When Sam was left behind he had become freaked out and would not let anyone get close to him. I remember once getting a hold of him but he leaped from my arms and ran away.
Trapping him was another story, he was too smart to be trapped. So this unaltered cat got into fights with other tomcats and finally when he was skin and bones, with fur missing I was able to rescue the cat by trapping him.
Of course rescuing him a year after being abandoned meant that he was exposed to everything. Sam tested positive for Feline Leukemia. The attending veterinarian suggested euthanasia and thought I was not making a wise choice to get the cat neutered and bring him to my business office. The veternarian went past me and spoke to my husband, told him the life expectancy for my cat was three months tops. Well that was six years ago, need I say more?
|Playful Sam loves to hide in zazzle shipping boxes|
|Was not hard to teach Sam to retrieve a ball, Yes even a tennis ball|
In six years Sam survived feline leukemia because he was rechecked twice by another veternarian who said that he was not infected but did have feline immunodeficiency virus. He has been sick twice, had a cold and then got a high fever and also went into kidney failure. He was hospitalized for ten days and presently Sam is his happy self.
My rescue cat Sam may be FIV positive but he is a survivor of six years and I am hoping we have six more years of good health and happy times.