I want to present you a very special cat to me with the hope that she could win another person's heart and finally have a normal life with a loving home she truly deserves!
Her name is Sivusha (grey in Bulgarian) and is around 5-7 years old. She came into my office yard 2 years ago. She came to eat every singe day but never let me touch her and then went away. As every day passed I became in love with this pretty girl. She started to recognize the noise from my car and would immediately come to me begging for food. Winter months were very difficult for her. I noticed that she had problems with nose and she would cough very often. It seemed she does not cope with minus temperatures very well. That is why I made her a wooden hut with isolation and would put there warming pillow. She would enjoy this shelter and spend a lot of time there. I spent much energy and different methods to catch her so that I can castrate her, but I was unsuccessful every time. I knew she was pregnant and I felt awful because her health was deteriorating fast. She did not want to eat well and her nose was always dripping. It was a very sad picture to go to work to every day.
Very soon I learnt that my favourite office cat was actually a hoarder cat. Just across my office there was a man who did not believe in castration so he let his cats give birth all the time until they became around 30 cats. All of them were outdoor cats and they did not have even shelter for the winter. When I found about this, I immediately went to talk to this man to offer him castrations. He refused and said this is against there nature. I went many more times bringing food for the cats and trying to convince him to castrate the cats. He said that Sivushka is one of his cats but she did not want to stay there and that is why she moved to my office. He also said that she does not fight for her food, meaning that she would give away her food or wait for all other cats to eat and only after them, she would go and eat what is left. Who can blame the smart cat - the man did not have enough food or shelter for the cats. They were all wild because he never touched and played with them.
This summer he already had around 30 new babies. But he declined again. This summer he had to watch how all the 30 babies died one after the other from viruses and genetical disease. After this he called me and said this is a nightmare and he wants to start castrations.
Of course that we started with my lovely Sivushka! I asked him to help me catch her and we did it! Sivushka went to the clinic but her health was already very bad so she had to spend 14 days in the clinic before castration. While she was there veterinarians discovered she had the most horrible conditions - stomatitis. They decided to castrate and remove her teeth during one surgery but she received lung crisis and they were able to remove only 4 teeth.
After that I released her back to the street because no one wants to foster wild cats. Everyone wants to help social and friendly cats. For several months everything was okay. But then stomatitis came back and she was again unable to eat normally. So, I managed to catch her and brought her for antibiotics and steroids. Only one injection and my lovely cat was back to herself.
Now she is feeling well, eating normally and living without constant fight for her babies. Every day she waits for me at the office door and knows my car noise. I feed her special wet food, buy her different supplements to keep her healthy. But I know this will not be forever and while on the street, she will never be completely fine. She made great progress in trusting humans and I know if she is in a real home, she will bond with her human.
I will never forget one very special moment me and her shared. We were at the clinic and she was in the box feeling very scared and terrified. She was trembling and this made me feel anxious too. I leaned over her box and said her name. Then she looked at me and blinked at me and then licked her lips. After that she stopped trembling. This was a sign to me that she trusts me and recognized me as her friend. Maybe the only friend who believes in her.
So, I decided I must do everything that is possible to find a home for her where she will feel warm during winter and will never have to share her food again. I am searching for a foster home here and I believe I will find a person who will help me.
I know that Sivushka will not impress anyone. I know there are so many cats out there who are much more attractive and social than her. But I also know that stomatitis will kill her if I don`t do something. Even if she dies, I want to give her several years of warmth and regular food, of calm environment and peace.
Please, share her story and if you know someone who would love a stray cat with stomatitis, show them my lovely office cat. She may not know how to trust humans, but she knows how to show affection. I can promise you that!
Photos and videos of Sivushka and the other hoarder cats. I managed to castrated all adult cats and in sping we will castrate the remaining babies. If you want to help with food, medicine or vet bills, let me know. We need all the help we can get.
Sivushka welcomes me -
Sivushka is sick -
Sivushka is sick -
Hoarder cats -