I manage a feral cat colony of about 15 cats. Some of them are actually strays, not ferals. Some are basically abandoned. (ALL are spayed and/or neutered w/rabies shots through a rescue group I've worked with.) We have 2 calico girls that have been around for over a year. They are spayed and have been really healthy. Their owners are both gone now. The lady died, and the man is in a nursing home.
My mother calls the girls Thelma and Louise. I noticed Louise limping alot, and since she is pretty tame, I took her to the vet. She has a large tumor growing out of the pad of her left front foot. It's about the size of a cherry and as red as a cherry also. It split her pad open and is just sticking out. It is SO sad.
The vet estimated her age at about 12 years old. She is the sweetest cat. I talked to the rescue group and they said they would pay for her surgery which was going to be $148. After seeing her for a second time, the estimate has gone up to $248. I will need to pay the other $100 which I am glad to do even though I don't know where I'll get it from. After I got her back to the house, she walked in and immediately plopped down on the floor on her side. She looked exhausted. I am worried that she may not make it through the surgery, but there is a chance that she will. The way I am thinking is that if she makes it through--wonderful! If she doesn't make it through, we had to try anyway because she can't go on like this. I've been keeping her in my office at home. I put an old quilt on the bed for her. There are spots of blood about the size of a penny ALL over that quilt. I have 5 cats of my own that don't even like each other, so I know she would never be accepted in my home. I would LOVE to keep her.
The surgery is on Tuesday, December 2nd. I am so anxious about this whole thing I can hardly sleep and have tears welling up at work, and at home I just cry it out sometimes. The rescue lady said that because of her age she isn't a good candidate for normal adoption, but she said that if she makes it through the surgery, she will not be put outside and someone will definitely take her. So please pray
that Louise makes it through her surgery, finds a good home and lives out the rest of her life in the lap of luxury!!