Updated: Apr 22
Toe-Bee is a new addition to our family. All of my fur babies are very special to me, but Toe-Bee is even more so because I wasn’t planning to have another cat. Have you ever had an experience that you were so attracted to one particular dog or cat or any other animals? Toe-bee was a special like that.
He stood out from the beginning because he is a polydactyl cat having extra toes. So, we named him “Toe-Bee”. I was told that he was released after his owner was sent to a hospice, and was a stray when the shelter found him. I don’t know how long he had to be a stray. When I brought him home, his white fur looked gray, part of his fur was missing because of fleas (the shelter treated the fleas), he had a bad breath, was very skinny, sneezing and coughing.
After treated with antibiotic, he was getting better but his sneezing and coughing didn’t stop. The vet did a few blood testings and found out that he was mycoplasma positive. Now he is on another antibiotic and immune system boosting treats. The vet told me that the mycoplasma was transmitted through fleas, so my other cat Fifi is safe as all of my fur babies have flea & tick prevention collars.
He once had a person to take care of him, and all of a sudden, he had to survive on his own. How terrifying it must be. He must have been covered by fleas to the point the part of his fur fell off, and getting this disease. If he was surrendered at the shelter right away, he didn’t have to go through any of this.
I hope nobody has to give up their fur babies, but if you must under the circumstances, please surrender to a shelter or a rescue group. At lease they have a safe place to eat and sleep, and try their best to find a good home for them.