A friend and long-time cat rescuer sent out an e-mail a few weeks ago about one of her rescues, a former feral turned indoor cat who had disappeared. Smudgie miraculously returned three months later but with life-threatening injuries that probably resulted from being caught in a leg trap for some period of time as well as other injuries on her head and neck that may have been from a fight with another animal…or worse. Down from 14 lbs. to 4.5 lbs., dehydrated and severely malnourished, she still managed to drag herself home to the person who had originally shown her such kindness and taken her in as a forever cat.
The veterinarian said that she wasn’t sure what had happened, but that the injuries on her hind legs were consistent with being caught in a leg trap. One front leg has a deep puncture wound. However, the injuries on her head and neck are older and one may appear as if she had something wrapped around her neck. (I have a slideshow of somewhat graphic photos at the end of this post.)
All the wounds are deeply infected, and she actually has bone exposed on her hind legs at the “heel”. She is obviously in immense pain from this and is anemic and still struggling with nutrition and a persistent fever, though she has gained a little weight and her exposed tissues appear to be healing. The veterinarian has directed to redress Smudge’s legs twice a week, and likely clean and debride tissue along with a progress update. Smudgie is on antibiotics, pain medications and a high-potency liquid vitamin for her anemia.
And she’s a fighter! This isn’t going to stop her.
Even with all this, Smudgie is responding well to treatment and is expected to recover, but recovery will take months and a good bit of expensive treatment. Her person is experienced in animal care and can provide a good bit at home, but the nature of Smudgie’s injuries necessitates regular trips to the veterinarian and lots of medication. The tissue on her hind legs is recovering, though an amputation may still be necessary if the embedded infection can’t be cured.
The message from Smudgie’s person:
Smudgie was originally a “feral”…I loved and cared for her deeply and after 5 or 6 years she came “around.” No, she’s not a lap cat but she has been a special part of my family for about 7 or 8 years. Of course, she has been spayed for years, UTD on her shots, etc.
Well, back in the end of May, 2012 Smudgie “disappeared” 🙁 I searched & searched & searched with no success. Due to my location (in a somewhat wooded area) I had to assume the very worst.
Then as MIRACLES HAPPEN……………my Smudgie just “showed up” late [one] night. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She was only a shadow of her old self. She “used to weigh in at around 14 lbs. She is now down to 4 1/2 lbs. She was sooooooooooo hungry and so sweet. Then—HORROR…..two awful wounds on both hind legs. The wounds had maggots, etc. I rushed to her to Vet, she stayed overnight, I asked for conservative treatment. Believe me, I have no objections to euthanasia but only if necessary.
Please donate if you can
There are various ways you can contribute to Smudgie’s care. Animal Care & Welfare has given assistance to Smudgie’s vet bills. You can donate directly to them in Smudgie’s name, or just to help replenish what’s in their available funds to help other animals.
Donations can be made directly to Chartiers Animal Hospital for “Smudgie Bane” by calling 412. 279.7300.
And of course there is a ChipIn, this managed by Animal Care and Welfare: http://
Below are photos taken of Smudgie at the veterinarian on September 12, courtesy of Indigo Tiger of Animals Against the Odds.
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