About Patches:

This is a chronicle of the rescue of an injured cat and how he became a part of our family.

While the Patches story will have a happy ending, it nearly didn't, considering how hurt he was and that the county would have put him down due to stray cat over-population if we had left him with them.

We took a risk bringing a hurt cat into our home, which is not something that I recommend that everyone do. A stray can be a health risk to your own animals and bringing home too many, animal hoarding, means that you can't properly care for any of them. However, I do hope that everyone does what they can -- even if you can't take in an animal yourself, you can volunteer at a rescue organization, donate to shelters, and make sure that your own pets aren't out adding to the injury and over-population problem.

Thanks for visiting the Patches Blog!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

7 July 2010

     New vet appointment have been made. Jack will get his booster shots on Saturday morning, and Patches will get blood drawn for tests. If those go well and he's acting fine on the 16th, we can consider him healthy enough to start making plans for if he's going to be our cat or if we're just hanging on to him until he can be rehomed.  The major factor in that is how he and Jack get along, and I'm impressed that Jack is pretty calm about the whole thing. Well, calm for Jack.

     Patches is downright zen.  When his wounds are being cleaned, he leans into it like he's being pet. The only thing he doesn't like is how wet the antiseptic is, so he shakes like a dog getting dry or takes a step or two away.  If I tried something like that with Jack, he'd squirm his way free and run for it.

Patches always closes his eyes at the camera flash.

These pictures show just how hurt Patches is:
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