Loneliness affects us all, regardless of species. Plucky young cat, Cas, knew this feeling of isolation all too well as he was forced to roam the city streets alone. Then one day, he stumbled upon a warm and inviting home. One which already had two feline occupants and a kind care-taker, Melissa. Cas would visit often, keen for some companionship and attention. With his playful and engaging personality, Melissa thought he may be missing from a home so she tried to find an owner, but he seemed to be entirely on his own. He came and went for a few days, but during one visit Melissa saw Cas had been wounded so she took him in.

Cas had suffered a large wound beneath his arm, deep and in need of stitches and she also saw he had an injured front paw. She brought him to the vet where he was given a cast to correct his dislocated front paw (carpal bone/'wrist'), after it was reset. He was also neutered and he received stitches to close up the wound beneath his arm. Cas went home with Melissa during his recovery, but his stitches came out early, requiring him to go back to the vet. Stitched up once more, he went home again only to have his stitches come undone for a third time.

Cas stayed at the vet's for the weekend so cultures and tests could be performed to discover what troublesome bacteria was preventing his wounds from healing. With this mystery subsequently solved, aided by the correct antibiotics to help, Cas seemed to be on the mend – until his skin began to separate beneath the cast on his lower leg. As anyone who's had the misfortune to break a bone knows, it's common for the skin to get irritated underneath the plaster. Even though his cast was changed every two weeks, he needed his leg to be ensconced for ten weeks total. This meant a lot of irritation for his skin, resulting in a lot of care. The vet generously provided some care for free, but there were still quite a lot of costs, with so many measures, so Melissa came to ISF for help.

Although Cas' stitched-up wounds had now successfully repaired, it took a little longer for him to be able to walk on his affected leg again. Evermore the trooper, Cas bore the cast until his leg completely healed with time and care. No doubt this tenacity comes from Cas' amiable spirit, for Melissa told ISF, “Cas is extremely friendly and has the best personality of any cat I've ever been around”. She goes on to remark, “Cas is more lovable than both of my own cats put together which is why I know he will be able to find a home”. With Cas healthy and mended, Melissa was on the look-out for his new family.

It didn't take long for Cas to find his forever home. He's now in a doting family where he can joyfully snuggle in laps, playing and cuddling all day long! What had begun as a rough young life turned into a happy story and we here at ISF couldn't be more pleased to hear the wonderful news that Cas has found his place in a loving home.

By Brandy D. Anderson

Edited by Bob Stone