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Stray/Abandoned SPHYNX!!! (Are people CRAZY???)

post #1 of 24
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Hello, all. Newbie here. I have a couple of questions I'll ask first, and then I have to rave for a minute. Here are the questions first:

First, let me say that I'm totally commited to this little guy, but my first concern is for our other two Sphynx boys and our three Italian Greyhounds.

1. A stray/abandoned Sphynx was delivered to our doorstep Friday night. His vet appointment isn't until 2:30 Monday. I'm concerned about possible diseases or dangers we may be exposing our other animals to. We immediately bathed him, cleaned his ears out, trimmed his nails, got some flea medicine on him and got him plenty of food, water and bedding. It's too late now, but should I have been crating him? Should I have boarded him until his vet appointment?

Physically, he's not presenting any outward sign of illness (no snottiness, goopy eyes or wheezing) except for a little bit of diarreah (which I suspect is from stress and a different kind of food then he's used to). He does have a grape-sized tumor above the vein in his neck where you can see his heart beating. He also has some physical injuries including a partially-healed injury to the base of his tail that looks like his tail was almost completely ripped off. That's healing with thick, lumpy scar tissue from lack of vetrinary care... He also has some skin abraisions, and a pretty deep newer cut on his hind flank near his rear.

2. Question #2 is similar to an earlier post. What's my moral obligation to talk with this cat's owner? Two weeks ago, friends of ours found this same cat running the streets in a not-so-nice area of town. By going door-to-door, they finally found the guy who owned him. Then, they saw the cat outside again on Friday night. Keep in mind, the evenings here are chilly already, it's been raining, and this is near the football stadium where there are a gazillion cars and almost that many drunks. They knocked on the guy's door again, and told us he said he hated the stupid cat, and they should find somebody else to give him to! WHAT????!!!!

Well... he's with us now, and I'm furious that some people believe animals are DISPOSABLE. This poor cat was starved, his tail quite obviously hadn't received any care, he's a stinking SPHYNX--you can't just let them OUTSIDE! I'm sure this guy must have proof of purchase, and I've never spoken directly with the owner--I'm only going by what our friends (whom I trust completely) told us. But I wonder which carries more weight--proof of purchase or obvious neglect?

I guess I threw my rave in with my questions. Sorry this is so long.

Oh, and by the way, we're calling him Ozzy. He's black with grayish points on his ears, noise and feet. He's almost completely naked with only the faintest grayish patch of fuzz in a line down his lower spine. He's an absolute cuddle bunny. I'm guessing by his height he's around 8 or 9 months old (he's so skinny, though, it's hard to tell). He has been neutered. Our dogs don't faze him. Our cats aren't thrilled with him, but one of them is already warming up to him. We don't NEED another animal, but we've had our Sphynx boys for four years--we know about the breed, we have tons of sweaters and blankies and beds. I know we shouldn't get too attached until after the vet visit, but how can we give him back to somebody who obviously doesn't care about him?
post #2 of 24
Is there a question in this? It doesn't matter if someone pays top dollar for a cat, if they are low-life they will dispose of any cat regardless of price. I hope you flea treated him safely?
post #3 of 24
I don't really think there's much of a question here either. Chances are the old owners wont make any attempts to get him back, since they so obviously don't care for him. If they do, I would talk to local animal control and let them know how badly this cat was abused (vet records to show it) and have animal control pay them a visit--chances are they have other animals that they're not caring for. Once they know you're serious and that they'd have to fight an uphill battle and possibly have to pay some fines to get the cat back, they'll back off.

But, I'm thinking you probably won't hear from them again at all! You are morally and legally in the right for caring for this cat.
post #4 of 24
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It's too late now, but should I have been crating him? Should I have boarded him until his vet appointment?
For now...I would just keep him seperated from your existing cats until he receives a clean bill of health from your vet. If you have an extra room, then keep him there and make sure you wash your hands between visiting him and petting your own cats.

