Mishu's Rescue Story
(Somers, NY Westchester County)
Mishu first day I rescued her.
A year ago I rented a cottage and on the property there was a cat roaming the yard. My landlord said it was homeless for the past 4 yrs and it just lived under my cottage I'm renting.
Landlord and son fed the cat but it was too fast running away when attempted capture. I was sad and started helping with food also. I would talk to the cat and hang around trying to gain trust to no avail.
On January 19 2015 happened to be a semi warm day I went to dispose of my garbage and heard a hiss and saw the cat sitting under the house catching some sun. I spoke to it and went and brought food and milk, its fave treat. I sat next to cat and it didnt run away. I was gleeful and talked to cat while it ate.
I took pictures of it it was in dire sad conditions and I wanted to take in my house and help it, cat would meow like it wanted attention and it let me pet it.
Joy soared in my heart and I kept petting it. I then noticed it front paws were bleeding and raw skin. I felt terrible for the cat. I went and got a blanket and by petting cat I got closer and wrapped blanket over cat and picked it up. I'm not allowed pets in my lease but I could not leave this animal to suffer anymore.
It did not trash or scratched or meowed. I think it gave up on life. I cried and took it in my house and a friend guided me to bathe it, it was so filthy dirty. I made a warm bath lots of towels. I bathed this cat and finding it was a girl and it did not move from the water.
I blew dried her a bit and she did not mind. Sheer exhaustion this poor animal had and soo under weight. I spoke to my landlord and explained the situation and told her I would keep her if you allow me other wise She has to spend the night and I'll take cat to a shelter. I was allowed to keep her since she knew the cat.
So now off to vet because paws were not good. On a 200$ budget ( all i could afford) took her to vet and after many visits and trying to diagnose her right paw we come to find she has an extensive toe infection that has been going on for months and months and its about to go sepsis and will kill the cat.
She has about a month to live if toe is not amputated. Other paw looks like skin froze to ground and when she moved it, it peel the skin. That healed Right away but right paw needed toe amputation. Over whelmed with vet costs, a vet program of client donations through putting up her story up on vet facebook page, people donated for her care.
Toe got amputated and she had to have a Lion cut of her fur because she had years of no care, she was so matted down and tangled it was a huge mess. She went on special diet food to make her gain weight - she was 7lbs and otherwise healthy.
No worms or fleas or mites or ever had a litter or other diseases. Other people donated a travel box and litter box and toys. Now its almost 6 months that she lives with me and she's healthy, beautiful, weight gained about 13 lbs now.
Still skittish and very verbal, hair is growing slowly but surely. She's very sweet and very vocal when she wants something. (gotta have her milk! Vet said a tbps its ok morning and night). She's slowly comming to me for attention and love,doesnt hide as much.
Plays very little and likes to play with string. Found out she can't see much out of left eye by playing with her. She's adjusting well and I can't wait for her personality to truly come out.
She doesn't like too loud of noises and loves her bed on the couch. Still working on cuddling with momma but likes to be scratched and brushed. Vet puts her at age of 8/9 yrs old, and lucky I took her in at the time otherwise with her massive infection and being homeless she would have perished.
I am happy to be her momma and love her so and give her lots okf TLC and kisses.😺 1st picture is what she looked liked and then after. After researching I know shes a Maine Coon. Thank you for reading.😊. I named her Mishu D' Lion.