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Finally, a little ginger cat on the sponsorship program! Artie was found as a stray in Sainte-Geneviève in October 2022. According to the vet, he would be around 4 or 5 years old. Artie arrived at the shelter pretty shaken up. He had a wound on his nose, was salivating a lot and his genital area was hairless and had a discharge. We can imagine that this was very painful for him. In January, the medical team volunteers found that Artie also had an ulcer on his tongue, which made eating painful for him. On top of all this, he had started having severe diarrhea. Everything was treated and a few weeks later Artie began to get better and heal his sores slowly. When he started to get better, Artie gained weight very quickly, a little too quickly even according to the vet, who therefore recommended portion controls, which is not always easy in the shelter. Artie therefore inherited his own room so that we could calculate the portions properly. Since last May, Artie has been eating out of a slow eating bowl to try to reduce the speed at which he eats and to manage more efficiently the food portions he receives.
Lewis is a cat who was found stray in February 2021, in Saint-Eustache. When he arrived at the shelter, he had a big wound on his back, his teeth in very bad condition, had no appetite, had fever, diarrhea and repeated vomiting and was amorphous, which caused us a lot of urgent visits to the vet. On top of all this he had rhinotracheitis (upper respiratory tract infection) and he also tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus, a virus similar to HIV that attacks and weakens the immune system and for which there is no cure).
When Lewis was placed in foster care pending his adoption, his foster family noticed an abnormality in his legs and skin lesions. A visit to the vet revealed that Lewis was suffering from pemphigus foliaceus, an autoimmune dermatosis that manifests as different skin lesions on the skin, ears and claws. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, but can be controlled by taking immunosuppressants permanently. On the other hand, taking this medication can lead to long-term complications and reduces his immune system, so he needs regular blood tests. For Lewis, the manifestations are mainly found in lesions on the skin and on the claws, which must be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Lewis is not new to the Sponsorship program, he was the mystery cat for more than a year. We thought that he would probably be adopted since, despite his long medical file, Lewis is very sweet and affectionate, but unfortunately his adoption file is not very successful (don't tell him, he has been in foster care for 2 years and he is very comfortable there with his foster mom who takes good care of him!)
Robin is a small cat of about 3 years old, who arrived at the shelter with his brother Joker in February 2020. When they arrived, they were both very fearful, but his brother made progress quickly, although it
was not the case for little Robin. Joker was recently made available for adoption, and we hope Robin makes enough progress to be available for adoption soon as well. The socialization team has been
working hard for more than two years to make them more comfortable with humans.
A few months after his arrival, we discovered that Robin has cholangiohepatitis. It is an inflammatory liver disease. Moreover, during his abdominal ultrasound, the vet found that he also had IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), which is an inflammatory disease of the colon and intestine. He will need
to eat specialized food for the rest of his life, but if his IBD is well controlled he should be able to live his life as a cat without medication. Upon this diagnostic, and because of his shyness, he spent a lot of time in a condo, which is a small individual room at the shelter for cats in need of tranquility. We then made some adjustments by changing his environment to see if that helped him progress, and then last December we put him in a big room with 4 other cats who eat the same hypoallergenic food, and it was at this moment that Robin made a decisive encounter, the handsome Rocky. He has developed love for Rocky (that Rocky reciprocates). Thanks to his relationship with Rocky, Robin learns to trust us, we can finally caress him. They even look alike, Robin looks like Rocky's offspring. Last week, Robin went to see the vet for a follow-up on his liver. We had good news, his liver is stable and he gained 200 grams. Weight gain is reassuring, but still insufficient. Robin is indeed a fussy little cat in terms of food, but with his new friend Rocky we see that he has a little more appetite and we are confident that he will continue to gain weight. Robin is making great efforts to open up to humans, and his health is beginning to stabilize, but he needs your support since his liver requires constant veterinary check-ups and a specific diet. That's why
he was added to our Sponsorship program.
Balthazar arrived at the shelter in November 2019 with his brother Melchior, both 8-year-old, following the death of their owner. They were adopted separately soon after. Unfortunately, in October 2021,
Balthazar's adoptive parent contacted us to take him back, having worsening health issues, and preventing him from taking proper care of his cat. We therefore welcome him back to the shelter. After a visit to the vet, we found out that he had cataracts in both eyes and that he had a urinary tract infection. The vet told us that there was nothing to do for the cataracts, and Balthazar was put on antibiotic treatment for his urinary tract infection.
During his follow-up for the UTI (which healed well), it was discovered that Balthazar was diabetic. It is
therefore now necessary to take his blood sugar twice a day and give him 1 unit of insulin when his
blood sugar is above 15. Balthazar has lived a lot over the past two years, and we wish to find him a family to take care of him, but we know it will be a challenge. In order to provide him with the treatments and follow-ups he needs, we need support, which is why he has been added to the sponsorship program.