In our post this week about the one year anniversary of being a shelter volunteer stirred up a lot of emotions personally and from readers. Thank-you for the many comments and emails of support and suggestions regarding Radish, a shelter cat on a bite hold and kill list.
To make a long, unpleasant story short, Radish a senior shelter cat of unknown origin has been caged for three months without being vetted. The shelter declined to do an exam with sedation. Please don’t leave comments trashing the shelter. It’s a complicated situation. Radish has bitten several people but there may be an underlying medical reason including possible dental issues. The only way to save his life is for me to sign a waiver taking responsibility. After visiting Radish shelter on Wednesday with my husband and numerous emails and calls later, we’ve arranged for our vet Dr. Rich Goldstein to do a complete exam next Thursday under sedation.
There is always a risk putting any cat under sedation. There’s no way to know in advance what kind of treatment he will require. Dental alone could be over $1000. Cancer, diabetes or some other disease? Who knows? Once the results of the exam are known, my husband and I will need to decide if we are prepared to adopt a cat with medical and/or behavior issues or find another home for him. It’s huge decision to take on the legal responsibility. My commitment to any pet is nothing less than 100% and for life. The timing is not ideal especially with Merlin in sharp decline, but the thought of Radish suffering or being put down was too much for me.
I’d had such high hopes for Radish when I featured him two months ago. He was feisty, super smart but hated being in a cage. He wasn’t exactly a love bug but he’d let me pet and brush him on my lap.
Week after week, Radish got gradually more bitey and frustrated. He cried loudly to be let out of his cage but the small windowless room was not enough freedom. He never bit me but I was aware how he might turn on a dime to aggression.
Cats purr when they’re happy but they also purr when stressed or in pain. In this video, Radish has the dilated pupils of a very stressed cat, perhaps in pain. His loud stress purr speaks volumes.
If you are the praying kind, please pray for him. If you do Reiki, please send healing energy. If you can make donation to our emergency veterinary care fund, please do. If you can share this on social media, please do. All is needed and appreciated. I don’t have time to put together a fundraising campaign. PayPal is all I can do for now. Hubby has written about Radish on HUFFINGTON POST
Update: Radish was fully vetted and he has an enlarged heart, liver and kidney disease and requires dental surgery. He’s also much older than the shelter estimate of 8 and is actually about 14. We’ll be fostering him and providing prescription thyroid diet, regular vet visits to monitor his thyroid and stabilize him before risking dental anesthesia. We’ll update with new posts.