A cat severely burned ran away after a fire tore through his home. The fire left one cat and one dog dead, another cat presumed dead and one cat that was unharmed.
Russell the cat went missing after the fire and was presumed dead but returned to the house a few days later with second and third-degree burns over his face, ears, paw, rectum and body. He also had major injuries to his mouth and tongue.
The fur on his entire body had been singed off and was dehydrated and in pain. He developed fatty liver syndrome as a result of not being able to eat for four days.
As soon as the cat returned to the home, he was rushed to an emergency clinic where he was started on life-saving treatments. The tips of his ears had to be amputated, his burns were cleaned and dressed and a feeding tube was placed.
He was kept heavily sedated to keep the pain under control.
The veterinarian treating Russell says: ” He’s very friendly and has been purring and even opening his eyes.”
Russell is continuing to improve on a daily basis and is being weaned off his IV fluids but still has a long and costly road to recovery ahead.
Follow up story > Russell pulled through and now he nurses other animals to health
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