Last Thursday morning I received a call from one of the guards at the Leaping Frog. he told me that there was a sick cat lying in the bushes. When I arrived I could see that a black cat had wedged itself between a low hedge and a low wall. It was very still and covered in leaves. I actually thought it was dead at first. I had brought my carry cage and a pair of protective gloves, (just in case of scratches). It was a very narrow, difficult place to pick up the cat. The gardener who was close by, helped me cut back part of the hedge so I could reach in to pick up the cat. Reassuring the cat and stroking it I managed to scruff and lift up the cat and get it into my carry cage. I was surprised that this cat made no aggressive movements other than hissing a bit. This would be normal for an injured feral cat. I took the cat straight away to Fourways Vet. In order to do a full check of the body looking for possible
Reassuring the cat and stroking it I managed to scruff and lift it up and get it into my carry cage. I was surprised that this cat made no aggressive movements other than hissing a bit. This would be normal for an injured feral cat. I took the cat straight away to Fourways Vet. In order to do a full check of the body looking for possible injuries it was necessary to sedate it. Examination did not show any broken bones or contact injuries.
The vet recommended hydrating the cat as it was very thin and dehydrated, but otherwise in good condition. She also gave it a long lasting antibiotic and I said I would release the cat back if all was well the next morning. On Friday, the public holiday, I saw another vet at mid day and she said that she was not happy with releasing the cat back because she had noticed the cat was not able to stand up properly or walk. When she showed me the problem it seemed to have neurological problems and there was no possibility of releasing this cat. Sadly MRI scans and further neurological tests were not viable, and the results may have ended up too serious to put right.
With a very heavy heart we agreed to let this cat go, and he was euthanized. Making this decision always causes me huge emotional stress.
Thank you to the kind lady who donated blankets this week which are always welcome in the winter months. All soft food donations are also welcome, so if you wish to donate tinned food, please leave it at vet to pet and I will collect it.
One of our volunteers has gone on a long extended holiday until September, so if there is anyone who would like to help me for the next two months, please contact me on 0824242363.
UPDATE ON LEAPING BUILDING BY THE CAR WASH.
Last week I posted pictures of the major building works going on there and how this is impacting on our little colony. They now have so little area to live and have been very stressed by all the noise of digging and the amount of workers on site. We are not sure of the outcome of this new project, but I believe it will be a new hardware store. Not dissimilar from Builders a kilometre away. Makes you wonder!