Born July 2011, abt 2 months old.
A RESCUE from local feral colony. He was dying on my porch as I stepped out to sit in the shade, so he got rushed to the vet, who saved his life. Though the vet found nothing in his bloodwork that might be responisble for his illness, he brought something inside that killed 2 house cats. Several feral outside cats passed away, too, but I couldn’t catch them to take them to another vet. The tame outdoor cats survived.
The indoor cats, though I took them to the vet, got it, all of them, but I found that forcibly hydrating with a bulb syringe (or a spray bottle set on mist) saved the rest. The two that died had fevers in excess of 105 f, one with 108 f when they saw the vet, who hydrated them. (102 f is pretty normal for a cat.) These two each died the day after they saw the vet.
Wooly and a small kitten named Bandit Bear are gone, and they are missed terribly.
Wooly, we found out the day after he died when his bloodwork came in, had diabetes. He never seemed to drink excess water, so we never even thought about it. His weakened system couldn’t fight the disease, and his organs failed. Bandit might have lived if I had known to hydrate her, but she didn’t seem ill until just the day before she died. So sad…
Shadow held his favorite adult cat (Opal) every minute of her fight for life, never leaving her side. Most of the time he kept an arm around her, as tiny as he was. Then, of course, he had a relapse, and Opal only left his side to do the most essential personal care. All the cats dropped from several ounces to actual pounds.
Indoors, young Shadow has 3 little cousins he love, sleeps, and plays with, and several adult cats who just adore him. He’s happy here, warm, healthy, well-fed. His only friend in the feral colony was a Siamese tom, and it’s kind of sad to take him from his solitary older friend… might be his father as there are no other grey cats in the colony. He’s silver tabby over white: lots and lots of colony cats have white underneaths , and he’s a silver tabby. Tabbies are super plentiful in the colony!