Yesterday when I went to the shelter to pick up a foster cat, I expected to get a litter of kittens. They’re completely overrun with kittens, but won’t adopt them out until they’re 2 mos., so in the meantime kittens go in bunches to foster homes.
But the SPCA workers looked at me, looked at the list, and sent me home with a scraggly, matted, feces-covered, balding, anorexic adult female. Apparently, she has been in bad shape since getting neutered. She won’t eat, play, or clean herself.
I brought her home and set her up in the bathroom, where she has a plush kitty existence. The other cats have been sniffing around wondering when she’ll come out to play. She ate hardly anything last night. I found it difficult to pet her and cuddle her because she was really quite disgusting. So, I decided to give her a bath. I read up about how to give a cat a bath, but I wasn’t optimistic. I’ve heard horror stories.
I followed the instructions and gave her a pretty thorough bath, although she is still dirty in places I missed. You know a cat is desperate when it just stands there and lets you bathe it. She didn’t hiss, scratch, whine, or anything. Afterwards I wrapped her in a towel and hugged her for a long time, during which she purred and kneaded. Now she is grooming.
**10 min. later. I filled up her water dish and food bowl. Now she’s eating! Hungrily, with appetite!