Friday, June 22, 2007

Guy in van

This guy SMSed this morning. He said he saw a sick looking cat and said it has kidney problems. He asked if we can help. I told him that kidney problems need long term care and that someone must give it the proper medical care and attention it needs. After SMSing back and forth it turns out that the cat is salivating - so I told him it might not be kidney problems. It could be a whole bunch of other things. Obviously we won't know till the cat can get to a vet. The whole concern is that when I mentioned long term medical care, he said that he would need to ask the vet to diagnose whether it is contagious.

In a usual situation, I would just ask the person to take the cat to the vet for an initial diagnosis and then work from there. What I am concerned about is that this guy might take the cat back to his van. I suspect that to be the case because he's asking about whether the disease will spread to other cats.

If this is the case, and the cat is ill, but would in a normal case be able to live comfortably as long as it is given proper medication and care, and he insists on taking the cat back then some other cat is going to get stuck in his van, which would be worse. This is a tough one.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not another *horror of horrors* hoarder?? The cat could have eaten something foul like a bug/got bone-foreign object stuck in mouth/stomatitis/periodontal problem etc etc. Tell him PROBABLY contagious lah and he will stay away.. Introduce safe collection eg StarWars toys/antique etc - tell him can make money. Do not be "Collector" of cats, no $$$. If he's S'porean, he'll get it.

22/6/07 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FIV also causes cat the salivate and it can be transmitted to other cats if they fight

22/6/07 3:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Anonymous - and told him it could affect his other cats especially because his cats are not sterilised.

22/6/07 5:05 PM  

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