A Sad Story...
We try not to tell too many sad stories, but Silvana wanted to show as many people as possible the hardships of cat life in the Italian colonies.
Sadly we have lost three of the cats rescued from Alghero and bought back to the UK on a recent trip. Around 15 cats were rescued, and quite a number have found happy new homes. However three have had to be put to sleep.
Sophia was a sweet young cat. She loved people and considering she was born a feral in Italy this seems surprising, although many of the cats are remarkably friendly. Unfortunately it was clear from quite early on that she was not very well. After tests it turned out that her hard start in life had put a huge strain on her kidneys. Despite medication, a blood transfusion and being on a drip her kidneys eventually gave up and last week she was put to sleep. My last memory of her was when I saw her in the shop on her way home. She was rubbing against my fingers through the cage. Silvana nursed her through the night and she had a few days where she seemed better. She had one wonderful day basking in the sunshine and being fussed.
Rosie had a long history of mouth problems. This is common in feral communities because of the poor diet and conditions. She was treated in Italy with antibiotics, but what she really needed was proper dental work. Unfortunately this is more than unusual in Italy so the vets don't really know how to go about this treatment. Here her dental work was done, but it became clear that the toxins from the infections she had had affected her liver and she could not fight on.
Pina was a bit of a mystery. Blood tests showed up all sorts of strange results and she started having fits. It’s difficult to tell exactly what happened but Silvana suspects a neurological problem possibly though inter-breeding. Another sadly missed.
I think knowing how these cats started out in life makes it all the more wonderful when they are rehomed. Or when they simply want to be with you. RIP.