Tabitha gets sick
About a year after the two met, Tabitha got sick. She began to lose weight. She would rush to the food bowl when there was food in it, but she wouldn't eat. Yvette knew that she and Francisco had to do something, so they devised a way to capture Tabitha in their entrance hallway. They took her to the vet, and she was diagnosed with giardia, which required 21 days of medication. Yvette realized that the only way they could save Tabitha's life was to keep her in a spare bedroom and administer the daily medication. That was going to be very difficult, given that Tabitha was used to being outside and was extremely fearful of people. She would not let them get near her.
The first time Yvette and Francisco tried to give Tabitha her medication, she fought them with a ferocity that surprised them. They were unsure whether they would be able to save her, until they brought Dundee Boy in to visit her. When Dundee Boy was with her, Tabitha relaxed, and she let the humans give her the medication. And then she and Dundee Boy snuggled. Eventually, she even let Yvette pet her, but only when Dundee Boy was present. Otherwise, she was nervous and scared.
After 21 days, Tabitha regained her health, and Yvette made the decision to keep her inside with Dundee Boy. The two animals enjoyed many snuggles and playtimes together.