline Leukemia is worse. You can get them into remission for a few months to a year but after that they go downhill rapidly.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
8 Oct 09
I have to say I have never heard of that and it is so sad Thanks for explaining it to me
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
Maybe you don't have it there. I hope not.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
7 Oct 09
it was a good deed for sure. sORRY it didn't work out. I know nothing about cats . What is fiv?
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
Feline AIDS. They can live with it for a long time, but it's contagious and there's no vaccine.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
7 Oct 09
tHAT'S HORRIBLE, POOR KITTY CAT. tHANKS FOR TELLING ME WHAT IT IS. mY mother hated all cats & we were never allowed to have one growing up.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
I grew up with them. Not sure if I would want to be without a cat...
@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
8 Oct 09
Aww, that's too bad. You really did the right thing though, and not many people would have gone to the trouble for the poor little guy. Hopefully he'll find adoptive parents and get to enjoy the rest of his kitty life. For lunch I ate cold pasta salad and toast while I watched Seinfeld. What can I say, I'm a creature of habit!
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@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
8 Oct 09
Should have read your last comment before I posted. But you still did the right thing and I'm sure it was for the best.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
Like my daughter said, better this than that she should just die in a bush somewhere...
• Australia
7 Oct 09
What a pity there aren't more people in the world like you. I hope someone will adopt her, but whether or not she is adopted, her last moments have been happy, thanks to you. Worse things would have been ahead of her if you had not cared.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
Kitty has been euthanized. :-(
• Australia
8 Oct 09
At least you know you did your best
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• United States
8 Oct 09
That is very sad. I'm sorry to hear that the story didn't have a happier ending. I, too, take in strays, and we have also had some serious health issues with our furbabies. It is disgusting how some people can just discard another living being that way!
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
Don't know if she was abandoned, ran away or what, but there is definitely a special place in hell for people who do that to animals. :-(
• United States
8 Oct 09
Very good deed indeed. I have always tried to help animals and feel terrible when I am unable to do so. When I was a small boy I saw a pigeon walking on the ground that looked to be in distress. After much doing I was able to capture the bird and bring it to my grandfather's house. My grandfather knew exactly what to do. He called is brother who had some experience with animals and who also knew a vet. It turned out the pigeon had a broken wing which the doctor set. As far as I know the pigeon was sent to a farmer who took car of wounded animals. On another note, my sister had a new kitten that was FIV positive. It is truly a sad situation.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
I just hate people who abandon animals. This one was obviously loved at some point though. Maybe she just got out and ran away... :-(
• United States
8 Oct 09
I'm glad you tried to help the cat, a lot of people wouldn't have bothered. The good deed still stands even if the outcomes wasn't neat and tidy, I say! As I type my cat is letting another cat know exactly what she thinks of him. Poor kitty from next door - he sits outside the window and gazes devotedly up at my cat, and she responds by hitting her paw on the window and hissing and growling at him! I told him he should go and find a nice girl who appreciates him!
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
I'm sure there's one out there somewhere!
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
8 Oct 09
What a bummer! You did such a kind thing dawn! I love cats as everyone knows, they are my favourite pet. I love all animals but I weaken whenever I see a feline and I want to take it home so I would have done exactly what you did if I had found the poor creature. There may be someone who will take him. As far as I know FIV is not highly contagious to other cats so you never do know...It does mean taking the time to find him a home though... Keep us posted on this one...
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
I did call the rescue agency. They had placed a cat with FIV before and I was hoping maybe they could place this one there too. But nope, I had her euthanized. Couldn't risk bringing her home. I have no place where I could have isolated her from my cats.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 Oct 09
Ouch!! Bad Day!!! What is FIV and please excuse my ignorance. I haven't had a cat in years. do tell...what was the outcome with your boss and job? I can relate. I don't think that I could have passed by that cat and done nothing either. I hope your boss was more understanding than the janitor.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
It's Feline AIDS. As for the job, my meeting was rescheduled and my boss probably never knew that I was gone. It was only 1/2 an hour anyway...
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 09
You did the right thing taking this abandoned cat to the vet Dawn; it makes me livid that people can abandon any animal. I'm sorry to hear that this little cat has tested positive to FIV, but you did her a favour taking her to the vet; if she has to be put down at least you know that she wont suffer with this terrible virus. Not all our good deeds have a good outcome unfortunately.
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
yeah, it's sad, but at least she didn't get run over by a car or something worse...
7 Oct 09
Hi dawnald, Sadley things don't always work out the way we want it to but don;t be dishearten as its was for the best, the poor cat is no longer suffering and yes you done a good deed fofr the poor cat so don't beat yourself up as you were there for the little cat, it was ment to be. Tamara
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
It's a shame, she was so sweet. I HATE people who abandon animals. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Oh well...
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Oct 09
That's terrible that he is FIV positive. That's such a terrible diseases for a cat to have. So sad.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Oct 09
I guess they can live with it a long time, but eventually it turns nasty.
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@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
8 Oct 09
You certainly have a heart of gold. Do keep us posted as to what the outcome of the answer from CATS is yeah. So sad to know that the cat is FIV positive. Well, your intention was good to start off with and that's all that matters..
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Oct 09
Kitty had to be euthanized. :-(
@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
9 Oct 09
Hmmmmmmmmmm...
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Oct 09
Sad but I had nowhere to put her and I didn't want her to infect other cats...
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