Cat Welfare Association
Oscar is one of Cat Welfare's distinguished older gentlemen. We believe that he's around 13-15 years old. He has lived at Cat Welfare since the fall of 2001 and is considered to be somewhat of a shy boy and a loner. Early on it was discovered that Oscar doesn't use the litter box and likes to leave "cow pies" on the floor. The staff has said that they usually can tell when he's left a little "present" for them someplace because when they look at him he'll have a guilty look on his face. Many times you can find Oscar curled up on our sun porch enjoying some peace and quiet. He likes the other cats but prefers to find a spot where he can stretch out by himself. If there are visitors sitting on the porch giving the kitties attention, Oscar will stay wherever he is and is not the type that will go over to try to get in on the action. He would much rather just keep an eye on what is going on. Don't get the wrong idea though. He does like attention and welcomes petting and brushing. He just prefers that people approach him slowly and calmly. If he feels secure, then he will welcome your attention and show you how much he appreciates it by letting you hear his big purr. We hope that Oscar will be with us for many years to come but we realize that at his age his time with us will probably be shorter than we'd like.
Note: Health update April 2005 - In mid-March, Oscar started to seem a little tired and was losing some weight. With his older age, the first thought was maybe he was in the beginning stages of kidney failure. After being given some special food and fluids, Oscar seemed to perk up and was back to wanting attention again. His coloring still seemed a little off and after being examined by the shelter's vet it was discovered that he has a large tumor in his abdomen. With his age and the unfortunate location of the tumor, surgery is not recommended. The staff and vet will continue to monitor him frequently. He will continue to be given fluids and medications to keep him comfortable. We hope that the tumor will not grown quickly and that Oscar will be with us for many more months to come. However, if the tumor becomes too aggressive and Oscar starts to experience prolonged discomfort, then we will have to let Oscar go. We hope that day does not come soon and that Oscar's
Guardian Angels will come in to visit with him and keep him in their thoughts.
Final Update June 13, 2005 - It is with sadness that I am writing to inform you that we had to have Oscar put to sleep today (Monday, June 13, 2005) at approximately 11:15am. When the staff arrived at the shelter today, Oscar was not very responsive and was very lethargic. After consulting with our vet, it was decided that it was time to let him go. One of our staff members that had a special spot in her heart for Oscar was holding him in his last moments of life.
Oscar had several visitors the day before his passing and had enjoyed the brushing, love, and petting he received from them.
We will all miss Oscar and his distinctive, gentlemanly appearance. We will be getting him cremated and will be burying him in our memory garden next to his beloved sun porch.
Thanks you for caring about and loving him.
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