Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cat at Vet


Cat at Vet
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Here's the sick cat at the vet. She has pretty bad pyometra and the vet doesn't think it's connected to abuse. More likely it just has to do with the fact that she is unsterilised. The poor cat was dripping discharge out of her rear end.

The vet says she is very skinny and is likely to die if operated on right now. The teenage daughter who came with me to the vet (who seems like a pretty nice girl) was told to bring the cat home and fatten her up, give her antibiotics and see if she can recover. If the cat recovers, she goes for surgery - without which she will most probably die.

The vet told the girl that the cat has to be sterilised or it will reoccur.

The girl said she will go home and speak to the mother. It's a good thing that they are considering sterilisation - she said that in the past, they had too many cats when they mated, and so they dumped some. The mother had said she would sterilise this cat though when I spoke with her yesterday.

Crossing fingers that they'll send her to the vet.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I know if this is the work of a Malay family? (No offence to the Malays). THis is exactly the problem many caregivers are facing now. We take every effort to sterilise every community cat that we see.

However once in a while, residents (mostly Malays) start dumping kittens or even adult cats when they could not cope (exactly like what the girl said). Every time while we thought that the colony has stabilised, new cats start appearing. And they are tame. So we know for sure that they were once owned by someone.

So, it's like a bottomless pit. Sometimes we really feel like giving up becoz no matter how many cats we sterilise, it's never-ending. It just takes one irresponsible family and one pair of male and female cats.

It's really frustrating.

21/3/07 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cat was dripping pus and the lady said she was "ok" n didnt need to be sent to the vet? the poor cat cld DIE, painfully. shldn't this family be reported to the spca? they are really irresponsible. reading abt families like this makes my blood boil.

21/3/07 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone has to keep an eye on the cat cos i think this family is likely to dump her, since she is going to "waste" more of their money. even if they don't i am pretty sure they will not send her to the vet again if someone doesn't push them.

this cat shld be taken away from them and rehomed.

21/3/07 10:04 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous we considered all that. The question of course is what stops them from picking up another cat? If this cat is brought to the vet, and sterilised, at least she won't keep giving birth.

If she doesn't, we are considering other options (including possibly the legal one).

21/3/07 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Grrr said...

Oh, poor thing...the cat must have suffered for goodness knows how long. If I have my way, this family would be forbidden to keep any pet, since the husband is more concerned with the vet fees than the cat's welfare, and the wife just listens to the husband blindly.

Remember in one post, he had said something like "no need to bring cat to the vet bec if the cat dies, it would be a waste of money". I think it's a waste of the earth's resource to have such people on earth - got brain one, but dunno how to use it effectively.

21/3/07 10:49 AM  
Anonymous ej said...

Poor cat must be suffering all these while. Hope she gets all the care, medications and food to make her strong for the surgery.

21/3/07 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, the poor cat is so skinny! And it looks like it hasn't been grooming itself too.
How can any pet owner not notice that his/her pet is not eating such that it gets so skinny?
It is definitely not an overnight process!
Any owner that loves his/her cat would worry even if the cat had left only a tiny bit of its usual portion of food in its bowl.
Poor cat. I hope it will be ready for surgery and be on the path the recovery soon.

21/3/07 3:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think there are people who won't spend on their animals and this spans all races. It's sad. I think it has to do with the priority people place on animals - to some animals are important and a member of the family. To others, they're fun to have around, but if they become a bother, can be disposed of.

21/3/07 8:42 PM  

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