One day, he just appeared at our feral colony feeder. He didn’t have an ideal home situation. This handsome fellow needed more food and attention. We gladly kept an eye on him while he continued to live with his owner and visit us.
Then, tragedy struck when the owner’s dog (which Vinnie knew well) died and she adopted a new dog. We helped the owner and the her social service agency get care for Vinnie after he was severely injured. Vinnie survived, and the owner gave the dog back to the rescue. Needless to say, that dog went to a home without cats. In all fairness, Vinnie can be aggressive toward dogs, especially large dogs. However, we don’t know if he was always that way or became defensive after being injured. He’s still wonderful with our little shelter dog. We’ll never know the whole story. We’re just glad they both survived. Then, sadly, Vinnie lost his home due to his owner’s health and the loss of her home. We agreed to take him due to his age and possible long-term effects from the injuries.
During the intake exam, we learned he is also positive for heartworm and needed dental work. He had a difficult time adjusting to losing his home, but he made fast friends with our little dog. Vinnie prefers dogs to other cats. He’ll play with the dog and ignore the cats.
He is not up for adoption due to his age, difficulty adjusting, and ongoing medical treatment. In the past year, Vinnie also developed a very obvious case of dementia and yowls a lot when he needs someone to come and help him. He doesn’t know where his food is and forgets what he needed to do–like eat. All is well when we put his nose in the food and sit with him to keep him on task. He still finds the litter box–but then, there are boxes in almost every room at the intake home. For now, his weight is fine and he’s having no problems from the heartworm. He just needs more care.
He sleeps a lot now and gave up his office duties. Much to the Happy’s disappointment, he doesn’t play chase very often now either.
Please, help us make sure this old man has a wonderful ninth life and enjoys his retirement.
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