Emily is one of the cats we have in foster care. She was found last December with a broken leg and we decided to help her. After a successful operation, Emily returned to her rescuer who had offered to foster her as she needed six weeks of cage rest. We have asked Mary to tell us Emilie’s story:
“One Saturday morning just as we were leaving the house 3 youngsters about 10 or 11 years old came to the door holding a beautiful tabby & white kitte;, they asked me did I own her. I didn’t and they said they would keep looking for the owner as she was very friendly. I told them to come back to me if they didn’t find her owner. Later that evening they arrived at the door still holding the kitten and told me that her leg was broken. They said they had brought her to the local vet who had treated her with antibiotics and painkillers but as they didn’t know who the owner was the vet could not offer any more treatment. One of the youngsters’ father had told her to put the cat back where she had found her as they didn’t want to keep her. I rang the ACS (Katie) and told her the kitten’s story. Katie asked me to bring the kitten to The Cat Hospital in Glanmire where Clare would assess her. I took the kitten from the youngsters and brought her into my home. She was super friendly, never once growled or showed any aggression, even though her leg was broken.
When I came back in the house, there was major excitement: our own 2 dogs, another doggie I was doggies-sitting and our 4 cats (including our new addition 4 week old feral kitten) were very interested to know what I had in the carrier. My daughter and son were so excited and, not wanting to frighten this new kitten, we decided to bring her into the sitting room shut the door to keep all our nosey fur babies in the other room. Unfortunately, when my son closed the door he didn’t realise my daughter’s fingers were in there and we ended up with a screaming 6 year old who had 2 very squished fingertips. She only calmed down when my hubby asked her to bring the kitten with her very sore broken leg to the vet with mammy.
On arriving at The Cat Hospital, Clare helped the squished fingertips by giving my daughter a yummy bar of chocolate. As everyone knows chocolate is a fantastic healer! Claire assessed the kitten and told me she had a compound fracture, the bone sticking out the back and blood that was stuck around the wound would suggest that the injury had not happened that day or the day before. This alone will show what a sweetheart this kitten is; she must have been in absolute agony, yet allowed youngsters to carry her around for most of the day in their arms, then allowed me to carry her and never complained once! When we were leaving Clare asked my daughter to think of a name for this adorable kitten. On the drive home she told me she had decided on a name: Emily – after herself!
We went to visit Emily after her operation and Clare told us that Emily kitty would need approximately 6 weeks of cage rest. I offered to foster her for this time. I was nervous as I had never fostered a cat that needed cage rest. I wanted to ensure I would do the best for her to heal. The last time I fostered a kitten was over 2 years ago and I failed at that; I adopted her!
Emily kitty is a very friendly kitten, which means she thinks every other cat/dog is the same. Two of our cats gave her a shock when they hissed at her for trying to play with them through her cage when they went over to investigate. She loves everyone and plays with the feral kitten (Parmenion) we have had now for about 9 weeks. Parmenion will sit outside Emily’s cage and play with her through the bars. Emily kitty had her stitches out three weeks ago and got her first vaccination. She will have the implants in her leg removed next week, then she will be free from cage rest. She can’t wait to come out of the cage to explore her surroundings.
If you are looking for a cat that will adore you, be very happy sitting on you lap being rubbed and enjoys playing, then Emily kitty is the cat for you. She would love a playmate as she really enjoys playing and company. She’s very placid and really deserves a wonderful forever home.”
We are delighted to say that Emily has a home waiting for her. Magda, Lucasz and their cat, Blaszka, are getting ready to welcome Emily as soon as she has settled after the removal of her pins.
The ACS always tries to help as many animals as possible, but this can be difficult at times as we do not always have the resources. Despite, the best efforts from the vets we work with, who offer fantastic discounts, such operations remain expensive. The cost of Emily’s and Millie’s operations and treatment is over €1000; this is why we’re asking you for your help. By donating a euro for each of these girls, you can help us to continue our work. Do you think you could donate €2 towards their vet bills? If so, please visit their special appeal page here. Thanks!
“Back in September, a feral kitten was brought to The Cat Hospital after a road traffic accident. Clare Meade rang the ACS to ask if we could help. The kitten, who was later named Lieutenant Dan, needed an operation to have his leg amputated. At the time, Little Red was also waiting for the big operation that would save his life. Our funds were low and we knew that Little Red’s operation would be very expensive, but the public was helping for it through our special appeal, so we decided to give that other kitten a chance to live and used the remainder of our Clyde Fund (dedicated to RTAs) for his operation.
The operation went well and Lt Dan recovered quickly thanks to the loving foster home Maggie and Jim offered to him. Soon, Lt Dan was running around the place, apart from the odd tripping from his foster sister.
However, worries were not over for Lt Dan who had to be brought back in emergency to The Cat Hospital because an enormous abscess had appeared on his head. It was emptied and Lt Dan was put on antibiotics. However, two weeks later it reappeared, and again two weeks later. It became evident that it could be something serious. We also feared that the infection would get to the bone and infect the marrow, resulting in poisoning the blood.
