We got a new cat last week. She is somewhere between 9 months and 4 years old. The vet thinks older but I think younger.
She came from a hoarding situation with 15 cats and no money for any cat care including neutering. A local rescue has been working to transition all the cats. The people are moving and can’t take any with them.
Two of the 15 lost an eye. My vet’s best guess is that a herpes virus came through and ruptured the eyeballs.
Cats with one eye do very well. They are not sick in any other way and don’t require extra medical care. It’s all cosmetic.
They can be blindsided so talking when approaching is good. They are just as friendly and playful as any other cat.
Gracie came in pregnant. The kittens were aborted because she wouldn’t survive live birth.
The rescue put Gracie in a basement room (very nice with furniture – don’t think dingy, dark and dank) with a group of “unadoptables” to recuperate. They are considered unadoptable because of age or medical condition, not because of behavior. Gracie got along with everyone there. (There were some really beautiful cats there too. *heart wrench*)
She comes when called (amazing for a cat!). But there was one issue. During her first 48 hours here she was piddling bloody urine. She had crystals and a high Ph level.
She was raised on dry cat food and that’s what she likes. Cats don’t drink a lot. She barely drinks at all. She needs fluids to dilute the Ph level.
The vet wants her transitioned to wet cat food. We have tried at least 8 different flavors/brands (cha ching) using techniques like warming it to intensify the smell and mixing it with dry cat food. Yes we even tried baby food. She’s not having any of it. A purist. She liked her dry stuff dry. Don’t try to put any kitty kale in it.
Some say she’ll eat when she’s hungry. That could take a while. This is a multi-cat house and I have two other cats who eat dry. It would only be a matter of time until she found their stash.
One other solution is to get her to drink more. She doesn’t drink water. She drinks milk but not much. The vet wants me to try goat’s milk (cha ching, cha ching). I have been using Lactaid. (Cats tend to be lactose intolerant.) Or I can buy very expensive prescription dry cat food that she probably won’t like at all (another cha-ching).
She’s happy and running around like a maniac. For now, I won’t worry…too much.
There are more stories coming. I am considering changing her name to Cha-ching.