Mystery Foster Pet

So just what was Scrappy looking at in that cage?

Meet Caramel!

Meet Caramel!

I have to backtrack a bit to explain this one.  I have a girlfriend who lives in Florida who rescues abandoned, injured and physically challenged bunnies.  I did a great blog post on her recently about her bunny paradise on her beautiful shady property.  https://kittybunnychicken.com/2015/04/29/mary-mary-not-contrary/

She has many rescued bunnies and she tries to “pair bond” all of them.  This means that she puts lady and gentleman bunnies (both or at least one is neutered/spayed) together in their own little habitat in her outdoor bun village.  It is an expensive and time-consuming project and one that she puts her heart, soul and discretionary funds into.

I help her out by taking an abandoned bun from our shelter (they call me when they have bunnies) and I get them spayed at Goodwin Animal hospital (Thank you Dr. Glasscock!) and then bring them home to recover.  When they have recovered from surgery, Mary and I make a plan to meet halfway (Enterprise, AL) and I deliver a new lady friend for her bachelor bunny.

Before surgery, Caramel enjoyed some outdoor time in Buster's playpen.

Before surgery, Caramel enjoyed some outdoor time in Buster’s playpen.

I had to keep them separated, but the showed more than a casual interest in each other.

Hi Caramel.  Mind if I smell your hiney?

Hi Caramel. Mind if I smell your hiney?

This one is very pretty, mom.  Can we keep her?

This one is very pretty, mom. Can we keep her?

Caramel got her surgery on Monday and she’s feeling better.  I’ll take her to Mary today where she’ll recover fully indoors before she’s introduced to Bugs.  Of course Mary will send pictures of the blind date and I’ll share them here.

In kitten news, Scrappy is driving everyone crazy in our house!  She is INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!  This is the sweetest, most mischievous kitten ever! She’s driving Buster to drink!  All she wants to do is hug him and play with him and he keeps trying to tell her that he is an old man!  She chases Mulder and torments Rowdy and Sammy and we love watching every minute of it.

I need to get in here and pester this bunny now!

I need to get in here and pester this bunny now!

Rowdy just takes everything in stride.  Here she is doing yoga in the back yard while we make a big fuss about Caramel.

Fat Kitty Kurl pose

Fat Kitty Kurl pose

Big-eyed cuteness pose

Big-eyed cuteness pose

Fluffy white neck stretch pose

Fluffy white neck stretch pose

Hope you are having as much fun as we are this summer.  More tomorrow on Operation Bunny Delivery!

🙂

Can’t Get Enough of Scrappy!

Forgive my enthusiasm.  This is the nicest kitten I’ve ever fostered.  She is so full of happiness and gratitude that she was saved from the brink of death, that she spends all day giving love to anything that is in her path.  Other cats…

She thinks Mulder is her mommy.  But his

She thinks Mulder is her mommy. But his “faucets” don’t work. 😦

bunnies…

Play with me Buster!

Play with me Buster!

sofas…

This is so comfy!

This is so comfy!

Plus feet, shoes, grocery bags, cat toys, dust bunnies and anything else within her reach.  She’s crazy and fun and has a purr that sounds like a VW bug in need of a muffler. We love her very much and hope she can find a good home.  Since she spent the first few sad weeks of her life trying to survive in this neighborhood I was hoping that SOMEONE from our hood would give her a home. If not, I’m not ashamed to beg.  If there is anyone reading this who would like to take this great little creature home, I will make it my mission to get her to you.

I am always a little sad when I have to bring kittens back to the shelter, but not because they don’t do a good job finding homes for them.  It’s just that I always wonder where these babies end up and what kind of parents they have.  Sometimes one of these critters worms her way into my heart in a big way and I am very sad to give them up.  The sad truth is, I can’t keep the kittens I foster anymore because then I would run out of room/resources to foster in the future.  Please, please, please consider taking Scrappy!  (See, I said I had no shame) And here are a few more pictures of our little houseguest to sweeten the deal.

Her first night with us.  Weighed only one pound.  You could feel her bones and her eyes were closed with infection.

Her first night with us. Weighed only one pound. You could feel her bones and her eyes were closed with infection.

I don't weely like

I don’t weely like “outside” Mulder. Can we go back in. 😦

And finally…

Scrappy meets our new

Scrappy meets our new “mystery” foster animal.

Stay tuned for more animal adventures on the Burlingame Animal Rescue Ranch.

PS, something I never do…Here’s my phone # for ANYONE who wants to take Scrappy.  334-207-9561.

Scrappy Part Deux

Scrappy has decided to crown herself the QUEEN of the castle at our house.

Bow before the QUEEN!

Bow before the QUEEN!

She has made friends with the two male residents of my petting zoo. She has NOTHING to do with the two lady cats who live here though.

This is a vewy cwazy-looking cat!

This is a vewy cwazy-looking cat!

Dude!  You EAT this stuff?

Dude! You EAT this stuff?

I won’t say that Buster enjoys her company because she torments him day and night, but I will admit that he is a VERY tolerant bunny.

VERY tolerant!

VERY tolerant!

Her main BFF and partner in crime is (you guessed it!)  Mr. Mulder.

He's so handsome!

He’s so handsome!

