By FieldHaven Feline Center
We figure Rebel is on life number 7 or 8, having used several lives in December and January. We’re hoping when this whole FIP thing is behind him it’ll be smooth life sailing for him well into his senior years.
Rebel was first noticed in the Turn Table colony in Shasta County in mid-December 2021. That is a colony FieldHaven has been working on since March 2021. Somewhere between 100 and 200 cats living in a national forest. Partnering with a local Shasta County rescue/TNR group we took on the challenge of trapping the entire colony.
As if there weren’t already enough cats for us to capture and move along to better lives, cats were being dumped by local people. Since he had never been observed before December it’s assumed that Rebel was deposited into the colony by someone sub-human.
Right amid the holidays the colony caregivers noticed two large wounds on Rebel’s side. So far, he had evaded trapping so they ramped up their efforts. Just after New Year’s things became urgent. The wounds were larger, appearing infected and Rebel was getting weaker. Finally, he was captured and dashed off to a veterinarian.
The veterinary shortage was not in Rebel’s favor. He needed hospitalization and there were no 24-hour hospitals open between UC Davis and Medford, Oregon so off to Oregon he went.
We nearly lost Rebel several times in those first few days. He was in a state of starvation, septic, and critically anemic to the point of needing a transfusion. He was hospitalized in Oregon for several days and began to improve except for two things; he needed a second transfusion, and he was diagnosed with FIP! They did not have any more blood donors and he needed to start on FIP treatment, so another trip was made to FieldHaven. He had recovered enough to not need critical care so we could hospitalize him here and transport him to one of our partner vets, Companion Veterinary Hospital for the transfusion.
Since getting the second transfusion and starting FIP treatment Rebel started to climb rapidly out of the abyss of near death.
He is now in a foster home in the Shasta area recovered from everything except the FIP for which he continues to receive daily treatments. His last bloodwork looked stellar, and he has more than doubled his weight.
We are so proud of this boy for continuing the fight. Our most gracious thank you to everyone who has and continues to donate for his care