Early in the summer a cat was hanging around our front garden. I asked the neighbours over the road if it was theirs and they said it was "Hobbo Bob" and no, it was not theirs but had been hanging around eating their cats' food for a while (their cats live in the tack room of the stables).
I managed to get close enough to handle the cat and found "her" to be rather thin. Now, I cannot stand to see a neglected animal so off to the vet we went. There was no chip and the vet thought she was "about 3" and agreed that she was very bony.
I tried and tried to find her owner using Facebook, LostDog, Norfolk Missing Pets, Posters around the area and in vets'. So, she has been living in our mower shed all summer, wormed, flee'd and fed by us. She started to look well - until now.
I had been leaving Chris to feed her as it was his shed she was living in. When I decided that the mower shed was too cold and I had to move her to the (heated) Porta Cabin I found her very thin and with an un-groomed coat. Off to the vet we go!
Turns out, after £174 worth of blood tests) that she may have arthritis. The bloods were all clear, including for Feline Aids, so the vet is thinking that it is too painful for her to bend to eat and to groom. The cold weather has caused her arthritis to flare up. She refuses to stay put in the warm porta-cabin but I am working on it
We have installed a cat flap for her. She knows how to use it so she has lived in a home before.
The reason I have not invited her into the house is that I CAN'T KEEP HER. We are off for three months soon. What a dilemma. Before her decline I was hoping that neighbours would feed her but now she needs medication it will be a two man job.
Anyone want a nice little cat with a touch of arthritis?