Dark gray tabby/dilute calico, longhair
This beautiful little gal was a mess when she arrived at our local veterinary clinic. She was found in Julian on someone's porch, unable to move much.She was unable to walk properly, and appeared to have several neurological symptoms, including circling to the left. The vets weren't exactly sure what was wrong with her--an injury, neurologic issues, toxoplasmosis--but they asked for our help and we took her home to see what we could do. She tested negative for FeLuk/FIV. She had no wounds or external injuries.
In the beginning, her stool was extremely loose and she could not seem to use even a small litter box. Her meows were quiet whispers. She didn't seem able to chew her food properly (or at all), so she was spoon fed canned food. She mostly stayed curled up in a ball, with very little movement. She could not climb or jump.
Although the test wasn't done, she was treated for toxoplasmosis. Treatment lasted for more than a month. Her whispers became normal kitty meows. She progressed from having to be fed canned food to eating canned on her own, and then dry food on her own. She started stretching out. She can now walk, make small jumps, and play like most normal kitties. She does a fast trot, so we feel sure she will run soon. She is able to do some climbing; her motor skills are improving daily. Her stool is normal, she uses a low litter box and is not on any special diet at this time. If we didn't tell you, you probably wouldn't know there was anything different about this kitten at all.
Her favorite thing in the world is to sit in your lap and be held and petted. Because she is longhaired, we do need to get the brush out and take care of her coat and tail from time to time. She has emerald green eyes that totally melt your heart. She is a very gentle kitty, happy to just be nearby while other activities are going on, happy to play and join in if invited.
We have been unable to have her spayed yet, because she could not be vaccinated. She could not be vaccinated until we were done with the course of medication, since we didn't want to cause any unexpected reactions. There were concerns that if she had neurological issues, putting her under for a spay could cause serious reactions/complications. Now that she is considered normal, we plan to get her vaccinations and spay complete as soon as we get the all-clear from our veterinarian. For now, those procedures are on hold, as she continues to improve. Both shots and spay will be completed before she will be adopted out.
UPDATE: We're hoping to have her spay and shots done before Christmas, when she is closer to 6 months old!
She is not for the first time kitten owner, as we prefer someone familiar with how normal kittens behave, just in case any problems develop (note: we aren't expecting any more problems). We will be looking for an experienced adult cat owner, with a very stable routine and family/personal situation, to give her tons of love and attention. She will need extra help with her coat and grooming, as we're not sure she's 100% able to reach all of her parts just yet. She should be medium to large in size when she's finished growing. She gets along great with other cats and kittens, is learning to not fear the big dogs, and loves pretty much every human she's ever met. A vet tech home would be ideal, hint, hint! We will be looking for a home for our sweet darling girl when the time is right; if you're interested now, please let us know.
Born May 2020
This is one beautiful baby boy!
Newman was originally rescued when he was left outside an apartment complex here in Ramona, most likely because of his golf ball-sized hernia. His original finders couldn't afford his surgery and he was surrendered to us.
The wonderful team at High Valley Veterinary Clinic performed his hernia surgery and probably saved his life! He was also neutered at that time. He has since been vaccinated and dewormed.
Newman is a gorgeous boy, curious but shy, very gentle and affectionate when he is' in the mood for lovin'. He can also be very aloof, preferring to explore, play with his toys and engage with other cats/kittens before picking a human as his last choice, ha! He gets along great with other kittens, and hasn't paid much attention to the dogs. Of course, any other cats in the household should be totally healthy, as we are a bit overprotective of this boy; since he was born with the hernia, we don't want to expose him to any potential illnesses in case he does have any kind of a compromised system.
We will only consider an indoor home for this sweet boy, and any other cats must be as gentle as he is. Since he loves having people around, we prefer a home where he won't be left alone all day.