Hey guys...sorry I can't be on here as much as I'd like, I just read your replies. Today we had a bad day regarding Rufus.
My friend noticed he wasn't eating from last night, and this morning was very lathargic... she immediately took him to the vet. The vet tried to get him better but his little heart couldn't take it, and went into cardiac arrest.
The vet said "he" was actually a she and also was only 4 to 5 weeks at best. That means when she got him (he will always be Rufus/him to us) he was sold to her boyfriend at only 2 weeks old. He should have been with his momma. She came into work late today and I asked her what happened and she just started crying... and I almost did too... my poor Kimmy. She got so attached to this little guy.
Kim and her boyfriend went back to the pet store today (he bought the cat for $200!!!! AND found out Rufus probably didn't even have any shots because he wouldnt have been able to take shots at 2 weeks old... he was just a DSH, not a purebreed, not that any cat isnt priceless but you know what i mean)... the guy ended up telling them that "oh yeah by the way 4 other cats from that same litter died, I was going to call you, but I forgot"
... he refunded the $200 but would not do a thing about the vet bill, which by CT law, he's responsible for. I urged her to take more action, and it looks like she will. I already wrote the humane society and our local news station.
May our little Ruf rest in peace, he was a little spitfire until he got sick. Hopefully justice will come to this man and his unethical pet shop. It looks like Kim and her boyfriend will be getting another kitten from their vet, who has 6 week old kittens right now but are holding them until they are 8 weeks... I would have preferred her to go to a humane society or protectors of animals and wait til they were at least 12 weeks but what can ya do...
thank you for your support and help.