Happy Caturday, everypawdy. You know I like to share stories that make you feel better about fellow special needs cats, whether they are diabetic cats like me or just cats who were dealt a bad hand in life but managed to overcome their challenges. I was hoping to have another story like that to share with you, but it was not to be.
This is a picture of one of Lucky‘s fellow rescues. Eric was a tiny little kitten who had a overcome a lot just to get where he was.
There is a very kind human who owns a barn where she keeps her horses and cows. It’s farmland, and she doesn’t have her house on the same land. Unfortunately, irresponsible humans take advantage of this and abandon their unwanted felines and canines here. She pays to do a trap, neuter, and return on her land, but she doesn’t get all of the animals, and some of them breed before they can be fixed.
This kind human takes care of the unwanted animals, and she finds them homes when she can. This year, there were many kittens born. Sadly, many of them got an upper respiratory infection, and it spread rapidly through the colony. She gave vet care and isolated the kittens when she could, but the disease still claimed many kittens.
Eric was a tough little kitten who survived this infection not just one time, but twice. He was taken in by same Homeless Animals Rescue Team that took in Lucky. They noticed that his lungs didn’t sound quite right when they took him in, but he was a typical rambunctious, playful kitten and they hoped that treatment would clear things up.
Sadly, Eric beat the infection twice, but he could not beat it a third time. And he was in pain, so the kind humans who treated him made the humane decision to let him go. An adult cat like me, even a diabetic cat, would likely have come through. But a tiny little kitten has the odds stacked against him.
It is very sad to see Eric go. But his story shows how important it is to get your pets spayed or neutered. In seven years, just one unaltered pair of cats can theoretically produce over 400,000 kittens. That means there will be thousands of cats that suffer Eric’s fate, and most of them will not get to experience the love and care he did.
In memory of Eric, please get your pets spayed or neutered. And please share Eric’s story so that others will understand what it means if they don’t.
This diabetic cat is hopeful that sharing Eric’s story will get just a few more humans to get their pets fixed. That will spare many kittens the same kind of suffering he endured. Please help!