We took him to the vet. They tested him, he was FIV positive, but his blood tests indicated that he had a mycoplasma bacterial infection and had very bad teeth which were probably the cause of his apparent URI symptoms and why they lessened when he was given antibiotics but came right back. Mycoplasma used to be called Hemobartonella – usually diagnosed by a low red blood cell count. More details are at http://www.idexx.com/pubwebresources/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/reference-laboratories/diagnostic-updates/realpcr-fhm-test.pdf We were given different antibiotics in addition to his receiving a Convenia shot and were told to schedule his dental and neuter in two weeks when he had recovered sufficiently. So we fostered him, he put on weight and was a really good guest – tho definitely still a feral – and his surgery went fine – they removed several teeth, neutered him and gave him another Convenia shot and he was able to be released in less than a week back to his old stomping grounds. Healthy and a lot fatter!

This one cat required the time and care of several volunteers for 4 weeks, two trips to the vet. And we would do that for any feral that needed it. Once again, we have to thank our donors for giving us the resources that enable us to help those ferals that need the extra care.

We just fix the cats

I was talking to another Rescue person the other day, about a hoarder situation we are helping. A woman asked for help with her 4 male cats as the other tenants in the apartment complex were complaining. When I arrived to pick up the cats, imagine my surprise at the flood of cats present in the apartment! In addition to the cats, there were the stacks of books and paper that many hoarders collect, but everything was very clean, I was very glad – I’ve been involved in hoarder situations that had gone completely out of control. Although we could not get all of her target cats, we did neuter 4 and we will be going back for the 11+ others as soon as possible. She will have people helping her to adopt them out as we get them neutered.

It would be great if we could help the people we encounter who have mental illnesses, but for now, we just fix the cats and hope that will help situations improve.

This is another illustration of how the current economy is impacting our animal’s lives. Perhaps this woman could have afforded low cost spay/neuter a year ago, before most of these cats were born, but it simply is not available, resulting in overcrowding and possible abandonment of animals.

On an extremely bright note, a donor offered to pay for neutering those first 4!

Those wonderful donors!

We have another fundraiser this month! Celebrate 2000! Another donor has pledged $1,000 to Feral Fixers to use in a matching fund drive to raise a total of $2,000 or more! The donor's wish is to reward the volunteers of Feral Fixers for accomplishing such an incredible milestone of neutering 2,000 cats in just under three years! We could not have achieved this without the hard work of our wonderful volunteers! These funds will get us well on the way to reaching our goal of reducing cat overpopulation and euthanasia in DuPage County!

We will be using Chip-In once again, so please keep track of our progress!

Hope to see you at our upcoming events, the Friends FurEver Festival at DuPage Country Animal Care and Control and the West Suburban Humane Society Barkapalooza!

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