Anyone that knows me, knows I have turned into a crazy cat lady unintentionally these last few years. We live near a large park and I speculate that animals get dumped there often. Over the last 4 years I have been trying to help some of these poor stray cats that have wandered in to my yard. Several I have vetted and taken into my own home, but many others are still outdoors. I feed them daily and try to provide them each a safe place to sleep and a warm heated pad to try to give them some warmth.
Last night I noticed that one of the outdoor strays "Google" , in photos below,(thats what we call him because he usually has big googly eyes) was not coming out of his little house to eat. he was still there in the morning. he left it later when he got startled and as he exited I realized he had some kind of injury to his leg as he was not putting any weight on it. When i returned from work he was in his house again not coming out. So I took him to the emergency 24 hour vet.
The vet did some xrays and found he has dislocated his hip on the one leg, then also has a broken femur on his other leg. The femur injury she thinks may have been an older injury that he has learned to compensate for...we will deal with that later if needed.The dislocated hip is priority number one.
I would love to try to help this poor cat, but to be honest I am tapped out financially with what I can do right now. 2 months ago we spent several hundred dollars helping a different injured cat. We currently spend several hundred dollars a month feeding and trying to care for about 15 cats.
After sitting at the emergency vet for almost 5 hours tonight, the estimate to fix his hip is $1100-1300 if they can manually do the procedure without surgery. If they try that, there is chance it could pop back out. she said usually after 7 days if its stayed put it should be ok. If it doesn't stay put than surgery would be needed which could be an additional $1500-1800.
I am starting a campaign for $1300 to start to try to get the hip taken care of. Hoping the first non surgical attempt works. If any additional funds are raised it will go towards after care and getting a 2nd look at the femur injury. The emergency vet seemed to think that injury is old and hes already used to compensting for it.
I know many people will say "you cant save them all"..but I sure would like to continue to help when i see a need. Hes a young cat that deserves a good chance at life. If anyone is interested in donating towards his care, Id be very grateful. Vet Bill estimates, xrays etc will be on my FB post if anyone wants to see.
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