lady_curmudgeon: (rescue mom)
( May. 30th, 2016 08:37 am)
Tessa and me 29 May 2016

This lovely youngin I'm holding is Tessa. I finally got to meet her at my first shift back at the shelter cattery yesterday afternoon. J has been sending me pictures of her and talking about her nonstop since he first met her about a month ago when she took a piece of his heart...

Tessa is, all things guessing by the vet, about 2 1/2 months old. She's been spayed and microchipped and on the way to getting all of her vaccinations. Her temperament is very easy going and she gets on very well around other kittehs. She loves being loved, but also loves the companionship of other kittehs...AND SHE'S SOOO FLUFFY!!! I COULD DIE!! :o)

This could be bad, LOL...

We're SOO not ones to be captivated by kittens. We're usually big suckers for hard-luck cases and older cats. But Tessa? Yeah. She's something special. She's a total love bug. She let me hold her for a goodly portion of the time we were there for the shift, and lots of pettins and lovins. Not that she's not also interested in playing and being a kitten, either--she totally is and was during our shift, too! :o)

We really shouldn't get another cat. But...

Dorene's still a young cat and none of the three boys really want to play with her, which is sorta sad. SHe and Lars used to play together, but since he's been sickly for the last year or so, his energy to play is severely diminished. Uly sometimes plays with her, but Dorene gets a bit aggro and then he gets all skittish and runs off. Harlow doesn't cat well, so he's not much of a playa at all, either. Sigh. She's only able to run off so much of the energy herself and we can only play and interact with her so much without her getting bored with us, too. Perhaps a young cat for a companion might be just the ticket to get her more active again and work off some of the chubbiness that's come onto her over the last year or so?

Five cats is a lot. A kitten is A LOT outside of that--I know, I remember well all the work I put into my Smudge Kitty back in The Before Time (RIP). But...Yeah...Another kitteh that's just so very much touched our hearts. Perhaps Tessa is The One?

As with Nikolai...I will keep you posted...
Because I'm available during the day during the week, sometimes HHAS' cat coordinator, Carol, asks me to help out with special tasks at the cattery. A couple of months ago I was tasked with administering the afternoon dose of an eye drop to Franny the Shelter Cat for a few weeks until she was on the mend, which was a bit of an adventure because she was a feisty Calico girl who *hated* getting her drops. :/ We had an understanding, though--she would get lots of treats before, during, and after and I wouldn't get swatted or bitten, LOL. It was a success--never a drop of blood was shed between us. ;)

A few days ago Carol called me for a new adventure. We've got a three expectant mamas, three semi-feral 6-8 week old kittens, three 10 week old kittens, and a couple of scared and unfriendly adults at the cattery right now. She was wondering if I was available during the afternoon during the week to come in for an hour or so to socialize with those guys to help get them ready for eventual adoption for at least one day a week.

Of course I am, but...

...We're currently down to one vehicle right now. J's truck is, for all intents and purposes, dead in the water. When he brought it in for repairs it was discovered that his 1998 Ford Expy with about 250,000 miles had a burnt 2nd cylinder, a way-too-pricey repair to make on such a vehicle. He's in the process of obtaining new wheels, and in the meantime he's catching rides with coworkers occasionally and using my Bridget most days. Which leaves me without a ride many days of the week unless I've got something I really need to do during the day which requires a car...

That being said, I *do* need Bridget at least once a week for something or another, so J and I talked and came to the conclusion that, because I usually do my therapy appointments on Wednesdays, that I could also do socialization at the cattery every week on Wednesdays, too. Problem solved! :)

I'm a bit wary of working with the timid and unfriendly adults, because, after all, they know how to fight better than tiny kittens do, but I think with enough treat givings, slow blinks and gentle and soft chit chat I'll get them to slowly warm up to me. I worked my magic with that feisty and cranky-assed Calico Franny just fine, LOL...

We'll see what happens. I'll keep you posted on my adventures! :)
Before he came to us, Harlow had a bad seizure when he was at the PetSmart, lasting about five minutes. He was taken to the vet, given a looksee, and it was determined he should be taken out of the hectic PetSmart environment and placed back in the slightly less hectic environments of the cattery back at the shelter where he could be watched perhaps a bit closer for any more seizure activity. As far as anybody knows, he didn't have any more seizures after returning to the cattery.

Recall he came to us on 10 September. We didn't worry about any seizure activity because he was in such a quiet environment, and he gave us no indications he was having any seizure activity...

He did fine, as far as we know, until 10 November when I witnessed him have a 2-3 minute seizure in the safe room after he'd eaten his breakfast. Because it had been longer than a month since his last seizure that we knew of, no visit was necessary, just was recorded on their end for future reference and we were to watch Harlow closely for any signs of seizure activity. If there was any more seizure activity within the next month, another trip into the vet for medication to control the seizures would be necessary.

Monitoring him for seizures was why we moved Harlow out of the Safe Room; if he's locked in there and we don't go in there all the time, how can we know if he's having any seizures? So yeah, that's mainly why we moved him out of there. Besides, he was agitating to get out of there and be with "his people" and be a part of the household he knew was on the other side of that door.

Fast forward to Friday around 1300. I'm in the den watching TeeVee, Harlow's resting on J's recliner. All of a sudden he starts acting a bit odd and starts drooling profusely. He hops off the chair, still drooling, and starts scooting around fast in a circle--yep, the start of another seizure. J was working at home and I called out to him for help--he came out with a blanket to gently cover Harlow with a blanket(that's what experts suggest you do, evidently)--and shortly after that Harlow flopped on his side and started convulsing violently. I recorded everything in his book while J tended to Harlow so I knew what to tell the vet when I called after the event was done. From start to final twitchiness, it lasted about 6-8 minutes.

Called the vet and we got an appointment in short order. We brought him in and basically all Dr. Lyn wanted to do was weigh him to determine how much Phenobarbitol to give him to control the seizures. Harlow was still a bit out of it when we brought him into the vet at around 1420, which was also noted by Dr. Lyn. He goes back in for a serum levels check/follow-up for the Phenobarbitol in a month. Dr. Lyn told us that it would be ill-advised for Harlow to be in either the PetSmart environment or the cattery environment, that he's best off in as quiet a home as possible to limit the amount of stress he's exposed to. Which we can provide, I think, for awhile at least.

We didn't ask the crucial question of whether this is, indeed, a permanent condition, but by the way Dr. Lyn talked it seems as though Harlow will be on some sort of med for this for the long-term. This will make adopting out a 5 1/2 year old overweight somewhat so homely he's cute cat more than a bit harder to adopt out to a forever home. This makes both of us very sad--Harlow's a Great Kitty and would make a great companion to someone...

Talked to Carol the cats' coordinator for the shelter, gave her the low-down and told her that we'd agreed that we'd keep Harlow until he finds a Forever Home, at least as far as we can foresee the future for so he's not put back into a stressful environment. She thanked us profusely. We also told her we covered the pittance of a vet bill for Harlow for the shelter and she was incredibly grateful for that, too.

Will we be a "foster fail"? We've not decided that yet. I will keep you posted, of course, on how Harlow is doing. Poor Cheeto kitty... :/
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