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Bobby – part 1

viewed-from-bobby-1Abandoned and uncared for, this little cat was begging for food and came every night at dusk in the hope of finding someone to feed him. He was lucky, and found the food he so desperately needed, eating as much as four packets of food mixed with biscuits every night.

This continued for a few weeks when a large lump was noticed on his back. This lump became bigger and after two weeks it was weeping. This cat needed Veterinary care but with no owner to care for him this was a problem. Feeding a feral or abandoned cat was one thing, taking on full responsibility including Veterinary care was quite another. A telephone call to me and I could see no option but that I should take this cat in, and take him to the Vet for treatment. This was not achieved without incident as picking him up to place him into a cage left me with several deep lacerations from his sharp claws, but then with the aid of a blanket wrapped around him I did manage to get him into the cage. Feral cats are not aggressive, but are defensive with new experiences and being handled was obviously something he was not used to.

The Vet confirmed that it was a large, deep and old abscess which needed to be lanced under anaesthetic, the cat was also found to have an infestation of ear-mites, so treatment was given for these and for the usual fleas and worms. A long acting antibiotic was administered and later I collected him from the Vet and paid the £100 bill for his treatment. I could not see an animal suffer and surely I could find room for one more?

On his return from the Vet, food was provided but he refused all food at first, which is normal after anaesthetic, he just wanted to be left alone. We left him in peace to recover and he settled down. We decided to give him the name of ‘Bobby’ and hoped that he would in time be a companion to Billy who was still confined to the house after his amputation.

Bobby did not seem to want to go onto the cat bed provided so after a couple of days this was exchanged for the pyramid style bed or ‘cave’ as we call it, and he quickly took possession. Like all feral, timid cats he needed somewhere to hide!

Barely a week had passed and all we had heard so far from Bobby was growling and hissing, he had forgotten how to meow and he probably had never had an occasion to purr, but suddenly, after a lot of patient attention, stroking and rubbing, he finally stopped growling and started to meow for attention and food. He would come out of his little cave when he saw me, he was now standing up and we touched noses, he rubbed his cheek against my cheek and I rubbed him around his head and neck and also his tummy, he lifted his leg to make sure I could reach! He was so happy and I was not allowed to stop. Bobby was recovering from his abscess which had started to heal and he obviously felt a lot better.

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £15.00 + £2.50 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.