Head and front paws of a black and white cat along with part of the head of his foster mum in an artistic photo.
Spartacus, a gladiator cat, fights for his health
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A picture of a black and white cat lying in a cage

Spartacus, a black and white cat, came to us via two ladies from NY who showed us photos of him in horrendous physical condition. They told us that if we helped him they would cover his vet bills and adopt him. Spartacus then went through a virtual roller coaster of health issues, recovery and more health issues.

Zoey, one of our dedicated volunteers, caught Spartacus in June and immediately took him to the vet.  Even though he tested negative for FiV and FelV his white blood cell count  was very high, indicating an infection.  An ultrasound also excluded FiP.  Finally, the vet identified the cause of infection – his mouth was in a terribly bad condition and most of his teeth needed to be extracted. However, he was too weak to undergo the surgery. 

After nearly a month in foster care at Zoey’s he gained weight was ready for the operation. Almost all of his teeth were removed and his white blood cell count went back to normal. While he was living with her, he started to trust Zoey. He went from literally trying to ‘bite the hand that fed him’ to becoming a lovely boy who enjoyed being brushed.

Tragically, a few days before flying to the two ladies in NY, Spartacus collapsed. He stopped eating and drinking. He was rushed to the animal hospital where he was diagnosed with diabetes and a urinary infection, even though his glucose levels had been normal. He remained hospitalized in critical condition with severe hypothermia for a few days. But he survived once again. He is now back in foster care with Zoey, who bought equipment to measure his glucose daily. Now it is either normal or a little low.

Spartacus is still being monitored. His latest blood test was fine.

After a long discussion with our two ladies from NY who pointed him out to us, it was decided that  they would not adopt Spartacus because of these latest issues. Subjecting him to a 10-hour flight to NY surely would not have been helpful. At the moment we are looking for kind and capable adopters for him who will both be able to support him financially and also provide the high amount of care he needs and deserves. If you feel you have the resources, both financially and emotionally, to take on the large, but rewarding, responsibility of adopting him, please contact us by clicking the pink button below.