Giving a chance for survival
HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!
For those of you who may not actively be pawticipating in helping abandoned community cats during the COVID 19 pandemic get spayed/neutered, medically treated etc., you likely do not realize that it is difficult to find Vet care for these cats and kittens. Many public shelters have closed their surgeries and/or have limited the number of cats/kittens that can be brought in for S/N. Sometimes kittens face medical challenges that rescue clinics are not able/capable of treating.
This 7 day old kitten (5oz) had a prolapsed rectum. Mom L’s pal, retired feline Vet Dr. Josie Thompson, thought she could give this tiny kitten a chance for survival by pushing the prolapsed section back inside the kitten. Dr. Thompson was able to do this procedure using the Kitchen Clinic space where Miss Gemma from Community Concern For Cats holds the weekly Kitchen Clinic I have talked about lots before. Mom L transported the surgical kit to Miss Gemma’s and helped hold a light and the instrument used to push the prolapsed section back into the rectum while Dr. Thompson did her magic.
About .5 inch was protruding and Dr. Thompson was able to push it back inside and then place a purse string suture in her anus to retain the prolapsed section for 3-4 days.
She is a bottle baby and was nursing right after procedure.
We named her Josie after Dr. Josie Thompson, her Vet who gave her the chance for survival! The suture must come out later this week.
So for now we are all keeping fingers and paws crossed that Kitten Josie’s body is able to reabsorb/attach the protrusion to enable her to pass stool normally going forward. Please add your purrs and POTP for this sweet baby kitten. She was purring while she took her bottle and trying to make bread with her tiny paws!! We think she is going to be a “Torbie” colored girl. She has some tabby stripes but also has some orange spots on her gray fur making her a diluted “Torbie”!!
Not a bad day’s work, don’cha think?