Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place? How about between two fences? Well, recently our Ambulance driver brought in a cat who had found herself in that very predicament. The poor little thing was jammed in the narrow space between two fences upside down, her paws facing upwards. And judging by her condition, it was likely that she had been there for some time.
Vicki our Vet was on hand to examine the little blue cream tortoiseshell cat when she arrived at the Vet Hospital. The cat, now named Rosie, was dehydrated and cold. She also had terrible cuts on her hind legs that were so painful that she found it difficult to stand and walk.
Vicki started Rosie on intravenous fluids and administered antibiotics and pain medication to help ease Rosie’s pain. Rosie was then placed in an intensive care pen so that she could have her temperature closely monitored as she was actively warmed. It took a little over two hours for Rosie’s temperature to rise to a normal value.
Over the next 24 hours, Rosie was intensively nursed. Rosie’s appetite was poor and the nurses’ syringe fed her a critical care diet. Rosie’s wounds were kept clean and her dressings changed daily. The Vets decided to take some blood from Rosie and run a blood test to ensure that there were no underlying issues and thankfully the results were normal. After a couple of days of intensive care, Rosie finally started to show signs of improvement. She started to eat enthusiastically and enjoy a good cuddle!
Rosie is still very skinny and her wounds have not completely healed, but she is now well enough to be discharged into the care of one of our lovely Foster Parents. In foster care she will continue to recover and gain condition and weight.
Rosie found herself between a rock and a hard place, but she survived with courage and spirit! And when she has fully recovered we will find her a wonderful “forever” home.
Update: Rosie has found a new home!