Katie
post #5 of 24
I wouldn't give him back. I'd try to find out who the breeder is though you may be able to contact the breeder. Most breeders require for the cats they sell to be taken care of and the breeder may be able to take legal action against this man if they have a contract with him to care for the cat.
post #6 of 24
I agree with what Bengal Babe said - most, if not all responsible breeders have a clause in their sales agreement that says they can and will take the cat back if the owner cannot or will not care for them properly. Is there any way at all you can try to find out who the breeder was and contact her immediately?

Oh and as for your question about people being crazy - the obvious answer is yes, they are. As someone long gone from my life once said ... "there may be no stupid questions, but evidently stupid people abound".

Best of luck with this little guy.

~gf~
post #7 of 24
I would recommend you take lots of ugly pictures. Saying he had a tail injury, and seeing a pic...as you know, the pics are very convincing. Also let the vet know what is going on, so they document everything very fully.

Best of luck with your new cat!
post #8 of 24
All the Sphynx Breeders I know have that clause in their contract.

Please do not put anymore flea medicine on him, it can be deadly to Sphynx Cats. It also sounds like this cat may have major medical issues, I have PM'd you, please PM me back. I would like to try to help you. You may run into some major vet bills, the breeder may be able to help.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I would recommend you take lots of ugly pictures.
Yep. Already done that. Not just the sad ones, but lots of cuddle pictures, too. My mom is dying to see pictures, and I can't find my USB cord to upload them to the computer!

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Originally Posted by gayef
Is there any way at all you can try to find out who the breeder was and contact her immediately?
Our friends who brought him to us told me which house the guy lives in. I could go ask him who the breeder is, but if he signed a Care and Upkeep clause, I wonder if he'll tell me? Plus, now that we've totally fallen in love with Ozzy in the last two days, what if the idiot decided he wants him back? I don't know him to know I'm the one who has him!

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Originally Posted by Luvmysphynx
You may run into some major vet bills.
We don't have human children so our finances are more than adequate to care for him. One of our other sphynx and two of our IGs are special needs so we're used to daily medications, vet bills, speical diets, trips to the chiropractor and behavorist--plus all the kitty clothing (they have their own tailor!), blankies, kitty beds, etc., etc. Basically, they're all spoiled completely rotten around here!
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by 6isaZOO
Our friends who brought him to us told me which house the guy lives in. I could go ask him who the breeder is, but if he signed a Care and Upkeep clause, I wonder if he'll tell me? Plus, now that we've totally fallen in love with Ozzy in the last two days, what if the idiot decided he wants him back? I don't know him to know I'm the one who has him!
The guy who had him won't need to tell you anything but who the breeder is - and maybe perhaps how to contact the breeder if we can't find her on the internet or through traditional channels. The fact that you have fallen in love with Ozzy is a good thing for YOU as far as the breeder goes ... my guess is that she will be happy and quite pleased for you to keep Ozzy so long as you can provide him with the proper care. (And from your desription of yourself and your lifestyle, that is NO problem! I would let you keep him!)

Let me know if I can be of any help, I just hate to hear of these things happening!

~gf~
post #11 of 24
How can some people be so callus!! I wonder if the vet can determine how his injuries were caused. The prior owner could be charged with animal neglect.
It seems that "Ozzie" got lucky and found a wonderful new home though!!
post #12 of 24
The short response here is YES, people are crazy. I am fostering two beautiful and award winning Sphynx girls (NOT bec her mom is crazy- she's ill, sigh) and hate to see this wonderful breed abused like this poor kitty. He is lucky you are caring for him. I also know NO breeder of these cats who would NOT have a clause requiring return of the cat if something happens to the owner or the cat. (ie abuse). I would find out who the breeder is and s/he may well be able to help you and given all you have done, should be grateful and allow you to keep Ozzy. On the other hand, it is entirely possible this kitty was purchased from a less than scrupulous breeder.

