Pearl, Goose, and Molly all came to Roice-Hurst under different circumstances, but they all have one thing in common: they came to us with serious medical conditions. Pearl was brought to us by a property manager after her owner died and she was left abandoned. She was so starved and dehydrated that we feared the only humane option for her would be euthanasia. But she fought hard and came back from the brink of death. She has such severe dental disease that she can’t groom herself, so her fur is matted and painful. Her teeth are dissolving and cause excruciating pain, as well. She needs a full dental and likely multiple extractions, as well as regular blood panels and medication. See Pearl’s YouTube video here.
Goose was left on our doorstep with golf ball-sized mats all over her body. She was emaciated and spent over a week in the hospital receiving intensive care. She had a blood parasite that caused bloody diarrhea, bloody urine, and left her anemic. She also has kidney issues that will need ongoing monitoring. She is being treated with antibiotics and steroids until she is stabilized. Once she is well enough to undergo anesthesia, she will need a sedated grooming session to remove all of the matted fur. See Goose’s YouTube video here.
Molly came to us in September 2015 because her owners said she wasn’t playing nicely with their kids. We soon noticed that something wasn’t quite right with the thin cat when she started losing weight at an alarming rate. After many tests that didn’t reveal anything and spending a night at the emergency vet clinic, she was finally diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She is now on a strict gluten-free diet and treatment regimen and is already feeling much better. She will be on lifetime medications and need periodic blood tests to monitor her thyroid levels.
All three of these cats wouldn’t have had a fighting chance on their own, but with the love and care of the feline care staff at Roice-Hurst and the expert care of our partner veterinarians, they are on the road to recovery and waiting patiently for their new owners to come whisk them away to their forever homes.
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