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Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Slim Pickins

Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Slim Pickins:

Well, I tell ya, Slim's story has been a long time coming, because when I took him in on October 30th, 2007, I sincerely didn't know if he was going to make it. Our friends at Robinette's Apple Orchard and Winery had come across this poor bedraggled, totally emaciated , pathetic 4-5 year old, and didn't know what to do with him. Luckily for us all, Mary Ellen Patterson was contacted, and having brought a cat to us previously (and adopted from us too) she knew exactly whom to call. So we took Slim Pickins in, aptly named for the sorry state his frail 7.4 pound frame was in, and I wasn't too shocked to learn that he was not only starving, but anemic as well. He was so weak that he staggered like he was drunk, but with fluids, encouragement, warmth and lots of food, within a few days, he was showing much improvement - on the outside. unfortunately the state of his anemia was a concern, so multiple medications were started (and have continued on for well over a month) to try and rectify this harrowing internal situation he has going on. He makes baby steps towards overcoming his anemia, but he is in now way out of the woods (but he is out of the orchard:). So I will continue to plug away, spoiling him rotten in the meantime, in the hopes that modern medicine and a little bit of miracle thrown in can turn this guy around. He sure does deserve a second chance, as who knows how long he was starving, alone and hungry and scared to pieces. Shame on his owners for leaving this great little guy out on his own, either ill when they let him go, or falling ill because he couldn't take care of himself outdoors, in the elements. Thanks to everyone at Robinette's for looking after Slim and bringing him in to us none too soon. Hopefully his story will have a happy, HEALTHY ending!
**Update 12-07** Well, we had quite a few ups and downs, but THANKFULLY the medications worked, albeit slowly, and finally Slim has beaten the FIA (Feline Infectious Anemia) that darn near killed him! Slim is now (10-30-08) chubbing out at over 12.5# pounds! What a miracle kitty this guys is!

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