Today's a bit of an unusual Caturday. Unfortunately, I believe that TWO may need to go to the vet. A few weeks ago, his shoulder was injured somehow, and though it seemed to be healing up just fine, after a while something seemed not quite right, to me. The injury seems to not have healed properly and has likely turned into an abscess which will need to be drained, cleaned, and antibiotics will likely be prescribed. I'm not entirely sure if follow-up visits will be necessary to make sure that the abscess is healing properly. Because TWO is technically feral, I am going to have to trap him using our humane animal trap, which will unfortunately be rather traumatizing for both of us. He will also likely have to be anesthetized in order to properly examined and treated. I love both of "my" kitties, but TWO is definitely my favorite (don't tell Catter!!). He's super loving and sweet and gets the happiest, silliest expression on his face when I give him endless head rubs. I love him to the moon and back!
Unfortunately, my finances have been particularly tight, as of late, so a vet bill will be a massive blow. Ordinarily I'd never ask for donations -- I'm always conscious of the fact that people may be struggling themselves -- but because I love my kitties and they occasionally need vet care, I thought I'd create a PayPal account for them so that people are able to donate money if they'd like, to help support and care for these lovely sweeties.
There is a chance that he may not need to go to the vet; I checked his shoulder this morning and it seems less puffy, as though there is less fluid inside, and the scabs seem to be starting to flake off. I am going to keep an eye on it for the next two days to observe whether or not it seems to be improving. If it seems to heal on its own within the next couple of days, any money donated will be saved up for a future vet visit, and/or used to help purchase things the kitties need.
I've compiled a quick (and likely incomplete) list of the cat-related expenses, and a kitty wishlist of things that would help make their lives better, to give an idea of what the money would be going toward:
- Wet cat food: I like to mix wet food with dry food because wet food has a higher protein content, which is really what cats need. In addition, if I need to give the cats any medicine -- like when Catter ate some rat poison a while back and needed prescription Vitamin K supplements to prevent any hemorrhaging -- I mix it with wet food.
- Dry cat food: To give the cats some texture variety, and to help stretch out the more expensive wet food.
Infrequent but regular expenses:
- Flea collars: every 3-6 months-ish, depending on how often they're able to slip them off.
- Vet visits: Catter's vet bill during the Rat Poison Incident was in the range of $400-$500, and I anticipate that TWO's vet bill will be fairly similar this time because he'll also likely need to be anesthetized for the abscess to be examined and cleaned.
- Neutering: I can't recall an exact quote, but I believe when I inquired last time, the vet said something somewhere the $100-$175 range (per cat) to have this done. I may be able to find a more affordable place, however, or a non-profit.
- Hard plastic cat carrier: This will allow me to catch them in something OTHER than the animal trap; I always worry that they'll injure their feet when they start freaking out and attempting to dig through the cage floor. Having two carriers would be even better because it would allow me to catch them both and take them in at the same time, rather than in multiple trips. (And carriers would benefit me a little bit, honestly, by being less of a stare magnet in the vet waiting room than a harsh-looking trap!) Haha.
- Cat grooming glove to help them get rid of excess shedded fur and help prevent hairballs.
- Unscented pet cleansing wipes to keep them a little bit cleaner. The damn cats like to roll in the dust! TWO in particular is always filthy; I don't think he's as meticulous of a groomer as Catter is, AND it's more visible because of his white fur!
I have started a kitty wishlist on Amazon, for anyone who would like to assist with the purchase of items rather than donating money.
So, in short, if you would like to sponsor the care of two truly lovely feral cats, any assistance you would be willing to provide, from $5 to $500, would be deeply appreciated and would go directly to the care and wellbeing of the cats. Many heartfelt thanks in advance. I will brainstorm and try to come up with some sort of thing I can do in return for donations, to express my (and the kitties') gratitude! I'm open to suggestions!