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We had an email from our neighbour over the road suggesting we take our cat to the vet. He said she's always hungry and is upsetting his cat, but he doesn't like to see her hungry and gives her food every time she comes round. He also suggests that he thinks she might have a thyroid problem. Now, I appreciate he has the cat's welfare at heart but would have preferred he come and discuss it with us rather than email.
I explained that yes the cat is skinny and does look poor, no she doesn't have any identifiable illness as we've had her tested and tested, she is regularly wormed and has access to food 24/7. I asked that he firmly remove her from his house and not give her any food to discourage her from visiting.
BUT, if you feed a cat it will keep coming round - what does he expect?! I gave her a good groom this morning as she isn't great at keeping her coat tidy and she hates this with a passion, so guess what? She's not here......but I think I know where she might be!
People are frequently just bad at face to face - they often shun it and would prefer an email. Keep thinking positive thoughts about them as you're trying to do and suppress the 'Interfering so and so's feeding my cat and I wish.......'.
Maybe it will work out fine when they read your reply.
He's emailed back saying she's a lovely cat and he thought she might be blind in one eye. YES, she had a stroke at 6 months which is why she's also a bit wobbly and skinny (which I had already explained), grrr.
If he's feeding her then I'm afraid there's nothing I can do about it, it'll keep my bill down a bit I suppose!
He took her into the vets about 6 weeks ago as he didn't realise she was ours and thought she was a stray. As she's chipped and the vet is a mate it wasn't a problem, actually I thought it was quite amusing. I keep saying "he means well and cares about her" to myself, it isn't malicious at all, I know.
Sad news I'm afraid. We had to have our lovely cat pts this morning - she stopped eating yesterday and was looking so skinny this morning we took her into the vet who xrayed and found a tangerine size tumour in her lungs. Poor little thing. He felt it had been growing for 2-3 months and was inoperable, so while she was under sedation we took the only decision we could.
She had been pretty perky up until Tuesday night - she'd had turkey dinner and some cat milk as we felt she was thin, it's glaringly obvious now, but at the time we just thought she was a bit under the weather. She had stopped eating before and gone a little thin but always perked up after 24 hours so we'd assumed it was one of these little dips. Maybe it was this bloody thing growing in the first place although he was adamant that it was a fast grower and hadn't been there that long - we'll never know.
We've had a good cry and buried her in the field - she wasn't with us long (5.5 years) but was much treasured and will be hugely missed. RIP.