I now have a very sick stray cat living in my bathroom. This is "Brando", the guy with the loud raspy meow, who I mentioned previously. I thought my neighbor had been caring for him, then found him on Monday morning outside and nearly unable to walk; emaciated & dehydrated. He had staggered up to my screen door in the garden and slumped down against it.
Yesterday, I took him to the vet. It's really unclear what's going on. He has an enlarged bladder, which could be temporary or could be a sign of something major (a blockage, which could kill him -- probably would, since I can't afford surgery.) Figuring out what is going on with him would cost several hundred $ in tests, treating it would cost still more. Which I don't have. So for now, I've got a sick cat in my bathroom, and am giving him food & antibiotics and trying to get him to drink & to pee. (he likes a bit of cream but is largely shunning the water; they gave him IV fluids at the vet's). Today he seems a bit more mobile, and he likes his food. But he's not peeing, which the vet had said was crucial. But I can't tell if it's because he's not used to the idea of a litterbox (or even the bathroom floor!) or if it's organic.
I hope he gets better -- but then I will still have to find him a home of his own. He can't stay here, he can't live in my smallish bathroom forever (my cats loathe him) and shelters are flooded with animals all over the city.
So I'm feeling at the end of my tether.