From feral cat caretaker Viki:
This is an appeal to save a little marmalade tabby, Quincy, who lived at the Cypress Golf
Course. I have been feeding him at least 3 yrs and I remember him from a kitten. Has has
always been super shy and scared and was hard to see. He is on the small side so the bigger
cats chased him away from his food. He was a favorite among his feeders.
He had always looked thin and run down but about two weeks ago he began failing. He was
limping, weak and emaciated.
On Monday, Nadine and I caught him in a drop trap and took him to Coastal Vet. The good
news is that he doesn’t have cancer and is FIV/FELV negative. The bad news is that he has
been in excruciating pain from severe stomatitis and a painful disease that affects his foot
pads: Plasma cell pododermatitis. Two of his foot pads were so badly ulcerated there was no
skin on them.
The vet said he would have to be put down if he went back out there. But I couldn’t do that.
When I dropped him off I looked him in the eye and promised to come back for him.
So, on Wed (5/25) he is going to have to have most or all of his teeth extracted which is a 100%
cure for stomatitis. I have had to have this procedure done on several feral and non-feral cats and
the results are miraculous. That very night the kitties are in NO PAIN and want food. He is
getting the best care at Arguello Pet Hospital—they x-ray each tooth and suture the gums so
there is little pain and no bleeding. Cats do fine eating wet food and some even eat dry food after
their gums have healed.
I think when the infection in his mouth is gone, his immune system will help him control his *foot
problem. This article cites 3 cases of cats that were cured of this disease once they got their teeth pulled and changed their diet. If not, I can give him prednisone crushed up in his food. The vet
thought he would make a “nice little house cat” and that being indoors with carpet would help heal
He got lots of ER treatment on Monday: a convenia shot (anti-biotics), a steroid shot (to control foot
disease), an FVRCP, a pain shot, and revolution to kill his worms and fleas. This has helped him immensely.
Quincy is doing great! He eats like a horse, about 4 meals a day. Today he was hopping around his three
level kitty condo like a bunny. He let me pet him with a feather. He and Banshee (also from that colony
who had stomatatis, too) remember each other.
When his teeth have healed and he is a little more socialized, (about 2 months) I will release him into
the room with Banshee and keep him as a house cat.
His dentals will cost between $750 and $1500. Unfortunately, Homeless Cat Network will not help out
with this because it is cheaper to kill him. However, we have already raised $450. Nadine May and
Mary Gutierrez and I have each contributed $150. I will also apply for grants from other cat rescue
Please help out with any amount you can afford. Contact Arguello Pet Hospital at 415-751-3242.
Their address is 530 Arguello Blvd, SF, CA 94118. His vet is Dr Perry Heffelfinger. Dr Tanzella saw
him at Coastal Cat Clinic who supports this treatment if he is not released back to his colony and
lives with me as a house cat.
Viki, Quincy and Banshee