The woman brought in the kitty and shared more of the story. The granddaughter was the only one who thought about the cat after the grandmother passed away. She went back to her grandmother's property to find her. When she did, the cat was very thin, and she called us.
The cat was normally taken inside during the winter by her grandmother who worried about the cat's well-being during these cold Iowa winters. During the summer months, the grandmother would set her outside to play and be a cat. The granddaughter could recall the cat having been spayed, but doubted that the cat had been to the veterinarian for annual check-ups anytime recently. She estimated the age of the cat to be around 6 or 7 years old.
When we looked into the cage, we saw this beautiful all white cat. I could immediately see some health issues that would need to be dealt with, but I was so glad we took her into rescue. She needed us. She was so skinny. She had runny eyes. She had shortened, shriveled ears. But she had a spark in her eyes. And her white coat was pathetically dirty.
Perdy's stubby ears are consistent with either frostbite or ear tipping. Ear tipping is a type of ear notching where instead of taking a small triangle off the side of the ear, the top point of the ear is removed. Ear tipping is usually performed on only one ear, and the intent is to let people know from a distance that a cat is fixed. It is often used when colonies of cats are fixed so the caretakers know who has been done without having to get "personal" with the cat. The problem with ear tipping versus ear notching is that it can mimic frostbite lesions or other traumatic ear injuries. Since both ears were involved with this girl, it was not likely that this resulted from an intentional ear tip. It is more likely that she has had frostbite on her ear tips. With frostbite, severe cold damages the peripheral tissue (usually ears, toes or tail) and, as a result, the blood vessels quit providing the area with blood. The tissue dies off leaving the ears with this stunted appearance and the edges are often comprised of unhealthy tissue.
Please pray for our Perdy. She seems to have been through a few of her nine lives, and we hope to keep her around for some time.
We need help paying for Perdy's medical care, surgery, and biopsy. If you can help hinder the costs of the veterinary care for Perdy and the other animals that we rescue, you can send contributions via http://www.paypal.com/ to email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail contributions to South Hamilton Animal Alliance PO Box 354, Jewell, IA 50130. Your funds will go directly to the veterinary care for Perdy and other animals in our care. You can visit them online at this link: SHAA
Please stay tuned for updates on Miss Perdy. Biopsy results should be back in 7-14 days.
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