Hi everyone, Sorry this is so long, but I hope I can get some advice from you! At the beginning of March, I took in a very sick, elderly female cat that someone dumped. I took her to the local vet (that the animal control warden usually takes strays to) and they were sure they couldn't find a home for her in the condition she was in (and because she was so old--they think she's at least 14). She had an extremely severe upper respiratory infection. I didn't think it was right to have to put the cat to sleep if she was able to recover, so I had them test her to make sure she didn't have other problems like leukemia. She didn't even have any kidney problems! I brought her home and treated her for several weeks for her respiratory infection. I didn't bring her in the house because I already have five cats in the house that I didn't want to spread her infection to, so I had her out in the mobile home I have for my chickens. Her infection seems to finally be cleared up, so I brought her in the house this weekend and have her in a room separate from my other cats. Here's the problem. I don't know what her condition was before she was dumped, but she is now apparently completely deaf and mostly blind--possibly from the infection. Had she known her way around my house before, she might be able to get around. But she really doesn't move around much--she eats and drinks and finds the litter box, then goes to sleep in her large crate. I tried to introduce one of my cats to her, but she doesn't even realize another cat is there. (Of course the other cat was spitting, hissing, and growling!) I give her as much love and attention as I can, but I wonder if I did her a favor in getting her "well." I don't see how I could ever let the other cats near her and I wonder if she's really having any quality of life in her present state. Have I done the wrong thing for this cat? I've become extremely attached to her and I only want to do what's best for her. Does anyone have any suggestions of anything else I can do to help her enjoy life? Or suggestions for anything else at all I could/should do for her? Thanks so much for any help you can offer!
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5/13/03 at 9:55am