Last Wednesday was an unusual day to say the least. It was a day suddenly filled with fosters. But also, something happened here that hit me as, well - unbelievable is the word that comes to mind. There have been other “unbelievable” things occur over the years. This one ranks right up there in the top five for sure! But you don’t really think I would tell that story on a MONDAY, do you? What would be the fun in that? So let me introduce a couple of new foster kittens first. I assure you I will tell my “unbelievable” story THIS week.
Today I’d like to introduce you to a kitten who is wonderful and brave and recovering nicely now. His injury was one I’d never seen before. The poor dear . . . you will want to feel sorry for this little guy, but he is bursting with personality – so much so that all you can do once you get to know him is smile.
This baby was brought in to the shelter where my daughters work. You’ve heard me say it over and over – there is not one extra spot anywhere for another cat or kitten. They have to turn away people with cats and kittens on a daily basis. But they simply cannot turn away an animal who is clearly not going to survive. This kitten was brought in by someone who said – There’s something wrong with its mouth, like I think its jaw must be broken or something. Older Daughter examined and the jaw was not broken. But the entire front of the lower jaw was exposed. This exposed area was also massively infected. Older Daughter got the kitten set up in a quarantine cage and tested to see if he could eat or drink. He seemed to be starving, nearly inhaling the small amount of canned food. She didn’t see him drink but he had no signs of dehydration. The following day he went to the vet.
The vet said he had seen this in a dog once. Apparently, at some point, the lower lip was torn away from the gum. The kitten continued to grow but the lower lip was unable to grow along with the jaw and gum. The lower lip is now way too far down, leaving the gum and lower front jaw entirely exposed. Whatever he had been eating had packed in and around the teeth and the entire area was infected. He was given antibiotic but the vet was pessimistic about any way to “repair” this problem. He can live this way without any life-threatening issues, but his mouth will dry out and his breath will be bad for the rest of his life. We’ll have to hope that some wonderful person will adopt this guy and put up with his minor problems. My daughters both said it, and now I can join them – You could not ask for a better personality. WHAT a kitten! Full of life and seems to enjoy everything. He practically never stops making muffins. And I believe he would spend 24 hours a day rotating through three activities over and over and over – he loves his dry kitten chow, he loves to play, and he loves to be held and petted.
His name is Joker. Take a look at this fantastic little kitten.
See you tomorrow.