Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Libbie
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Libbie:
Libbie's story is heartbreaking and upsetting, but the work in progress that she is has a happy current status, so please read on to learn more about this remarkable girl.
Born in May of 2005, this tiny girl came to us on her deathbed in October of 2009. She was left for dead by an owner who didn't want to take her in for medical care, even though she had not eaten for 10 days and was semi-comatose. When guilt FINALLY urged the owner to call the clinic, we refused to have this poor thing euthanized just because she was an inconvenience to her owner, so we had her sign the cat over, pay a fee, and told her IF we were able to save the cat, we would then find a place for her.
Well, as luck and the grace of God would have it, after weeks and weeks of intensive care and oodles of medications, fluids and prayer, Libbie surprised us all and beat the odds; when she arrived she was yellow (jaundiced) and her liver had basically shut down. Because she hadn't eaten in so long, she was in dire straits - and pathetic. Oh and did I mention pissed, which is probably what saved her (along with excellent doctoring skills:) This gal was so darn ornery that half the time during her treatment, I swore I was battling her attitude as much as her illness. I seriously debated on whether or not Libbie was emotionally going to be able to become a Crash Cat because she was just so darn ornery - but I wouldn't give up on her again - NOPE!
So after almost 3 weeks of treatment for liver issues and then a puzzling anemia, Libbie was finally ready to go to Crash's - make it or break it time. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, and was prepared for heartbreak if she refused to play nice. But, the hands on (whether she wanted it or not) and virtual isolation from other kitties and everyone but just me must have somehow worked its weird magic on her. From the moment Libbie stepped foot into Crash's, she was like a new cat - almost angelic, if you can believe that! Thank God my hard work paid off, as well as her determination to beat her illnesses.
Even though Libbie battled what could have been fatal liver disease AND anemia, I am proud to say her psyche and her heart have NOT be damaged beyond repair, and she made a full recovery - and then some!. She is now a chubby, charming lady with SO much love to give; every time I look at her sweet face I am reminded of just how far she has come, and what a true miracle she is in every sense of the word!
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