"I could touch my index finger and thumb together around his waist." Tree House Director of Veterinary Medicine, Emily Swiniarski, DVM, remarked.
Howie's thick fur disguised the true severity of his condition. "He was truly skin and bones," Dr. Swiniarski commented. Under his fur, his waist was only 2-1/4" in diameter. She explained, "Howie was slowly starving to death. With his condition, I would estimate he was only a week or two away from death."
Howie is Alive Today Thanks to People Like You
What if you were lost or abandoned, could not find your way back home, and were starving, not having eaten for days or possibly weeks. You were so emaciated that you had begun to lose your muscle. Imagine the pain of that kind of hunger. And each day you wander alleys, dumpsters, and backyards in search of food and water. Imagine Howie, living that life. When he arrived at Tree House, his condition was dire.
Howie Weighed Half His Normal Weight
Howie weighed a mere 4 lbs. A medium-sized cat, Howie's normal weight would have been double that or 8 lbs. In addition to being malnourished, Howie’s fur was so horribly matted that it was difficult for him to walk. A Good Samaritan found him outside and brought him to Tree House. While he did not have a microchip, Dr. Swiniarski, observed, “Because of his condition and the fact that he didn’t have any health issues that were causing his weight loss, I believe [Howie] was a housecat at some point who was either lost or abandoned outside and not able to fend for himself.”
Saving Cats in Life-threatening Condition
Howie was one of the first cats to receive care at the resident clinic located inside our new shelter. Thanks to our new equipment, we were able to perform the necessary blood tests and provide the care Howie needed in-house. Thankfully, our tests revealed that Howie had no organ damage, a serious risk given his diminished state. It is hard to know what might have happened to this beautiful guy, but no cat deserves to suffer this way.
A Regal Cat Emerges
Howie’s situation was tentative.
We placed him with one of
our incredible foster parents,
Sandra, who nursed Howie
back to both physical and
emotional health. She gave him much needed love, and Howie would
sit patiently during the tedious
process of having the tangles
gently combed out of his long
coat. It took more than two months, but eventually, this beautiful cat rebounded.
You are the Difference for Cats with Serious Illness and Injury
Howie is just one of the many cats we save each year who suffers from life-threatening illness or injury. Your gifts is the difference for them. We need your help to continue our work to save cats in need.
Two Long Months of Recovery
The Trauma Behind Him, Howie Became a Loving Cuddler