Horrific burns to temple cat
One Buddha day in February a local woman had set up her hot food stall for visitors to Doi Tam Temple. A very enthusiastic young female cat from the temple was hanging out nearby waiting for scraps. But on this day, instead of throwing scraps, the woman scooped up a ladle full of boiling oil and threw it over the cat.
The cats screams alerted every one in the temple. The cat jumped into a fish pond and was dragged out by her owner, Pla Bird. He wrapped her in a towel and called Fon who dropped everything and rushed to the Temple.
Fon called ahead to her regular vet and told him what had happened. She drove the 30 minutes to the clinic with the cat wrapped in the towel, yowling and biting her at every chance. The vet had a cool box full of ice ready to put the cat into. When they removed the towel, her skin was still bubbling and the fur and skin was falling off. He said that the burns were so bad she would need intensive care and should be taken to the Veterinary University, Sat Lek, nearby.
First examination confirmed she had 85% burns to her body. The vet said she had no chance of survival with such extensive wounds. Fon insisted they go ahead with treatment anyway, and eleven days of intensive care followed. She was cleaned, the wounds treated, then she was wrapped in bandages and placed in an incubator to keep her free from contamination. Every day she was sprayed with antibacterial medication, given antibiotics and wrapped in new bandages. She developed an infection in both eyes, which clouded over, and for a while it was thought she would loose her sight.
After 11 days, she left intensive care and received 3 more days treatment until the vet was sure she was stable enough to leave the clinic and continue her recovery in Fons home. Over the next month Tad Dow’s eyes recovered quite well but she still has eyedrops 5 times a day. This will probably continue for the rest of her life. Her nose is often snuffly, this also may stay with her for life.
Her skin was healing very well, and slowly her fur began to grow back. The photo shows her three months after the incident. There are a few patches on her back where the fur may never grow, but we think she’s looking great, and she continues to improve daily.
Its amazing how often we see extreme, thoughtless cruelty like this and the cat turns out to be the friendliest little creature we’ve ever met.. Tad Dow is one of those amazing cats.. she just wants to be cuddled and fussed, she purrs non stop! She’s friendly with shelter visitors and with all our cats and kittens too. She’s a very special little cat!
Unfortunately the photos of Tad Dow’s injuries were lost, but these photos show the patchy regrowth of fur, and the full extent of the burns on both sides of her body.
The total cost of Tad Dow’s care to date is 13,800 baht ($435USD) If you can donate to help with these costs we would appreciate it very much.