This is a less happy story – but a cautionary tale of what can happen when tom cats aren’t neutered.
Jaws had been hanging around the garden off and on for months. We thought of him as the tabby cat with a huge head. Then, one day, the huge head seemed huger on one side than the other. The poor boy’s face was horribly swollen on one side.
We borrowed a trap, baited it with freshly cooked fish ….and waited. There ensued a serious holding of breath while Jaws slowly went in, desperately hungry and miserable.
Off to Peak vets again. The abscess on his face burst whilst we were in the waiting room. Poor lad, he must have been in awful pain with it.
Once again the RSPCA stepped in – took him in, made him comfortable. Unfortunately they then checked him for FIV and he tested positive. Un neutered tom cats fight, and pass on infections that can’t be treated – they also mate with un spayed females and pass the infection on to them too. The RSPCA phoned me to say that they would keep Jaws for 7 days in case an ‘owner’ could be found who would keep him as an indoor cat from now on so that he could not spread the infection.
Sadly it was pretty clear that that wasn’t going to happen. The staff at the RSPCA did their best to make his final days happy ones …..