Clancy came to us in rough shape. He was very underweight, for one. He also had fleas so bad that he was missing most of his fur and was badly anemic. You can see the blood running down his back legs from the flea bites in his intake picture. He also had the beginnings of an upper respiratory infection, on top of all else. He wouldn’t have made it much longer without intervention.
We got rid of the fleas ASAP. Within 24 hours, they were all dead and not bothering poor Clancy anymore. We then gave him a nice oatmeal bath to remove all the flea dirt, blood, old hair, and general grime from him. The water was black! He was sure feeling better afterwards.
Some medicine knocked out the upper respiratory infection pretty quickly. Within a week, Clancy’s energy levels are up and he is looking so much better!
Update April 25, 2017: he is up by a half pound! He was only 8 pounds upon arrival, and is now 8 and a half. 🙂 He should probably be more like 13-14 pounds when he is a normal, healthy weight. He is still missing most of his fur, but that will take time to grow back. Since he is a longhaired cat, the “comb-over” effect of his remaining fur makes it look like he has more than he does. There is a very handsome cat just waiting to reemerge when all his fur grows back.
The whole time he’s been here, he has been nothing but a love. This is the NICEST cat! He can’t get enough petting and grooming. He loves attention! He also likes dogs, we’ve learned.
Update May 4, 2017: Clancy is up to 9.5 pounds! That’s 1.5 pounds heavier than when he arrived about two weeks ago! Go Clancy!
Update June 23, 2017: Clancy is up to 11 lbs 4 oz! He is at a healthy weight, his fur is growing back, and he is in general a healthy kitty. As such, he is deemed healthy enough to go up for adoption.
You could not find a nicer, more easy going cat. He is so friendly! He loves whatever attention he can get. He is mellow and gets along well with dogs and other cats alike. He has definitely become special to all of us at the shelter, and am sure he will be even more special to whoever becomes his personal people.
However, we have discovered that he tested positive for feline leukemia. This means he will need to be an only cat, though it is not catchy to humans or dogs. As long as he is an indoor cat and well cared for, he should lead a long and healthy life. Look how much progress he made while at the shelter! We have known of fel. leuk. positive cats adopted from other rescues to live 10-14 years on average. And with Clancy, he will pack twice the love into that time as your average cat. He’s just that kind of kitty.