Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today. I am always grateful for this community, but extra grateful for all of you today.
And very thankful that there is good foster news.
Bucky went to his forever home tonight and within just two hours, he and his new canine “sister” were cuddling up together. Here’s the new family:
His new human family is over the moon happy this evening, and so am I. And thankful beyond imagining.
The news on Mickey is also cautiously optimistic. He saw the vet on Monday and I was afraid they were going to say it was time to put him down, but that’s not what happened. Mickey is still bright and lively, even though he was losing weight quickly, and the vet felt that he is a fighter so we’re going to keep fighting with him. He is now on a daily steroid, which isn’t ideal for a kitten, but it is necessary nonetheless. And we started him on a new prescription food, Hills’ prescription Gastrointestinal Biome wet food. The combination of the pancreatic enzyme powder and the new food, and the steroid (along with the weekly B12 shots) may be helping him turn the corner. The weight loss has stopped. He isn’t gaining yet, but he’s not losing anymore. And (alert…poop conversation is next in case you want to skip the gory details…) Mickey has gone from having 12-14 loose stools a day, immediately after eating, to having only 2-3 per day, and NOT for many hours after eating. Today the stools actually have form instead of looking like pancake batter. I have to believe weight gain is just around the corner.
Mickey will be on his current dose of steroids for a week, and then we will reduce it a bit and keep going down little by little until we find the lowest dose of the Prednisolone that works for him. He actually wanted to play with the wand toys with his brothers today, so I hope we’ve finally found a way to help the little guy
He absolutely charmed the vet – he is a very sweet kitten. He’s filthy from shoving his face and legs into his food for weeks, and pretty stained right now, but the techs said to just keep giving him gentle cleanings with a washcloth and water, so he gets cleaned after each meal now, and eventually the fur will be replaced by new fur. Despite looking like a slob, he really is adorable.
So, I am thankfully that Mickey is a fighter and hoping we don’t lose this little one after all.
Lastly, in my thankful list, Mickey’s brothers are being adopted by a wonderful family with a 2 year old cat and an 8 year old dog. They have adopted from Castaway Critters twice before and I know Miller and Austin will have a great home. The adopters met Miller and Austin as our adoption event last weekend, and they will go to their new home late next week after they are neutered on Tuesday.
The house will be very quiet with so many fosters off to their homes. But our own animals will be happy. Gracie and the cats were ready to help pack Bucky’s bags this afternoon, and are reveling in the quiet, and in not having to share the human resources. With Bodhi dealing with old age issues we’re not going to foster any more dogs for awhile, maybe a long while. We’ll still do cats, but Bodhi and Gracie can’t really deal with fostering dogs at this point.
Lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and I hope the same is true for you. I wish you all a wonderful day! Thank you for being here, reading and responding. It means a lot to me.