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Marie Balan Do Not Give This Woman Your Animals!

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(Note: The picture depicts a temporary housing solution for the night until we can get a much larger and more comfortable cage to quarantine Sketch in.) is the e-mail she used during our correspondence, and said she lived by the intersection of Rock Island and Kimberly. She has at least one young son and daughter and is pregnant. We gave this woman and her family, (kids, husband), 2 gentle, loving, well behaved cats on May 25th. On October 22nd, she e-mailed me that she's pregnant and allergic so I tell her bring them back, no questions asked. On October 26th she finally brought them over. While they were here her son told me, "We have lots of cats!" Hmm, red flag? So I checked the cats over after she left, their ears were filthy, their claws broken, and they have one of the worst flea infestations I have ever seen! So on the 27th I treat them, the other animals in the house, the furniture, the yard, etc, because when it comes to fleas I reign terror upon their very existence. The on the 29th, one of the cats, Sketch, sneezes just a couple times. No big deal, just a sneeze, looks okay otherwise. October 30th, 3:30pm, cats look fine and are adjusting well to being here. October 30th, 8pm, I check on the cats. Sketch has saliva pouring out of his mouth as if it is a faucet. He can barely open his eyes or breathe or even move. His mouth is hanging open trying to get a breath. I rush him to the emergency vet where he spends a couple nights. His heart rate and temp were both up, along with a respiratory infection. He is also anemic from so many fleas. October 31st, I take the other cat to the vet to get checked out and to get CapStar and get rid of her fleas. Thankfully she was okay, a little anemic and dirty, but otherwise healthy. Sketch's vet tells us that it had already been 3 days, so it was probably not from the flea drops we used, but likely a virus given to him by one of the fleas. November 1st, Sketch is cleared to come home! Awesome! So we go in to pick him up and chat with the nurse. We have to take him to our regular vet in a week. He is on 2 antibiotics 2x a day until further notice, and still has a pretty bad upper respiratory infection. He has to be quarantined away from all other cats, as it is highly contagious. Which also means I have to wash thoroughly my hands and arms before going into the room where the other cat is. And also change my clothes should I decide to cuddle Sketch. If this woman and her family were negligent enough to not spend $20 a month on flea prevention, and allowed it to get this out of hand before contacting me, (and thank goodness she did and that she didn't wait any longer,) does any one out there believe that she/they would be willing to pay a $1,600 vet bill? And also for everything he needs in order to be separated from the other cat? And then for who knows how many follow up visits afterward? No. She would have just let him die. Either hiding in a corner in her home some where, or tossed out on the street. Sketch has always been a wonderful animal, and has done NOTHING in his ENTIRE life to deserve this kind of negligence in his care. He went to this family fully vetted, fixed, and up to date on his flea and tick prevention. And he came home to almost die. Be aware of who you give your animals to. Always ask a rehoming fee, and make sure that whomever you give them to knows the basics about their species, and how to prevent fleas and ticks, (and how important preventing them is!)

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