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Caught on Camera Part 2 – Billy recuperates

Viewed-from-my-Window-Billy-recoveringWe made provision for our three legged feral cat to return and placed him into a large cage set up on the dining room table so we could keep an eye on him. Whilst he was under anaesthetic, the Vet took the opportunity to neuter him so he would not have further trauma. We were advised to keep him confined until the stitches had dissolved, which was no problem, at least we had a chance to get to know him and hopefully gain his trust. We now gave him a name and we called him ‘Billy’. At least he had not been killed on the road like so many lately, and as we had been given a chance to save him, we had to do our very best to give him a really good life in spite of his disability.

What a worry this all was and now the bill! The staff at the surgery telephoned Cats’ Protection on our behalf to ask if they could help with the bill and they agreed to pay for the neutering. RSPCA also donated £200 towards the bill and we paid the remaining £150. We were so grateful to all concerned, the Charities and the staff at the surgery.

Billy slept the night and all the next day. His breathing was very rapid, he had been through so much poor little thing. The second night he did manage to eat the food we had laid out, comprising a tempting range of biscuits, packet food, and a selection plate which included a little wafer thin chicken, a ‘Lick-e-Lix’ and a tasty ‘meaty stick’ broken into small pieces. He cleared all the dishes and even tried to do the washing-up! At least he was eating. We had not tried to touch him and we had not yet seen him on his feet. We did not wish to trouble him as movement was no doubt still very difficult and we would not want him to panic and bang himself on the sides of the cage. We just talked to him in a soft encouraging voice but he stayed in his comfy bed and tried to hide. Little by little we will get him through this. The Vet said he was only a young cat, so we are hoping we will be able to tame him so he can live in the house and feel safe.

A couple of days later and we found him in the morning hiding under his upturned bed. We uncovered him and placed the bed back as it should be, but when we looked again, he was hidden under his bed. This happened about three times before we got the message that he needed somewhere to hide, so we replaced his open bed with a pyramid style one and he immediately took possession.

The following day when fresh food was placed out for him he somehow managed to move himself, still in his bed like a snail carrying his shell, right next to the food, so it meant he could just reach his head through the opening of the pyramid and he did not have to even get out of bed to eat! I am sure he was now feeling better, and that morning he greeted me with a disgruntled growl when I cleaned out the litter tray. I am sure it is a good sign when a patient is well enough to complain, so we are making progress! Every time I feed him now, I have been allowed to touch his face and rub him under his chin. We will save him and give him the best life we can, all the food he can eat and a place of safety to live out his life.

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £12.50 + £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.