Jessica, along with her brother Josh, were born in about 1993 and lived as ferals in the Croydon area. They were fed by an elderly lady for some eight years until the lady unfortunately died when another lady took over their feeding for a further two years. As the winter of 2003 approached with both cats still living wild she thought something had to be done so she asked Croydon Cats Protection (CPL) to help. Jessica and Josh, both unapproachable, were trapped on the 16th September 2003 and taken to the cattery where they lived in the feral area until the summer of 2006 when Josh was rehomed. Jessica continued to live at the cattery until the 21st January 2007 when she came to live with us.
Jessica was found to have early signs of kidney failure so was put on Fortekor, she also had to have a dental. Although Jessica was very shy at first she fitted in well with our other cats, she loved to be stroked and brushed and to sit on a lap!!
We noticed towards the end of December 2007 Jessica started to go off her food and to loose weight then on the 2nd January 2008 she developed jaundice so was taken straight to the vet. She was kept in for six days and was diagnosed as suffering from Cholangiohepatitis. She was treated with antibiotics, steroids and Destolit tablets and responded very well.
During the summer of 2008 she became very fussy with her food and started loosing weight again, we were told her kidneys were deteriorating. She continued with the Fortekor and Destolit tablets and was also given vitamin B12 injection as she had become anemic. She slowly went down hill until October 2008 when she became very ill and was taken in for treatment at the vets. When she came home she had improved but by November we realised she was going down hill again and on the 13th November she was put to sleep.
She was an extremely affectionate cat, desperate for attention which is all the more surprising as she had lived feral for all those years. We wish we had met her years earlier!!
All the treatment Jessica received was paid for by the Croydon Branch of Cats Protection (CPL).
(To learn more about Josh please click his name.)
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