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Lexi was rescued in 1992. She
was approximately 3 weeks old when we trapped her with her siblings and
her mother. All four of the babies were very sick with a particularly
virulent form of upper respiratory disease. The most important thing to
do in this situation is to keep the cat eating. When cats cannot smell
their food, they will not eat and that is usually what weakens and
ultimately kills them. It was extremely difficult to treat Lexi because
she was so wild. She fought us tooth and nail when we had to handle her.
However, we knew that to give up would mean that we would lose her and
we were not willing to do that. After a few days, and a lot of "war
wounds", we could see that we had finally turned the corner and the
babies, although still weak and sick, were on the road to recovery. As
we had rescued Lexi at Christmas time, being able to pull both her and
all her siblings through turned out to be the greatest gift of all!
Although Lexi has mellowed somewhat over
the years, she still remains very shy and only permits the occasional
contact. She was thus deemed to be non-adoptable, and it was decided
that she would stay here with us where she feels safe and very much
loved. When we make a decision about the feasibility of adoption with
feral cats, we have to take into account not only the desires of the
future owner but also the amount of fear and stress this would put upon
the cat. With feral cats, we have found that the enormous amount of
stress brought on by adoption to a strange environment, (after having
already been displaced from their original home to the sanctuary), can
trigger serious illness and sometimes even death. Therefore, the well
being of the cat plays an large part in our decision as to whether we
should try to place them or not. Many times feral cats are happier
remaining at the sanctuary with their "colony" as most often,
they prefer the company of other cats to humans.
Lexi chatters to us
constantly while she is waiting to be fed. When she is relaxed there are
also times that she will allow us to pet her. However she is always very
watchful and we have to be careful not to make any sudden moves. If we do,
she reacts like a coiled spring and takes off instantly! Although she
prefers not to be touched, she is most certainly not afraid of us. Each
time she looks at us with that stunning face and those gorgeous trusting
eyes, our hearts just melt and we appreciate anew how rewarding it is to
do what we do!
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