Originally Posted by carolinalima
Why, why did I open this page...
My thoughts exactly.
I don't handle this sort of thing at all well; and I'm a big, old guy who works in the petroleum business (not always known as the most sensitive environment), that has seen my share of sad stuff etc.
I alternate between feeling very sad and angry.
I am sorry this happened and that caring folks had to deal with this, you have my admiration.
Stories like this make me value the times when things come together and we can make a difference with positive results. Stories like this give more value to an experience I have had in the past year;
Kasey our most recent cat, brought home in May 2008, she is an 8 to 10 year old torti that I rescued from one of our company's sites.
She was brought there when she was a kitten for rodent control, they had her spayed and she had her shots. I go to the site occassionally as part of my job and the cat has known me for all these years.
As time went on, enevitable changes went on and she did not receive the best of care and in some cases I heard she was kicked around etc. Through all this, she retained a nice nature with people and craved attention. (Later examination showed an old injury to her left rear leg and the tips of the upper canines were broken off.)
She was losing patches of fur and looked to be in bad shape. A couple of years ago, a few people at the site, pointing out the lost fur had the foreman load her into his truck to take her to be euthanized because she was "sick". One guy there who I have known quite a while stepped in saying just a %$^%&* minute, and stopped it.
Last April, I was on site for a few days working on a job and had seen enough, I came home and we talked about it and on the next run up there, I brought a cat carrier and took her home.
We did all the vet stuff and the recommended slow introduction to the resident two cats, from separate rooms etc. She did very well on good quality food and is in very good shape, now and all the fur with full torti colours grew back quite thickly. She has basically "imprinted" on me and has retained her friendly nature with people. She has adapted well to being a house cat and seems happy she doesn't "do" winter anymore.
As I type this, she is happliy grooming in "critter bed", as usual in sight of me.