Kitty – Rescued in July 2013, at 2 years old. Semi-feral. Strabismus. Developed mastitis after her 3 newborn kittens died. Trapped, Spayed & Tamed.
Kitty used to live in a feral cat colony. At only 2 years old, she had already been pregnant a few times. First time we saw her, she had just given birth to a litter of 3. After a couple of weeks, her babies were all found dead by a neighbour who used to feed Kitty back then. Kitty was terribly stressed and depressed by her loss and she developed mastitis.
Mastitis is an infection of the mammary glands, which occurs when the mother cat’s milk production is heavy and milk is retained. Mastitis is a veterinary emergency that requires immediate care. So we told our vets about her condition and asked them for advice. We bought the antibiotics she needed in order to treat her while she was still living on the streets. We needed to make sure she’d take a pill a day for at least a whole week.
Although she was born feral she was quite used to human contact. Kitty’s former caregiver (who had called us to ask for help) said she could probably be able to give her a pill a day with some wet food. We needed Kitty to overcome the mastitis so we could try to rescue her to have her spayed. And so that’s what we did.
Two weeks later, we could finally get Kitty into a carrier and bring her to the vet clinic. She wasn’t too happy about it at first, she was fearful and not too friendly to the vets and while being handled she almost managed to escape!
Vet said it’d be harsh trying to tame her to be adopted for she was too “wild” and so for a split second we thought about TNR, we’d tip her ear and just release back to her colony once again. We were extremely doubtful though.
Kitty suffers from strabismus so she was too vulnerable to be on the streets again. When we looked at those mesmerizing blue eyes, we thought “what the heck!…let’s take our chances!” We just couldn’t leave this baby on her own again and now we know we made the best decision ever.
At the vet’s clinic she was panicking with all these meows and barks around her, but once we got her to a safe and quiet environment, she started to soothe and she never tried to escape… not once! She hid under the sofabed for weeks. She just needed some time to get used to her new life.
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After a couple of months, Kitty was finally tamed and she began to enjoy her new life at the Sanctuary to the fullest!