Zack came to CSF at the end of September 2017. We were told that no one wanted to adopt him due to his blind eye and he has spent months living in the basement, as the resident cat never got along with him. When he first came to our sanctuary, he just couldn’t get enough of the yard. He was relaxed and happy, he befriended the other cats right away and behaved as if he had been living with us his whole life. We were enchanted with this sweet little fellow who has finally learned what real freedom looks like. Zack’s eye infection has lasted over six months now, though we were told that the vet who took care of Zack’s health before he came to us said that he was blind in his right eye and that was it, he was healthy otherwise. Little did he know that his appraisal would put Zack in mortal danger, or even worse, he cared very little as to what would happen to his charming furry patient?
We took Zack to our fantastic vet team in PanVet for a checkup because he was supposed to have enucleation scheduled. He received an antibiotic as his blind eye was infected and seemed to be fine for a couple of hours, but then he just collapsed and couldn’t get up at all. He was frantically rushed to the vet again, but the neurological exam showed nothing out of the ordinary; nevertheless, his blood count pointed to viremia and bacteremia. Zack received IV fluids and was scheduled to be brought to the ambulance in the morning to have an X-ray examination, a UV scan of his abdomen and complete blood tests, as no one knew what exactly was going on with him.
Zacks’s bones, lungs and heart proved to be normal, his blood tests weren’t alarming either, the UV scan revealed that one of his kidneys is a bit enlarged, but an X-ray of his head showed with frightening clarity what was really wrong with him. His long lasting eye infection has spread to the CNS and internal organs, and possibly his liver; he has meningitis and is utterly exhausted and weak.
We lost Zack on October the 5th, 2017.