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.
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