This morning we received the following message at 10.34am….
“Hi Kate, I’ve found a cat in my burn bin this morning, I’ve taken to **** she doesn’t have a chip they sed she’s malnourished but otherwise ok and have to release her, but she seems really weak and when I pick her up she just flops on me, do u have any advice of what I can do please I don’t just want to release her when she’s like this xx”…….
Obviously we were concerned and asked the finder to bring the cat to us immediately so we could assess and seek help if required.
By 11am ” Winnie” arrived with us and we were totally shocked that a veterinary advised re-releasing her putting her back on the streets.
- Dehydrated terribly
- Dark concentrated urine staining around her vulva.
- Fly eggs hatching into maggots around her tail
- Very low blood pressure
By 11.15am we were at the vets with Winnie who all assessed and started emergency treatment.
Fluids, glucose, removing eggs and maggots and preparing to do blood work just to stablise her.
Sadly despite all our interventions little Winnie passed away just after 2pm.
It is highly likely that Winnie was dealing with a toxicity which could be anything from recreational drugs to flowers or slug pellets.
The saddest fact is, had the first veterinary establishment that saw Winnie given her the appropriate emergency treatment and care she may not have died.
Thankfully the finder did not follow their advice and put her back on the streets.
The first hour in which we get a poorly cat in our care is known as the ” Golden Hour”.
The “golden hour” is the term often used to suggest that an injured or sick animal must receive definitive treatment within the first 60 minutes from the time of injury appearance of symptoms or admission.