One Dark Night.....
(Americus GA USA)
Mason and Monte
.....my daughter Hannah thought she heard a groaning growl out near our ditch as we came walking up to our back porch. The next day after school she did some more investigating to find a HUGE black cat in our ditch with a terrible injury. He looked as though he had fought off a dog.
The injury was a patch of skin that had been torn away from his neck about the size of the palm of your hand. We put him in a large cage with a clean place to sleep, a litterbox, and some fresh food and water. I put some antibiotic salve on his wound and covered it with some sterile bandages. He was cooperative because he was exhausted. We mixed antibiotic into his wet cat food and just kept watch over him as he healed.
A few weeks later when he finally healed up we let him out of the cage to investigate his surroundings and he started licking our hands and purring. We thought he was completely black all over till he flipped over on his back. He had white arm pits and a white patch over his lower belly.
My 16 year old son named him Monte, and my husband called him scarface, like the gangster from the 1920's. This big tom cat was so gentle and happy that we helped him. He had large yellow gold eyes that stood out against his inky shiny black coat. A few weeks later his health began to decline for no apparent reason, so we took him to the vet. He had feline leukemia and was in the later stages of it. The vet said that we needed to put him to sleep to prevent the spread of the disease and to prevent him from suffering as his organs began to fail one by one.
It was a sad sad day for our family. We worked so hard to get him healed up, only to lose him to feline leukemia. Please remember to get your cat vaccinated! We miss Monte.