Thursday, December 17, 2009

global warming?

Believe what you want...but it is getting warmer, for whatever reason. Why do I think that? Because every year "kitten season" gets longer and longer! The feral cats are reproducing further and further into the winter, and that means that at the week before Christmas, I have taken yet another kitten. sigh.... It's true. More about that little guy shortly.

Boz had a bad day last week, so I scheduled him for yet another vet appointment, along with Shaggy who had blood in his urine. Now, blood in the stool is pretty common, but I know better than to mess with blood in the urine, especially with a male cat. Blocked urethras can kill a cat in short order, so even though Shaggy was acting perfectly normal, he was going to see the vet.

Shaggy just got his face all cleaned off 3 days ago. Not that you can tell.

I got the carrier out, and opened the door and set it on the floor. I went to the other side of the room, grabbed Shaggy and Boz, and put them in the carrier. I went out the door, making sure not to let Scooby out of the room. I didn't see him, so off we went. The boys were pretty quiet, and I was just thinking about all the stuff I had to do, and how little time I really had to be running kittens to the vet, and dealing with Boz and his stomach issues. He really is high maintenance, STILL wanting a bottle, and getting it since he doesn't eat much solid food. So, I get to the vet, and reach over to pick up the carrier and I see not one, but two orange faces! All 3 of them were there! I guess Scooby went in when I sat the carrier down in the floor, and I never saw him. He got a field trip.

Shaggy says, "The vet is going to put that thermometer where??"

Scooby had a field trip, but is no worse for wear.

The vet gave Shaggy a shot of penicillin, and some albon since he was still having loose stool. (Scooby is back to normal on that end.) Then we got to Boz. The vet is stumped on what his issues are. Could be congenital, and if so, he COULD out grow it. He is definitely better than he was when he was really small, and he is growing...slowly. The vet says he is in good shape, other than being really small. Let's all keep our fingers and paws crossed that Boz does outgrow whatever this is. The vet gave me another vial of medicine and more syringes and needles. I have only used it once since his visit. He has been eating pretty well since, and I am going to TRY to wean him off the bottle. I may have to get some different food. He likes the really smooth stuff.

Boz is still pretty small. He is on a quart can of paint.

Now I am on my way home from the vet, again thinking about all the work I need to do when I get home, and my phone rings. It's the shelter. "I have a kitten here, who is pretty small, but seems to be weaned. He had a really bad eye infection, but the vet says he still has an eye in there, and we cleaned him up...but he needs a foster home..." Silence. All I can think of is how busy I am, and how much I DON'T have time for another high maintenance foster kitten. Then I said OK, and promptly turned around to go to the shelter to pick him up.

Meet Elf.

He was named "Elf" by the shelter staff, and I suppose for now that's good enough. He is pretty timid, but he will get better. I have to give him antibiotics 2 times a day, and eye drops and eye "goop" 3 times each each day. He is not happy to see me coming just yet! His eye does not look good, and he may still lose it, but don't feel sorry for Elf Man. He doesn't let that stop him. He will pounce on the bigger kittens without a second thought. He plays, and hops and does his kitty posturing all the time, and except for when I am sticking something in his mouth or eye, he is a happy little guy. He has already gained 2 ounces. I think he may pass Boz in a few weeks.

Elf take a cheap shot on Bosley.

You can see how bad Elf Man's eye is here, but the vet is hopeful it will heal.


Diane said...

Little Elf is adorable. Will be curious to see how that eye heals... guess he hurt it getting feisty with the wrong kitty!!

You sure have earned your spot in heaven, Jamie! Your fan club is out here cheering you on during this hectic time. Boy, don't the rewards way outweigh the sacrifice? Or should I ask you that when your workload lightens up? ;-)

Martin Hooper said...

Hello Little Elf...

You little cutie you - Hope his eye gets better!

Angel and Kirby said...

We are still purring for Boz and now elf. he is a cutie

Jamie said...

Elf's eye is not from an injury, but from an infection most likely from an upper respiratory infection. It's pretty common, and quite treatable if caught early enough. I have had many a kitten with eye infections, and only lost one eye. Those 2 kittens were with me for 6 months they were so sick. I lost the rest of the litter, and the mama cat too, but Mimi and Minnie both finally got well, and both were adopted. Minnie had infections in both eyes, and she unfortunately lost one of them. I am going to do my best to see that Elf gets to keep both of his!

angie said...

oh elf, your poor eye! and kisses to everyone for speedy recoveries. we want a healthy christmas, or at least new year!!

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Jamie, you softie, you! Elf is a sweetkins... it's belated (way behind on visiting) but add another thanks from all of us out here for taking him.

Fingers still crossed for the B-man and now we'll add Elfie to the purrayers!

Joy said...

Excellent post!

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Holiday purrs from everyone at SP! Hope you and the elephants have a warm and loving holiday, Jamie!