Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Its something you can never get use to. I feed so many homeless cats, every morning and in the act of putting food and water down for them. leaving them with shelter there is a comfort for which I am so grateful. This feeding of the cats is expensive and it is tiring but it is such a blessing. Once a cat begins to trust me, to come to me without fear and show their affection I will try to rescue them and place them in a home; a forever home with a family that is going to love them all their life.
But then every so often a cat I rescue comes with something so dreadful it just breaks my heart.
On Sunday morning I rescued Ruby from Second because I could have sworn she was pregnant. She was instantly loving and affectionate so I wasn't able to put her back on the street after I was told she was not pregnant. A pure cuddler this one is. Yesterday she went to the vet for a check up. Before she can mix with other cats, and the first of these will always be my own cats, they have to be checked out to make sure they are fit and healthy. Well, that 'baby' I felt in her tummy is actually her spleen. She has an enlarged spleen, and to boot - feline leukemia.
So her future is not as bright as it was yesterday. Her life that I thought stretched out before us will not be long. She cannot be allowed to mix with other cats for fear she will infect them. I will make the appointment for Ruby to be put to sleep either today or tomorrow. Some would call this murder. I call it ending life compassionately. Can you imagine if I had put her back on the street, in her condition? Her future would be filled with pain and suffering. I know if I had an incurable disease, I would want my life to end compassionately, not to suffer. There aren't enough people that take in these type of sick cats, so there is no other choice.
For a couple of days she has enjoyed love and affection and I hope she has had a measure of warmth and comfort she never knew on the mean streets of Rochester. I will always love you Ruby girl!