Thomas Cat - Warning, Some Yukky Stuff!

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This is Thomas Cat. He's about 14 years old and weighs about 28 pounds - I can barely lift him, lol. I rescued Thomas from the SPCA in 2014 - he had been abandoned and at the Shelter for a long time. His days were numbered because he was the oldest, biggest cat in the Shelter, and no one wanted him. Except me. I fell in love with Thomas the first time I saw his photo on the SPCA website ... and I think the feeling was mutual when I went to visit him at the Shelter.

A couple of weeks ago, Thomas Cat was attacked - on our own deck - by a neighbour's Pittbull/Rottweiller who got loose, dragged inside our house and down the hall by his back end. I managed to get between them and kick and beat the dog off my cat with a broom ... right out of the house, off the deck and down the driveway, halfway down the street. Did I mention that I'm a senior and disabled?

Another kind lady down the street caught the dog and called Animal Control, who took my name and information and took the dog to the Pound. He was incarcerated overnight; his owner (a young woman) brought him home the next day after being given about $500 in fines.

I was able to get a "Visiting Vet" to come out to our home to see Thomas a couple of days later. She shaved him, cleaned him up (icky), gave him antibiotics and an anti-inflamatory ... and me her report and $345 bill plus emailed me a couple of photos of his wound that she took. She (the Vet) also came back this week with another round of antibiotics because it's an open, 2cm wound - another $31.50. Here's the "yukky stuff":



(Sorry about that - all photos are mine - or my Vet's, and my hand was shaky.)

Today Thomas is feeling considerably better and we're working on healing that wound.

I presented the dog owner with copies of the Vet report and bill (and photos) over a week ago and asked her to pay it. (I paid the Vet $250 of it on her first visit ... from my Disability, which I need for groceries for October.) I have yet to hear from the woman. I've also filed a Claim in Small Claims Court requesting the dog's owner pay for the total Vet Bill. That's still in the works, as I wasn't successful in serving the papers in person (tried 4 times), so sent them by Registered Mail on Friday (another $12). They don't count the papers as "being served" for the claim until I have proof that the woman actually received them.

I don't totally blame the dog for the attack, although it was traumatic for both myself and Thomas Cat - I blame the dog owner. She needs to do the right thing and pay the total of the Vet bill - and soon. For myself, I'm still working on de-stressing and coping with all of this - and keeping my fingers crossed that everything works out and Thomas Cat heals quickly.

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My heart goes out to you and Thomas Cat - neither of you should have to go through this.

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You are very kind; thank you so much. Your support is much appreciated. xox

Damn man, that dog needs killing. Your cat reminds me of my oldest cat, he's a big black heavy one too. Hope he heals well :0)

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Thanks so much for your kind words - and sending hugs to your furbaby as well!

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Hope Thomas Cat gets better fast and the dog owner pays up.

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Me too, thank you! Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who have a distorted sense of entitlement and don't believe the "rules" apply to them. I've done the best I can, and really appreciate the support.

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Thank you very much.

Wow! That's even worse than I imagined! Poor Tomas Cat!

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Hugs to you and hugs to Thomas Cat <3

Speedy and full recovery

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Thank you, thank you sooooo much! It was worse than I had imagined as well. The wound was infected and there were small maggots in it .... shuddering and nauseous just writing that! But Thomas Cat is doing well - and I'm still hanging in there. xoxox

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I'll send you cash for that SBD in your wallet, that way you can access it right now. I know you're not au-fait with liquidising your crypto and you need it right now, so I hope that helps <3

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I don't know how to thank you enough (but I'll try to find a way)! xoxox

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Yes. I know. But until then, get Thomas well and you stop worrying <3

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You are one tough lady to give money to!

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Hahaha, I almost spit out my coffee! You KNOW I try to be as independent as possible! LOL.

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Yes, but being stubborn about it doesn't help those that want to help you ;)

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You are absolutely right, and thank you. :) xox

How very heartbreaking to see this happen to your fur baby. I really hope that lady covers your bills, the morally correct thing for her to do. I wish speedy healing for Thomas Cat!

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Thank you very much for your kind words; they are much appreciated! xox

(ToT) This is soo sad. I remember my old dog did attack someones cat. The cat went in our territory and our dog just run toward the kitty and bit it's leg. Luckily, the cat was agile and jumped back on top from our 4 foot wall. Whoever owns that cat, I am so sorry. (TдT)

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Thank you for your kind comments. Sometimes things like that just happen - in your case the cat was in your dog's territory. In my case, the dog came right up on my own deck and dragged Thomas into my own home ... that is totally different. Thomas has never even been off our deck to set foot on the grass, let alone do any roaming through the neighbourhood. He's a big scaredy-cat! He was abandoned and must have been through some rough times before I adopted him from the Rescue. My cat is old and fat and has arthritis in his back end, so wasn't physically equipped to be able to escape the dog - without my intervention, Thomas would have definitely been killed. I'm glad to say that he is healing slowly; however he has lost his confidence and needs lots of assurance from me (his "mom").

Your poor cat...open sores are never fun and antibiotics are expensive. The dogs owner should definitely be paying for all vet expenses/bills, including antibiotics and ointments or whatnot. I hope the judge makes her pay you every penny and adds something else on top just to get the girl to think about doing the right thing from the start and not letting it get that far in future.
I hope he heals quickly and without any issues. :D

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Thank you so much for your kind comments; they are much appreciated. So far, the dog's owner seems to be ignoring her registered mail and not picking it up - she probably knows what it is and doesn't want to deal with it or accept responsibility for her dog's attack on Thomas. I have to wait the specified time before I can go back to the Tribunal and ask them for further direction if she refuses to accept the claim notice. It is stressful and frustrating, especially since I'm a senior and disabled, but I'm doing everything I possibly can.

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You're welcome. :D I'll say a prayer for you and for Thomas. I hope this is resolved quickly for you. Take care and God bless. :D