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UPDATE: An afternoon at the Kitchen Kitten Clinic

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I know most of my readers are very familiar with KITTEN SEASON! And you also know that Mom L, at my direction, has been volunteering with our partner nonprofit organization, Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) for over eight years at their almost weekly KITCHEN CLINIC.

This clinic takes place in the kitchen of the lady who manages CC4C. The attending veterinarian is my buddy Doc Josie. Mom L does the recording for medical records and Miss Gemma does all of the “holding” of the patients for Doc Josie.

This clinic is basically set up to prepare kittens for adoption. All kittens are from abandoned mom cats living outside as community cats. They receive the following when they come in for “The Works“!

  • FeLV test for feline leukemia
  • First FVRCP vaccination ( feline distemper)
  • First of a series of three, every two weeks, of Pyrantel for deworming
  • First of once a month treatment of Revolution for fleas
  • A general Vet check-up

Mind you, some kittens are resistant to these inflictions upon their bodies!! MOL!! Especially the part when they must be held still!

At this weekly clinic, Doc Josie also sees some only “medical cases” which can be adults or even kittens that are not thriving.

The handsome male brown tabby above had the biggest paws and so dark and handsome!

We see so many kittens, itty bitty ones, with eye infections. Sigh—the perils of being born wild in the out of doors. But with the wonderful fosters from CC4C and this Kitchen Clinic and Doc Josie, these littles are cured and thrive and find loving forever homes.

 

The above trio of kittens came to the clinic so thin, severe diarrhea and simply not putting on weight. Normally, kittens who are thriving gain one quarter pound per week.  Miss Gemma told their foster that she would take them under her wing for care. Miss Gemma can snatch almost any kitten from the paws of death—and that’s no kidding!!!

Doc Josie and Miss Gemma brought out some yummy Nulo turkey and chicken wet food, good for kittens and adults. And the kittens chowed down! Mom L saw these kittens last week and they are doing GREAT!!!!

This Kitchen Clinic is Mom L’s most favorite  thing to do ever!! She has learned so much and done things to help her bestie Doc Josie do surgical repairs to kitten’s butts and oh so many more things—not bad for a retirement project, right??

So what do ya think about our Paw It Forward work??

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

 

Another wounded castle guest

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

What is goin’ on?!! I have another introoder castle guest livin’ in Mom L’s office. And it looks like there’s  hospital tray set up on our linen cabinet outside her office. Sheesh!! And my pet nanny Miss Kandi comes by one and two times a day and disappears into Mom L’s office for like a kabillion hours?? What is up?! So I had a little chat with Mom L and she finally let me in on all the fuss. Ever since I got us started with our own rescue, Delta View Cats, things have been hoppin’ around here!

We have another injured foster cat, Buddy, from Miss Kandi’s six cat colony she feeds and cares for at the yacht club where she works. Miss Kandi called Mom L about ten days ago to ask her to check out a humongous lump on the back of Buddy’s head.

That lump was crazy hot and the size of a tennis ball!! And Buddy wasn’t feeling good at all. Buddy is about four years old. He has lived at the yacht club colony for about two years. He hangs out on the railing around the club porch and greets everyone coming and going.

Buddy is a laid back kinda’ man cat and he doesn’t bother the other colony cats. You can see that he takes life pretty easy

Once Mom L saw that lump she called her cat pal, my former feline Veterinarian now retired, Doc Josie. She had Mom L and Miss Kandi bring Buddy to her home so’s she could take a look at him. As soon as Doc Josie saw that lump she knew it had to be an abscess. She inserted a needle and drew yucky puss into the syringe proving Buddy had a severe abscess affecting one whole side and back of his neck. Buddy got some “nighty night” juice and pretty soon he was in LaLa Land. Doc Josie used electric clippers to clip away his furs so she could get a better look.

Long story short, Doc Josie made three incisions and one was the mother lode for sure. She drained a cup of yucky stuff outta Buddy’s neck. Thankfully he didn’t need stitches because that abscess was going to need to drain.

WARNING: PHOTOS ARE GRAPHIC!

You can see Doc Josie had to flush his wound over and over again. Finally she was sure Buddy didn’t have any more yucky gunk to flush out and she gave him a pain injection and antibiotic. Mom L helped Doc Josie do all of this and Miss Kandi waited in the next room—tender tummy.

Buddy has been recovering here in my castle under Dad P, Mom L and Miss Kandi’s care. He is living in Mom L’s office where Gigi once lived. Buddy had to start out in a cage ‘cuz he was pretty woozy from the pain meds and whatnot.

Like Gigi, Buddy soon earned his freedom from the cage in Mom L’s office. He has been very patient getting his injectable antibiotic and fluids for the first few days of his recovery as well as allowing warm compresses three to four times a day. He has been soaking up all the love from everyone. That’s his loving caretaker/feeder Miss Kandi.

Buddy has gone from living outside for the last two to three years—

To having the opportunity to test drive living inside here at my castle—

I’m thinking Buddy Bud is gonna like moving to a forever home—inside forever. What do you think??

Keep your eyes peeled blogville—you just may see Buddy again sooner than you think! *wink, wink*

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

Happy Tails Ending

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

Do you remember one of our park colony cats I introduced you to back in March? His name is Nemo, after the little fish born with one fin smaller than the other? Well our Nemo’s foster Dad Adam named him Nemo because our Nemo has a tail that is naturally shorter than most cats! Cool, huh?!

If you live in the USA, then you know that many states, especially California where I live, are entering “kitten season”. This is the time of year Mom cats start dropping litters of unwanted kittens. The good news is that there are so many families just waiting to adopt these cute little kittens. They become not very interested in adopting adult cats, especially cats such as our sweet boy Nemo who is now entering his “senior” years at eight years old.

BUT—there is always hope!!!

Mom L started taking Nemo last week to an adoption event at our partner’s, Community Concern For Cats,  pop up adoption site in Walnut Creek California. We finally managed to get him posted to their adoption portal only last Thursday afternoon. Soooooo—we  thought why stress him by taking him back to adoptions today, Sunday, when no one really knows about him,  right? But his foster Miss Joanna said “he needs to get the exposure”, so Dad P decided to take him to the three hour adoption event.

I am not happy here

VOILA!!!

Nemo found his forever home today!!!! A mom and daughter arrived, spent over half an hour with our Nemo and wanted to adopted him right then and there!!

Nemo was likely born in 2013, and spent the majority of his life in our humanely managed park colony. Our devoted feeders, over the years, socialized him so that he was ready to life the good life inside!

Please join me in sending Nemo your best wishes for a happy life retired to the inside with loving care from kind humans.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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