Typically, I reserve my cat Sunday Selfie post for the cats that actually live inside of my house with my community around the clock. But this week, I'm doing something a little different. You see, this week I'm playing host to a very special kitty that needs a much larger community. And I know the lovely people that run the blog at The Cat On My Head can help.
Update 20161002: I'm so sorry to report that Panda did not recover from his illness. An update about what happened is here. Thanks to all of you for all of your help and good wishes.
This is Panda, and he's 12yo. He was living in the Willamette Humane Society shelter, waiting for a new home, and he had the misfortune of being surrendered right before kitten season. People who came shopping for cats often came looking for very small kittens, or if they were looking for adults, they wanted the rescue story that comes with taking home a cat that's blind or deaf or very old.
Panda fell through the adopter cracks because he wasn't a kitten, he wasn't nearly as old as some of the other cats in the shelter, he didn't have health problems, he didn't have a sad backstory and he got along with everyone.
In other words, he was a perfect cat that came in at an imperfect time.
He became invisible.
He grew so sad at losing his family and then waiting in a shelter for so long that he started eating just a little less with each meal. Then, he started skipping meals from time to time. Soon, he decided he wouldn't eat anything at all.
The team at the shelter worked so hard to help turn things around for Panda. They came and sat with him before the shelter opened, trying to help him to eat. They brought in food and treats from home to entice him. They gave him medications and fluids. They started force feeding him. But still, he wouldn't eat on his own.
The team moved into overdrive mode and popped Panda in intensive care, so he could get yet more fluids and meds and force feeding, but that didn't seem to help. He just seemed to shrink into himself, perking up only to accept love from people. He developed fattty liver disease, so his lips and ears turned yellow.
I wondered if moving him out of the shelter system as a whole might help him to find his reason to fight. I also know all about how to give medications, fluids and offer force feedings (typical treatments for fatty liver disease). So Panda is resting in my guest bedroom for the foreseeable future. He is weak and sickly and he often seems a little queasy (despite his anti-nausea medications). But he is also decidedly perkier, and his mental state seems a little more appropriate. He comes to me to ask for attention, and he happily sits with me for cuddles. He's also been using the scratching post from time to time.
Despite Panda's improvements, I'm not at all sure that he'll make a full recovery. It is incredibly hard to pull a cat from the brink. Cats that like Panda can lose enough so much weight that all of their organs shut down.
A lot of this recovery depends on Panda and how much he wants to live.
This weekend, I'm hoping to help him make the right choice. And if I can help to turn him around, I'll need yet more help to get him into a home quickly. I simply don't think he can handle the shelter. So I need all of you to think very good thoughts for Panda. And when he is well, I'd love it if all of you help me to network him.
He needs our community.
On a happier note, we have another transient visitor to the menagerie that seemed to want to pose for selfies this week.
It's a katydid! These little critters are typically nocturnal, so I am not at all sure why it was out and about on a sunny summer day. But it was very content to sit still for photos. Look at those antennae!
Thanks for reading, and do leave me a comment so I'll know you were here. And as always, thanks to our hosts for the hop opportunity. I always enjoy this one.
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