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 has known Kitty since birth. We were told Kitty was terribly stressed and depressed by her loss. Since kittens were still nursing, she immediately 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 have her healed while still living in the streets. We just needed to make sure she’d take a pill a day for a week.
Although she was born feral she was quite used to humans. Kitty’s former caregiver (who called us to tell us about her condition) said she could probably be able to give her a pill a day with some wet food. Only after she’d recover from mastitis we could try to get 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 we’d TNR, tip her ear and just release back to her colony once again. We were too doubtful. Kitty suffers from strabismus so she was extremely vulnerable to be on the streets again. When we looked at those tender yet 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 used to hide under the sofabed for weeks. She just needs some time to get used to her new life so we are taking baby steps!
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After many months, Kitty was finally tamed and she’s now enjoying her new life at its fullest!