Geraldine: A Rescue Cat’s Story

Geraldine rescue cat

This story was shared by Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.

Geraldine, an adult cat, arrived at Best Friends Clinic in early November 2017. She was part of an overcrowded feral cat colony noticed only because her face was covered with dried mucus and her eyes were nearly matted shut.

She was brought to Best Friends Clinic via a Community Cat Program to be either euthanized or treated. After exam, it was decided that we would try to treat her.

She was initially diagnosed with dental disease, being underweight, and having an upper respiratory infection and a lingual ulcer. In late November, she was given anesthesia to assess the oral cavity and, due to severe dental disease, she required all of her teeth to be extracted. Sadly, she was diagnosed with yet another problem: stomatitis, which is severe inflammation of the mouth and gums.

To make matters worse, in December 2017, she tested positive for the FeLV virus. However, she gained strength and was discharged from the Clinic to go and live at CalMar. CalMar is a building in Best Friends Cat World dedicated to the care of only FeLV positive cats. The building was created to provide a loving and supportive “home” to these special cats that would otherwise most likely be euthanized.

However, at CalMar, she developed diarrhea and started hair pulling. In March 2018, she developed a fever and was admitted back to the Clinic. It was observed at the Clinic that her mouth was very inflamed and, because of that, she was not eating well. A feeding tube was placed, and Geraldine started on Emeraid Sustain HDN Feline.

Now, with Emeraid, Geraldine has gained weight and changed into a beautiful, dainty cat with gorgeous eyes. This former feral colony cat is now a loving lady cat finally beginning to enjoy life.