A shout-out for Pesto's pain-free life
It's a bit far and wide in between posts these days but life just seems to get busier and busier around here and there's never a dull moment. In spite of a lot of good work with neutering projects we've entered into the season for hundreds of newborn kittens and in 5-6 weeks I know I'll be in all the same predicaments as last year... too many cute kittens in desperate need of being rescued. Well, in the midst of the importance of investing in neutering cats to diminish future misery, I sometimes have to put less pressing kitty ailments on the back-burner. Such as in the case of this forlorn but sweet boy called Pesto.
He first appeared some time last summer peeking through the door. He'd obviously heard some rumours in the neighbourhood, lol! I was struck by the green eyes looking through the door and there and then he was named Pesto. He was very feral and would always run away when I tried to leave some food for him. Over time he became more tame but he's always remained a loner with a pityful personality. Where all the other cats will seek out the most comfortable and dry spaces he can be found rolled up somewhere in the open space even during heavy rainfall. One time (after having established a trusting relationship with him) I actually physically carried him into a dry space. He looked like he was drowning from the rain and yet he turned around and walked straight back and curled up in the same vet space. He prefers solitude to comfort. I figured he needed a space to himself so during the cold winter months I would lure him into a caravan in the garden where he would sleep at night. He very much liked that idea!
I became more acquainted with this boy and noticed that his mouth appeared a bit, well... not quite working properly. I thought maybe he suffered a once broken jaw - it was obvious that it wasn't anything recent. But his actual condition became apparent when he recently started looking very skinny. I brought him to the vet who found that he had a mouth full of rotten teeth. Signs from his life as a feral cat where he would have lived off God's knows what. Due to the cost of the full dental work I simply had to settle to bring him back home (with pain relief) and feed him soft food. That's until a few days ago where he was in obvious agony and no longer able to eat even soft food. So, naturally, today Pesto had all his teeth removed. As I am writing he is in recovery and facing a now hopefully pain-free life.
My vet has graciously agreed to do this surgery on the basis that I pay when funds become available. THEREFORE I will be launching a BIG AUCTION within 48 hours to raise funds for Pesto's dental surgery. On this blog I will post images of 100% exquisitely handmade handbags and accessories (approx. 50 items) made by yours truly. So stay tuned for more info within the next few days!! I promise you it will be worthwhile a visit.