If you follow the Mendon Village Animal Hospital Facebook page, you’re probably familiar with our hospital cat, Cheeks. He adopted us a few years back and has done a great job supervising the treatment room ever since. Cheeks loves the spotlight, so we let him shine. What you may not know is that we have three other cats living in the hospital right now who truly deserve homes to call their own.
We love having Maddy, Ernie and Monroe around, but what we want more than anything is to see them all be adopted into real homes with families who love them as much as we do. In an effort to find our cats homes, Dr. Gluckman and Dr. Reichenstein have decided to provide basic veterinary care at no cost for the first two years after adoption. This includes complimentary wellness visits, vaccines, flea preventative and intestinal parasite screens. It also includes any prescription medications or prescription diets they are currently on.
Maddy came to live with us in July, 2012 when her owner could not offer her the care she needed. Her owner believed she had been attacked by either a fox or raccoon; both of her hind legs were badly injured. Although she was lucky enough not to have had any broken bones, she had severely infected bite wounds and very limited mobility. Radiographs showed that Maddy had evidence of a chronic bone infection, and the muscles of both hind legs were significantly atrophied. This led us to believe that her injuries were much older than we originally suspected. At the time Dr. Sara Sanders was concerned that we may have to amputate Maddy’s right hind leg and a toe on her left hind paw. We started her on multiple antibiotics and pain medication and gave her body a chance to heal. And heal she did! Maddy’s long running infection resolved and her wounds closed up. Before long she was healthy enough to be spayed and vaccinated. She also tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV. We estimate that Maddy is approximately four years old.
Over the past two years Maddy has blossomed into the most beautiful girl. She is quite shy at first, but once she feels safe with you she will never turn down a tummy rub or a scratch under the chin. She LOVES to snuggle with Cheeks and lay on her blanket watching the bird feeder and talking to the birds.
Maddy would do well in a quiet home, with or without other cats. She needs someone with the kindness and patience to let her warm up to them and her new home. We can imagine Maddy curled up in a calm lap or laying in the window in the sun. After all she has been through, Maddy deserves a lifetime of love from someone who appreciates her as much as we do.
Ernie was found in December, 2013 shivering on a wood pile in a snowy backyard. Dr. Gluckman suspected that Ernie was at least a year old, though he weighed only about 4lbs at the time. When we first attempted to take Ernie’s temperature, he was so cold that the thermometer would not even register. It took hours to get his temperature to reach 94 degrees, nearly six degrees lower than normal body temperature for a cat. Ernie was so malnourished that when we attempted to feed him he was unable to keep any food down at all. This condition, referred to as “refeeding syndrome,” occurs when trying to reintroduce food to a patient who has suffered from severe starvation. Dr. Gluckman started Ernie on a slow, steady feeding schedule of 1/8th teaspoon every hour. Over the next week or so we were able to slowly increase Ernie’s food intake without causing him to vomit, and Ernie started to put on weight.
One year later, Ernie looks like a completely different cat. He tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV, was neutered, and is up to date on his vaccines.
We placed Ernie in a home with a loving family earlier this year. Unfortunately, this family already included several other cats and Ernie didn’t seem to thrive with them. With heavy hearts, the family brought Ernie back to us. Fortunately, this helped us to learn quite a bit about Ernie! It seems that Ernie has some lasting effects from the difficulty he faced early in his life. He’ll never be able to tell us what happened to him during his first year on this earth, but we can see that his hard times took a toll on him. For example, a few months ago Ernie started showing signs of over grooming, which can result from stress or anxiety. We see this behavior occasional in our feline patients, where constant licking and grooming leads to hairless spots on the hind legs or abdomen. We started Ernie on a natural anti-anxiety supplement called Anxitane, and he responded wonderfully. His fur has grown back in thicker and softer than ever and it seems Ernie has had a much needed confidence boost.
Ernie would likely do best in a home without other cats. From what we’ve seen he seems to be a big fan of dogs, though! He has quite the quirky personality and an extremely expressive face. He loves to explore our basement and is always looking for an adventure. Ernie definitely makes the most of his second chance at life!
Monroe is one of the most handsome cats we have ever seen. He should have been a model! He was brought to us in May, 2014 for euthanasia by an owner who felt that she could no longer cope with Monroe’s persistent bouts of cystitis. To put it simply, Monroe had inflammation of his bladder and urinary tract. The inflammation was severe enough on more than one occasion to cause a blockage of his urethra, making him unable to urinate.
Cystitis and urinary blockage are common problems in male cats. When cats present to us with telltale symptoms (including, but not limited to urinating small amounts frequently, crying in the litter box, urinating outside the litter box) the first thing we do is obtain a urine sample to test for the presence of infection, urinary crystals or bladder stones, and treat appropriately. Cats with cystitis can often be helped with a prescription diet and minor changes in their lifestyle to decrease stress. Due to financial constraints, Monroe’s owner did not feel she could maintain him on the prescription diet we recommended, and instead decided to have him euthanized. Fortunately, Dr. Gluckman decided to take Monroe in and give him a chance instead.
Monroe is about 5 1/2 years old. He is up to date on his vaccines, tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV, and was neutered. He has done extremely well on his prescription diet (Royal Canin Urinary SO) and has not had a urinary blockage since he has come to live with us! He has also been taking a natural anti-anxiety supplement called Anxitane, which helps keep his stress level low.
Aside from being devastatingly handsome, he is as sweet as can be and he loves to talk! He’s a bit nervous with newcomers, but warms up quickly. Monroe came from a home with multiple cats and dogs, and does not shy away from any animals here in the hospital.
Each of these cats have become part of the Mendon Village Animal Hospital family. We have enjoyed the opportunity to watch their personalities grow. More than anything, we want to see them all placed in loving homes with families who will care for them as much as we do.
If you or anyone you know may be interested in meeting one of these amazing cats, please call us at (585)624-2240. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!