07/12/2008: Today I have updated this post.
It appears as if Smokey IS fully recovered from his illness, and is becoming rather cheeky in his new foster home. Pam returned yesterday from a 2 day trip to Gibralter and let Smokey out of the study for a while as he was becoming a little stir-crazy, whereupon he settled happily into one of her cats’s baskets by the fire, naturally inducing some snarling and hissing from the other residents. Smokey appeared completely unconcerned and didn’t even bother to retaliate.
Pam put him back to bed in the study, only to be woken a couple of hours later by more hissing and snarling, and to discover that Smokey had escaped and was now asleep on her bed, again unconcerned by Pam’s own cats, who he had obviously decided were all puff. This repeated itself one more time before Smokey finally gave in and settled in his own bed. Added to his very active ball-playing when I visited him, this is definitely a sign of a well cat, apart from his injured leg, and one that is ready for his own home.
Butter Wouldn’t Melt …
It seems as if life IS going to be ok for beautiful, gentle Smokey Boy. Until recently he had had such a tough time, starting with injuring 4 of his paws after, we assume, being thrown out by his original owner. He then spent a not great few months up at the cat rescue home where he had epileptic fits due to a flea collar, was bullied by the more assertive animals, and contracted a blood infection from fleas which led to him becoming very thin and weak. His most recent problem is a loss of feeling to the lower part of his right back leg and paw, which Begona our vet thinks could be permanent.
I made the decision 10 days ago to pull him out of the cat home, as he was SO thin, was limping and appeared to have been bitten by other cats. After a few days with me, he has been fostered brilliantly by Pam, has got over his illness and started to put on weight, and trust humans again. He is not quite back to his beautiful best as he needs to grow back a lot of fur, but you can see from his face what a gorgeous fellow he is.
I am sad about his leg damage, but he appears to be coping well, being more of a quiet, restful character than a hyper-active one, and today I have had some great news.
The German organisation I am working with has found him a foster home, and will take him on, knowing his problems and limitations and find him a loving home. He will now go to Germany on the transport on December 12th, and here’s hoping we will soon hear that he has found a family and has a settled, comfortable future ahead.
Thanks again to Pam for her help with Smokey, to George who rescued him from the port originally and sponsored him, and to Kerstin (in Germany) for all her efforts on his behalf.