This is Dealey. She’s yet another kitty saved from the red list at the Devore shelter.
Dealey is extremely stressed. She arrived horrendously dehydrated— her pee was almost brown. She wouldn’t eat for the first two days she was here but we finally got enough fluids into her that she’s eating.
Stress can, and sometimes does, kill cats. I talked about this when @the.strangefur.things ‘ boy, Merlin, first came into the rescue. Moving, being separated from beloved humans and animals, and not knowing what is going on has physically extreme effects. Merlin’s bloodwork showed that he had a condition called Stress Leukopenia— the levels of stress hormones were literally breaking down his body. Thankfully, quick action from our vet and patience and love in his incredible forever home turned Merlin’s life around and saved him.
I’m worried that Dealey may be having similar issues, but now that she’s warming up and eating and drinking I feel a little less worried.
Being at a shelter is terrifying for a cat. It’s loud, it smells very odd, people are poking and prodding them, and they’re stuck in a cage. I imagine that it must be like being in prison in a place where you don’t speak the language and have no idea why you’re there, where your family is, or if you’re ever going to get out. For feral cats, it’s even worse— it’s like being abducted by aliens and being held in jail in space. They’ve never been indoors or possibly even seen humans up close.
Part of meeting cats with compassion is trying to feel what they’re feeling.
In my opinion, all cats in shelters are high priority cats, but I’m really focused on getting cats out of Devore right now. They have 1-10 cats on their red list EVERY DAY.
Dealey had a couple hours left at the time a compassionate transporter pulled her for me,
But red list cats are kind of like getting a blind box. They come in conditions you can’t predict because Devore almost never includes accurate notes. Donations help us to keep doing this life saving work. Dealey thanks everyone who has ever donated to us for helping to save her fuzzy little life!