Saturday, January 30, 2010

Foster Update

To read the previous posts about this kitten, click here and here and here.

We had bloodwork run this week for the kitten. It was a FIPV (DNA) test. The test came back negative on Friday morning. The lab says that in order to be able to diagnose a negative for FIP, we must do the same bloodwork for 4 weeks in a row and have a negative each time. Her next appointment for bloodwork is Friday.

If she is presumtively diagnosed negative, the question remains ... why does she have a distended abdomen? What is wrong with her?

The saga continues ... I will try to remember to get a new picture of her for the next update.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Featured Rescue - Black Cat Friday

On my Dogs Deserve Freedom blog, I have created a Black Dog Monday post where I will feature a black dog every Monday. I am now making a similar post here but it will be called Black Cat Friday.

Black animals are notoriously difficult to adopt out of rescue and shelter situations. Because of this, I have decided to dedicate one day per week to Black Cats looking for homes. Nominations are welcome; if you know of a shelter that has many black cats needing homes let me know and I will post some of them.

Today's Black Cat Featured Rescue is Jack Black. His ad on Petfinder states that Jack was one of the 18 cruelty cases that was brought to us during the holidays. You can probably see from the photo that he has a gorgeous long mane of fur - which is why his previous owners were using him for breeding - NOT cool! Jack is a beautiful cat who is in need of a home. He is currently located at Etobicoke Humane Society. If you can offer him a home, please contact them at 416.249.6100.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Foster Update - Bloodwork Scheduled

Hi everyone. Thought I'd post a quick update for those who are interested ...

Our little black kitten is doing well. She is now very friendly and full of spirit. Since she is doing so well (we were expecting her to go downhill, not up!) we are going to run some bloodwork later this week. We had expected to be offering Palliative Care to a sick and dying cat but she has been slowly getting better.

The antibiotics she was receiving cleared up her snotty nose quite nicely and she is beginning to show signs of growth (which is contrary to her status previously). She is still not eating as much as she was when she first arrived, but since she has been off the antibiotics, her eating has increased a lot and she is growing.

She is still quarantined and will remain so. I am still hoping the vet misdiagnosed ... but I don't want to get my hopes up. Will know more after the bloodwork is complete.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Featured Rescue - Oliver

Today's Featured Rescue is Oliver the Main Coon. Oliver is a Pure Bred Maine Coon; his pedigreed name is Dorwill Magickal Spell Oliver. Check out his coat ... isn't it neat looking?
Oliver is currently located in Palmerton, PA.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Foster Update

Well I have some bad news about our foster kitten. You see, now that we can pick her up, we are able to do a physical exam. The feral kitten (who is friendly enough that "Feral" doesn't really apply anymore) is a female. She is very friendly now and spends most of her time purring and nudging us.

When I did a cursory check of her, what I found concerned me. Her abdomen was swollen. I don't mean wormy-belly-swollen. I mean full out crazy big swollen. And hard too.

Although my first hope was worms, it doesn't look like that is the cause. (Fecal is ok, no vomiting wriggly parasites, etc.) We dewormed her anyway and there is another dewormer scheduled in a few days, but her abdomen has swollen larger, not smaller.

The swelling now includes nearly her entire abdominal section. She began having a runny nose last week (sneezing, cloudy-milky fluid, drippy, etc.) and we have her on antibiotics which started on Sunday. In addition to this, the kitten doesn't seem to have grown since arriving at our house (except her abdomen of course!). Her teeth look to be that of a 3 month old kitten (which doesn't make much sense because she's been at our house for a month, at the finder's house for a month, plus however long she was with mom-cat -- assume 7 to 9 weeks).
We took her to the clinic and after examination, the vet there says that there is a very strong chance (85%) that the kitten has Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). FIP is fatal. Lucky for our resident cat, it is not airborne, it travels through body fluids.
Our vet gave us few options; mainly keep her comfortable until she is in pain/discomfort ... then euthanize. We are very sad. We had been considering keeping this one since we only have our one resident cat and black cats are so difficult to adopt out.
We are planning on keeping the kitten in our house (quarantined in a crate) until she begins to show signs of discomfort. We will go through with the dewormer in a few days and finish off our remaining 8 days worth of antibiotics. We will keep our fingers crossed that our vet is wrong. I don't think she is wrong (it would be a first!), but we can hope.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Featured Rescue - Peaches

Today's featured rescue is Peaches, the Dilute Calico. Isn't she precious? Peaches was born November 13, 2009 ... that was Friday the 13th! That's got to be some awesome karma.

Anyway, Peaches gets along well with the other cats in the house and dotes on the humans. She reportedly purrs as soon as you touch her. Sounds like a keeper to me.
Peaches is being cared for by volunteers of the Toronto Cat Rescue. Her Petfinder page is If you are interested in adopting a one of a kind cat, Peaches sure seems like a one good choice!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Featured Rescue - Sky and Myrt

Here's an interesting one ... Sky Blue and Purple Myrt are Russian Blue kittens looking for homes. They were born in April / 2009 and are in the care of GEORGIAN BAY ANIMAL RESCUE. The kittens are already microchipped and are located in Collingwood, ON.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Foster Updates ... Feral Kitten January 2010

As promised, I am posting some pics of the feral kitten we have. We took the kitten because the lady who was feeding it couldn't do so anymore. Kittens come around much more quickly than adult cats do. We have had the kitten since December 23, 2009.

The first three days were pretty bad ... the kitten would throw itself against the crate's walls towards us ... then there was the growling and the hissing ... After the first week, we were able to touch it without the hysterics. After 10 days, we were able to pat the kitten and it PURRS. Last week there was still the growling and hissing when we walked into view but when patted, the kitten would stop growling and after a few minutes would start to purr. We could pick it up, but the purring would stop.

Starting yesterday, the growling when I walk into view does not happen. The kitten actually seems happy to see us and will get up and walk along the crate wall until we open the door. I have not taken the kitten in yet for treatment at the clinic and I have not checked to see if it is male or female.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Entrecard Top Droppers

The following are Entrecard's top droppers for the last 31 days. Thank you to everyone who stopped by. Therefore, here are the most frequent passers by from Entrecard:

The Den of the Dogman
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Surviving as a Single Parent
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