Our featured cat for
The River's Purrfect Friday: Drizella
Let's start with what Dr. Jen had to say about our featured cat, Drizella:
I know it isn't nice to say that a particular cat is less than attractiveafter
all, it is what is on the inside that countsbut honestly, when this poor girl
arrived at the clinic on November 15th, I swear I had not seen an uglier cat, and
that just made me love her even more! When first I saw this emaciated, flea-ridden,
almost completely hairless 4-year-old girl (born in November of 2006, I think), it
was the draining abscess on her right side and her infected, wide-set alien-esque
eyes that prompted me to name her after one of Cinderella's ugly step-sisters.
But in my own defense, after naming 2600 cats, a girl's got to get creative!
Drizella was a mess externally and a bit internally as well, as she was anemic
from being so overloaded with fleas and malnourished. But over the 5 days that
she was with me at the clinic recuperating, I witnessed a transformation in this
gal, as she ate (I swear) her weight in canned food and her infections cleared up.
I have met my fair share of hungry cats in my life doing rescue, but I think
Drizella could out-eat them all: she is definitely making up for lost time!
It is going to take a bit for this marvelous mittened kitty to get back on
her feet again, so in the meantime we are going to thoroughly enjoy spoiling
her to her heart's content!
Drizella has now had some time to recuperate, and I will say that she has improved
immensely. Her fur has grown back and she is no longer a scrawny wreck of a cat.
She is still thin, but she is putting on weight, and should soon be back up to
a healthy weight for a cat of her size.
More importantly, though, she is a friendly, affectionate cat. I visited with her
January 4th, and she was friendly and affectionate, purring when I petted her,
butting her head against my hand when I stopped. This dear cat would love to have
a home to call her own.
Now for a few photos of Drizella. First, Dr. Jen mentioned "mittened". Drizella
is a polydactyl cat, which means she has more than the usual number of toes on
each paw. You can see that below.
Here we have a full-body shot of the dear girl. As you can see, she is still thin,
but her fur has come back, and now that her medical issues have been cleared up and
she has a reliable source of food, she is on her way to a healthy weight.
Finally, a face shot. Just look at her. A few months ago, she was abandoned, unwanted.
Now, she has received the care she needed, and is ready to return the love you can give
her. I don't think anything more need be said.