Bud is a stray cat on Binghamton’s South Side. He lives in a quiet neighborhood on a dead-end street where Enya met Elizabeth, who had called hoping to get some help.
For several years, Elizabeth has been making friends with cats left behind by their owners when the latter moved on for any number of reasons, the cats were turned out to fend for themselves. Unfixed and homeless, the cats continue to breed and cause problems. Elizabeth has been steadily making her way through the population, doing what she can to get them fixed as she is able to catch them, but she admitted that it adds up financially and gets harder to do.
Bud is trap smart, and didn’t want to be caught. He’ll sit in Elizabeth’s lap when he wants to, but normally he’s content with wandering the neighborhood and getting into trouble.
Which is what led to the vet appointment this morning. Bud and another cat got into a dispute, ending with Bud being injured- a gash behind his ear that at first glance seemed like it would heal on its own. In between Saturday when he was injured and Monday, Bud managed to make the wound worse. By the time Enya showed up to try to figure out if there was a way STAR could help, muscle was plainly visible in the wound. It seems that Bud knew things were getting worse as he’s been sticking close to Elizabeth’s porch, and to Elizabeth herself.
Thanks to Elizabeth’s help and support, Bud was seen by the staff of Fur and Feathers Veterinary Care
this morning and went into surgery this afternoon. Along with getting neutered, he received dissolvable stitches, a rabies vaccine, and antibiotics to fend off anything trying to take advantage of his already awful situation. He’ll be going back to Elizabeth for a little R&R before being returned to the outdoors where he will be happy, healthy, and much less likely to get into costly trouble.
Bud is a poster child for the necessity of Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) programs. Fixed cats do not get into the kinds of fights that intact cats do. They become part of stable populations of a few neighborhood cats. No more kittens. No territory disputes. No trying to figure out how to get a feral to a vet without hurting yourself in the process because you don’t want to see any animal suffer.