Since the old tom cat went missing, there has been many more cats comming around. This guy is most recent. Behind his ear is a huge growth, probably cancer, as it seems to be common here on the strays and birds.(I need to move) His mouth is part missing or non functional. I got a good look at him today. He did manage to pick up some food, but it was frustrating for him. I've seen this a few times in old orange cats, but not so bad. We may try to trap him and see if we can get help?..............
Today I went out to put some food in the dish and he was there laying down in the corner. He stumbled off.
Later he came back and tried to eat food. It was so sad, he would put his head down sideways to try and scrape up some food into his half a mouth. He was all wet from his drool and the sore on his head looked even bigger. In frustration he laid back down. Then the flies wouldn’t leave him alone. I got some video, so I could show Jim and we could decide what to do.
When Jim got home he looked into the dog house and the cat was sitting in there crying to us for help. He was no longer scared of us and wanted relief. So sad… I called the nearest vet, got the carrier and I was able to pick him right up.
He smelled like dead flesh, rot on his legs and the huge sore on his head. His lips had been eaten away by the cancer or what ever it was. He looked very old too. Poly-dactyl with 2 extra claws on the front feet like out Pearl, maybe a relative.
The vet was waiting for us and took him away. They were thankful that we cared enough to bring in a stray that was suffering, and they didn’t charge us anything.
Jim takes these things so hard. He said how much he really feels people should keep their cats indoors after he has seen what happens to the outdoor cats.
Imagine if he had the spoiled plush life of living indoors with out any coyotes, eagles, other cats, cars and exc.. This cat would have been a big healthy orange guy sitting on your lap and sleeping around the house, happy and purring.