Unfortunately, UW-Madison’s abusive treatment of Double Trouble was not unusual. Nearly every cat who has been subjected to this experiment has suffered from chronic infections as a result of the traumatic head and eye wounds that experimenters inflict upon them. To make matters worse, UW experimenters bully the cats into cooperating by starving them of food for up to six days at a time. This causes them to become severely underweight and compromises their immune system, which a former UW-Madison veterinarian who worked in this laboratory has stated makes their infections even more severe and difficult for the cats to stave off.
Here are the disturbing stories of nine other cats who were tormented in this experiment during the same time period as Double Trouble:
- Cali (aka “G12”) was a short-haired cat whom experimenters repeatedly injected with a highly toxic chemical in a crude attempt to intentionally deafen her. According to UW-Madison’s records, Cali’s health precipitously declined over the next several days. Her eyes were squinting; she became depressed, thin, and dehydrated; and experimenters had to force-feed her to keep her alive. Eventually, she could not stand on her own, and experimenters euthanized her.
- Broc (aka “Cat 21”) is a short-haired gray and white cat who had a metal post screwed to her skull that caused an open wound, which, according to UW-Madison’s records, had “thick/purulent discharge” and “serious seepage.” She became withdrawn, dehydrated, anorexic, agitated, lethargic, and depressed and repeatedly had digestive problems.
- Daisy (aka “Cat 31”) is a short-haired tabby cat who underwent the typical nine-hour surgery to implant metal coils in her eyes and ears and to screw a steel post to her skull. According to UW-Madison’s records, Daisy lost 32 percent of her body weight when the laboratory intentionally starved her, and she suffered from repeated bacterial infections in her eyes and head.
- Slinky (aka “Cat 26”) is a short-haired tabby cat who had metal coils implanted in her eyes and ears and a steel post screwed to her skull. Afterward, according to UW-Madison’s records, her face became severely swollen, “extend[ing] from eyes to ears on both sides.”
- Timmy (aka “Cat 33”) is a white and grey cat who underwent surgery to have a steel post screwed to her skull and metal coils implanted in her eyes. Afterward, according to UW-Madison’s records, her skin sutures did not hold together, her wound opened, and her skull was exposed. Her eye coils also caused irritation and had to be repaired.
- Patches (aka “G04”) was a short-haired white, black, and red cat who developed swollen ears following her surgeries, but UW-Madison staff failed to pursue treatment. According to UW-Madison’s records, an abscess developed the following month. Later, a purulent discharge was repeatedly observed around her head post, antibiotics were administered, and Patches was eventually euthanized.
- Marble (aka “G03”) was a short-haired calico cat who developed a purulent discharge around her steel-post head implant that UW-Madison staff noticed was emanating a “strong odor.” According to UW-Madison’s records, her overall health deteriorated, she was observed “not moving around,” and she was eventually euthanized.
- Tiger (aka “Cat 32”) is a blue and white cat who underwent surgery to have a steel post screwed to her skull and coils implanted into her eyes and ears. Following her surgery, according to UW-Madison’s records, her eyes were squinted, with bloody discharge present, and her head became swollen. Experimenters tried replacing her eye coils, but discharge was still present. The last record we have for Tiger indicates that she may still be alive and suffering in this condition.
- Mama Grey (aka “Cat 28”) was a blue short-haired cat whom UW-Madison staff noted was very thin as a result of her chronic starvation. According to UW-Madison’s records, following surgery her head-post wound became infected, her eyes squinted shut, and she became lethargic. She was repeatedly observed rubbing her eyes, indicating discomfort, and she was eventually euthanized.
It’s too late for these cats, but you can prevent UW from torturing anyone else: Help speak out and tell UW that cats are not living science experiments!