Vet bills

Economy prompts increased neglect, abandonment of pets.

This seems to be what occurred with a Siamese-cross kitten called Lincoln. He was found roaming. In good condition, aside from an enlarged eye, his case was referred to Siamese Rescue. Knowing he needed help, they took him to the Dakota Veterinary Clinic.

Six months old at the time, the kitten, now called Jack, was suffering from a condition that Dr. Corey Bartley suspects presented early in life. An infection likely caused the enormous growth and destruction of his inner eye. When the infection likely began, he was around “two or three months old,” says Dr. Bartley. Jack’s eye socket and skull grew to adjust to his huge eye. Due to extreme pain, (and infection worries) the eye had to be removed. His other eye was also damaged.

Krista Kruegar, from Siamese Rescue, alerted me to this story because she felt the cat was not feral. Other than his eye, Jack was healthy. He appeared to have been owned and then abandoned. This meant someone had to watch Jack’s eye gradually worsen without seeking veterinary care. Kruegar believes that the former owner left Jack because he or she couldn’t afford to fix the problem. The cost to cure Jack would probably have been “less than a hundred dollars,” says Dr. Bartley. Had this been done, Jack would have had likely kept his sight.

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