Distressing indecision regarding stray cat
At the beginning of November I posted about a cat that had shown up on my porch. She was white, with large black markings, and eyes that were so infected we were afraid she'd lost her vision. We couldn't get near her, but she stuck around for food. Her breathing sounded congested. She moved into the dog house we have on the porch for Bonesy, our outside cat (I also have three indoor cats), and Bonesy surprised us by abandoning the dog house, not putting up a fight. She's normally very territorial, but maybe she realized the new cat was sick. Either she felt sorry for her or she didn't want to catch the illness.
Oh, wait. I described the situation in detail on the pets forum, and I'll link the thread below.
Read thread, please . . .
My son named her Sandy, after the storm. Although I really didn't want to add to my cat population, I figured it was a pretty safe bet that after Sandy got healthy and tame, she'd end up staying in the house. But things have not gone well. Because her eyes haven't cleared up, nor her congested breathing, I can't even think about letting her out. I'd worry that a) she'd infect Bonesy and/or b) she'd freeze to death because she's not well.
The folks at the Pets Forum would like me to let Sandy out into the guest room again, but I'm reluctant to do that. Last time she dove under the bed most of the time when I was in the room, and got bloody discharge from her eyes on the bedding when I was out of the room. I don't want to end up with a sick cat living in my guest room indefinitely.
I hope I don't sound cold. I really care about Sandy, and this whole thing is weighing very heavily on me. Another Pets Forum poster suggested an eye specialist. Honestly, I've maxed out my expenditures on Sandy. Three hundred dollars is a lot of money for me, and it's not as though she was my pet. I was just trying to do a good deed, but it isn't turning out well.
Any thoughts on all this? Two fifty heads are better than one.....
Here is a link that might be useful: Pets Forum thread