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Kind-Hearted Veterinarian Heals Cat for Free

Kind-Hearted Veterinarian Heals Cat for Free

 

By RubyReynolds of Kenya

My neighbor called me through the hedge that divided our gardens.

“I think your cat is trapped between our outhouse and the fence,” she said.

I ran to see. Caught tightly between the diamond-mesh wire and the wall of the outhouse was a cat, crying pitifully. She was covered in blood and bedraggled, but her fur was thick and glossy. It was not my cat and I had never seen it before.

My neighbor’s dog had chased the cat, caught it and bitten it badly, but it escaped and ran behind the outhouse, encountering the wire fence. The cat had tried to climb up between the building and the wire and had become trapped in the tight space.

We tried to push the fence back to allow the cat to wriggle free, but to no avail. She was caught firmly by the wire, so I asked my neighbor for a towel. I wrapped the towel around my arm and reached in to hold the cat by the scruff of its neck. Gradually I crept my other hand towards the place where the wire was digging into her back. I managed to ease the tension and move the poor animal a little.

At this point, in her pain, she sank her teeth deeply into my right hand. I was tempted to back off, but she would not let go. I had no option but to gently drawher down and out of the trap she had gotten into. She maintained her grip on my hand as I wrapped the towel around her as well as I could with my left hand. I held her closely and stroked her with my left hand.

She Was Bleeding

There was blood caking her fur where the dog had bitten her. My neighbor, who had almost fainted when she saw the blood, recovered enough to offer to drive me and my attached cat to the local vet’s office. In the car she at last let go of my hand!

At the vet’s, the cat was sedated and examined. The vet found her back had been broken by the dog bite, and he said hefelt he should euthanise her, but that he wanted totry to repair the break. Amazingly there was no sign of paralysis.He saidshe seemed to be otherwise in good health, so he would try, but could not guarantee her survival. He said that if she survived he would keep her, so he would not charge us for the operation. He had obviously fallen in love with the beautiful cat and welcomed the experience he would gain from operating.

We Waited by the Phone

After a tense three hours, the vet reported that the cat had survived the operation and seemed to have all reflexes in good order.

Three weeks later, he phoned me to say that the cathad made a magnificent recovery and could walk and move normally. We enquired all around the neighbourhood, but no one had lost a cat. No one advertised in the local newspaper. No one replied to the advertisement we put in. We decided that she was homeless, so the vet who saved her life and paid for the ads was free to keep her. He named her Victoria, because of her victory over almost certain death.

She graced the veterinary office for many years after that. Her grey, red and white fur was always immaculate, and she was known as Vicky the Receptocat by all the customers.

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1:50PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

I had a feline receptionist, Chloe, at my apartment..... sort of like a greeter at Wal Mart

11:36AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Fantastic. Great , Well done. What a Champion.

4:39AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Where are all the good vets?

12:23AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Thank you.

12:17PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

glad the cats ok! thanks for sharing :)

11:23AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Oh my gosh. When Ruby was describing how Victoria was caught between the outhouse and the fence, my heart went out to her. Poor baby was hurting badly and scared.

I am so glad they took her to the vet and he got her all fixed up. And the best part, she was not homeless any longer.

As for the ducks, I am happy he got all 11 ducks out. Poor little guys.

9:59PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

What a wonderful story. Thank you for posting.

5:02PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Thank you !

1:50PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

I love happy endings

4:46PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Ruby and her vet are totally awesome!

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