My neighbour has an ex-feral - they are unsure of her age (something I always find weird, admittedly), and she really isn't well. He said when he came back off his hols earlier this year (April I think, but may have been earlier) that she was looking thin and needed to go to the vet - she still hasn't been, and is looking worse. The other week I went to stroke her and noticed parts of her fur had clumped together, but extremely close to her skin, so I didn't even attempt to brush it, but mentioned it to her owner, who said he had noticed and tried to brush them out but couldnt, so I did tell him you could see by looking at them you wouldn't be able to do it. He said he would keep an eye on it and maybe take her to the vet - i did warn him that they would have to put her under for it. I also mentioned she is eating a lot of grass, and he told me she is drinking a lot of water - i did mention they are signs of liver/kidney probs, and he told me he knew. I was talking to him last night about her, he said she is 'plodding on'. I did tell him i would be tempted to take her to the vets, and he said he was considering it but she was old????? I mentioned that she is acting out of character, and he didnt say anything. IMO (I haven't said this to him), she doesn't have a good quality of life, she sleeps all the time, and only goes out of the house to find some grass to eat (which to me says she is constantly feeling sick, and not something I would wish on a person, never mind a cat), is a fussy eater so is given a diet of pure chicken. I do think that if he ever does get round to taking her to the vets and they do blood tests, that there will be nothing they can do cos it has been left too long. I just don't know what I can say/do to persuade him to take her to the vets - I do have a soft spot for her!! I am not sure if these photos show how much she has gone downhill, the first one was taken in Nov, the second a week ago.
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9/18/05 at 3:13am