On 10th June, I found Beanie — the stray who lives at the playground below my block — hobbling awkwardly as she approached to greet me.
She was limping. Her left frontal leg seemed to be injured.
My first thought was to bring her to the vet, but thinking the bill might be too much to handle, I decided to wait.
On hindsight, that was a bad decision.
For the next 6 days, I watched as she continued limping.
She appeared to place lesser weight on the injured leg by Monday, which was a sign it might be getting worse.
Last night (16th June), I finally brought her to the vet.
Even though I was not able to afford any possible surgical procedures, I decided to get a professional opinion first.
She is still limping.
The vet said it is a fracture, a procedure that will cost up to $1,000, antibiotics not included. The vet is also not sure what the final bill is going to be.
(They are unable to give me proper estimates.)
I am estimating a conservative amount of $1,500, just in case there are additional costs.
At this moment, I am housing her.
I can’t do this for long though. My own cat is anxious around other cats, and I have been able to keep both apart for now.
But Beanie’s persistent meowing late at night — in her attempts to get out of the house — is unsettling my own cat.
I also can’t leave Beanie alone downstairs. There is an adopted cat 6 floors above me, who picks fights occasionally with the strays.
The last time a fight occurred, blood was all over the stairwell on the 2nd floor.
I might have to house Beanie at a pet hotel during her recovery phase, but in order for her to get the proper medical aid first… this is where you can help.
Beanie is a very adorable and friendly cat who does not get aggressive with anyone.
If you were to do anything that she does not like (e.g. holding her tail persistently), she meows loudly to convey her dislike instead.
She has not attempted to scratch or bite anyone. Her tendency is to run away instead.
I am not exaggerating when I say she is Commonwealth’s most friendly cat.
Many visitors from other neighbourhoods have come here, and found her to be very open to petting.
She is definitely a popular cat around here, and has always come forward every time I approach, even though I have no food for her at times.
You can help her… by bringing her regular spring back into her steps. That is something me and the other community feeders have missed for the past week. Thank you!