Last week as I pulled into the shelter parking lot, I saw a woman carrying a little bundle wrapped in blankets. I'm always on alert for that sort of thing, and I had sort of hoped it was a baby and not a cat.
But it was a cat.
I bolted up to the woman (probably startling her) and we walked inside together. She carefully unwrapped the "package" and I found a very small Himalayan. He had an obvious eye infection and I carefully opened his mouth to see VERY VERY tiny white teeth. This Himmie is a kitten! Turns out, he's about 4 or 5 months old of a purring love machine. He was kneading in the air and I found myself falling in love with this sweetie.
One of the staff members at the shelter happily took him home to foster (Thanks, Tiff!), and named him "Oscar". We figured getting his eyes fixed up would be a *snap*.
*sigh*....no such luck.
His foster Mom took him to the vets and found that Oscar had "the worst case of Entropic eye lashes" the vet had ever seen. Entropion is when the eye lids are turned inwards and the eyelashes rub against the cornea of the eyes. It's painful and requires expensive surgery. You can't just pluck out the eyelashes because they grow back.
No wonder he was being dumped at the shelter. The owner probably got the bad news about his eyes and couldn't afford the surgery.
Of course, I'm taking on a special needs guy just when Christmas bills are coming in for people and asking for donations feels almost....embarrassing. But I'm going to HAVE do it...
He's currently at our vet clinic waiting for his surgery. Look how cute he is!!!!!!!