The Animal Wellness Center would like to formally introduce you to Zander, a beautiful young adult purebred Persian Zander “helping” Dr. Ambrose get work donecat looking for his forever home. Zander arrived on our doorstep late one night in June. He was dying of a urethral obstruction, meaning he was unable to pass urine out of his bladder. Even in his critical state, he
purred as if to express his gratitude at being taken in. Dr. Elliott anesthetized Zander and relieved the obstruction, as well as checked for a microchip (none was present). Zander then had a specialist procedure called a perineal urethrostomy performed with a board certified veterinary surgeon to repair the damage to his urethra that the obstruction had caused. This makes it very unlikely that Zander would ever have a urinary obstruction again.
Since Zander’s recovery from surgery, he has revealed himself to be one of the nicest cats we’ve ever met. We are so proud of him for using the litterbox faithfully throughout his ordeal. Every day he hangs out with the doctors in the office and is not shy about getting attention by sitting on our keyboards while we type. He spends long hours playing, napping in our laps, or soaking up sunshine in the bay window, contemplating his new lease on life. He wears his blue recovery collar proudly, which we have dubbed his “cape of pride” – we think he wants to be the superhero cat you have been waiting for!
Wearing the Cape of Pride . . . “Maybe I’ll be a superhero”While it is bittersweet, we are happy to announce that Zander will be ready for adoption as soon as his sutures are removed next week! He is now neutered and was negative for feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (FeLV/FIV). We believe he is about 2-3 years old, and he has gotten along well with the many dogs that rotate through the doctor’s office!
While he has had several thousand dollars worth of life-saving medical procedures, we are asking only that his new family make a donation to our Helping Hands Helping Paws Fund. This foundation provides financial assistance to AWC clients whose pets have an urgent medical need and who otherwise could not afford their care. Even superheroes need to nap sometimes.
Zander is considered a special needs kitty. With his surgically-altered urethra, he is at higher risk for developing urinary tract infections in the future. Therefore he will need a urine culture twice annually in addition to his routine health care (wellness exams, annual wellness labwork, vaccines, heartworm and flea/tick preventative). That said, we think you will find his special needs far outweighed by his incredible loving personality. If you are interested in adopting Zander, please call the Animal Wellness Center at 763-420-7958.