Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Have You Had Your #CATMEME for Today?

HIYA!  SAVANNAH HERE!

Well, actually—to be perfectly honest, it’s not “me” who is present in today’s #catmemes. In fact I have a guest who is NOMS (not of my species)! Isn’t that pretty awesome?

Please welcome my bun pal Sir Speedy, A Very Cheeky House Bun from across the pond!

Speedy in jail

Come on guys, let’s give Sir Speedy a “Get Outta Jail Free Card”!!

My next guests are from the same cathold household, but alas, alas—they are not allowed by the head peep, Ms Dorothy (RWB…reader without blog), to have their very own cat blog. I know tons of my readers will recognize Ms Dorothy as she is often in lots of your comments. She has been with me for about four years now…give or take twelve!

Moving on—Ms Dorothy has a biped son who is not only a night owl like our very own Summer’s human, but he dabbles in photo ops to  capture moments for family and friends. Thankfully, I, Savannah the Cat, am his “friend”.

Ms Dorothy and Mr Jacob happen to be allowed to live in a home owned by their four cats—Mistletoe, Hitch, Pumpkin and Tiger. Mistletoe was one of my very first Real Rescue Cats Are Talking: Life Saving Interviews by Savannah. Her story is worth the read, trust me. And Hitch was kind enough to be a guest blog post in 2013, again please visit ‘cuz it’s worth a read for sure.

Hitch leads off their guest #catmeme contributions—and I have many more to come over the following weeks *wink, wink*

Kiss my paw

Next up is Tiger who is total performance artist!!

What A Feeling

Please give me a round of APAWS for all three guest #catmeme contribution.

And now, where is YOUR #catmeme??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Who Has a Kat Fit Bit?!

HIYA! SAVANNAH HERE!!

Do you ever think you have played way more than you outta?? Come on, dish!  Tell me the truth. Are you ever outta breath?? Just from running and running chasing that ever elusive red dot or feather? By the way, how many of you have your very own “Kat Fit Bit”?

Ummm...I may have hurt myself with that last sprint

Ummm…I may have hurt myself with that last sprint

Well, I think I may have overdone myself this weekend. I was having so much fun chasing the feather with that red dot in the middle of it, I winded myself!!

Whew! I gotta get more fit!!

Whew! I gotta get more fit!!

That feather simply did not give up. It just taunted me more and more.

Come on feather, I have my forty second wind now!

Come on feather, I have my forty second wind now!

Target on sight!! Ready! Kill!!

Got'cha now sneaky feather!

Got’cha now sneaky feather!

What a workout! I feel I gained back at least one and a half lives!!

I have reached my ten thousand steps!! YAY!!!

I have reached my ten thousand steps!! YAY!!!

How do you use your Kat Fit Bit??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Kitten Season and Death by Fleas

HIYA!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I bet’cha I have lots of my readers and followers wondering what’s up with those cutie pit sibling kittens from my guest Sunday Selfie blog post yesterday, right?!

Oh hi! What'cha doin' up there?

Oh hi! What’cha doin’ up there?

I asked you all to try to guess two things—first…which kitten has a health problem and second—what might that health problem be. These cuties are being fostered by Community Concern 4 Cats (CC4C), and they are very fortunate indeed to be under such responsible and professional loving care. They are from a feral Mom Kat, and arrived during a Doc Josie Kitchen Cat Clinic in the home of Miss Gemma, the current president of CC4C.

They were brought in by their caring foster human for their blood draw to test for FeLV etc, and to get their first vaccinations, worming and flea treatments. They all look just precious, adorable and healthy, right?

The first kitten up was a real cutie.

You're gonna do what to me??!!

You’re gonna do what to me??!!

Check out that cute tummy, all white and those paws all pink. He took it like a champ! Not a flea in site.

Next up, a darling little pink nosed sweetie.

Ok, why is everyone staring at me??

Ok, why is everyone staring at me??

Did’ya see that hot pink nose?? And he was looking might fine as well as the first kitten.

Then came the littlest kitten of the four siblings. As soon as this cutie hit the exam table, Doc Josie noted “oh my! this kitty is so white and pale!”

Ummm...I'm a bit scared and not feeling so well, ya' know?

Ummm…I’m a bit scared and not feeling so well, ya’ know?

But the exam went on with the last of the four kittens hitting the exam table at the same time as the third kitten who had appeared “white” to Doc Josie.

Just check out my brofur, leave me be, ok?

Just check out my brofur, leave me be, ok?

And then the last of the four hit the table and Miss Gemma, owner of the Kitchen Clinic, brought out the most important diagnostic tool for kittens, especially those who come from a feral Mom Cat.

The flea comb arrived!

I don't have fleas! Ummm...maybe one or two?

I don’t have fleas! Ummm…maybe one or two?

And then Doc Josie and Miss Gemma brought back the very pale kitten. Guess what? She was LOADED with fleas! Dozens and dozens of fleas! Her first two examined siblings had none—but the last one, had at least a couple. But those vile fleas had found the most vulnerable, smallest and least robust of these four siblings to literally suck the life out of her. She was ANEMIC from a severe flea infestation.

The foster human, as with all present, was dumbfounded! Those blood lusting insects had enough intelligence to source the weakest kitten and attach themselves to her and almost killed her.

LESSON LEARNED

It is kitten season across the USA. Do not lose vigilance when rescuing kittens when it comes to FLEA COMBING every single kitten in a litter!!

Only one kitten in this foursome had the potential death causing infestation of fleas. She was treated under Doc Josie’s medical expertise and will thankfully survive.

How many kittens in a kitten season will die from over looking a flea infestation?

 Here is the tell tale photo illustrating how Doc Josie knew immediately that one kitten had a serious problem.

Notice the lack of color in the one kitten

Notice the lack of color in the one kitten

I searched lots to find some reference to this condition in kittens, but most turned out to be advertisements for cat flea treatments. But, here are a few I thought might help if any of my readers are ever involved in the rescue of kittens.

Animal Alliance NYC

Catster

Pet Health

I welcome any reader, follower to add their own advice, information links in comments. Kitten season is a challenge for all countries across the world. In the USA alone there are states, such as Florida, where kitten season never ends. Let’s all try to be vigilant to keep the kittens safe and healthy and promote always—SPAY—NEUTER!!! IT SAVES LIVES!!

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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