Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gus



He's pretty handsome eh? And yeah, I have a tiny soft spot for cats and dogs and other furry critters, but I especially have a soft spot for poor pitiful furry creatures and Gus was pretty sad when he first came in, having been badly mauled by some wild animal. He was a feral cat who had only recently become tame enough to catch and the person who was feeding him (along with a number of other feral cats) brought him to us. She paid a fairly large sum to fix him up, vaccinate him, and neuter him. Unfortunately, because he was unvaccinated and had a bite wound of unknown origin he was going to need to be quarantined. Luckily one of our techs agreed to quarantine him at her house once he was well enough to go. Unfortunately he did not get better. The bite wound on his hock was swollen and he kept that leg tucked way up so there was no chance in hell it would touch the ground. He was getting antibiotics every day but his temperature was remaining around 103 (average cat temp is about 101). He was still eating but we were beginning to think he was going to either lose the leg - if that person would be willing to pay for amputation - or be euthanized.

Then something wonderful happened. One of our docs recalled reading something about how another different antibiotic had helped in a similar situations. We switched Gus to doxycycline and lo and behold within a few days he started touching his toe to the ground. His temperature went down. And there was great rejoicing.

Now Gus is all better and he'll be going to our tech's outbuilding soon - for 6 long months - but after that he'll be up for adoption. Whoever gets him will be a lucky person indeed.

9 comments:

  1. Loved this story because my sister adopted a feral cat last year, with a similar story...a wound of unknown origin, and no shots. She battled and battled and battled to save that cat...and she did. Now he is fixed, vaccinated and a part of their family she loves...except for when his natural murdering tendencies crop up...including rabbits (and he weight 11 pounds!

    BTW, I couldn't see the picture of Gus.

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  2. Lucky, lucky Gus!!! I so love this story - instead of giving up on him, a chance was taken and it paid off - hoooorah!!!

    I hope Gus finds someone who will fall in love with him asap!!! I can't see the pic of Gus but I bet he's a super duper cutie! Take care
    x

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  3. Wonderful tha a kind heart took in Gus. (And sorry, the image isn't showing, so I don't know what he looks like.)

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  4. Poor thing. I hope he finds a great home after all that.

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  5. The photo isn't working for me either! But the story is.

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  6. oops, this wasn't supposed to go up til tomorrow - with a picture! Sorry about that. I'll get the pic up tonight.

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  7. He's a handsome fella, but maybe you should consider changing his name to Lucky.

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  8. Susan, I'm laughing a little because in the veterinary business you never name any animal lucky because they never are. Gus actually suits him even though it wouldn't be a name I would pick.

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