Monday, March 8, 2010
Horrible news! Saturday evening I received a voice message from my friend, Pat, who feeds the "gray cat colony" every Sunday. The shopkeeper who feeds the cats Monday through Saturday (he owns the property where the cats live) called to report that one of the young females, "Crystal," was not eating or drinking and appeared to be sick. Pat responded and got Crystal into a carrier and took her to a local vet. (I was visiting relatives about 50 miles away.) According to the vet, Crystal seems to have gotten into a highly toxic substance. Her mouth and tongue are blistered and she probably has not eaten for days. Her bilirubin count is off the charts and she may not make it. The vet put in a port for IV fluids and administered vitamin K shots and antibiotics. All we can do now is wait and pray.