Feral Paws Rescue: Buttons, the Manx Cat

by Paula Hunsaker

Feral Paws Rescue Group in Fresno shares with us some of their animal rescue adventures every month. Check out KRL's article about Feral Paws to learn more about them.

Buttons was surrendered to CCSPCA, a high kill shelter, with the request from the surrendering owner that the cat be euthanized for health reasons! Buttons is a male cat, six years old, who was adopted by the past owner from the CCSPCA Shelter. He is a beautiful Manx (a breed born without a tail), with long hair, who loves dogs and other cats. He has the sweetest personality, and is a great lap cat who is very vocal when around people.

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The CCSPCA Rescue Coordinator called Feral Paws prior to him being assigned out to be euthanized. The Rescue Coordinator explained that the request to have Buttons euthanized was due to Buttons having recurring urinary tract obstructions, and it was costly for so many vet visits. The owner felt it was best to just have Buttons euthanized.Our rescue agreed we would rescue Buttons and do what we could do medically to help him.

When we pulled Buttons from the shelter we were amazed at what a beauty he was, and how sweet and friendly. After about six months at our rescue Buttons began to show signs of another urinary tract obstruction. So he was taken to our rescue vet, Dr. LeRoy LeBeuf, a DVM with Kings Canyon Veterinary Foundation. After Dr. LeBeuf examined him, he determined that Buttons was indeed getting a urinary tract obstruction. Dr. LeBeuf explained to me what he could do when cats have problems with becoming blocked multiple times, and perineal urethrostomy is usually recommended. This is a surgical procedure which basically removes the male’s penis and shortens the urethra. A new opening, like a female cat’s, is created in its place, which should prevent further blockage. We used to call this the “sex change” surgery. After discussing the procedure with Dr. LeBeuf we agreed this was what would be best for Buttons. After his surgery about 11 months ago, he is doing well and there has never been another blockage issue. It was the best thing we could have done to allow him to live out his life with us. Buttons is no longer in pain and has become one of our forever cats at Feral Paws Rescue Group.

Remember: if your cat is showing signs of urinary distress, please have him seen by a veterinarian quickly! Most animal hospitals realize the urgency of this and can have you seen on the same day.

And also know that euthanasia isn’t always the answer to dealing with a health issue. Unfortunately, it’s often just the owner’s way of giving up without checking out all options. It’s the animal that pays the price. We didn’t give up on Buttons, and our amazing vet took the time to give us all the options to help Buttons deal with this medical issue. Buttons is a wonderful, loving, sweet cat who will have a happy life and will thrive with us.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section on Kings River Life, and the Pets section here on KRL News & Reviews. Check back every month for another animal rescue adventure from Feral Paws. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to a local animal rescue. Learn more about Feral Paws on their website.

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