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!!
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!
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.