Clare explained that an operation would be needed to properly clean the abscess, but also take a culture to be sent for analysis so that he would receive the appropriate treatment. Estimated cost? €500. What were we supposed to do? What would you have done?
On the same day Lt Dan went to The Cat Hospital, Maggie and Jim had to bring another kitten with him. Billy Bunter had been rescued during a TNR job and suffered from megacolon; a result of being a small kitten in a colony of hungry feral cats. The chances for him to recover from his condition were slim and it might have also meant a lot more suffering. We could not inflict that to this poor kitten and Billy Bunter had to be put to sleep. You may thus understand why we did not hesitate to go ahead with Lt Dan’s operation. Or you may not if you are cold-hearted.
This post is called “to be or not to be” because too often animal welfare people are left to decide of the destiny of the animals they rescue. It is a difficult choice and should not be so. Animals should be loved and treated with respect and compassion by what we call “humanity”, but this is not so, they are left to suffer because too many members of our society believe that their own little comfort is more important. The ACS believes that if there is a chance to offer an animal a better life, we should take it, so we did and Lt Dan was given the chance to be.
Today, we are asking you if you could help us with the cost of Lt Dan’s operation. As you may know, our funds are very low (how can they be otherwise when we have decided to spend whatever we have to improve the lives of animals) and we rely entirely on the public’s generosity. We have set up a special appeal for you to help Lt Dan.
Again, I am asking you, what would you have done? It is your choice now and your decision might result in the next kitten who meets our path to be or not to be.”
We have so far raised €115 for Lt Dan’s operations and numerous visits to the vet, not near enough to cover the cost. If you would like to help, you can donate here. The donation is set at €2.50, the price of a cup of coffee to offer a cat a better life.
Following this call for help on Facebook last December, we received a different kind of offer: Emma Robertson (Veterinary Physiotherapist) offered to do laser treatment on Lt Dan’s head. As Lt Dan’s abscesses keep coming back and that we have no idea why, Maggie and Jim decided to go ahead with the treatment. Lt Dan went for his first session yesterday and here is Maggie and Jim’s report:
“On Sunday, 16/01/12, Lt Dan underwent his first laser treatment. At this stage things with Lt Dan have got desperate: countless trips to vets, numerous examinations, several operations from which tissue was taken and sent for cultures to be grown, and no result. Lt Dan’s recurring abscesses have proven to be a complete veterinary mystery. There is no detectable infectious agent present. There is nothing that can be eradicated through the use of antibiotics. But still the abscesses pop up, and out, on poor old Dan’s head regularly. The only treatment that could be offered to Dan was the nightly removal of the scab and bathing the abscess with salt water in order to keep a channel clear so any puss could exit the wound areas. This was far from an ideal method of dealing with Dan, who had already suffered a great deal in his short life. It was also becoming obvious that all this ‘pulling and tearing’ at Dan was having an adverse effect on the cat’s wellbeing and he was starting to exhibit signs of stress.
During the course of our last Facebook appeal a lady called Emma Robertson contacted the ACS and offered to treat Dan with laser therapy. Emma, who is a chartered veterinary physiotherapist, also specialises in a range of holistic therapies and very kindly offered to take the problem of Dan’s abscesses on. So Lt Dan was marched (unwillingly) into the car and over to Tower to see Emma. The actual treatment took a matter of minutes and involved no intrusive or painful procedures that would stress Dan out even more. Emma has a portable laser generator and she merely took out a handset – it looks like a small torch with a right angled head – and held it over the abscess on Dan’s head. The laser light is red in colour and within a few minutes of beginning it was all over and Dan was back in his cage glaring at everybody.
Today (Monday) the early results look promising with no significant discharge from Dan’s head wound; the first time this has been the case in quite a while. The wound itself looks a lot drier and more healthy than it has been. Dan is due to return to Emma for further treatments, spread over the next few weeks. We are very grateful to Emma for her kind offer to help Dan as both ourselves and Clare Meade are baffled by Dan’s refusal to get better. Emma does work for the Donkey Sanctuary and is no stranger herself to animal welfare. She can be contacted from her Facebook profile.”
Last week, on Facebook, I sent an appeal to help Jennifer and her cats.
Jennifer contacted me a little while ago about a queen who had given birth to a litter of two in her garden. This type of email is quite common and, even though we cannot take the cat and kittens, we are happy to give advice and support the person as much as possible. A conversation ensued between Jennifer and I about what could be done. Jennifer said she would do her best to rehome the kittens herself and insisted that the mum and her older kitten -now one year old- should be neutered and how could we help with that?
I was amazed when Jennifer told me she was 13 and gave me the number of her mum if I needed to contact them. I was impressed that a 13-year old would show more maturity and have a more responsible attitude than many aldults. I promised her we would help to raise the money to get the queen and older kitten neutered by doing an appeal.
I am hoping that this appeal will also show the attitude we should adopt towards feral cats and that many adult will follow Jennifer’s example.
So far, we have raised €73, but we need more to get the two older cats neutered. Would you be willing to help Jennifer and contribute to the neutering of her ferals? If so, please visit her fundraising appeal on Facebook. Alternatively, you can donate through our website, but make sure you send me an email explaining the purpose of your donation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jennfer, the cat community and I thank you in advance for your generosity!
