Asthmatic cat lost at scene of car accident

Friday, April 4, 2008 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 8:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Francis, a gray domestic shorthair cat, will jump onto your lap and purr as soon as you sit down. On Thursday, he jumped from his owner’s car after an accident popped open his crate. He was last seen at mile marker 144 off Interstate 70.

Francis was returning from a veterinary appointment for his asthma, which has been a lifelong struggle. He has been treated for the condition ever since his owner, Amy Delgrosso, found him as a stray about six years ago.

Francis can be recognized by a shaved patch of skin under his neck and each leg. He might be drooling, breathing harshly or coughing because of his asthma — all of which are not contagious, but require immediate medical attention.

“He might have severe asthma attacks,” said Tekla Lee, resident in small animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. These attacks would normally be treated with oxygen, bronchodilators, steroids and other medications.

His asthma, which was progressively getting worse, prompted his doctors to suggest euthanasia last week, but his health miraculously improved.

He is about seven years old and is gray with white paws and a white chest. He also has green eyes and is microchipped.

“He won’t drink water out of a bowl,” Delgrosso said. “We have to turn the faucets on just a little bit so he can drink from the sinks.”

Francis also gets along well with other animals. Bella, a 90-pound mixed breed dog, is one of his good friends.

If Francis is found, call either the College of Veterinary Medicine at 882-7821 or the owner at 636-541-4861.

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katie fozzard April 8, 2008 | 4:33 p.m.

I hope someone finds Amy CAT.

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katie fozzard April 8, 2008 | 4:59 p.m.

HI Amy this is katie fozzard I will send you a card.I said I know how it feels losing one of your cat.One time I lost my hamster once.I found her dead.I cried and cried and cried all night until I got a new hamster then I stop crying.I named my hamster Sugar like last time.Sometimes with Timmy.But don'y worry about that because I don't want to see you cry becuse I reminds of mt old hamster then I will start crying again.I want someboby to find your CAT or I will buy you a new cat or kitten witch ever one you want.It really doesn't matter you choose not me you.Okay?I'm going to have to go so bye Amy.

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katie fozzard April 8, 2008 | 5:03 p.m.

thank you

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