September 28th 2006 6:29 pm
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my rescuers from Taiwan recently wrote this email to mom to tell her the whole horrible yet uplifting story of my rescue. read for yourself!
This is Kodama's miserable story. Some pictures are miserable. Thanks you so so so so much. Fortunately he has new life now.
This is a long story.
On the morning of 2006/04/06, Ms. Peng found a cat from the roadside.
The cat was weak, but he still struggled to drag himself into the bush when he saw people approaching.
Ms. Peng then called SAWH for rescuing advices. Under our suggestions, she captured the cat and took him to the veterinary for treatment.
The condition of the cat was worst than we imagined.
During the checkup, maggots kept dropping out from the anus and wounds on the skin.
The vet has to shave off his furs to treat the external wounds and clean up the maggots. In the end of all the processes, the vet put the cat into the incubator to rest.
After 1 day of rest and treatment with clysis, the cat finally regained some energy.
He is able to lick off the chicken gravy on his noise.
Occasionally, he can lift up his upper body to look at us.
However, the condition of the cat did not improve at all in the following week.
The vet did FIPV and FPV test on the cat, and the results were all negative.
The X-ray showed that he has a smaller heart and bigger kidneys, and everything else is normal. But, the cat still refused to eat by himself. Also, weird symptoms such as unstable body temperature and tilted head started to appear.
Although Ms. Peng cares about this cat a lot, she could not afford the meditation for the cat, especially when she was unemployed at that time. On top of that, her family strongly disapproved her help to the cat. In the end, she accepted the vet’s suggestion to put the cat to sleep.
When SAWH heard her decision, the organization decided to take over the care of the cat, for the reason that there is still hope for this cat. As soon as the we took in the cat, he was transferred to another animal hospital for second opinion.
The strange thing is that, when the cat left incubator to a new environment, he became more energetic. But his head stays tilted, and he sways as a roly-poly.
The skin infection on heap area is still severe, the wounds are not dried yet.
The location for clysis treatment hasn’t been changed for one week. Inside the bandage is full of yellow pusses.
The cat received complete x-ray and blood test again. The result of x-ray showed OK one more time. FeLV and FIV are negative as well.
The blood test revealed that his white blood cell number was very high; there is severe infection inside his body. Other than this, he also had anemia, dehydration, low blood platelet, malnutrition, and kidney problems. He then stayed in the animal hospital for treatments.
Two weeks later, his blood test finally showed normal, and he can eat voluntarily. Yet, his head was still tilted. Under the vet’s suggestion, he left animal hospital and entered cat shelter of the organization for aftercare. There, he was named as “Tiger tooth”.
Other than gave him aftercare, we also brought him to more sophisticated animal hospitals, hoping to fix his tilted head. However, non of the treatments we found worked at all. The foster homes of the organization were full of cats as that time, so Tiger Tooth had to keep staying in the shelter, and the volunteers went to shelter twice a way for basic cares. At this stage, what we can do for him was very limited.
Slowly, Tiger Tooth was getting more adorable and affectionate everyday. He likes to press his big head into people hand for patting. However, if his tilted head is not improved, he is still not fond of most Taiwanese adopters.
One day, another foster home in US contacted us. She has veterinary background, and she is willing to foster Tiger Tooth. We were happy, yet worried when we heard this news. We were happy that Tiger Tooth is able to receive better medication in US, but we also worried if his health condition allows him to fly. At the same time, we felt sad to the thought that if he went on the flight, we will not able to see him again. After discussions with the vet and other volunteers, we finally decided to send him on the flight for his own good.
On 2006/06/03, we said goodbye to Tiger Tooth in the airport.
Then his new life started in S.F.
about a month later, mom adopted me! yay!
here's some really sad pictures of me from when I was first found: