Help Romeo the kitty cat burn victim!
Please keep posting about Romeo on facebook... set up a page if you don't already have one.. you have friends from around the world and we want to hear how he does!!!
Romeo sure is looking better! Won't be long now! About your spay and neuter question - try talking to your local resources: Humane Society, SPCA, and shelters. They usually know about low cost clinics in the area and sometimes they sponsor pets themselves. The Van Zandt Animal Care Center might also be able to make a recommendation or referral.
So happy to hear Romeo is improving! I read each update and send him good thoughts. I have two cats and know how special our pets are. Romeo is lucky to have y'all as his forever family!
Glad to see Romeo enjoying life again! I agree with what Sandra Spann is saying about indoor cats. As I have written to you in email, Vicky, our four 100% indoor cats are also quite happy. One of them had been rescued as a young adult feral cat and even she has made the complete adjustment to being an indoor family pet. She is now 13 years old and doubtless would never have lived this long or this well outside. And, to answer you question about spraying, usually neutering does reduce or eliminate that behavior. If it doesn't there are some things you can try - but give the neutering some time to work first. Takes time for the hormones to change after the surgery.
I am so happy to know that Romeo is returning to health and beginning to be himself again. I do hope that once he is well, if he has not been neutered you will have that done. He will be a wonderful housecat and housecats live very good lives, live much longer and are very happy when provided with places to look outside, sleep and play. I have four housecats and none of them have a desire to go out. Romeo is a survivor and a fighter! God bless him.
So happy to see that Romeo is continuing to heal and that the fund has almost reached goal! Adjusting to being (and having) an inside cat is a process, too. You may have moments of feeling bad for him that he can't go outside. But, being an inside cat is really optimal for him now. In additions to risks of re-injury, if he goes outside even supervised he may pick up pests/parasites and with his skin condition you won't be able to treat him with topicals. His immune system is also under stress due to the burn and the related trauma. There are LOTS of ways to make a happy inside environment for him - cat trees, toys, etc. As he continues to heal and to be able to do more, you can also provide more activities for him inside. He won't really miss going outside, although he may always enjoy sunning in a window or looking out.
It said they posted my comment, but I see nothing!! I have seen far worse on FaceBook than what you had posted and it is too bad they wouldn't let you show how much Romeo has improved!!!
Oh, well, social media sites have to do what they feel is best in general - and everyone has different tolerance levels. Personally, I didn't think that you were trying to disgust anyone. We are all already disgusted about what that disgusting person did to Romeo. You were just letting us see how he is healing. I can just imagine how terrible he must have looked before this. Anyway, I am sorry for his set back. I wondered if he would be too tender for awhile for no protection at all. But, I'm not a vet so what do I know? Hang in there.
Oh, bless his little heart! And, your hearts, too! It really hurts to see his burn, but I'm glad that you're letting us know the whole truth of what was done to him. Hard to imagine how he - and you - lived with that pain, literal and emotional, these past months. He's been such a brave boy! We knew that, but still - seeing that awful burn really brings it home! Congrats on making it through to this point - and being bandage free (I bet he will love that!) and weaning off the pain meds. Hope it all goes well. Once again, thanks for the updates. We are all pulling for you guys!
Glad that Romeo is having better days right now. I am sure that even on the bad days when is he out of sorts and hisses at the vet tech that he is still appreciative of all the loving care he is receiving. And, I agree with the comments about how beautiful he is! Its also good to see Romeo in his regular life, snuggling with his brother in their bed. May he have a long, good life.
A little "free advise" (maybe worth what you paid for it) :-). Don't give up on this fund raiser eventually meeting its goal. We have made multiple donations and plan to continue to make donations when we can, indefinitely. Maybe others will do the same. However, consider starting a second fundraiser where the money goes directly to the vet clinic to Romeo's account. The vet could help you with suggestions about how to set that up. Some people might be more comfortable donating that way versus to someone that they don't know. Also consider contacting the new media that covered Romeo's story (that's how I learned about it) for a follow up story. They can let people know how he is doing and thanks for the help to date - but also make people aware that his recovery is a long, expensive process and that there is still a need for donations. That might prompt people to donate again or make people aware of Romeo who might have missed the story the first time it aired. If you plan to set up a second find with the vet, would be best to do that first before contacting the media so that people are given both options for donating.
Sometimes when "the worst is over" is the time that most tries patience - for everyone. When I was a child my mother used to say that she could always tell when I was on the mend, the worst was over, when I got cranky. I bet she was feeling cranky, too! Hang in there, this too shall pass.
Glad to see that Romeo is continuing to improve - and that you're hanging in there with him in this slow process. God Bless.
Thanks for all the updates, so glad hearing about Romeo's healing. He's sooo cute, lots of kisses to him and hope he continues to get better!!!
Prayers for Romeo and his family. Really appreciate the updates so that we can follow his progress.
PLEASE get better ROMEO, WE all love you so much! May the person that did this pay for the suffering they have caused this poor defenseless animal! Romeo, prayers are sent your way!
May God bless you and your caring family sweet Romeo. Get well soon. Mozart and Spirit
Get well soon, Romeo
Thank you for the update...such a sweet boy. Hope he gets better and better with each day.
Raleigh T, he belongs to a very kind, loving family. He was outside when some deranged lunatic dumped him with gasoline, so he will be returning to his family once he's healed.