NTUCMN was notified of the sighting of a new cat at SPMS on 31st July 2016. Once we managed to coax the friendly bicolour tabby, whom we have named Junior, out of his hiding place, we brought him to the vet for a check-up as he appeared particularly skinny and frail and was suspected to be suffering from an illness. Junior’s age was estimated to be 1 to 2 years old, which was surprising considering his diminutive size. He was, however, given the all-clear signal, and we were fortunate to have Prof. Kathrin Albers of ADM foster him until he gained sufficient weight to be sterilised.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse. Whilst at the home of Prof. Albers, Junior was observed to have laboured breathing. A subsequent lung radiograph at the vet revealed the terrible news that one of Junior’s lungs had collapsed, and his airways were also inflamed. This came as a huge shock to all of us, as he had been very active, was eating well and in general showed no visible signs of being so gravely ill. An electrocardiogram (ECG) was done to better determine the cause and severity of his illness.
Junior was eventually diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia, an extremely serious and life-threatening condition. This means that Junior has a hole or defect in his diaphragm, which allows the abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity, causing added pressure to his lungs. Junior’s diaphragmatic defect could either be due to the incomplete development of his diaphragm (a birth defect) or a traumatic injury resulting in the rupture of his diaphragm.
Fortunately, Junior underwent a successful surgery to correct his condition. He quickly resumed to being his active and happy self after waking up from his sedatives, but needed to remain warded for post-operation treatments.
We expected Junior to be discharged rather quickly. Regrettably, this was not the case. He was struck first with diarrhoea, followed by an infection of his surgical wound. The treatment of his infection was further complicated by his resistance to all available antibiotics except for one, resulting in his extended stay at the vet. We were glad to welcome him back just recently, and he is now adjusting to life at his adopter’s home.
We strongly suspect that Junior was abandoned due to his sweet, affectionate nature and his familiarity and trust towards humans. Rarely have we seen a cat so excited and happy to receive human companionship. It is thus timely for yet another reminder that animal abandonment is punishable by law. Responsible pet ownership is key in minimising the suffering of innocent animals as well as lessening the burden on animal welfare organisations in Singapore.
We have spent $1771.40 on Junior’s vet consultations, operation and hospitalisation fees and we need as much help as we can get to clear these expenses.
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