Cat at Vet
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.