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Placement Plea re: Special Needs Kitty (hyperthyroidism) w/ Vet Bills Paid for Life

From: Andrea B.
Sent on: Friday, February 15, 2013 6:35 PM
Contact Margaret [address removed],


From: [address removed]
Subject: Special Needs Kitty
Date: Thu, 14 Feb[masked]:08:56 -0500
Since Ocrober my sister and I have been feeding an apparently homeless gray cat at Highland Terrace, an ALF that is situated almost in our yard.  Kitty miraculously found out where we live because one late evening she appeared on our front porch.  From that point on she came to our house every night at 5:00 p.m. and we fed her and gave her water, eventually preparing a warm bed for her which we put in a corner of the porch.  A couple of weeks ago we noticed that she sneezed and made a little cough.  We took her to our vet, Dr. James Lutz, where she has been since a week ago today.  We love this little kitty and have named her Stormy.
Dr. Lutz determined that Stormy is between 7 - 9 years old, does not have URI, has already been spayed (no microchip) but he found a tumor on her abdomen.  He did complete bloodwork and the results showed that Stormy is healthy except for having hyperthyroidism.  He said the ideal way to treat this condition was with radiation which would have to be done in Tampa.  The other option would be a special cat food that most cats will not eat.  Much to our surprise, Stormy likes the cat food and is eating it well.  Dr. Lutz cleaned her teeth and removed the tumor, but we don't have the results of that yet.  She does use a litter box but is not de-clawed.  She is a very cute cat that loves attention and is very vocal. 
There is no way we can bring Stormy into our home.  We have a 10-year-old Dachshund that would try to follow her everywhete, even up to the top of couches, and we can't risk having him do something like that and very possibly causing serious harm to his back.  We've had 2 Dachshunds who had to be euthanized because of ruptured discs and cannot risk that happening again.
My vet bill for Stormy is very high but she's worth it.  When she comes home, the best we can do is keep her in the garage at night and let her out during the day.  If you know anyone who would provide a home for her, I would assume the cost of the veterinary bills.  We would like to see her with a responsible person who has no other animals or children.  The word is out among all of our friends, but most of them have a couple of pets already and can't take another one. 
Please let me know if you know anyone willing to give Stormy a loving home.  As I said, I will assume responsibility for vet care.

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