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Our Fosters and Colony Update

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I decided as I have introduced you to our foster kittens as well as the twenty-seven member cat colony Mom L and Dad P help feed and care for, that it is time for a little update on both.

But first let me just tell you an embarrassing secret I have. Shhhhhh—don’t tell your humans—especially if they are active in cat rescue like Mom L, but—I so want these foster kittens to be GONE!!

THERE!!! I said it!!! I am starting to take out my stress and frustration over not being allowed in Mom L’s office on The Kid Sage. So not her fault. But she is the only cat I can ready and give a smacky paw to when I am frustrated.

Sorry TKS that I whapped you kind’a hard this morning

Mom L had to break me off of TKS so’s she could find cover. I really am starting to have a tough time having these kids here much longer. That said, I know they need help and we are all still doing our best to give them that help.

Here is a nice photo of several of the twenty seven community cats who call River View Park home. This colony increased tons when our California housing market crashed between 2008-2012. Humans drove by the park and dumped their cats when they didn’t want to take them to a new home once the humans had to give their homes back to the big banks. I know that lots of folks like to tell the tail tale that our “economy” is all recovered—but I want them to come explain that to all these cats that were abandoned by humans during that time.

Chow time!!

See that orange dude in front? That’s Garfield who is at least twelve to fourteen years old. He has lived in this colony since before 2006. He is losing weight and gets extra wet food every day. Mom L took him to Community Concern 4 Cats Clinic a couple of months ago and found his blood work was OK but his toofies are really bad. We are hoping to raise $400 USD to  cover his upcoming dental cleaning.

Meet Opal. Timid, scared of most of the cats in the colony

Opal is a diluted tortie who is so afraid for upsetting any other cat that she only comes to eat as the others move away. As you can see, her winter coat is already on and every so stylish!!

As for our foster kittens, let me give you a bit of information about Katie, who is about ten months old. She is pretty healthy, but we just learned she has juvenile gingivitis which can lead to stomatitis which would mean she might lose all her teeth in the next year or two. She also has a limp that appears to be a birth defect or some injury that occurred at the cat hoarder home where Mom L found her at about five months old. Remember, Katie had been lactating and had kittens by that age. None survived.

You can see her limp in this short video.

Katie is such a sweet love bug. Timid and needs time to trust but once she does, she just has the best purr motor ever!!

And guess what?? Spitty and his human gifted our foster kittens with a toy!! Spitty told his human to just pass this toy along to younger kitties and boy are Katie and Lilly happy his human did!

Whapping three layers of balls!!

Katie and Lilly will start going to an adoption event this coming weekend, please send your best more pawerful POTP to them that they find their forever home together. They have become very bonded.

Here is Lilly helping Mom L get this blog post done.

Are we done now? Can I eat?

Hope you enjoyed my update news.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

POTP (Power of the Paw) To The Rescue!

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

All I can say is that Mom L and I don’t let much grass grow under our paws—well—”under feet” for Mom L. Anywho, we have been totally busy as can be between our Paw It Forward work and takin’ care of our two foster kittens.

Most of my readers will know that our little Lilly, only sixteen weeks old, has had a tough go at it over the last few weeks. She had lost weight, had diarrhea, tossed her kibble, had a temp of 103-104 and her blood work came back not lookin’ good at all. Oh, and she was fighting her way through her SECOND round of dreaded ring worm! Miss Ann Adamus was so king to create an image for Lilly and let Blogville know that Lilly really needed some POTP.

And my goodness did you all deliver!! Mom L and Dad P took Lilly to a new Vet. We all thought from Lilly’s first blood work that she could be FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) or have a genetic liver shunt. Neither was good news for our little Lilly. So the doc ordered a couple of tests to learn about her ring worm status and to learn about any mutations her corona virus showed. Both test returned negative!! Now we know that Lilly is still not completely clear on the FIP thingy, BUT—she has been eating like a champ, gained weight in five days and is no longer lethargic. We still have some tummy issues but we are all over getting that handled. The real issue for Lilly appears to be bad information Mom L received from a RVT at the Vet office where she purchased the ring worm med Itrafungol. That RVT told Mom L it was better to give Lilly and Katie the full dose TWICE a day rather than just once as the instructions say. Call us foolish, but we trusted this vet hospital, not one we use, but we were referred to them. The itrafungol appears to have challenged Lilly’s liver and then that added to many other parts of her immune system not being able to manage her health as they should.