He plays a bit rough with her, but she seems to love it, and they spend hours chasing each other around the house and wrestling.

I'm not being too wuff, I pwomise!

I’m not being too wuff, I pwomise!

Mulder gives her a thorough bath every day so she’ll smell like a proper Burlingame.

Come here you stinky kitten.

Come here you stinky kitten.

Stop it!  I'm clean enough!

Stop it! I’m clean enough!

We had concerns about some spots on Scrappy’s fur that were bare and also were still worried about one of her eyes that wasn’t healing properly so I made an appoint with our wonderful vet Dr. Glasscock, at Goodwin Animal Hospital.

Dr. G takes care of ALL the B'game pets!

Dr. G takes care of ALL the B’game pets!

I love this pic of her holding poor little Daisy after her near-death experience with a feral cat. Daisy still lives happily on my friend Debbie’s farm where she co-habitates with her boyfriend Claude the Rooster.  She still remembers me when I visit (Only if I have a pocket full of grapes) 🙂

Dr. Glasscock was busy in surgery so I saw Dr. Sternenberg.  He tested her for worms and gave her a worm treatment, did a skin culture on her fur, and examined her bad eye.  The bad news about her eye is that she has a little ulcer on it resulting from the terrible infection and it will likely never go away.  The good news is that it doesn’t hurt and it doesn’t affect her vision.

Great job Dr. S!  I hardly missed Dr. G.  :)

Great job Dr. S! I hardly missed Dr. G. 🙂

I’m supposed to call him in a week for the results of the skin culture but he gave me some information on how to treat it in the meantime.  The best part?  He gave me a GREAT BREAK on the cost of the visit because Scrappy is a shelter kitty. The guys are really good folks.  Thanks again, Goodwin Animal Hospital!

The Saga of Scrappy

About 10 days ago a kind neighbor of mine (Thank you Mike) brought me a starving, sick kitten.  We couldn’t get her to eat or drink because she had a very bad cold and couldn’t breath very well so eating and drinking were extremely difficult for her. It was a Sunday night about 9:00 and I had no other choice but to take her to the emergency, after-hours vet.  The vet and his assistant went to work right away to save the little kitten.  She looked about 6-8 weeks old and weighed only one pound.  She felt like a skeleton in fur pajamas.  She was severely dehydrated and starved. She had so much congestion that she wheezed when she tried to breathe.  She had fleas, infected eyes and was on death’s door.  After medicating her eyes, giving her a breathing treatment, an antibiotic shot, fluid under the skin and a diagnosis that she would probably not make it through the night, they sent me home with her.

Fluid under her skin because she couldn't drink.  This was very hard to watch.

Fluid under her skin because she couldn’t drink. This was very hard to watch.

She liked the breathing treatment.

She liked the breathing treatment.

My instructions were to keep applying the eye ointment  and antibiotic drops twice a day.  Plus, of course we were to give her food, water and lots of love and attention.

No problem there. :)

No problem there. 🙂

She spent her first night in our bathroom which we converted into a kitten ICU.

Mr. Frog was on duty for the first 48 hours.

Mr. Frog was on duty for the first 48 hours.

We were happy to find her alive and slightly better the next morning and she’s continued to improve every day since.  She was using a humidifier at night to help her breathe but she doesn’t need it anymore so I returned it to the kind neighbor who loaned it to us. (Thanks Philip!)  We decided to name her Scrappy since she showed a lot of guts and determination to survive. I posted information and pictures of her on our neighborhood FB page at first because so many folks who live here, knew of this kitten already.  Several friends messaged me that they had been trying to catch her for weeks, but she was skittish and would run from them.  The only reason Mike was able to finally catch her was that she was too weak to run. 😦

Now she's strong enough to play and get into lots of mischief.

Now she’s strong enough to play and get into lots of mischief.

Although she continued to improve, we were still worried about her breathing, plus we suspected she had worms.  We gave her a good bath, but she still had fleas as well, so I called the shelter and asked if they could register her so I could get her in for more treatments.  The shelter agreed, since they were now going to make me her official foster mom.  This means when she’s all well, I’ll take her back to the shelter for final vaccinations and her “surgery”.  I did put a shout-out to our neighbors about giving her a forever home, to no avail.

Ms. Tayunia fixed her all up!

Ms. Tayunia fixed her all up!

So now she’s with us at the B’game foster home and rescue ranch.  Rowdy, Sam and Mulder (all former fosters) assured her that this was the best place for a foster kitten and that she should just sit back and enjoy the ride.

OK.  This is pwetty fun so far.

OK. This is pwetty fun so far.

She had another vet visit today to Goodwin Animal Hospital for some lingering problems but more on that tomorrow.  For now, Miss Scrappy is falling in love with the guy that all my animals fall in love with.  Here’s a cute moment of kitten bliss for a very lucky little girl.

Holding hands with Daddy Jim.

Holding hands with Daddy Jim.

I keep this little creature until July 1st.  I know I can work something out with the shelter if one of my neighbors wants to adopt this very sweet, well-mannered little girl.  I’ll cross my fingers that Scrappy can remain in the neighborhood with so many kind people who had a hand in saving here.  Bring it Waters Peeps! 🙂