This picture of her is exactly one week from last Sunday when I was able to bring her in to be loved, and cared for properly.
It began on a Tuesday prior to that Sunday, I was sitting out on the back step, taking a break, and saw a little kitty. I spoke, and called, "kitty, kitty"...and she just sat there. I went in for dry Halo cat kibble and water, sat it down and called her, left her be.
When I looked out the window, there was nothing left in either dish. I called and called and she never came around that evening.
Wednes, she came back and I was all prepared for her arrival, and had in addition to her dry, a can of tuna on a plate for her.
This time after she ate she hopped up on my lap and nuzzled her face into my arms and just purred and carried on, climbed up around my neck and didn't want me to let her go. She was skin and bones.
I live with my 84 yr. old mother, I am her caretaker, and I have one cat Romeo. I relayed all of this to her, I was so upset having to put her down and not let her in.
It took all the way to Sunday, my mother agreed and I snapped into action and made an appointment at the veterinarians office, we got in Tuesday.
I asked about her short ear, birth defect? No, she has been digging at her ear most likely all of her life and damaged it from mites. He also told me that she wasn't a kitten as I thought she was 8-10 years old and apparently nobody ever really cared about her.
Blood was drawn for feline leukemia in house test, ears mildly flushed with a strong insecticide, and we go back this Wednesday for another flushing and antibiotic drops for her ears there, and for me to drop into her ears here at home.
I want to schedule a blood chem panel for her at the end of the month, they are 125.00 but necessary to see how internal organs are functioning. If all okay, I will have her 4 in 1 and rabies shots. My sister told me those 4 in 1 shots have a spot of mercury in them, and say if she had....renal failure for instance, it would be damaging.
At this appointment Wednesday, I must also ask, and I had forgotten to as I was just shocked at her age and it removed so many questions I had....I need to know if she has ever been spayed. That will be something that will need to be done, but not until she puts some more meat on her bones, and gets a clean bill of health.
Since our first appointment, she has settled in nicely! Prefers hanging out under the bed, all of her wet meals which consist of chicken livers, ground turkey, chicken breast and thigh meats and tuna....are served in her room, and dry Halo is out at all times. I serve her meals warm and with the juices, tuna at room temp. Romeo eats tuna...not as much as she does, so it goes quickly! Romeo prefers his dry, it is a chicken base with other good things in it, and not so much for the fresh meats.
I do not buy canned cat foods for my cats, nor do I or have I ever purchased grocery store brands. Most are all under the Purina umbrella and they are all formulated using rendered meats and other things not fit for human consumption.
Halo is a holistic food and I just favor spending a bit more to know my little friends are eating well.
Her litter pan is also in that room, and while she is now cruising around more comfortably, I am going to move that pan into another room....the den we have Romeo's pan in. She will also need to learn to come to the kitchen for her foods and water. I just don't want foods and water to be in the bedroom forever, it will take time, but slowly changing things in a few weeks should do the trick!
Rose is so loveable, purrs all the time. Romeo has not been near her at all, watches from a distance, and we have noticed no ear scratching or itching from him so that is a good thing.
So I snapped this picture of her last night, she was sitting in a chair opposite mine, watching me on the computer, perfectly content, and I feel perfectly confident that Rose is going to have a good comfortable rest of her years with me.
After these initial vet visits, I am going to purchase insurance for the cats. You still need to pay upfront to your vet, and they want it all and quote you before you ever get in to see the veterinarian....but the insurance will refund some of that back to you.
Spaying is reasonable at the animal clinic, they want the people to spay and neuter and offer prices that are affordable. At the veterinarians office several hundred dollars. So we will go to the clinic if that needs to be done to save a little there.
I hope that if you ever, ever run into a kitty or puppy in need that you if you can not provide a forever home, tend to them the very best you can, give lots of love and find it an approved by you home if you can't.
I do not know where this cat came from. Was she dumped, did someone pass away and she ran away, was she kept and abused. Obviously, she was abused in many ways with her ears never being addressed for mites, and wasn't fed. My neighbor told me....we live in a mobile home park here....that he saw the kitty scoot under one of the homes. He had knocked on the door to tell the woman and man that lived there and he said they just looked at him, he shrugged and she said "okay". I feel it was their cat. I did not tell my neighbor I have her, because I don't want that conversation going to those people. All of the people that live here are seniors. It appears to me that abuse comes in all shapes and forms and administered by all ages.
Rose now has a home, loved, and certainly is getting the medical attention she needs and plenty of freshly prepared meals, and a good dry. We all drink bottled water here....so even her water is clean and fresh.
Well, I wanted to share my story about Rose with you, she is very, very special to me and only God knows how her little life has been before she came here. By the way, I ran a few names I had in mind for her, and when I got to 'Rose' I got a response! I felt it was befitting to how I feel about her, and is appropriate for her age.
Sandy , Rose and Romeo
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