A Sad Reality

I have said in past that all the cats we handle are special needs because they are rescues—some are rescued from backyards, parking lots and construction sites; others from car engines, questionable (or downright cruel) people, and busy streets.  To me they are special needs because sometimes they need a little more time to adjust to a normal home, having previously been free-roaming or in environments where they were not welcome.

But occasionally we get a cat that truly does have needs beyond the ordinary.  June is such a cat.  June suffered an injury that has left her with a higher-than-average likelihood of developing arthritis later in life; additionally, she requires a prescription food diet for a chronic health issue (which is completely controlled by diet).  Seeing as her foster cannot keep her indefinitely and that her dietary requirements do not make her an appropriate candidate for placement in an animal sanctuary, we have reluctantly chosen to have her euthanized in ten days time if she cannot be placed in a permanent home. 

Below is an e-mail written by her foster Rose.  Please share this message with anyone you think might be interested or know of someone else who might be.  Contact us through our facebook page, through purrfectcatrescue.org or at pcrcatboy@aol.com, be sure to write June in the subject line, and remember that her probable euthanasia has already been scheduled for October 24, 2012.

June is between 1 1/2 and 2 years old.  She is a good-natured cat— friendly, easy to handle, happy and playful.  Presently she lives with 4 other cats and 2 small dogs.  Although the cats aren’t all best friends, everyone lives in peace.  When it comes to interactive play, whether with the dogs or cats, June is in the middle of it.  She lives as an indoor/outdoor cat and will want to continue that lifestyle.

Early in life June sustained an injury to her hind quarters that did not heal properly.  As a result she sits with her right rear leg extended out and to the side.  Her stride is a bit short in the back but otherwise does not seem bothered, romping and jumping are part of her daily activities.   According to the vet, as a senior she may develop arthritis in her hind quarters.  June also has confirmed feline urological syndrome (FUS), meaning that triple phosphate crystals form in her urine.

This condition is  completely controlled by diet.  She currently eats Purina UR dry without complaint.  This is a prescription food.  A 6 lb. bag costs about $32 and lasts her 6-7 weeks if fed 1/3 c. in the AM and 1/3 c in the PM.  At some point—prior to her diagnosis and subsequent change in diet—June became less than 100% reliable about peeing in her litter box, probably a result of an irritated bladder and painful urination.   Now that her diet is corrected, while confined to the foster home’s “cat room”, she is confirmed 100% reliable about using that particular litter box. She is not permitted unsupervised access to any other areas of her foster home so her overall litter box reliability is unknown.

June needs a family that will maintain her restricted diet and allow her an indoor/outdoor life.  Her new family should be prepared to continue indoor supervision until they are satisfied she is litter box reliable, or be willing to transition her to an outdoor-only existence (or indoor confinement / outdoor) should she prove unsuitable to be left indoors unsupervised.

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