The time has come to say goodbye to our beloved Mama. We’ve grown to love her so much in the short time we’ve known her. The kind people at Hope to Home for Cats are picking up Mama tomorrow. Just to give you a little background on her; we found her and her kittens living under our house last November. She was really afraid of us at first and she had a kitten, so our initial plan was to get them and take them to the vet to have them both spayed. We began feeding them and after a little while we started gaining their trust. Then one day when coming home from a walk, Mama’s kitten Mouse fell in a bush and startled our dog, who grabbed him and broke his femur. Mouse ran under the house with his injury and spent the next couple of days hiding under our house. He finally came out and we were able to take him to the vet. The vet operated on his leg and installed a few pins to set it. Although the cat regained use of the leg he was never able to regain control over his bladder or bowels (due to nerve damage). The vet kept him for almost 2 months at no additional charge hoping that he would regain this ability. Unfortunately they made the decision to put him to sleep at the end of this period. During this period we were able to trap Mama and take her in to get spayed. We kept her in the house with us for the next three days as she was slow to recover. After that she’s come to our door daily for feedings and small visits inside with us.
mama’s lil’ baby mouse after his surgery:
he regained use of his leg, but unfortunately still had to be put down:
She now loves people and enjoys being around our guests. No longer skittish, she enjoys company but still prefers to remain independent. 9 months past the incident with her kitten, she still cannot trust or feel comfortable around our dog. If they get too close to each other, Mama will hiss and swipe at the dog, then will immediately want to leave. Our dog, although sweet around humans, doesn’t get along with other dogs at all and we’re worried that we would never be able to leave them alone together. And although Maeby, our dog, has never attacked nor tried to attack Mama, she still fixates on her while she is in the house. It just won’t work in the long term. To complicate matters further, we have moved to an apartment complex that only allows one pet per household. We’re actually had to sneak Mama in with us. We have been trying to find a good home for her, but unfortunately no one has responded. Our family members and our friends are unwilling to take her. We also don’t feel comfortable giving her to just anybody; we want to know that she will be safe and happy wherever she goes.
Mama has received all of her shots and, as I mentioned before, has been spayed. She’s incredibly sweet, loves people and is very affectionate. Attached you’ll find some pictures of her. She’s an incredibly sweet cat that we would miss dearly, but we don’t think it would be fair to her or to our dog to force them to live together. I’m so sad. I’m going to miss her. I hope she gets adopted soon.
whole lotta hair:
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