A rough start
We found this kitten sitting in the middle of the road on our way home one Friday night. We almost ran her over. I was half hoping she was a feral cat and would run the other way when I got out to check her over. But she ran right up to me and started purring. Well, what could we do but take her home and decide what to do.
A skeleton with fur
She was in rough shape. Starving, she was basically a walking skeleton covered with fur. The vets exact words were, "What are you up for?" He thinks she is about 8-10 weeks old. She barely weighed a pound. You could feel every bone in her body. It was amazing she could even stand up or walk.
Her eye is destroyed
The hair was worn off of the right side of her face. The vet said her right eye was totally destroyed. She had ear mites. Her chances were good, but she will need surgery eventually to remove what is left of her eye. The vet remarked people aren't always receptive to a one eyed cat, cosmetically its not always pleasing. I didn't care, I was willing to put forth the effort. There was just something about her. But I was also concerned about bringing her into my home where I already have 2 cats. We decided to try and get some weight on her and I will bring her back in a few weeks for testing to make sure she has no kitty diseases that will prevent her from coming in by my other cats. If she does have feline leukemia the vet has said he will help in trying to adopt her out if I can't keep her. Already she has won me over and it hasn't even been 24 hours.
Just like having a baby again
Day 2: She hardly gets up to go to the bathroom. She is kept in a cage and she will go on one side and then moves over to the other side where it is clean. Her stool was green but amazingly she has no parasites. She has to be cleaned up just about everytime she goes. She is still purring. And she sleeps almost all the time.
She has to be force fed about every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. She only eats about an ounce at a time.
What to feed her
It was a challenge to get her to eat. We started out with watered down canned food though a syringe. It had to be put through a blender to get it to the right consistancy. Eventually I went and got some kitten bottles and KMR powder and made the hole in the bottle bigger and squirted it into her mouth. Now we are getting somewhere!
Touch & Go
She had ear mites pretty bad. They cleaned her ears at the vets office and also put Revolution on her back so we didn't have to keep digging in her ears. She slept almost all day on Sunday.
By the end of the day on Sunday I was really thinking she may not make it through the day. All she did was sleep. I had her in a cage, but removed it when it was obvious she wasn't going to move about. This is pretty much how she spent the whole day. That and getting force fed.