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Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Francis Feeble

Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Francis Feeble:

This summer saw an influx of little old ladies kitties; not that we mind, because they are all absolute dolls, but we sure do wonder where they are all coming from, and who in their right mind dumps a cat they have had for 10-12 years. One of our most pathetic rescues of the summer was undertaken by volunteer Dorie Slagter, who happened across this waif of a kitty literally in the middle of the road out on Byron Center near 84th St.
When she brought her in on August 16th, she was clearly emaciated, dehydrated, weighed less than 5#, had a facial wound and a rear leg abscess, was filthy and barely able to support her own weight. She appeared initially to have both hearing and visual deficits and was anemic to boot. Extensive lab work was run, fluids and heavy duty antibiotics were given, surgical repair of the facial wound was done and she was allowed to eat as much as she wanted, whenever she wanted (which, thankfully) she did ravenously. In spite of several weeks of intensive care, she failed to gain much weight, though her spirits improved dramatically, so right now I am concerned that she may be suffering from underlying IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), so I am going forth with treatment for that. Oh, and I think she was born sometime in 1998, though really, she could even be a bit older....
In spite of it all, Francis is one of the happiest, most bubbly little sprites we have with us (along with Milly and Mabel); she knows when it is dinner time (and breakfast and lunch time), she knows when folks are coming to see her, and she knows she has got it made in the shade here at Crash's!
We wanted to share her story so you all can appreciate just how good your cats have it at home, and just how terribly far some of our cats have to go to become a success story! Francis is a story in the works, and we are confident she will come through with shining colors! I tell ya what, she has more spunk and determination in her teeny-tiny body then some dogs I know (think lazy Basset:)
Thanks for taking time to find out more about our Crash Cats!! And a special thanks to Dorie and her friends, along with volunteer Brenda Burg, who have all helped pay for this gals medical expenses.

Francis in August 2010



Francis in February 2011

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