The organization said the owner gave up the cats because they were overwhelmed and could no longer care for them. The cats range in age from six months to about 10 years and in total, 91 were found at the home. The remaining 59 cats have been sent to other humane groups including Tewksbury Animal Control.
Veterinarians at the farm determined the cats were in “rough shape,” with all 32 suffering from upper respiratory infections, itchy and painful ear mites and periodontal disease.
“The majority [of the cats] have experienced severe, irreversible eye changes as a result of untreated infections—including eyelids adhered to corneas and old ulcers, and some are missing at least one eye,” said Meaghan O’Leary, director of operations for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.
The cats were discovered after a death in the home and the surviving spouse called Animal Control. They were surrendered voluntarily and their owner’s identity has not been revealed. The team plans on testing for ringworm later in the week and the results from those tests will determine whether the cats can be put up for adoption or stay in treatment. The MSPCA hopes to provide an update next week.
“In addition to treating their health issues we’ll ensure that all are spayed, neutered, microchipped and up to date on their vaccinations,” O’Leary added. “That will take some time given how many there are.”
The organization is also seeking donations as the medical bills for the cats could reach up to $10,000. Anyone interested in donating can do so online.