Sintra's Story - back home and recovering
(Photo is of Sintra with our boys on the day we brought her home - they are ecstatic to have her back!)
Our cat Sintra had been with our family for seven years, and was one of those cats that everybody loved - she just had to be around people, was super friendly and absolutely adored by our two sons, who are now eleven and nine years old. One day last May she didn’t come home, which we thought was unusual, but we assumed maybe she had stayed at our neighbour’s house (she was well loved over there as well). She didn’t return the next day or night either, and we started to worry. After she hadn’t reappeared for several days we became very worried, thinking maybe she was locked in a shed or up a tree, and we put together a flyer that we delivered all around our neighbourhood. I put a note out on Facebook, and on Pets on the Net, but to no avail. Gradually time went on, and although we always hoped one day she would be found and her microchip scanned, our hope began to fade week by week. Months began to pass and we gradually started to accept the fact we would never see her again, or to find out what happened. It was the not knowing that was especially hard - we just wanted to know where she was and that she was ok.
Then, on the 27th of December, more than seven months after she disappeared, we received an email. It was from an emergency vet in Henderson, miles away from where we live in One Tree Hill. They said a cat had been brought in and our details were on the microchip. We couldn’t believe it, we were so excited, but our joy was short lived, as the vet explained that she was extremely sick, and her prognosis was not good. Our hearts sank, so my husband and I left the boys with relatives and went to see her - we didn’t want them upset by whatever state she was in. When we got to the vet, we saw our beloved pet, and could see that she recognised us straight away. She was so weak and thin, she couldn’t sit up, had lost half her body weight, was on an iv drip, her blood tests were all over the place and she had uncontrollable diarrhoea. The vet said we could keep treating her, to give her a chance, but he thought it was unlikely she would recover. We couldn’t bear the thought of her being found, then putting her straight to sleep, so we decided to give her a chance. She gradually began to show small improvements, so we transferred her to our own vet. Over the next week she improved more each day, until we were allowed to try treating her at home. We syringe fed her for four days, then with the help of an appetite stimulant she began eating and drinking again on her own. Now, only three and a half weeks after she was found at death’s door, she is looking amazing - she has put on over 1kg, her behaviour and disposition have returned to how she was before we lost her, and she is the happy, purring, content cat that we know and love. She is still a bit wobbly and trying to get her jumping skills back, but that will be a matter of time. She has amazed and delighted our vet and the nurses there, who cannot believe her recovery. She has become quite a celebrity amongst our family and friends with her miraculous recovery - if only she could tell her tale.
We have our beloved pet back only because a kind stranger saw how ill she was and took her to a vet, and then only because she was microchipped. The microchip saved her life, as we were able to be contacted and to give her a chance to recover. If our story can in any way help you to persuade others of the benefits of microchipping their beloved pets, then please feel free to use it. We can’t thank you enough for providing such a wonderful service, getting Sintra back was the best Christmas present we ever could have hoped for.
Nicky and family