Today around 2:00 I got a call from someone in our community. "We have a cat in trouble and our friend said we should call you." What else do you say to a statement like that except, "I'll be right there."
We arrived on the patio with a trap and some towels to find a beautiful brown tabby, about 5 months old, nervously looking around for an escape route and dragging his right back leg behind him. After listening for some time to the sound of a cat screaming, these homeowners came out to investigate and found the poor cat suspended upside down by his right leg from a metal plant rack. They managed to get him loose before calling for help.
We calmly coerced him into a cage and took him to the closest emergency vet. His leg was not broken but badly strained and he had a bad infection and swelling in the same area. Had it not been for the response of the homeowner, the cat would have died during the cold night.
They patched him up, gave him antibiotics, and put a drain tube in his leg. We'll take him back to a local vet on Tuesday for an evaluation and shots.
Thanks to a number of caring humans, "Sam" (that's the name we gave him) will probably be OK. For the first time in his young life, he's resting in a warm bed with a heating pad under him. He has food and water and can sleep through the night without worry of the threat from other animals or humans. He may warm up to us humans and find a nice home or he may always be a feral cat and return to the wild where he came from but for a few days or weeks we will care for him like he's a member of our family and do everything we can to make his life a little better.
Want to help? Follow the link above to send $5 for SAM's vet bills.
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