Coors Field Cat recovering after emergency surgery

Coors Field Cat – Not the one that ran across the field in the middle of the game earlier this year, but the one that was with her private Twitter account – She was recovering on Monday after a local lifeguard grabbed her off the field and brought her to a vet to be spayed, only to learn about a stray emergency surgery after a tumor was discovered.

The feral cat, dubbed “socks” by those who feed it, became famous this spring after one of its feline peers rushed to Coors Stadium in April during a Rockies-Dodgers game, highlighting the many feral cats that call baseball their home field.

Domestic cat lady Jenny Lee—who rescues and cares for kittens, helps hunt, neuter and release feral cats and release them around Denver—was on a mission to spay and sterilize Corsfield cats. Stockings, one of the most popular waterfalls in the playground, had a lot of kittens in the spring, so she told me she couldn’t catch the cat at that time because the kittens needed their mother.

Socks has been spotted around the stadium so much and has developed a loyal fan base that it even inspired one fan to create a Twitter account, Tweet embed, featuring photos and videos of Socks & Buddies watch.

On Friday, Lee got a call from the local women who feed feral cats telling her it was time.

Natalie Bishop, a cat lover who lives next door to Coors Field, has helped feed feral cats at the stadium for nearly 14 years. Bishop and his friend take turns offering dry food, wet food, treats and water to the cats every day. Bishop lives so close to the stadium that she could see the cats going out for lunch, which prompted her to go out with their food.

Lee went to Coorsfield on Saturday morning armed with a trap and food to lure the socks inside. She set up the trap where feral animals are usually fed – a location Lee didn’t want to disclose to cat safety – and prepared a buffet of fried chicken and a can of smelly tuna. She said the socks got into the trap within minutes.

She brought Leigh Socks to Pet Care Coalition Inc. , a nonprofit veterinary clinic for underserved pets in Aurora, to perform the procedure. But after sterilizing the socks, the vet felt a frightening lump under her fur.

“She called me and said usually when you see tumors like this, they really do spread,” she told me, referring to the cancer that had spread. “I asked her later what happens if it’s a metastasis, and she said that means they’ll be dead in three months.”

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