Thank all of you for your generous POTP. Here is our foster kitten Lilly today, playing with a new toy and having fun with her Auntie Katie, our other nine month old foster.

They are havin’ so much fun knocking the balls outta that box! Mom L and Dad P have to work hard to find all six!!

And that POTP must have been so pawerful that it just kept right on going! Remember the amazing rescue of the gray mom cat and her six kittens? Well those kittens are off to adoption and mom cat has been spayed and returned to her loving feeder. Mom L and Dad P took her back once they located the person feeding her.

Not so happy being transported in back of a truck

But she knew she was home. Dad P opened that cage and she went straight to the hole in the fence to the feeder’s back yard.

And that POTP still wasn’t done and it carried right over to the abandoned male cat Mom L named Stan.

My name is Stan, the manly mancat!

Stan had some real health challenges. He had his ear cleaned out while under anesthesia when he was neutered. His curled ears are from a lifetime of neglected health care by his former “guardians”. They moved and left Stan to fend for himself. Kind people who rented that home have been feeding Stan. Mom L had Stan admitted to our great local municipal shelter Contra Costa Animal Services. They found that he had a scar that goes around his neck, down to his skin where a string must have been tied. They also learned he is FIV+ and they removed a lump from his neck. Mom L and a rescue pal Miss Tammy are gettin’ that biopsy processed to learn if Stan has any cancer.

Point is my pals, that your POTP is so pawerful that at least Stan is having a good time, good food and lots of love while we work on his future. Here are some photos from Mom L’s recent visit. Stan does get over stimulated when being pet ‘cuz he loves it so much. His “biter bites” are like love taps!

As for me and TKS aka The Kid Sage, we are both handling having introoders upstairs and Mom L’s attention other places than on us like champs! HAH!!! If you believe that!!

Wait! What? You mean they are still here?

And then she did that silly thing kids do—

“tttfffhhttttpppp!!!”

As for me, I am just hangin’ out on my carpeted stairs, keeping my head down.

I am just fine. As long as I have Mom L’s side of the bed

And I am making sure I get my sun puddle time too.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Monday Meowsie News: Can we please get some POTP?

HIYA!  SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I decided to let my little foster kitten Miss Lillian aka Lilly have the blog post today. As you can see in the following photos, she kind’a sort’a took over Mom L’s computer so I just said “go for it kid!!”

Hmmm…now that is one fine photo of a darling kitten

As you all know, I don’t try to help Mom L with the blog technical stuff. I am more of a “visionary” cat. And besides, I just can’t jump up on her desk anymore—darn arty-right-us!! But Miss Lilly sure can get up there and I think she did a mighty fine job of it.

Oh, nice composition…but it looks a tad off focus on me!

So Miss Lilly tinkered a bit more and finally seemed satisfied.

I changed focus to me so’s to not wake up Auntie Katie

What can I say, except that our foster kittens, nine month old Katie and four month old Lilly, have been with us for almost five months and they are tryin’ to take over my blog!!

Now about the POTP request in my headline. You see, sweet Miss Lilly has been very sick since about last week of October. She has been to emergency with Dad P two times and to three different clinics. Unfortunately, her blood work indicates, but doesn’t prove, that she may be a genetic liver shunt kitten. Mom L and Dad P are taking her to a special Veterinarian tomorrow, Tuesday.

Please if you have a moment, send sweet precious Lilly your most kind and caring POTP. We may not be able to save her so she can find her forever home. But Mom L and Dad P sure as heck are gonna try and The Kid Sage and I are right there with them.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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