I think this kitty's so called owner should be charged with neglect - esp allowing a naked and neglected Sphynx running around in the cold!! How horrible!!! You know how these cats crave heat!
post #13 of 24
You could always claim that you have seen his Sphynx and would like one from the same breeder to get their details?
post #14 of 24
Oh how sad! I doubt they would have much chance of survival outside
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by gayef
The guy who had him won't need to tell you anything but who the breeder is
Okay. I sicced the mayor's wife (BIG animal activist) on the guy. He won't volunteer any breeder information or even sign relinquishment paperwork. The mayor's wife knew who the guy is. Evidently, he's a complete scum bag--a known drug/child/wife abuser (HOW he got the poor kitty may not have been on the up and up). He DID admit that he told "the people" (our friends) they could have the cat or find somebody else to take him. Next, I contacted our lawyer (I know this sounds crazy, but my husband and I both work for the government, and I don't want to get arrested on some kind of felony charge for theft of personal property over $1000 or something goofy like that). Since the guy admitted he gave the cat to someone else, all I had to do was have our friends, who were technically the new owners of the cat, sign the relinquishment papers, and he's OURS!!!

The vet was especially concerned about the tumor on his neck. Also, part of his anal canal looks like it was punctured when his tail was bitten. The vet thinks that's healing okay, but will wait until he's asleep to assess how bad it is.

Poor Ozzy was a nervous wreck! He had some SERIOUS gas while he was being examined. That would be funny except I'm worried that his insides may also be damaged and we don't know about it.

Will post more tomorrow after his surgery.
post #16 of 24
Sending good vibes for Ozzy!
post #17 of 24
I'm definitly sending vibes too!
post #18 of 24
Good news about Ozzy's ownership!!

Please keep us posted on Ozzy's medical condition. I hope and pray that he will be ok. I am sending good vibes your way! I can not wait to see pictures.
post #19 of 24
Since you are now the owners of record, you should be able to have your local law enforcement send a warrant or other such document that requires him to give over the registration papers. If you know which association he was registered with, you can contact them and ask for advice.
post #20 of 24
I hope everything goes OK with Ozzy's surgery. I would really like this story to have a happy ending.

I really admire you for all the work you have done on behalf of a poor abandoned, vulnerable creature of God. There should be more people like you in this world.
post #21 of 24
So how is Ozzy doing today!!
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by GailC
So how is Ozzy doing today!!
Sorry to leave the Ozzy followers hanging--we've been busy, busy, busy around here!

Ozzy is HOME!!! He was a little sluggish recovering from his surgery so they wouldn't let me have him until about 3:00 yesterday afternoon. I guess in hindsight, it was silly to rush into surgery when I knew the poor boy was very hungry and probably should have built up some stamina first. However, he has a clean bill of health pending the pathology report (which will be back in 10-14 days). He's sporting three very large stitches in his former tumor site.

The vet doesn't believe any permanent damage was done to his anal canal from the bite, and as far as they can tell, there's no soft tissue or internal damage that causes his stinky tooting. It just looks like he gets gas-y when he's nervous.

As soon as I brought him in the house, he started purring like a maniac and perked up tremendously, and chirrrpppping himself silly (he "told" me all kinds of news). He spent the night tucked in the crook of my arm pit purring his sweet head off.

As far as his former owner goes... (you breeders will be disgusted with me)... I just want that to be water under the bridge. It was in the lower 40s last night. I'm just thankful we found him in time and he has a safe, warm place to live now.

Future Ozzy posts will no longer be in the Stray Forum. Welcome home, Ozzy!!! YEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
post #23 of 24
I am not disgusted with you at all. Glad Ozzy has a new forever home and good people to care for him.

But it is hard not to feel badly for the breeder, who probably was taken in by this man and fell victim to his deceit. It's just a shame that she won't ever know and be able to learn from this.
post #24 of 24
That is all such good news. Let us just hope the final report is OK and you and Ozzy can bond forever.
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