Thursday, August 20, 2009

On the abyss


There are 3 little kittens out back with the stray cat colony. (this pic is of one of the tamer mums) A few weeks ago, they began to look crusty at the ears. I got some lotion from a cat rescue expert and tried to fix them up. Not easy as two out of three are feral.

The tame one, the little black one got better almost instantly. But the two others deteriorated. It took me a while to catch them but yesterday I managed. I caught one with the aid of some prawns and a long, fast arm. The other, unfortunately, was so sick that I could just pick her up.

We went to a new vet, Dr Bas in SS14/2, who treated the feisty one and said she'd be jumping about in no time. She was too. I just gave her breakfast and she's looking great.

But the other little one is at death's door. She got some antibiotics and some other meds and I took her home. She's in my bathroom, wrapped up in a T-shirt. Last night she could move about. She wouldn't eat but she took some water. This morning she was stretched out flat on the floor. I thought she was dead but she made a little noise when I stroked her face.

I've just given her some warm water, drop by drop through a syringe, and I have given her a rub down with a soft, dry cloth from face to tail. I'm trying to mimic a mother's rub down lick. Hopefully this will keep her insides working, and stimulate her will to live.

I'll do it again in two hours. Then I have to go out, but I'll be back to do it all again in three hours after that.

I hope this little one will make it. Purr for us please!

Update: the kitten died at 1030AM. Sad day.

17 comments:

mizzyN said...

it sure is worrying to see feral cats and especially kittens like that.

BTW, basically it sounds cruel to 'fix' a kitty and rob its ability to go forth and multiply but seeing how kittens are dead by the road side frequently it is one way to control feral cat population.

How do one know how many feral cats to ''fix' and how many to let them be, just to ensure that we are not playing God by controlling their population but at the same time making sure they do not spawn and their offsprings go to waste.

i agree with fixing although at times it feels like trying to control nature.

The Island Cats said...

Oh we are purring very hard for this poor little kitten! We hope she can pull through!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh we will start purring. That is so sad.

Mishkat said...

So sorry to hear about how sick this poor kitten is - we will send lots of purrs! We hope she makes it - thanks for all you are doing to try and help her.

P.S. we also really appreciate you taking the kittens to the vet - thank you for doing that.

Dora said...

Poor kitten.
U're very kind and affectionate.:D

Anya said...

Ik ben net wakker en ik lees je commentaartje !!!
Tis al te laat lees ik in je update :(
Triest ik weet niet wat ik moet zeggen.
Geweldig wat je voor die straatkatjes doet Ellen (Ik zou hetzelfde hebben gedaan)
Je moet maar denken je hebt alles gedaan wat je kon.
Het is geen leuke dag voor je vandaag dat geloof ik je graag :(
We denken en purrrren aan die andere kittens en aan de mamakat ook natuurlijk.
Groetjes vanuit een tropisch nederland.
( Ik was twee dagen in Zandvoort daar ben je vroeger misschien ook vaker geweest, het was druk druk druk en uren lange file's !!!)

Mishkat said...

I just read your update and I am so sorry to hear about the kitten. I know you did your best to try and save her - I hope you can take some comfort in that. Thank you for being such a kind and caring person, and for doing so much to help cats.

Purrs and (((hugs))) from Katie and the cats.

The Kitty Krew said...

Ohhh, we're sorry to hear about the kitten. :( It was wonderful of you to try so hard and take them to the vet and everything. We hope the others will be okay.

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

Debra Taylor said...

I am so sorry that the little kitten died. You are a true human being to help the homeless ones. I am glad to learn that the lotion helped the others. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

There will be stories on my blog that could inspire and inform anyone you know who wants to help homeless cats.

http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com/

Would you add me to your blog list? I will put you on mine.

Thank you,

Debby

Everycat said...

Bless you for helping them. We are so sorry and sad that the little one didn't make it. You tried to save her and that is what counts.

Rumbly purrs and love

Whicky Wuudler

Anya said...

Ik kwam ff kijken of er nog nieuws was ( Je bent zo lief voor die straat katjes :))
:)

BeadedTail said...

We're sending our purrs for the little kitten to get better. Thank you so much for taking them to the vet and helping them as much as you can.

Michelle said...

Awwwwww...keep us updated on the little one. So sad seeing feral cats. We have tons of kittens at the cat shelter I volunteer at every weekend. *sigh* So nice of you to care for them. Thank you. :)

wildcatwoodscats said...

So sad to hear the little one did not make it. Thank you for trying to help the cats. You gave her love and attention she would not have had in her short life. Bless you!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I'm so sorry I got here so late. I should have come earlier to purr for you but things have been pretty hectic in my neck of the woods.

I am so, so sorry that the poor kitten didn't make it. I will say a special prayer for poor kitty tonight. :'o( Why must bad things like this happen to little animals who have never had the chance of living a good life yet?

You're doing a great job, Ellen. Let me know if you need anything. Please stay strong.

May Yee said...

You gave the little kitty the experience of human love during the last moments. A memory she can have with her, when she moves to another entity. It's all good.

Cat with a Garden said...

Oh, we just read about the little one. Rest in peace little kitten. It really must have been a sad day. Thank you for caring for them though!