Well, working in a rescue centre (Ark on the Edge), you are often faced with situations that leave you absolutely steaming with anger; but you have to bite your tongue for the welfare of the animal. We NEVER ever judge people bringing cats into us for rehoming; as for some people, it is literally the last option and it breaks their heart to part with their pets – unfortunately these people seem to be the minority.
As said before, we never judge people bringing animals into us for rehoming – I WILL, however, judge the person/people who dumped poor Ed.
This handsome chap was found locked in a cat carrier on a lady’s doorstep (this lady is well known for rescuing cats) and of course, she did what any decent human being would do and she took him into her home.
However, within a couple of hours, she noticed that something wasn’t right with Ed and that he seemed to be in a lot of pain and not able to move very well, although she rescues cats, it was clear that Ed had a problem which could prove very expensive and so she contacted us for help.
We immediately agreed to take Ed in and arranged a veterinary appointment that day for him; the vet believed he had a damaged pelvis, so he was placed on antibiotics for the pain and his movements restricted. We also discovered he was at LEAST 10 years old; and had already been neutered.
However, that isn’t the worst of the story – Ed had SEVERE muscle wastage in both his back legs – now, this amount of wastage does not happen overnight – this was weeks!!!! You see from what the vet could ascertain was that Ed had been kicked or hit, but rather than seek veterinary attention, he had been left, unable to really move and in constant pain, which had resulted in his muscles beginning to waste away from lack of use!
After a course of painkillers, we arranged for Ed to have an X-ray and it showed something surprising, Ed’s pelvis was fine. He did, however, have a broken knee joint on his right leg, which was causing the pain and discomfort and obviously being a knee joint, takes longer to heal.
We also found that the knee had begun to heal itself and we could estimate that the knee had been broken in December or January.
Poor Ed had been forced to live and walk on a broken knee and because it was so painful he didn’t move very far and therefore caused his muscles to waste.
To the person that had taken such care to abandon Ed, I wish you had done it straight after his accident as now his recovery is going to be a long one to get his muscles back to health.
Although, I am pleased to say, that he is on painkillers and they seem to help as he is constantly waiting to greet you for a fuss – a big change from the grumpy fellow I admitted. He is such a gent and I just hope that we can find him the most perfect retirement home.