Tired old feral cat comes in from the cold for TLC and medication

The photographs graphically tell us how hard life can be for a stray cat living outside all the time picking up illnesses and injuries. It just wears them down and shortens life considerable. You can see this in his eyes. He has had enough.

'Ted' a feral cat being cared for

‘Ted’ a feral cat being cared for very nicely and he deserves some comfort.

Ted is beat up. He has been out in the cold for a long time we are told. The lady who runs the Ivy’s Story on Facebook page says he has been a stray for a long time and is in bad shape. He looks in bad shape. He looks down and fed up. It is a sign that he is in pain. He has tested negative for the usual diseases but blood work indicated that he has issues with his kidneys and liver. It is hoped that good nutrition will resolve the liver and kidney issues.

He is anaemic and has a condition that I have not heard of before: mush foot. This is plasma cell pododermatitis. It is believed to be an autoimmune disease but experts are not sure. It might be an allergic reaction. It is painful as his paw is inflamed. His paw is badly infected. He was reluctant to take his medication which includes antibiotics. It was stressful getting the pills down him. However, his carer put liquid antibiotic into strained chicken baby food and he ate it all. I love to read that. It is a good feeling when you now he has the medicine inside him doing some good. It helps his carer to believe that he will feel better. It is quite painful emotionally to see an animal in distress.

“The strained chicken or strained beef baby food is also good for ill cats or kittens who either don’t feel like eating or are too young to eat kitten food. Just make sure it’s pure chicken or beef and there is no onion or garlic added.”

He also needs dental treatment which is unsurprising. Even well cared for cats need dental treatment. Finally he is yet to be neutered. The dental and neuter work can wait as more urgent work needed first.

The medication has cost $435 so far. That’s a lot of meeds. His fine carer – I don’t know her name – says that she wants Ted to know comfort. That I can understand.

After two days he has a long way to go but looking a bit better…

Ted a feral cat after 2 days of intensive TLC and tons of meds

‘Ted’ a feral (stray) cat after 2 days of intensive TLC and tons of meds

I just wanted to present this little cat rescue story because it highlights (a) the tough life that street cats can live (not all stray cats have equally tough times however) and (b) how beautiful the lady is who is caring for him.

Update 2 days later: He has improved and looks more lively. That’s a bit of food on his chin. His nictitating membranes are visible over the corner of his eyes indicating ill health. But they seem to have retracted slightly. Great.

Ted feeling a bit better

Ted feeling a bit better

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Tired old feral cat comes in from the cold for TLC and medication — 24 Comments

  1. I don’t get it. According to all sites touting the wonderful success of TNR at reducing cat populations, all cats are supposed to die from “natural attrition”. They get sick or severely injured and crawl-off to die in some hidden place, safe away from predators and other dangers, never to be seen again by their “out of sight, out of mind” TNR colony managers. You will usually never see a cat that is in its last days of dying from loving and humane TNR attrition, so you won’t be able to trap them to get them help either. Nor should you help them, like you are doing to this cat. It is SUPPOSED to die this way. That’s how TNR works! If you don’t let this cat die of diseases and injuries then you’re just proving that TNR does NOT work as you all claim. You can’t have it both ways!

    They hypocrisies of all of you is unconscionable.

    Even more unsurprising, this cat doesn’t even have a tipped-ear, so it was never sterilized and vaccinated. And you are all praising the criminal who fed this cat for years outdoors until it got this bad and is now exploiting its suffering for money? You all should be deeply ashamed of yourselves.

    • Sarah, I think you are completely incorrect. Firstly Ted is not it seems a cat who is part of a managed TNR colony. Secondly, I don’t believe you understand TNR and its purpose. The purpose of TNR to stabilise feral cat populations. Some feral cats live quite decent lives and others live harsher lives. For example feral cats in some Spanish colonies live quite good lives because the climate is kinder.

      But TNR is not meant to mollycoddle and make the lives of feral cats beautiful to the same standard as domestic cats. It is simply to stabilise populations and to stop them breeding. Therefore there is no hypocrisy involved in this instance. If we can help a feral cat like this one then we should but on a practical level it is simply not possible.

      In an ideal world we should help all feral cats as we are helping this cat but as mentioned it is impractical. Why should we help all fearl cats? Because we put them there. Through our carelessness and irresponsible cat caretaking we put them there and therefore we owe them a duty but we don’t do that. Were not good enough. We are not organised enough. We are too careless.

      So just to reiterate: people who engage in TNR are not hypocrites. There’s nothing wrong with helping this cat. It is beautiful to do so. In doing so we are not undermining TNR but simply doing the decent thing. I hope now you understand things better.

