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Will You Help?

HIYA!!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

I let you know on my Friday Memes last week that Mom L and Dad P and I were gonna be letting you know how our foster kittens Katie and Lilly are doing with their health challenges. I also hinted that we would be asking for some help to be able to keep doing what we do for community cats and all of my Paw It Forward work.

Back in July this year I hinted that I was going to be writing a blog post about “cat hoarding” from the perspective of whether or not it is “hoarding” versus “being overwhelmed”. As you know if you follow my blog, I never got around to writing that blog series. Yes, series. It will take more than one blog post to present what Mom L and I have learned since late June of this year about this topic. And we continue to learn more even now.

I also posted on #RememberMeThursday about our foster kittens Katie and Lilly. Now I have more to share and Mom L and I hope you will take the time to read this post and look at the photos we are sharing for the first time about where Mom L found foster Katie.

Before I start my story, take at look at this photo of Katie at about the same age as Lilly is now (about five months old).

Sure isn’t tough to tell they are closely related, is it??

Of course we are now almost six month later and Katie is starting to look more like a young adult girl cats. Lovely, don’t ya think?

Now let me tell you right up front that I am asking my readers to help me SHARE a Go Fund Me appeal that Mom L and I started with the expert help of our pals from Dash Kitten. Miss Marjorie and my AdventurCat pal Silver were instrumental in urging Mom L to set up this appeal.

The story on Go Fund Me is about the challenge to bring Katie and Lilly back to health so they could be adopted. The story I am sharing with you all, my closest pals, is how we got here in the first place.

A call to Mom L to help a nearby apartment manager find homes for five or six left behind adult cats when residents moved on. Friendly young adults, no problem. Mom L goes and learns that not only are there more than five or six “friendly” cats just waiting to be plucked up and dropped into a carrier, but that there are kittens involved as well.

As Mom L and Dad P completed their initial cat rescue at this apartment site in late July, they had a count of THIRTY cats, kittens, both alive and dead, that they personally helped. Katie was one of the inside females, not spayed, that the apartment resident “forgot” to mention she had. It started with “I have four females not spayed” to “I have four females not spayed and six kittens”. (PLEASE HOVER OVER PHOTOS FOR STORY TELLING CAPTIONS)

That turned into one spayed senior female, one not spayed not pregnant or lactating female, three females with kittens inside the apartment and Katie who at five months had only recently stopped lactating. Yes, Katie had kittens before she was six months old and all were dead within a week. Mom L found eight dead kittens in the closet area while searching for live kittens.

In the above photos you can see this sweet little tuxie girl who was dying. The resident told Mom L that “such things happen when they are so young”. Mom L was stunned and quickly found a rescue who helped her get that kitten to a vet. Thankfully the vet’s office manage stepped up to take the little girl home and care for her. We don’t know if she made it.

Katie was born in this apartment.

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She never left until Mom L and Miss Stacey caught her with a towel so they could get her spayed. When Dad P and Mom L tried to return Katie to the outside by the apartment, Katie refused to leave the carrier. That’s when Dad P stepped up and said “she’s coming home with us”. Mom L learned from the resident that Katie had actually NEVER been outside and had no idea what to do. Katie’s first six month of life were spent in a dark, toxic environment with only one litter box between so many cats and kittens. She had kittens so young she didn’t know how to care for them and so they died.

Don’t make me go outside!! (Katie)

Lilly was one of a litter of five, the last litter born to this apartment resident’s hoard. Mom L couldn’t trap Lilly’s mom before she gave birth to her five kittens. But, Mom L and Miss Stacey found the kittens about ten days after birth. They then caught the mom cat who is probably Katie’s sister, and the mom cat and her kittens were fostered by Miss Stacey. Lilly was fortunate that she has only known kind and loving care from a human, unlike Katie.

Lilly is the kitten on the far right of photo

Because there was so much inbreeding going on in this apartment hoarding tragedy, most of the kittens and young adults suffer from immune system challenges.

