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Re: “The truth about the Goathouse Refuge

An update in 2018:

Last year a close friend of mine adopted a kitten from Goathouse who is absolutely lovely with an amazing personality--likely from being so used to being around others and not alone in a cage with a shelter.

That being said, the cat had a whole host of health issues. First it was ear mites, pink eye in both eyes, ringworm behind her ear, and she was having constant diarrhea . My friend spent a few thousand dollars going to the vet, getting medicine, X-Rays, blood tests, stool samples, etc. I don't know all the details but it ended up that she had a stomach parasite that took a really long time and a lot of money to get rid of.

Obviously my friend wouldn't trade their cat for the world but things are still not being managed as well as they should be. According to the vet it's a parasite that's often contracted from a lot of cats sharing a litter box--particularly kittens.

As someone in a house with only two cats and four litter boxes, I've seen how much waste they can produce in a day (especially if they're getting enough water and eat mostly wet food). I can't imagine how often they'd have to be scooping litter to keep things reasonably clean .

I love the concept of what they do and know there are only good intentions. I've seen how well environments where cats can roam with others and be stimulated helps them. Check out the spaces at the SPCA of Wake County. However the difference with those is that these rooms house at most about 8 adult cats each and have a veterinarian on call.

I understand how awful it is to know so many healthy, wonderful animals are being put down and how much you want to save each one but it's a band-aid on an open wound. A dirty band-aid to boot.

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Posted by Fireflytamer on 04/17/2018 at 1:04 PM

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