|The story of SANTO|
Santo is an easy-going and affectionate cat. Not at all dominant, he forms friendships with other cats easily, avoids conflict, and seeks out harmony. He is the friend and therapist of Watson (Challenging cat #1553), who is having difficulties adjusting. Santo protects and guides him.
For the last few years, Santo suffered from periodontitis. As we explained during his sponsorship, this autoimmune disease of the gums, caused by an allergic reaction to his own teeth, would gradually affect his quality of life. His gums became so swollen that he began to have difficulties swallowing his own saliva. The lesions on his gums could have perforated his cheeks if no action had been taken.
In addition to experiencing extreme pain whenever food touched his gums, Santo could never eat until he was full. It got to the point where he could no longer even eat wet food. He was on a liquid diet for the last six months.
Thanks to generous donors, Santo can put this awful experience behind him. According to the veterinarian who treated him, he has gained a few pounds since his operation and his mouth is healing well. Time will take care of the rest. He's also a lot more playful and active than he was before. It's a new experience, to see him doing pirouettes and running from one room to another like a kitten. Santo's new attitude hasn't upset his friend Watson at all; rather, Santo's good mood is having a positive effect on him.
Being in good health has not affected Santo's affectionate nature. In fact, he is still a very affectionate cat, but for different reasons. Before, he sought out affection in order to be comforted and to help assuage his pain, but now his motivations for seeking affection seem much more playful. Ever since he began to feel better, he is jovial and has more confidence in himself. Instead of putting all his energy into dealing with his suffering, he now uses it to express his joie de vivre. Is there a more touching expression of gratitude?
Santo was adopted by his foster family in October 2012 and no longer has any dietary restrictions. He's in good health and eats dry food without any problems.
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun team warmly thanks all those who made it possible for Santo to get well and have a new lease on life. He can now experience the happiness that comes with having a healthy body: that of feeling good in his own skin.
The Refuge volunteers
THANK YOU TO GENEROUS GODMOTHERS AND GODFATHERS OF SANTO: Alain & Joanne, Cathy, Clothilde, Cristina, Cynthia, Isabelle, Jasmine, Jeffrey, Justine, Murielle, Nikita, Pierre & Fanny, Sandra, Suzanne, Thérèse and Virginie.