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Today I got an unexpected phone call from a friend. She found a sick and injured cat, which she now kept in the bathroom to keep the her 2 dogs from getting too "friendly" with the kitty.

When I first saw the cat (and he saw me) he immediately hissed like the embodiment of menace. Thanks to Jackson Galaxy's show, i unleashed my blinky eyes and smelly glasses and was friends with the kitty in record time.
He has the sweetest mew, If not for his teeth (or lack of) to tell his age, I would have thought he was a kitten.
He is not neutered.
He is very friendly, in 2 minutes you can become his friend and he will constantly and actively seek your attention to be scratched.
When I held him in my lap he started kneading like I was his mother. The vet kindly did a special trip to the clinic just for this kitty, and he disinfected that nasty wound on his back, gave him frontline for external deworming and tablets for internal deworming.
The rear left leg is fractured, and according to the vet, has been so for some time. It requires an X-ray.
The kitty was incredibly calm and didn't even twitch through a thorough checkup, wound disinfection (which must have hurt), and 3 injections (he is so skinny, the vet had a hard time doing the shots). He doesn't protest at all when you handle his paws so claw trimming is easy to do when necessary.
Unfortunately neither I or my friend have room to keep the kitty isolated from other animals, and there is no cat refuge in the city so we took him to the dog shelter where we both volunteer. When we took him there and all the dogs started barking like it was the end of the world, the kitty didn't seem to get stressed at all. He just turned his head to see where all the barking came from, and that was that.
He now stays in a cage in the vet's office at the dog shelter. When he was put in the cage he started mewing afraid to be left alone. With his age and attitude, he is the perfect lap cat for anyone.

Here are some pics, just click any to view it large size.

You can see his broken leg:


The nasty back wound:


He eats like he hasn't seen food in a week (which unfortunately is probably true)


He loves to be scratched:


Kitty is happily snuggling in my lap:


That's my leg after putting the cat back down. It's full of living moving worms.


At the vet:


The kitty cage in the vet's office at the dog shelter:
 

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Oh my gosh, the poor little guy! He looks like he's had a tough life in the streets - he's so thin, and those two wounds on his back are pretty large. It's heartbreaking to see those photos. And yet he's got a very sweet face, and from what you say, his personality matches his face.

It's so great that you were willing and able to get him vet care, and that the vet is providing a temporary place for him to stay.

I guess the vet won't know whether there is anything that can be done about his leg until the x-rays are taken? Will he be put up for adoption once his medical issues are resolved?

This little guy somehow really touches me. I'm relieved that you're in Romania, so there's no temptation for me to take him, but I hope someone does and gives him a loving home!
 

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The vet is sure the leg is broken, and surgery is necessary, but he can't tell exactly what can be done until the x-ray which is scheduled for tomorrow (technically today i guess, it's passed midnight)

Once he's healthy we hope to find a loving home for him.
I can take him to my vacation house to remain there permanently (with my grandfather to feed him) but that is a last resort. I can only go there in weekends and not always, and he would not receive the snugly lovely home he deserves.
Better than a cage forever or euthanasia though.
 

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Please keep us posted after the vet visit and x-ray tomorrow! I hope they can do surgery and make him feel better - he must be in a lot of pain. :( There is another thread here about a kitty with a broken leg. It's awful to think about how much the kitties must be suffering.

You are doing a wonderful thing by caring for this little guy! He is lucky that he was found by caring people. :)
 

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I am amazed on all fronts. The cat was so friendly and most likely grateful. The vet came in special. The worms all over your leg! I hope there is a happy ending for this one. So glad you can help him.
 

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That poor sweetheart! Thank you for helping him. He must feel so much better in a safe place, food, and being taken care of. Please lest us know how he does after his X-rays. He is a beautiful boy.
 

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oh no... i just got another call from my friend. A friend of hers found a kitten which is now housed in my friend's bathroom - where the old boy from this thread was staying before beying moved to the vet.

All i know so far is that the new cat is a kitten and skinny. Later today i'll be able to go check her out and help with a de-fleaing bath, and hopefully take her to the vet.

What are we to do with so many kitties :/
 

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It's depressing that there are so many kittens being born whose chances of survival are so slim. :(

Thanks to your friend, too, for being willing to take these poor kitties in!
 

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You and your friend are being angels to those poor kitties. Thank you so much for helping them. Without people like you they would have no chance of surviving at all.
 

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Well I got good news and bad news.

I'll start with this: thank you, thought it is my friend who is the true hero. She is actually afraid of cats, yet that didn't keep her from helping those 2 poor souls.

