SNR Saves Cat’s Life

An adult male orange tabby found himself in our care at the San Jose Animal Care Center with a large wound on the left side of his face. Whatever happened to him to cause such an injury also caused damage to his left eye, making it painful and obstructing his vision.

Orange Cat Eye & Face Wound Enucleation Abscess SNR Shelter Neuter Return TNR

Orange Cat Eye & Face Wound Enucleation Abscess SNR Shelter Neuter Return TNR

The shelter’s veterinary team took loving care of the cat providing him with pain medications and antibiotics to make him more comfortable. Unfortunately, he became short-tempered so to speak, and he started losing his tolerance for his treatments.

Though his wound had healed, his eye was still damaged and treating it was not an option.  He was no longer an adoption candidate due to his behavior. Instead of euthanizing him, the shelter’s veterinary team treated him as a SNR cat (Shelter-Neuter-Return).  In addition to neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and ear tipping the cat, the veterinary team also removed his left eye and snuck pain medications in his food to help keep him comfortable while he healed.

What’s the difference between TNR and SNR?

Ultimately, he healed beautifully and was released back into the community where he was originally found. Clearly he either had a home or he already had someone taking care of him as, aside from the injury, he was in good health and body condition.

Orange Cat Eye & Face Wound Enucleation Abscess SNR Shelter Neuter Return TNR

3 thoughts on “SNR Saves Cat’s Life

  1. Glad you were able to care for him. He looks like he’s not much older than a recently grown-up kitten.

    Sometimes cantankerous cats will calm and be loveable with those they’re familiar with, or sometimes in just different circumstances. I adopted a stray female that I’d seen hanging around our place after dark. Took her in for spaying only to discover when they opened her that she’d been spayed in the past. We named her Medusa for how much she’d hiss at anyone if she felt threatened which she imagined a LOT! (We think she’d been abused in other ways she acted.) But she was absolutely devoted to me. One vet called her the cat from hell and another vet was terrified of her.

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