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Rescue Story: A Little Care for Ebby

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Hi! I’m Ebby.

Saturday Denise and I took our handsome and friendly community cat Ebby to MedVet because he’d developed an apparently painful area around the base of his tail–he was holding his tail down and when she petted him down his back as he loves he growled when she got close to his butt!

I suspected an abscess from a bite wound as Ebby was treated for one last year, and he’s not a fighter so in an altercation, which happens, he’s always on the losing end despite his size and bulk. I saw some ruffled fur and an apparent bare spot on the underside of his tail too.

Since he’s living outdoors, he seemed to be in pain and even seemed to be eating less Denise, his caretaker, and I were concerned he might find a safe place to curl up if the condition grew worse and we’d never find him. We decided to trick him into an oversized carrier with treats he loves rather than try to handle him to get him into a smaller carrier because we weren’t sure if we might cause him more pain that way.

He fell for it, and sang the song of his people all the way out and into MedVet where they triaged him. He was not blocked as they were concerned, and he did apparently have an abscess of some sort in that area. His vitals were good and especially his temperature was normal, meaning a serious infection hadn’t set in yet. The wait was 6 to 8 hours, though, and since he was so stressed by being there and we didn’t want him to sing and pace for that long they agreed he was okay to go home if we kept an eye on him.

Purrhaps he’s feeling better as a ruse that we not try that sort of treatment again! If things turn nasty for him today we’ll take him right back. We have no place to keep him indoors, but we know his places and patterns. We let everyone know to keep an eye on him as we will too, and we could wait until Monday or Tuesday to visit Rivers Veterinary or PetWellClinic.

He did well through today (Monday) but we can see he’s starting to hold his tail down again so we plant to take him to PetWellClinic on Tuesday.

Donate for Ebby, get a thanks from me!

Community cats need love and veterinary care too! If anyone would like to send a donation for his care you can donate to our neighborhood group Cubbage Hill Cats and send money to CubbageHillCats on PayPal,, or message me for more options.

And really, he wants to live indoors!

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5 thoughts on “Rescue Story: A Little Care for Ebby

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  • catladymac

    Purrayers and Power of the Paw to Ebby and all of you who are caring for him !

    • We got him! He’s going to be fine, but let’s hope we can find him a forever home and get this sweet boy off the streets.

  • 15andmeowing

    Poor Ebby. I wish he had a foster home to take care of him.

    • Now that we confirmed he’s good with handling we can appeal to a few rescues that are accustomed to rescued cats.


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