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