My Greek kitty crew

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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As said, I did go back the same evening. This time I stepped into the little town "park" - a mostly dirty little space between two roads (one busy and one not so busy). The irony was, that when I stepped inside this space there were plenty of water bowls and food stations - somebody obviously feeding these cats. Pretty mucky - but nevertheless. I'm sure a goodhearted attempt Greek style, which means just looking after the basics but which further means, lots and lots of pregnant cats - again a case of some way too young (one I'd guess not more than 20 weeks old). It's not a pretty sight. And cat flu... every other cat sneezing and coughing. You get the picture. A full blown cat colony with no control. 

I spotted all the adult cats first, even though I was looking for the little white and grey tabby. After a while I spotted the little black kitten - just sitting quietly on the paved area. And then I spotted the white and grey tabby - almost camouflaged within the paving. Also sitting very quietly - listless really. To cut a lot of words short - still not eating (or showing any signs of interest) and as mentioned in an obvious critical condition I decided to come back the next morning with what I know from other cats to be super yummy wet food. As it is with ferals you never know when they'll be around so unfortunately no signs of the kittens the next morning. I did wonder if it'd been too late to rescue the listless kitten but to decided to give it another go the same evening. This time it sat in the earth and I honestly nearly didn't see it - again so still that it just completely blended in. No longer with any energy to flee I popped a plate right it front of it and luck! - it started to eat. Whilst it ate I gently stroked it - I knew it'd be too exhausted to escape. After it finished eating I thought it needed to go to the vet straight away, so I tried something a bit daring. I picked it up and just held it up to my chest with the result of a quiet purring! I sensed its urge to escape but I believe the urge to be resuced was greater. I honestly felt it wanted to be rescued.  My husband was with me and we both agreed to seize the moment and bring it straight to the vet. After he'd driven the car around I just litterly carried it and held it in my hands as we drove the luckily short distance to the vet.

As I handed the kitten to the vet he gasped at how emaciated this kitten was. Just bones and absolutely nothing else. Upon examination it turned out it was a little girl and almost on cue she let go of a bit of water - and sorry for being a bit graphic - but lets just say that it wasn't pee. A test was instantly made and it turned out that she had stomach parasites - apart from being completely flea ridden. We agreed with the vet to let them keep her for three days to give her some intensive care and to let her gain some strength. 

Meanwhile... I've been back several times to feed and check on the little black kitten. I've spotted it moving around with it's kitty mom and they've eaten together. The difference with the little black kitten is that he's shown a lot of gusto - he is very eager when he eats. I can gather that he must have the same problem - stomach parasites. I'll find a way to get him treated as well, but I want to try to get him back with his mum. It is possible that maybe white and grey tabby is a sibling, but in agreement with the vet - it would not be the right thing to put this little girl back on the street again. Now we wait and hope she makes good progress at the vet - then the next step will be to bring her back and let her recuperate with a lot of tlc before introducing her to the rest of the troops.

This tiny 1 pound has got me good already.  More to come soon.

P.S. In this image above you can spot a bigger kitten making an attempt to play - this little one just simply didn't have the strength to engage in play.

22 comments:

MarkD60 said...

I guess cat people naturally spell "literally" "litterly" Like kitty litter. Just the same thing as scuba divers always call thermometers "temperature gauges".

How lucky you are to pick up the cat on the first try! We still can't pick up our cats, but my wife is getting close!

Draffin Bears said...

So glad that you were able to rescue the sweet kitty and get her to the vet.
You are such an angel to give this little sweetie a good chance with life.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Deb said...

You've answered my prayers for this kitten. Now I wait anxiously to see its progress. Thanks Joan for just being YOU. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Daisy said...

I feel so relieved that you were able to get some help for the tiny little grey kitty. I hope she will be able to recover and grow strong!

ABBY said...

Bless you for saving this beautiful girl.
WE will pray that she recovers and we believe she will. She is now, indeed, rescued!

purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥

Marg said...

I just knew you would rescue at least one of them and best of all the one you got. I sure hope it lives. That is the best news ever that you got it and to the vet. You are the best. I said lots of prayers for those kitties too. Thank you, thank you.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

When I was coming home from work this evening a little turtle was in the middle of the road. I was in a hurry to get home and for just a moment I wasn't going to turn around to get it across the road, but of course I did. The thought occurred to me afterwards that if I didn't care, who would--Maybe no one. I think the same thing about you--If you didn't care about this precious little girl, who would? She's so lucky that you have found her and do care about her. I so admire you kindness and compassion and I also thank-you for caring!!

missing moments said...

Such a heart lifting story. Thank you for caring!

Anesha said...

Thank you for letting us know what happened. Was worried about them. Glad you got one to the vets and hoping that she makes it. Thank you for doing what you do!!!!!

Kay said...

I've been waiting to learn what happened. I'm so thankful that she allowed you to pick her up and rewarded you with purrs. How sweet. I hope she improves while at the vet and then settles into your lovely home.

Repositório said...

Thank you for helping these little helpless. Damn, this cat and skinny!
Here in Brazil we also have many cases of abandoned cats. We are trying, above all, educate people about it. But it is a very painful and difficult indeed.
Hugs!

Barbara said...

Oh, poor little things. I just read the past two to get the story. I'm so glad you were able to get the little tabby and hope she pulls through! And I hope you're able to help the little black one. Stories like this get me.

Vicky at PPCT said...

Glad you've been able to make a wee bit of difference in their lives. Keep us posted.

Amy said...

This kitty's story breaks my heart. I'm glad you are able to help. I hope she thrives on this new life you've allowed her to have.

Julia Williams said...

I hope and pray she can recover. At least now she has a much better chance. What a sweetheart she is, and YOU are, for rescuing her.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I looked at that photo and it brought tears to my eyes. No animal should have to live like this.
Your kindness as always warms my heart. We need more of you on this Earth
xoxoxo

Mariette said...

Dearest Joan,

Poor little baby, so much going on in its short life; everything attacking and pulling it down quickly. Hope this will be over now!

Lots of love,

Mariette

Poetic Soul said...

Cats freak me out, the eyes and that snore, but they are the most innocent little things. Glad you helped out here

Catherine said...

I am sending lots of good thoughts and warm wishes that all the sweet kitties make it. If anyone can help them, you can sweet friend. So glad they found you to love them!!

xo Catherine

Anna E said...

Absolutely heartbreaking pictures, so painful to watch! Thanks for being there for those little lifes... :-)

Sylvia said...

Those poor kitties, I'm so touched by this and your previous post, Joan !
What a luck you were able to bring that little one to the vet, feral cats usually don't allow to help them, it's so frustrating ... but you're so special, you are their guardian angel !
Wishing the best for those cats ...
Sylvia

Modern Country Lady said...

Glad you managed to take her to the vet, thank goodness you were there for her..you were obviously there at the right place at the right time...
Bea
ps this makes me so emotional, I can't tell you , but we have to do what we can, and I am so grateful you are there - and find it in your heart to care, which many people can't!!