LOOK­ING GOOD!

Syd­ney fe­line happy and healthy af­ter oil-cov­ered ex­pe­ri­ence

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

Joey the cat has re­cov­ered from fur­nace oil or­deal.

A Syd­ney fe­line has made a full re­cov­ery af­ter he was cov­ered in fur­nace oil fol­low­ing the Thanks­giv­ing Day flood in Oc­to­ber.

Lucy Win­ter­mans said Joey the cat is back to his old self, happy and healthy, af­ter his fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It took a cou­ple of weeks un­til he was fully re­cov­ered,” said the cat’s owner. “His skin and a lot of his fur came off, but once it grew back he was fine.”

Joey was nor­mally an out­door cat, but af­ter flood­ing across the Cape Breton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, in­clud­ing in Win­ter­mans south-end Syd­ney neigh­bour­hood, she de­cided to keep him in­side for nearly a week.

Af­ter the worst of the flood wa­ters had re­ceded, Win­ter­mans felt it was safe to let Joey out­side. How­ever, when the cat re­turned home, he was cov­ered head to toe in fur­nace oil.

Joey was given about six baths with Dawn de­ter­gent, but Win­ter­mans feared for his safety af­ter he had licked him­self and eaten some of his fur off.

The fol­low­ing day, Win­ter­mans took Joey to the vet­eri­nar­ian where he un­der­went a num­ber of tests and it was de­ter­mined that his or­gans were func­tion­ing mostly nor­mally, but he was placed on an­tibi­otics to be safe and was given the OK to return home.

The next day, Joey still wasn’t him­self, leav­ing Win­ter­mans no choice but to take him back to the vet, where he was Xrayed and spent the night on in­tra­venous and bathed again.

When Joey re­turned home a sec­ond time he was placed on dif­fer­ent med­i­ca­tion and his re­cov­ery be­gan.

To­day, Joey is back to his nor­mal self, play­ing out­side and snug­gling with his fam­ily, some­thing Win­ter­mans is happy to see.

“We re­ally love him and treat him as a mem­ber of our fam­ily,” said Win­ter­mans. “We would be dev­as­tated if any­thing ever hap­pened to him.”

Win­ter­mans said Joey the cat still goes out­side and will turn two years old at the end of the month.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/LUCY WIN­TER­MANS

Joey the cat is once again happy and healthy af­ter be­ing cov­ered in fur­nace oil fol­low­ing the Thanks­giv­ing Day flood.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO /LUCY WIN­TER­MANS

This is a pic­ture of Lucy Win­ter­mans’ cat Joey who was cov­ered in fur­nace oil af­ter the Thanks­giv­ing Day flood.

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