Last Wednesday I showed you a picture of my two newest foster kittens. This is their story.
Do you remember little Victor? the kitten I fostered who went on a TV news show and was adopted by one of the newscasters? He was rescued by Older Daughter after a man came into the shelter and said there was a tiny kitten in an alley behind Hardee’s whose eyes were sealed shut. He reported that the kitten had been screaming. As I’ve said SO many times before, the shelter simply cannot take in ANY cats or kittens because of their ongoing numbers. But when a tiny baby is suffering somewhere and the staff are made privy to such a situation, there is nothing to do but rescue . . .
About two weeks ago, a concerned citizen came into the shelter to report that she’d seen some kittens in the alley behind Hardee’s that couldn’t see at all because their eyes were sealed shut. For Older Daughter, this was déjà vu. That evening when she got off work, she drove down that alley. No kittens. She went again the next day, but still no sick kitten sightings. She told me the story and we were worrying ourselves about kittens trying to survive on their own without even being able to see. Then on Monday of last week, I got a call from Older. I found them! I found the kittens. I got them to come towards me by popping the top of a cat food can. Their eyes were completely sealed. They literally ran towards me based on the sound of the cat food can. And I grabbed them. There are two of them, Mom. Can you take them for a while? They’re super skinny and sick and I don’t want to keep them here at the shelter. Of course my answer was yes.
When I got the little sweethearts that night, I couldn’t believe how horribly skinny they were. Being long-haired, it was difficult to see how thin. But holding them was a shocker. Fur over bones. Awful. Older had cleaned their eyes but infection continued to reseal them. I had liquid antibiotic and eye drops for these babies. When I got them settled into a cage in the kennel kitten room, I thought about what they’d been through; but much worse than that – what they WOULD have gone through over the next weeks and months. Hungry, cold, and blind most of the time. Little babies trying to survive.
They are recovering well from their physical problems. Eyes are clearing up. They are putting on weight. But unfortunately, mom cat had already taught them to be afraid of people. As little as they are, they are very skittish. There is a hidey hole play thing in their cage. That’s where they stayed at first. But the little boy started coming out to watch me several days ago. He now lets me pet him. The little girl is much more timid. But JUST yesterday, she came out of the hidey hole to watch me for a few minutes. I think we’ll get there.
I’m going to tell you their names because there’s a Winnie’s Wish story involved in the naming. The minute I saw these two I had a flashback. They looked exactly like two of six little kittens who had come to me years before. Here’s a picture of three of those six.
The new little male looks exactly like the baby pictures of Leo the Chinese Lion. And the little female looks just like Cashmere when she was this age. Of course, I wouldn’t give any two Wishers the same name, but these aren’t Wishers. So the boy is now Leo the Lion, and the girl is Cashmere. The Wishers by the names of Leo and Cashmere are happily living their lives with sister Glitter surrounded by love in the home of Andrea and Greg. You know them as the Celestial Kitties. Now here are my two new foster babies – safe, warm, fed, and hopefully soon to be . . . tame.
These little babies are at the beginning of their lives. They were a couple of the lucky ones – rescued and now hopefully eventually adopted into forever homes. There are always the young and the old. Three of my seniors have moved on recently – Suds, DiMarno, and Bailey. Winnie’s Wish received this gift – the note said For Suds, DiMarno and Bailey. Gone but still greatly loved.
Alyssa – THANK YOU.
And Karen – thank you for the card and gift in memory of Bailey.
And Prudi – thank you for your gift in honor of your Sky Rex whom you lost the day before I lost my Suds.
And Terri – thank you for your gift to Winnie’s Wish on Giving Tuesday.
Winnie’s Wish is blessed with wonderful Friends.
See you tomorrow.