We have fostered countless kittens and cats at Central Broward Animal Hospital and we have found homes for all of them. Until Estee, that is. In a busy Plantation vet hospital with lots of dog traffic, it is a challenge to have a “hospital cat” and we never imagined that we could ever have any cat as a permanent resident.
Estee was unique. She was abandoned at the senior age of eleven and although her age would have made her difficult to adopt out, it was all of her health issues that made it impossible. She was diabetic and had severe arthritis, both of which required constant care by our veterinarians. She also had other age related problems that a senior cat would have.
Jumping and running were nearly impossible for Estee because of her advanced age and arthritis. She was unable to flee or escape harm such as when approaching a dog that may not have welcomed her attention. This made her an ideal animal hospital cat since she was glad to stay in her own protected environment. Estee was perfectly content to sleep on her princess bed in the doctors’ office and getting fed, medicated, brushed and cared for around the clock. The staff spoiled her horribly and loved her as one of our own. She would beg at our feet when we were eating or come over for a scratch or rub when we were on the computer. Oddly, she adored being dressed up in her princess outfit, her pajamas, or her favorite pink tank top.
Sadly, Estee passed away in her sleep. We will never forget our first hospital kitty and to this day, we have pictures of her around the animal hospital in all her clothes. We keep her urn in the doctors’ office where she spent most of her time. And yes, it is covered in her favorite pink tank top.