His leg was injured and I think he took refuge behind our rain barrels because it was against the house and fenced on two other sides. He was very scared and shy, would run any time he saw me. I fed him and he managed to survive our awful winter. Finally, when the weather broke, he would hang out in the garden with my cats and I would just talk to him. Eventually, he let me pet him.
I noticed how bad his ears were so I visited with him for a few days and followed that with food. He warmed up to me quickly. I don't think he was feral just scared, injured and untrusting.
I took him to the vet on March 22nd. He was fine in the crate and car and climbed right into my arms in the office. Since the weather was better, my original plan was to neuter and vaccinate him and release him again while I tried to find him a home. He was interacting with my cats and they were spraying everything so I wanted what was best for all of them.
Unfortunately, they did the tests before surgery and found out that he was FIV positive. My vet said he couldn't live outside anymore and recommended euthanizing him. That didn't feel right! I decide to do all the treatment and now he's hanging out in my bathroom. :)
My vet said he's about 5 yrs old. He's soooo sweet and loves attention. He needs a little time to warm up to new people but my husband has played with him 3 times and he trusts and snuggles him now too. I've had my sister’s stop by to pet him and after the initial meeting, he warms right up.
He must have had a rough time with people before but he seems very forgiving.
April 4th UPDATE: If you're following Lefty's story, here's an update...He was neutered last Thurs, had his frostbitten/abscessed ears cared for and got his rabies vaccination and flea treatment. He has been recovering in my bathroom since then. All wounds are healing nicely. His hair is starting to grow back and he is putting on weight. He is super lovable and soaks you as much attention as I can give him. He's a little timid when he first meets people but warms up pretty fast. I could really use some help finding this sweet guy a home!!
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