WPC: Change

Some of you have seen this before, but this week’s photo challenge, looking at the topic of change, brought Annie to mind. Annie was a very sick feral kitten, days from dying, that I captured and took in almost two years ago now. She was being eaten from the inside out by hookworms. Talk about change! Check out her before and after photos. Amazing what four months of nursing and plenty of food will do for a sick kitty.

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Annie at her worst, days before capture

Annie on catnip

Annie on catnip!

Little Grey Diva

Recently I mentioned one of the kitties that we pulled from a difficult environment, and said she (it was a she…final answer) didn’t look like she was going to live through the first night. She barely moved, and was covered in fleas and scabs, wouldn’t eat, and had that look in her eyes that said: “I give up.” The vet kept her so they could give her lots of supportive care, but she kept reminding me to keep my expectations low.

Well, our little grey kitty (a little younger than a year probably) not only made it, but she is back with me and eating up a storm. It turns out, however, that she is a bit of a diva! Use the litter box – not a chance. Eat kibble – you can’t be serious. Nice soft bed that she can stretch out in – yes, please.  Wet food within reach of the bed so she doesn’t have to get out of bed to eat – absolutely. Other kitties in the crate with her – no way!

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Despite all that, she is one lovely little girl. So sweet, and a purring machine, so we’re working on the diva bits. She deserves a really good home after all she’s been through. Partly, she just felt lousy, so now that she feels a bit better she isn’t growling at all the other residents of the room. Good.

She had some horrible bloody diarrhea when we got her, and no stool since…hard to make stool when you haven’t been eating. But she had a nice stool (sorry to those of you for whom this is TMI!) today and she did it in the litter box. There is hope! Since she stays in her cushy bed all day and night anyway (wouldn’t you, if you could?)  I’ve covered any free floor space in her crate with litter options, so unless she pees in her bed (doubt it) she’ll have to use the litter boxes.

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And she can have lots of wet food morning and evening, but in between I’m leaving her some kitten chow, and miraculously, she’s started eating some of it. I prefer wet food in general for cats, but not all adopters do…she needs to be a little more flexible.

But once a diva, always at least a bit of a diva, and she wants me to be sure to show her best side.

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I haven’t named her yet…what do you all think would be a good name for her?

Looking for the Way Out

Of the kittens I’m fostering, two of the youngest (about 2 months old) are absolute hellions. Wild things. Having a good time! They are horrible about taking meds (tight burrito wrapping for these two when meds are involved) but they wrestle and play and climb and explore, and eat like little piggies. They are slobs too, but they’re only two months old, so we’ll let them have that.

This is the lead hellion, looking for a way to escape the dog crate. Can’t hurt to try, after all.

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I’m not sure if he is looking for an escape route here, or praying…could be either.

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P.S. If you’re local and looking for some young and lovely kittens, I can recommend some really nice ones looking for good homes. <g>

Little Angels

As a TNR (trap/neuter/return) operation, Derry Township Community Cats isn’t often involved in rescue work. But a resident called one of the rescue organizations for help, and we are assisting them as we’re able. They are pretty full up on cats, as are most rescues this time of year, but there was a group of cats that needs both spay and neuters, which DTCC will pay for, but also housing until they can go into actual fosters and the adoption programs. And that, my friends, is how I ended up with seven kittens and one very sick young adult cat today. Surprise!!

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All of them needed medical care, and our amazing vet practice made room to see all eight cats on a Monday afternoon. If you’ve ever worked in a vet practice, you know that Mondays are pretty crazy with all those animals who just had to get ill over the weekend. So I am more than a little grateful that they carved out an hour to help us with all these cats.

The kittens all have conjunctivitis, and two of them have it pretty bad. One may lose the eye…too soon to tell. They all had a lifetime’s collection of fleas on them as well, even though they’re only a few months old. Never de-wormed, they needed that too, so the eight kittens all got eye meds, antibiotics, dewormer, Capstar for immediate flea killing, and Revolution for long term flea and parasite control. It was quite the operation! I’ll be giving them eye meds and antibiotics morning and evening for the next 7-10 days…woo hoo!

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The young adult cat, however, looks to be very ill, and we’re not sure with what, or if she will make it even through the night. She stayed at the vet’s so they could give her good supportive care (fluids, flea stuff, etc.) and if she makes it overnight, and they can get blood tomorrow, we’ll see if we can help her. [Update: she is a he, and he made it through the night, and is starting to eat and move around. Good signs!]

The kittens, however, are staying with me, three in big dog crate and four in a four foot kitty condo. I spent quite a bit of time combing fleas out of them this evening, and between the combing and the Capstar, they are all finally relaxed and sleepy. They have full tummies, and soft fleece to sleep on, and they look like little angels sleeping soundly. Night, night sweeties. May your tomorrows be better than your yesterdays.

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