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post #1 of 10 Old 11-04-2000, 06:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Ok...I have always been an animal lover. I have 3 cats and a German Shepard. I have also cared greatly for this creatures that seem to bring us so much love and joy. All of our pets were rescued and I even named our home theater after one that passed away. "The Nate".

Well, now for the story. I was on my way to work on Wednesday and driving the route I normally do I passed a cat that had been struck by a car. The car was on the other side of the street and I remember seeing blood and thinking..."Someone just lost a loved one." I continued on to work.

When I turned the next corner going approaching my work place, I heard a voice in my right ear. It said two words..."Go Back". It was a gentle voice and without gender. I dismissed it even though I immediately knew what it was meant in relation to. So, I pulled into the parking lot and went to my parking space. Before I could pull in, I one again heard the same voice in the same ear. Again, only two words were said..."Go Back".

At that point it I could not ignore it. I thought to myself 'if I do not go back, when I went home and seen the cat still their, I would forever be wondering if he was alive when I came in.'

So, I continued back out of the parking lot and back towards the spot. No sooner did I arrive on location I could see the chest rising and falling at a rapid pace. I jumped out of my SUV and stopped traffic in that lane. Opened my back hatch and went to the cat. He was lying in his own blood. I give him a few kind words, picked him up, wrapped him in a blanket, and off we went to my vet. "Caring for Cats"

I am happy to report that he made it through the first night and is still recovering. He has had a lot of head trauma and seems to have a problem with his left front leg. His jaw also needed to be wired for it was also broken. All in all when he was bring in it looked as if he had a 5% chance of living. Now it is more like 80%!!! After all, he seemed to be meant to live.

Well the leg is not broke so they are not too sure why he is not using it. Could be nerve damage or something in the brain. He also had a lot of bruises inside the month. (poor thing) He did eat some as of yesterday and also used the litter box. (how, I do not know...poor thing.)

So..We all still have high hopes. What a trouper he is!

I went in yesterday and donated $500 to the Animal Service League and started what is now called "The Whisper Fund". (That is what we named him because of the reason he is still alive.) This money will be used to help Whisper and anything left will be used to help other cases of hurt cats that have been found. The money must be used however at 'Caring for Cats'. Reason I said the funds can only be used their was because they are also helping him with their own time and greatly reduced fees for the meds. I will also be taking donations from people at work, to help this new fund, when I return from vacation. Already got one check of $25.00 for the fund from someone at work. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

So that gave me this idea to post asking for more help. So if you want, send a check donation, made out to: Animal Service League and send it in care of ...

Caring for Cats
343 Island Cottage Road
Rochester, NY 14612

Please include a note that it is for the "Whisper Fund".

You can also send in donations via my PayPal account using the e-mail address of david@bott.net. http://www.paypal.com

Together we can help others in need that do not have the funds to help their best friends.

Thank you...I am now off on vacation. I will give an update when I return. If you do send, please mention it in this thread!

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David, I missed this thread on the fourth, I'm glad you bumped it up. I am putting a check for $25 in the mail right now (actually in the morning). I too am an animal lover and I think you should be commended for your kind act. If it weren't for you, "Whisper" surely would have died. It just demonstrates how small decisions we make in our everyday live can have a large impact on others. BTW, how is Whisper doing now?

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THANK YOU ALL THUS FAR! I am happy to report that I now have Whisper at home to further recover. He was released last night into our care. He is still limping on his front left paw, from nerve damage, but seems to be gaining on that daily. His jaw is wired due to a break and all is going well with that area. The wire will be removed in 5 weeks. He still seems to have some balance problems, for if he shakes his head, he tends to fall over.

He still is quite tired from all of this. I was so excited when I put him in "The Blue Room" for the night and then laid down on the bed to watch him. He came up to me and snuggled in! So I told my wife I would see he in the morning. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

The issue now is our other pets. We have 2 other mail cats (All neutered) and 1 female (spayed). Then we can not forget our German Shepard. So far I will keep Whisper in the Blue room for the most part for the next few days. (Just a spare bedroom we named The Blue Room.) Will bring him out a few times a day to see "The Others". So far a lot of posturing. Low deep notes for the male cats for the most part. And man...does he not like the dog!(even though the dog is super gentle even mothering Tory, the female, when she was found as a kitten.) So it will be a slow process.

Well...here is a photo...as you can see, real tired and still stressed. Just needs a lot more TLC at this time.

