Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BFFs 4 Always

After an extended stay at The House of Pitter Pats, Davey and Patsy are leaving me tomorrow.  Their time with me has been a little longer than most for this reason and that. But mostly because we had a little scare with Patsy after her spay surgery.

Everything went smoothly; pre-surgery exam normal, surgery itself a breeze, but before long she was having difficulty breathing and it continued for several hours.  Her heart and lungs did not sound good and an x-ray was inconclusive.  It could have been a reaction to the anesthesia, maybe a bronchial condition - perhaps she had aspirated something - or worse, there might be something wrong with her heart.

I brought her home that evening to keep an eye on her not knowing what to expect.  I put her in Iris' heated bed, Rosie curled up around her, and there they stayed.  I monitored Patsy's breathing and saw no change for about four hours.

At 9:30 I noticed Rosie was up and about so I went to check on Patsy.  She was UP, she was EATING, she had not a care in the world and had no idea what all the fuss was about!

Back to the shelter the next day for another x-ray.  Dr. Smith listened to her heart and lungs for a long time and couldn't believe it was the same kitten.  She sounded like a normal, healthy kitty cat.  The x-ray showed great improvement, but there was still something not quite right.  There was no way to know whether she had a heart condition without an echocardiogram - an expensive procedure that the Humane Society just isn't equipped to provide.

Patsy was put on antiobiotics for a couple of weeks as a precaution.  She romped and played, ate and slept, and breathed like a happy, healthy little kitten.  It was a puzzlement and a worry.

Enter her guardian angel.  Someone very dear to me offered to cover the expenses for whatever Patsy might need.  This person has a beloved cat who showed signs of a heart problem years ago, saw a cardiologist, had an echocardiogram, was prescribed a small daily dose of human blood pressure medicine and has had a very long, very happy life since.  The offer was so unexpected, so thoughtful, so generous.  The decision was made to schedule Patsy for the procedure.

In the meantime I had been contacted by a great family looking to adopt two kitties.  No preference as to gender, color or even age.  A mom and a baby would be fine.  Or two kittens.  How about Davey and Patsy?

I'd been holding onto Mr. Davey as the two of them had become fast friends.  I really wanted them to find a home together, but things were still up in the air with Patsy.  I told the family about her situation and the dear mom said that they'd be willing to take on a medical issue if it wasn't too daunting.  That was about the most perfect thing she could have said.  I was hesitant to have the family meet the kittens and fall in love - they have two small boys - in the event we found out later that it was more serious than we'd hoped.  She wasn't concerned.  They wanted to meet them.  We'd see what the cardiologist had to say afterwards.

Well, they fell in love.  Patsy had her echocardiogram.  Everything was NORMAL, NORMAL, NORMAL!

One more x-ray today to be sure her lungs had resolved.  They had.  She's fine.  She'll need special attention should she ever need to be anesthetized again, but she's good to go!

And so tomorrow she goes.  She and Davey.  My little sweeties.  The family is so excited.  I'm so excited.  The stars lined up for these two and I'm over the moon!

Run along now, you two!  Be happy!  Be healthy!  I'm so lucky to have spent this time with you. 

And when you look out the window at the stars at night, you be sure to give thanks for your guardian angel.  I know I will.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eugene and Rosie

There's love...

...and there's tough love.

A surrogate mother's job is not always easy. Kittens need to be taught their manners and Rosie takes her job very seriously.

I think Eugene's getting the hang of it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Each Kitten is Unique ~ Some More Unique Than Others

Patsy used to do this to Noreen when they were really eensie.  I'd forgotten about it until today.  Maybe it's a self-comforting thing - like when you move into a new house or your sister gets adopted. 

Whatever it is, it's definitely unique.  I think it's endearing.  Noreen didn't mind, and Davey doesn't seem to either.

Even though it leaves him looking like this:

When I first became aware of this little idiosyncracy, I hadn't actually seen her doing it - I saw a strange little cone-shaped clump of dried fur behind Noreen's ear. It was only later that I learned how it came to be.

We all have those little things that comfort us. Patsy's is just kind of weird, that's all. I for one celebrate weirdness.

Go ahead on, Patsy girl.

Addendum - Judging by a few comments, I think I may have worried some of you. To be clear, Patsy is sucking on Davey's fur - nothing else. She just gets a mouthful and goes to town. No harm done. No worries.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Someone's Been Adopted

This one...

Noreen has two really wonderful, loving parents. I'm so happy for her. She's a loving, gentle kitten.

She also has a 6'ish year old tuxie brother named Mr. Whiskers. And Mr. Whiskers has a new sister named Daisy. Yep, Daisy.

How sweet.

I love you, little one.  I'm so glad I had an extra long time with you.  Be happy and have a long, long life!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stylin' and Smilin' Eugene is Not an Only Child

His sister's name is Ruthie.  They're peas in a pod, these two.  'Cept Eugene has long hair and Ruthie's is short.

Patsy feels like she didn't get nearly enough air time there, so here's her solo routine.

If it looks like she's a big girl, she is. Patsy had some breathing difficulty after her spay surgery last week. She shows every indication of being just fine (as you can clearly see), but X-rays indicated that there was a reaction of some sort to the anesthesia. We're holding onto her for another week or so, giving her antibiotics, then re-checking.

Davey and Noreen are still here as well, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that will change very soon. I'll definitely keep you posted!

You long-timers may recall a previous kitten by the name of Ruthie.  Ruthie Golightly.  This little one is named for someone special.  The only thing better than a kitten named Ruthie is two .

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lookin' for Love

Davey Crockett

King of the Wild Frontier

New family must be willing to provide roughly 20 years of unconditional love (give or take not much), and roughly half of your pillow at night.  You must also forgive him when he gnaws on your bare naked toes.

That's not much to ask, now is it? 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Eugene Sez, "Hey!"

I know we've been missing in action for a while and for that I apologize.

No adoptions to report quite yet, but Eugene and his sister have moved in. He wanted to say hello and show you his handsome lick-over, courtesy of Miss Iris LaRue.

Posts will be sporadic for a while yet, but we hope you still check back now and then.  We'd miss you something awful if you left.

Friday, November 2, 2012