      • No, Sarah. Teddy was a solitary stray in a downtown neighbourhood…..this comment has been repositioned in full as a reply to Sarah which is the intention. It was published as a reply to Michael Broad by mistake (Admin).

    • This is a reply from Leesa. Her response is directed at Sarah but she misplaced the comment, so I have repositioned it as a rely to Sarah.:

      No, Sarah. Teddy was a solitary stray in a downtown neighbourhood, NOT part of a colony and was never TNR’ed as such. He’s at least 12 years old (perhaps more!) and was NEVER neutered as he should have been years ago by either his owner (who obviously abandoned him) or some of the people who have been feeding him for over a decade. He’s also proven to be friendly (once the antibiotics started working and his pain and inflammation lessened) and is quite handleable now, so he is NOT a feral cat after all. Also, I am NOT “the criminal who fed this cat for years outdoors until it got this bad and is now exploiting its suffering for money” as you say, as I was NOT the person feeding him all those years, and I did NOT even know of his existence until the people feeding him sought help for him because of his obvious suffering. I AM the person caring for him now however, and I am certainly NOT exploiting him for money; I run a rescue that relies on donations, but we do not exploit ANY of our rescue cats for money, and I spend far more on them than all of the donations cover, I can assure you! You are entitled to your opinion, of course, but who are you to say that I should let him die? Or suggest (by claiming that he is being exploited) that people who want to donate to my rescue for his care should not do so? I will NOT let this cat (or any other in my care) suffer if he cannot recover, but the Vet says that there was nothing so severe in Teddy’s exam or blood tests to suggest that he cannot recover (even considering the kidney and liver values that were “off”, unless the malnutrition he suffered has done more organ damage than the tests show thus far), so I am giving him that chance to recover and know a good life for whatever time he has left. Teddy is becoming more affectionate every day, and even purrs when you pet him now. Yet you think I should have let him die? I don’t think so. And since he is my rescue, I believe that is my choice.

      • Ah, yes, thank you Michael! I merely hit the last “Reply” link I saw, which was in response to you and not Sarah, for whom the reply was intended. Thanks for your help in correcting it. 🙂

    • It is my honour to try to save him. He deserves a much better life than he’s had for the last 11 years that he’s been on the streets.

  2. This breaks my heart to see a struggling, older cat in such distress. You can clearly see that Ted is suffering. I am happy that he is getting the medical care and attention that he deserves. Hopefully his major issues will resolve and he will begin to feel better. Bless the lady who is caring for him. Will he have a permanent home in a rescue center? I pray that he will not have to go back out on the streets. 😬

    • I have terrible problems seeing suffering in animals. Not everyone is like us. A lot of people, perhaps the majority, don’t have that empathy and see animals as creatures to be used for the benefit of humans.

      • I agree, Michael. How so many people can be oblivious to the feelings and suffering of animals I will never undestand. I am glad that I feel this way, even though it hurts tremendously to be so affected.😞

    • Teddy will NOT be returning to an outdoor life. If he can adapt to living with my “herd” of rescue cats, he will stay with me. If he is not happy here, I will find him a good indoor “retirement home”.

        • Thank YOU for telling Teddy’s story. It is the story of far too many stray and feral cats! We need to call more attention to their suffering in an attempt to not only help them, but to bring an end to the cruel abandonment of cats and the poor ferals left to fend for themselves!

  3. Have rescued several ferals over the years. All have been brought into the house and joined the family. Some I have rescued as kittens and some were older cats. The oldest one was Thomas, an unneuterd male of at least 10 years according to the vet. After he had all his medical problems taken care of, he would go hide if an outside door was opened. He gradually realized that he would never have to go outside again, He was well into his 20’s when he went over the Bridge. One of the deaf ferals I have now is named Thomasina in his honor.

    • Thomas really appreciated the comfortable conditions. It is nice that you have improved the lives of several feral cats. It must make you feel good. Not many people do that.

  4. I keep my drop trap in my trunk at all times in case one of the colony cats gets sick and has to go to the vet. So far I haven’t had to use it.

  5. It brings tears to my eyes to see a cat in bad shape like that. I feel for feral domesticated cats. Even wild cats can have it very rough. I hate to see any animal suffer like this. I am SO glad he’s getting help. He must have felt near the end to come to people for help. That’s like the lesser of two evils for them, but he’ll feel better. I hope he continues to trust the people who are helping him. I’m going to visit the Facebook page to see how I can send her a little something for Ted!

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