It’s been 81 days since 16-year-old Mr. Pickles showed up at our feral cat feeding station on the brink of death.
His condition was so grave we feared euthanasia would be his only option. We became cautiously hopeful when we learned he was suffering from hyperthyroidism, severe dehydration, starvation and infections — all of which were theoretically treatable. As we continued to work on diagnosing and treating him, we discovered he is also FIV+, has heart disease, ideopathic cystitis, early kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia... and of course, ringworm.
It's a pretty daunting list medical issues, but as you can see in the video, he's happy to be alive and LOVES his time with our awesome volunteer snugglers. <3
His medical team at Canada West Veterinary Specialists is cautiously encouraged that he is slowly gaining weight, and most of his systems are stable or slowly improving. There's no doubt Mr. Pickles' journey will continue to be complicated. We are hoping to be able to get him healthy enough to spend his sunset months or years in a loving foster home where he can continue to get diligent medical care and monitoring.
We are so grateful for the love and support of our #TinyVillage, and that you see the value in saving this special old guy. We are also super grateful for the team at Canada West, who also see he is worth saving, and are working as hard as we are to give him a good life, for however long we can. <3
Meet the other 350+ cats from his feral colony:
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