This is where my appeal to my readers comes in. Katie and Lilly have suffered so many health challenges over the five months with Katie and four months with Lilly living with us. Mom L, Dad P and I have focused on keeping Lilly alive and helping Katie recover from health and emotional challenges from June until late November. Katie has a permanent disability limp, possibly from birth defect or early kitten injury. Thankfully this disability doesn’t stop sweet Katie from jumping and playing and running around.

After many trips to emergency and costly vet diagnostics, we believe the kittens are now ready for adoption. And we are asking that they go as a bonded pair. Katie and Lilly are so closely bonded that when one cries the other gets agitated.

What do you think? Are our foster girls ready for their own special permanent home?

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There you have it my friends and followers and readers everywhere. I am not appealing to you to donate to my Go Fund Me appeal. I am asking that you PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE this blog post on all your social media platforms to help me replenish our green papers so we can keep on Pawing It Forward.

My Go Fund Me site has all the medical costs and more details about the battle for health with each kitten.

Thanks to all who are willing to SHARE this blog post across all avenues of social media.

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

Pawing Forward: The Second Recipient of Mandy’s Hope Chest

HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

On my Monday post this week you met Nitro, the first recipient of half of Mandy’s Hope Chest. Today you get to meet Jimmy, aka CJ (Charming Jack).

CJ’s new permanent family changed his name to Jimmy but they purromised us that he will always be “charming”.

Jimmy appeared out of nowhere one day at a feeding station for community cats. He was new, but clearly he had once had a home as he was also very social with the feeder. Not much time passed until he showed up with a severely injured right hind leg. The kind colony feeder trapped him and took him to my county’s animal services shelter.

They determined that Jimmy had a badly broken leg and it would prove impossible to repair. Sadly, Jimmy lost his right hind leg, most likely from having been hit by a car. Not long after his surgery, my former rescue organization, Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS) pulled Jimmy from the county shelter and transferred him to their no kill Kitty Corner. As expected, even missing one leg, Jimmy was adopted within less than a week!

Even better—he was adopted along with a play pal he found at Kitty Corner, Athena. She is now called Jilly! A great pair don’t ya think?

And please notice that Jilly quickly determined that the handmade toys from Miss Ellen of the 15 And Meowing cat blog belonged ALL to her!

Jimmy likes to semi-hide and then surprise his pal Jilly. She doesn’t mind and then a game of patty paw ensues.

That  blue mousey is one of the toys Mandy gave to Jimmy. They are wonderful eco-friendly cat toys from Honest Pet Products. Be sure to check them out! I have some information about this wonderful brand at the end of this post.

When Mom L pulled out Jimmy’s bag of Incredible Cat Litter, he ran right over to see if his head matched the top of the bag!! Silly charming Jimmy!!

Jilly was tickled to be able to share in Jimmy’s bounty and once again you can see she is luv’in on one of those special Miss Ellen drumstick toys.

Mom L was so pleased to get to meet one of the senior resident cats named Chop. He is seventeen years old and very social. The new cat bed is now called The Bed of Chop.

Kitties I must tell you that TKS and I are wonderin’ if maybe we ought to have kept that way cool cat tower Jimmy got. It is a modular system and so Jimmy’s new parents can add pieces on and make it even BIGGER! Jimmy was first to test drive the tower. He doesn’t know he is missing one leg. He is runnin’ around like any other crazypants kitty!

Jimmy and Jilly each received cat food bowls like the ones TKS and I use. So did Nitro. Every kitty loves these pedestal wide bowls which don’t cause any whisker fatigue.

Jimmy is gonna be a rock star cat, just you wait and see.

I know all of my readers are relieved to see Mandy’s (aka Momma Kat) Hope Chest having a happy tails ending of its own. Mom L and I know that Mandy is purring away knowing that Jimmy and Nitro, both victims of car injuries as she was, are enjoying all the wonderful contents of her Hope Chest.

Mom L and I are also relieved to know that Mandy is at least safe and will be fed and given medical care as will her five grown kittens. I am calling this a Happy Tails Ending for Mandy’s Hope Chest. I hope you all do as well.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

About Honest Pet Products—$2.00 USD from every toy purchase goes to a foundation to save the Mongolian Snow Leopard. Check out what they say about the source of their wool—

“Our 100% truly NATURAL wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families living without many basic needs. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders are protecting the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.”

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