Sebastian came to us earlier in the year (late January or early February, I think). He was a mess. I remember when I first looked in his cage, I was horrified. Sebastian was curled up in a puffy pink bed, head resting over the side. He looked up at me and let out a silent meow. I opened the cage door and he barely moved. His fur was falling out in patches and dark scabs littered his skin. When I pet him, all I felt was bone. Sebastian’s hips protruded grotesquely, skin taunt. I felt tears well in my eyes looking at him. I could never understand how anyone could starve their pet (or their children). Seriously. You have a responsibility. Anyway…
We fed Sebastian special “recover” wet food several times a day and gave him sub q fluids. He scarfed down the food with each feeding and eventually began eating dry food. We didn’t want Sebastian to become ill from feeding him too quickly. Afterall, who knows how long it had been since he last ate on a regular basis. Slow and steady, as they say. Sebastian showed signs of improvement within a week.
I was extremely worried about him. I held my breath each time he visited the vet. Ask anyone at the shelter. Sebastian needed lots of TLC, which he had been deprived of for so long. We gave it to him. During this time, I was cleaning cat cages 3-4 days a week. I made sure I set time aside to spoil Sebastian. I would carry on one-sided conversations, give him pets, give him treats, the whole kit-n-kaboodle. He didn’t move around his cage much. Mostly, he remained curled in his bed. We thought this was because of weakness or muscular atrophy.
About a week after his arrival, Sebastian hopped out of his cage. We noticed that he had a limp. When we touched an area of his hip, it was warm and caused Sebastian discomfort. He bought himself another vet visit.
It turned out that Sebastian was bitten by another animal before we rescued him, which caused an abscess. The abscess was drained and Sebastian was placed on a regime of antibiotics. When I saw him a few days later, he was being a little freshie and played rough, biting and bunny-kicking my hand. I knew Sebastian was feeling better.
The change in Sebastian over the course of a month was incredible. He put on a substantial amount of weight, his eyes were bright, and he was more outgoing. Don’t get me wrong – he was far from fully recovered. However, Sebastian’s face filled out nicely, his missing fur was growing back, and he looked “underweight” rather than emaciated.
Sebastian enjoyed the attention during his photoshoot for Petfinder.com. ♥ He totally hammed it up for my camera!