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David, a word on advice on introducing Whisper to the rest of the family. I've got 10 cats in the house (one who prefers to stay outside), and a Great Dane. All of them were rescued or wild cats. There've been about 20 others who've come and gone (some to new families, some to the crematory).

Putting Whisper in another room for a few days is the right start. Let's the other animals and he get used to each other's smells and sounds. As long as you can stand the attention the door between them gets.

The next best step is to put whisper in something that he can see the other animals through, and vica versa (more important). Let them get to know each other visually first.

Then take him out to mingle with the others for short periods. Don't be surprised or alarmed if there's some hissing or swatting in the beginning: A pecking order is being established.

This is, of course, assuming you plan on keeping Whisper. I hope you are.
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dboyko...Thank You. I am doing just that at this time and yes, they are now re-figuring out their ranks in the family. Whisper even took down the eldest, Elliot, at home point after stalking him for about 1.5 hours. No one hurt. Just amazes me because Whisper still limps and Elliot is 20 lbs!.

We will get their, just takes time.

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It is truly wonderful to see that there are others as caring as I am for cats. My wife and I have 4 cats and would not know what to do if we ever lost one. That point became very evident when our oldest male, Casper, got out this past July and was gone for 11 days. I did not go to work the first day, due to searching the area and grieving. After 11 days, Casper finally found his way home, unharmed, but hoarse from yelling.

Casper is much like David's cat Nate was from what I have read from his website. When I go into our Home Theater, Casper follows me and will either jump onto my lap or lay on the theater seat next to me and watch TV. When Casper got out, I simply could not go into the theater.

It's amazing how attached a human can get to an animal. I commend you David for your show of compassion and humanity towards felines. All to often, cats are looked at in a bad light. They are seen as unsociable, mean, and unintelligent. Cats truly are one of God's best gifts to mankind. Research has shown that the introduction of a cat into a depressed person's life is able to miraculously pull that person out of their depression.

I will be sending a donation to the Whisper Fund on Monday. I just hope that if any of our cats get out of the house again, there will be someone as caring as David was to help in whatever way possible.

BTW David, Whisper looks like he is recovering quite well. Shows the amazing healing power and resilience of felines.

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Pretty Impressive, I must say. That is one tough darn cat and it takes someone pretty dedicated to take in and care for an animal like that. How do you feed a cat with a wired jaw BTW? I had jaw surgery and was wired but you can tell a human to drink from a straw.

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Hi David,
I hope your new family member is doing good and hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. It is always a pleasure to hear others who love cats as much as my wife and I. We lost our first two cats to cancer (a few years apart) and even thou it has been close to tens years since the passing of Shortcake, our second cat, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about them http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/frown.gif. Two years before the passing of Shortcake we adopted another cat from the humane society. It took several trips to the Humane Society to make a decision. Every time we would go there it was very disheartening knowing that a good percentage of these animals would never be adopted, but end up being put down. My wife took this very hard and felt in her heart like she wanted to save them all. You could see that the kittens were to young to understand, but you could also see the fear in the older cats that knew they were not going to make it. We finally decided on a sick looking kitten who ended up having severe colitis and to this day (10 years later) we need to keep her on an expensive diet to keep the colitis in control. In the ten years we have had her, we have never taken a vacation for fear of leaving her alone. However, we have always taken pleasure in being chosen to be the ones to share in her life.
Most think that us humans are the higher forms of life, but we believe that we must live many lives to even come close to the perfect souls of cats. I think we can learn more from our animals then they can ever learn from us (love, compassion, and understanding to name a few).

We have made a $25 donation (with pleasure http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif ) through PayPal for the "The Whisper Fund".

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Well...the good news is it was the front part of his jaw. This the wire is used to hold to front end of the jaw in place. He does eat, but we feed him soft food until his jaw heals more.

I am more concerned about the family ranking this is going on. We have to watch him all the time because he seems to want to 'find his place' in the pack. Even if this means a scuffle with the others. Thus we hope he does not hurt his jaw again in the little 'cat fights' (more hissing than anything) that break out.

We also think either he now has crossed eyes and can not tell dept or maybe is blind in one eye. (or something else for that matter.) He seems to have a hard time judging objects when he wants to jump up. Also just seems to stare a lot at objects unlike our other 3 cats. Only time will tell.

OH...Thank you all for the donations to the "Whisper Fund". It really is a wonderful thing to see people give like this.


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