It is a busy time here. Not because of Christmas but because of sick cats. You are already familiar with the stories of the young dumpster cats Felix and Tiffy (the emaciated tabby girl). They have both recovered well - Tiffy just need to double her weight! But back at the dumpster there's still a couple of their feral friends recovering from flu. But at least I've managed to feed them tasty food with added antibitotics and it seems they're making progress (they've started eating again). I've popped a padded polystyrene box in their field (fingers crossed no one removes it) which the recovering young cats have taken to - they all huddle together.
And then there's Bessie. I found Bessie last Saturday morning. I'd been looking for her for days (knew she needed help) and just as I was about to leave she appeared futher down the road restlessly walking around crying. She was so weak I just picked her up and popped her in a transport box (she is feral!). She was taken straight to the vet who washed away layers from her almost closed eyes and completely stuffed nose. She wasn't lacking appetite because of a flu (which she also has) but she simpy could not eat (even though she badly wanted to) because her tounge was filled with painful ulcers. She was extremely emaciated and was basically dying from starvation because she couldn't eat. Later the same day we had a 24hour torrential down-pour and today (when I picked her of from intensive care) the vet deemed that she wouldn't have lasted the entire Saturday if she hadn't been found.
Only yesterday did she begin to eat a little on her own - otherwise she has been force fed to ensure her survival. Today she ate entirely on her own, so we thougth to bring her home where she could recover and heal in complete quiet. She is by no means in the safe zone. Breathing is strenous for her and eating is very painful. I have told her that if she will try her best to survive (meaning that she will continue to eat on her own) then I will provide a loving home for life. She continually makes muted cries. I know she is letting me know she is doing all she can. She has eaten a little. A while ago I watched her eat a tiny bit more - and I saw how painful it is for her. But she wants to show me that she is really trying.
If this beautiful girl is in more pain than than she can bear I don't mind her leaving her pained body. But I feel deeply within that she wants to live. She is so beautiful and she so deserves to know what a pain-free life can be like.
Will you please pray for Bessie's recovery and send her healing thoughts.
Thank you - and I will keep you posted.