Now regarding the old boy... When we got to the shelter to take him for x-ray, de discovered he hadn't used the litterbox at all. Not one bit, and his food bowl was shiny clean. And his previously topped off water bowl has dry. His belly was so huge, I literaly freaked out. The vet arrived just shortly after and examined the boy. Aside from his obviously broken leg, he is now suspected of a pelvis fracture as well. The vet took his temperature and it was low. 36.5C. He gave the boy was given a natural laxative and in 30 minutes he finally used the litterbox. His belly deflated. I had no ideea a cat can eliminate so much at once. The vet decided to postpone the X-ray for tomorrow, because today the boy was so weak, that dire complications were likely to arise from the sedative necessary for the x-ray. It's touch and go. He also gave the boy a glucoze shot and decided he needs to stay on a diet today.


Now for the tiny angel who was found today:



As you can see, she eats well so that's a relief.



The vet checked her out and asside from dehydration and complete lack of fat tissue, she got a clean bill of health. She got a few vitamin shots which the vet could barely do. She is so dehydrated that he had to push the neddle hard to penetrate the skin. He actually had to push so hard, that it came out the other side through the skin fold (we had to pinch the skin away from her body to create a place where the shot could be taken without scratching the ribs with the neddle).

She had an insane number of fleas so next we did was to give her a flea bath. Thus the burito cat:


Next, some more food:


When she had enough, straight to the kitty carrier over the electric blanket and under a huge fluffy blanket. she went to sleep in record time.


After a long and grueling day at the dog shelter (i won't go into details since this is a kitty forum) I took this poor angel home to foster.

I must say, she is soo cute. She took her head out of the blankets to lay it on my hand.


She is now sleeping peacefully.
 

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However my resident cat Seven is completely anti-social with any and all furry animals that cross his path. He is well over 10 months old, yet he reacts to this tiny kitten like it's a huge scary dog who's growling over Seven with saliva dripping on Seven's fur.
In other words, Seven is going completely mental with hisses and spits. This is his general way to interact with all animals. He is fine with people.

Also, he is currently un-neutered. The surgery is scheduled in 2 weeks.

The kitten doesn't react to Seven in any way, and is a very sweet blend of snugly furball and curios crawler.
 

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She is so tiny and cute! Poor baby must be exhausted. I hope the boy kitty has a restful day and that the X-rays go well tomorrow. Please keep us posted on these to kitties.
 

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Neutering Seven may help him relax around other animals. You may be able to find some calming treats or something similar at the pet store or ask the vet for something non narcotic to help him calm down when you bring any foster cats home. He may never really like the new comers but may learn to tolerate them eventually. Check out Jackson Galaxy's videos they may give you an idea of how to make it better for Seven.
 

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Oh my gosh I'm dying...I have a weakness for tabby cats anyway, and she's sooooo sweet! She was so hungry - I couldn't believe the big bites this tiny thing was trying to take.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the little boy pulls through too, and that he'll be well enough to get the care he needs. It sounds like the prognosis may not be good though, if it's a pelvic fracture as well as a leg fracture, especially with him not in good shape to begin with. :(

It's funny how adult cats, no matter how big they are, can be so freaked out by little kittens, but it's pretty common. Other members are right now going through watching their older cats hiss at the small newcomers.

You are wonderful for doing everything that you're doing, as are your friend who was willing to overcome her cat phobia and the vet who is caring for both of the little ones. They are really lucky.

We'll be waiting to hear what happens tomorrow!
 

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An update on the old boy: He had the x-ray today, his leg is indeed fractured and he seems to have some problems with the vertebra of the spine toward the rear. The technician didn't see a pelvis fracture, But we'll exactly what's what tomorrow when the vet looks over it.

For now doctor's orders are plenty of rest and water, but controlled food intake. He must get stronger before we attempt anything. The vet said he's likely to not eat anything for a couple of days after the surgery so he needs to be strong enough to survive 2-3 days with no food. For now we'll keep him protected and with limited movement.
 

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Siskin,
It's good you got him x-rayed...poor guy....
Feed that guy whatever he'll eat right now!
Your Wonderful for taking him in!
Will have All Paws Crossed!
Sharon
 

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If it were up to him, he would eat till he would burst, but he has elimination issues so we don't feed him quite that much, according to the vet's instructions. Still, he seems to be doing well. He drinks water like he'd been living in the desert for the last month.

Today the vet will see his x-ray.

Here is the fracture: (click for larger view)
 

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Same here!
 
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