UPDATE on patio cat. Vet just called.
The vet had quite a bit of information to share, and it's alot to digest, so I need some help with what to do.
Kitty is a neutered, declawed male, around 5 years old, and has no microchip. Vet said kitty is very thin, which we knew he was. His problems are: Very poor teeth, plaque build up, and missing several of them..........probably due to infection. Severe upper respitory infection also, and would need to be on antibiotics for at least two weeks. They hadn't tested for feline lequemia (sp?) yet because they are waiting for an answer from me as to what we want to do.
Here are my concerns. FIRST AND FOREMOST, the health of my current cats is my main priority. I will do what I can for him, within financial reason, using common sense, consider my husbands concerns, and following the guidence of my vet. The vet said he is unsure how bad the respitory infection is. He said that with cats, it can be a hard thing to get rid of the respitory issues 100%. Sometimes you think you've gotten it clear, and it comes back again. This scares me to bring this in to my home with having 3 very healthy kitties living here already. I know that some folks would do it in a heart beat, and without question, but I have to put my kitties health first. I don't know that I want to bring that it, and risk anything here.
My other concern is on top of everything else, if we can get him healthy, along with the intial costs of the vet bill, and vaccinations, he will need to have his teeth managed. On a quick estimate the vet gave, that will be around $150 for minimal work. If they have to do something more intense, it would be more. My husband will have an issue with the cost of all this, and he will not be happy at all, so I have to be realistic. Please don't think bad of me for that.
I asked the vet for his professional point of view, and he said he wouldn't risk bringing the kitty in to my home, with my other animals. He said he would call the local animal shelter for our county. That's just not an option as far as I'm concerned! The thing I don't like about that suggestion is that our local animal shelter is aweful! Just aweful! I would sooner put him humanely to sleep before bringing him there!
Would a rescue take in a kitty like this?