In 2008 my husband and I decided to try our hand at farming. We had no previous experience at what we were doing except for raising a few laying hens. After all the media hype with E-coli and other strange things in our food we just had a strong desire to know where our food was coming from. We both have full time jobs and a 14 year old son. We have jumped into this with both feet and we are learning as we go. We are interested to hear other people's comments.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Warning against cat collars.
The only posts I seem to be writing these days are hard ones.
Daisy during happy times.
Daisy didn't make it. As much as I wanted for her to...she didn't. Sunday she seemed to be doing well. We had been giving her antibiotic injections and cleaning the wound several times a day with peroxide. But I said to Dave, "We should bring her to a vet on Monday." I couldn't see the wound healing on it's own since it would keep opening constantly. So she needed professional help.
Monday morning we called the vet right away. This is not our usual goat god extraordinaire.
This is the great small animal vet at Bayview Animal Hospital in Digby, Dr. Neill Pothier.
Again this is a very compassionate vet, towards animals and humans.
I had an appointment so I couldn't go. Dave and J. went.
Not only did she have that severe wound, she was also severely dehydrated and only half her weight. She only weighed 5 pounds. A normal, healthy cat that age should weigh 10.
Dr. Neill gave them 3 options.
-Surgery which would cost a minimum of $840.00.
-Let her be and bring her home like that and hope she heals some day.
Dave chose option number 3. I hate to say it, but we just couldn't afford it. I just hope nobody will think badly of us. J. cried and cried. Dave felt sick over his decision.
So the following pictures are very, very graphic. They are to serve as a reminder and a warning that you should never, ever put a collar on a cat. The vet agreed with us. The collar Daisy had on was a stretchy one. The ones that people think are safer. They aren't! No cat collars are safe.
If you see anyone that has a cat with a collar show them these photos. Especially if it's an outdoor cat. If I could have caught Daisy before she bolted and taken her collar off maybe I could have saved her life. But like they say hindsight is 20/20.
So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! If you see a cat with a collar warn their owners to what happened to us.
Like I said these photos are graphic but if it will save one cat's life it'll be worth it.
Dave asked the vet to take these photos. They were taken when she was sedated. She might look like she's euthanized, but she's not.