Rosie & Rufus
YES! - the little girl is back and thank you ALL so much for your warming words of encouragement and sweet prayers. I believe Rosie felt it all because this girl has made good progress (according to her actual condition). She returned back home yesterday after 3 days of observation at the vet. I could see a brighter look in her eyes and when she was released back into her room she instantly went for the food bowl - and washed it down with water! Seems silly, but my hands went in the air as this was the first time ever I've seen her drink water... woohoo!! It was as if she instantly wanted to quell my fears (I brought her to the vet because she'd stopped eating and didn't drink any water at all - and I seriously wondered if she would pull through).
Well, she pulled another surprise on me just an hour later when the entire motley kitty crew arrived for their evening meal. There's usually 6-8 of them that gathers in the kitchen for a little yummy snack (wet food). When I went to feed them my husband stayed behind in the room with Rosie and we decided to leave the door open so she could get a sense of her new colony to stimulate her sense of belonging. We sat back with dropped jaws as Rosie swooped out of her room and went straight to Noona's bowl, pushed her aside and started eating! Noona was startled but indulged the little stranger that seemed to appear out of nowhere. It was a wonderful scene where all happily ate together and it was obvious that this was something Rosie had been used to before. After the meal had finished she was sniffed by a few and popped back into her room.
Here she reclined back onto her little "Teddy-bear" blanket. Apparently (I did a search about kitten depression online) a "Teddy-bear" blanket sprayed with a few whiffs of Feliway mimics the softness of a kitty mom and has a calming scent. It acts as a pleasing "surrogate" after the removal from kitty mom. She purrs loudly and kneads her little blanket real well and now - instead of retreating into her box - she sleeps on her "Teddy-bear." She is doing well (even plays a tiny bit as you can see in the first image) and yet this little furry bundle has to gain a LOT of strength. She is still anemic and needs loads of rest.
As I mentioned in my last post, Rufus (I have come to believe her brother is a little boy??) has had the same treatment for worms and parasites. He didn't go to the vet as Rosie because he is very boisterous and roams around with kitty mom, but I have been back to the park everyday to feed him and since he lets me handle him I've been able to give him the treatments. All images above of both Rosie and Rufus are from today. If you see the images from 12 days ago (when I first discovered them both) you can see that Rufus' furcoat looks so much better, he has put on weight too and he actually has a softer look in the eyes. If you wonder about the shiny streak of fur by his ear it's due to that he gets fed a special wet food to boost his immune system and the excitement usually stirrs up such a commotion that a bit of it lands on his head. Today he didn't mind polishing off a few dry pellets as well!