Last weekend, we received a call from a woman in East Falls who said that her daughter had been feeding a feral cat in their backyard for a while. She said they feared the cat might be pregnant since her belly looked distended. She said they tried to catch the cat several times but the cat would run when approached. We offered the woman the use of one of our traps, which she accepted, and gave her detailed instructions on how to set it up properly for maximum effectiveness. In the meantime we made an appointment at the Cube for the cat for the following day.
At first the cat didn’t want to go into the trap but we told her to take out the bait she was using and put in sardines. And voila! The cat immediately went into the trap. Success!!
By 11:30 a.m. the following day, the cat was out of surgery and when the woman and her daughter arrived to pick her up, they were shocked when the Cube staff told them the cat was not pregnant BUT she had been suffering from pyometra, which is an infected uterus. They told her the cat’s uterus contained 4 pounds of pus. They also told her the cat would have died if they hadn’t gotten her when they did.
The woman and her daughter saved this cat’s life, so a HUGE congratulations goes out to them. They have taken the cat into their home for the 2 weeks required for recovery and have set her up in a nice dog crate so she can recuperate comfortably.
Let’s think about this for a minute…….with all the hectic schedules people have in their lives today, these two women put their lives on hold to rescue this cat. They went online to find someone who could give them guidance and help. They jumped in their car to come to pick up the trap we offered. They ran home and immediately set up the trap - AND trapped the cat. They brought the trapped cat into their home for the night and the next morning got up early to take the cat to the clinic. Then they made themselves available all day to go get the cat post-surgery when the clinic called. And finally, without question, they agreed to care for the cat for two weeks while she goes through her recovery period and administer antibiotics as well. These people are the salt of the earth. It’s people like Marie, and her daughter, Tracy, who jump right in and get the job done, who make our hearts sing. Thank you, Marie and Tracy, for a job well done!