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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

Friendly Community Cat Rescue—Joy and Worry

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Let me get to my apology for missing my Friday Memes post right at the get go of this post. Mom L totally messed up her back at some stuppy gym class and she could not even work that compute mouse with me helpin’ her! But we are back (pun!) on track this week!

Now for my sharing about my latest Paw It Forward project with Mom L and Dad P. You do remember our foster kitten, Katie, right? Dad P pulled her from an overwhelming situation the first of July when Katie refused to leave her carrier to be returned to her original caretaker. Katie lived in Mom L’s office for almost 4 months. Eventually we brought in a younger kitten named Lilly to see if she could get Katie to come out of her fear. And it worked! Katie grew confident and became the most darling, lovable kitty.

Do I have to go?

This photo was taken the morning Mom L and Dad P transported Katie and Lilly to Contra Costa Humane Society’s Kitty Corner free roaming shelter. My long time readers know this is my former shelter where Dad P found me and brought me to Mom L’s attention. The staff at Kitty Corner were open to accepting dear Katie, and Lilly and on other youngster, found dying in a friend’s back yard—Duchess. Duchess is a Lilac Point Siamese.

This is so scary!

The morning Katie was to leave, Mom L played with her and tried to make sure she knew how much she is loved and how special she is.

Ohhhh…thanks for the tummy rubs Mom L

And then whoosh!! Off Katie went to Kitty Corner. Little did she know that her former roomie, Lilly, would be joining her. Lilly was recently spayed and so returned to her first foster for her recovery care so she and Katie had not been together for about ten days.

Lilly when she lived with Katie in my castle

What a reunion Lilly had with Katie! When Mom L opened up the carriers little Lilly bounced out of her own carrier and went straight to welcome her Auntie Katie!

Auntie Katie!!! *rubs, purrs* So happy to be with you!!

Katie was afraid and timid. Mom L and Dad P were holding back tears because they are learning the joy and now comes the “worry” of rescuing friendly community cats and kittens.

Dad P reaching in to comfort scared Katie

Finally Katie was willing to peer over the top of her carrier with her buddy Lilly cheering her on.

Come on Auntie Katie, let’s play!

Eventually Lilly helped her Auntie Katie get brave enough to venture out of her carrier.

See!!! I told you Auntie would come out and play with me!

And this is the joy and worry of rescuing friendly community cats and kittens. Where do you find a path for their adoption? Who will want a youngster like Katie who is about nine months old, with a permanent limp, and needing lots of patience and understanding? The concerns for their futures are real. Humans return kittens and cats for reasons that are mind numbing—too needy, not affectionate, timid, won’t get in my lap, etc. etc.

Time, patience, love and understanding are required for anyone who ever takes a friendly community cat or kitten into their home and life. Mom L and Dad P will stay on top of what happens with Katie, and of course, Lilly and Duchess as well. After all, there are four more following in their paw steps this coming week. More about that later.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

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