Are you also feeding some ferals in your back garden? Now is the time to get them spayed/neutered. National Feral Cat Awareness Week is beginning in six days and a few locals vets have agreed to practice discounted fees for the occasion. If needed, we can help you with the trapping. However, we cannot take the cats away. This is what is called TNR (Trap/Nauter/Return). The cats will go back where they came from and still help keeping the mice away…
Remember, a female cat can become active at four month old and produce three litters a year. So, what are you waiting for?
My operation is over.
I’m in a funny place now; it’s called an oxygen tent because I can’t breathe for my self. My liver had attached itself to my lungs and Clare fixed me. My kidney, spleen and digestive system were all stuck up in my chest putting pressure on my little lungs. They are all back where they are supposed to be now thanks to Clare and her wonderful team at The Cat Hospital. I need to stay in my new tent for a few days until I can breathe on my own.
I did get a look at the rainbow bridge but Clare wouldn’t let me cross over just yet. I wanted to tell you all my story because I’m a little red kitten, who didn’t have a chance until I met humans. They didn’t eat me but who took the time to care about me, a little red kitten who will forever thank you.
Little Red is very grateful to all his supporters and so are we. It is a very expensive operation and without you we wouldn’t have been able to afford the operation. You can donate from our Facebook shop or from our website.
My name is Red.
My mommy doesn’t like me and my four sisters eat all the food before I get there. I’m so little and my belly really hurts when I eat. I’m so,so, hungry.
Mommy bit me and hissed at me again today, she won’t give me any milk.
I don’t know why she wants to hurt me. I’m so scared to leave the woods. My
sisters are playing with mommy, they caught a mouse for dinner. I didn’t get
any dinner ’cause I didn’t help to catch the mouse. Why does my belly hurt so bad? The humans came today to give us some food. It’s a long walk to the humans and they scare me cuz they’re so big and noisy. My sisters said they want to catch us and eat us for dinner. The humans give us food, so I don’t understand why they would want to eat us. My sisters are tortie coloured and in the woods they are the fighters, they say I’m too lazy and silly to catch my own food. My belly hurts so bad now.
I want my mommy………
I sleep on my own cuz mommy and the torties don’t want me around cuz they say there is something wrong with me. I can’t go anywhere. The human machines are on the road and they’re so loud I get so scared, the woods are full of strange noises and funny smells. I’m so tired, all I can do now is sleep, but it’s difficult to sleep when I’m hungry, I keep shaking from the cold and I’m so lonely.
The humans are here again, but there’s more of them today, they’re making funny sounds and pointing at us. Mommy told us to stay away from them. They have food. Loads of food! I can smell it. I’m so hungry…….. Mommy has gone
to talk to the humans…..I can’t see her, she has disappeared, but I can hear her call the torties. My sister Tear has gone to find mommy. Tear is so brave and she likes me and brings me food sometime and cuddles me when I’m cold…….Tear is gone…. Charlie goes next to see what is happening. I can hear them cry…..Oh what’s happening?.. My belly hurts…. Stripe and Adam Ant go together to see where everyone has gone…..No one comes back. I can hear their voices but can’t see them. I can smell the food. I’m so hungry….I have to see what’s happened to my family…….I can see Tear, she’s in a funny looking box. She tells me to run away. I’m so scared. I want to be with my sister…Oh! The big noisy humans have caught us all.
We are in the dark and we are all very quiet and very scared. Mommy and the torties are all huddled in the corner of the box we’re in. We are moving in one of the human machines……..Will they eat us soon? My belly hurts really bad now.
The machine stops and I hear the humans. They lift up our box and we enter a strange place. Its dark, but not very dark. It’s warm and it smells funny, not like the woods, it smells like humans…….It’s a nice smell. Oh my golly! There is so much food here, enough for a million hunts in the woods and there are furry things to sleep on. This is so wonderful….When will the humans eat us? I’m going to eat until I burst….. My belly hurts so much now when I eat anything….I think I will just lie down for a while.
We are in the human machine again. Are they going to eat us soon? I’m so scared…….. We are in a strange place now, it smells funny, but nice…..The human is coming to get me…..She picks me up and holds me in her arms…..’What a lovely little Red you are…you’re so thin and your eyes look so big and scared’ Oh my belly hurts so bad…..make me better please lady.
I’m in a cage now….on my own, my mommy is gone, my sisters are gone. I hear other cats and the humans are talking. I hear a human, the same one that put me in the human machine……She’s coming towards my cage…She opens it and she touches me. I’m scared she is going to eat me…She rubs my ears….I like it, she rubs my back….I like it…..she kisses me…..I really like that, it’s like when mommy used to do it.
The human tells me that I’m really, really, sick and I need an operation to fix my belly so it won’t hurt anymore. I will need to sleep for a while and when I wake up everything will be ok.
I’m scared…..I want my new mommy, I miss my sister Tear….. The humans are giving me stuff to make me sleep, I feel really, really, tired. My belly hurts….I’m getting sleepy now, really sleepy.
Little red is having an operation this morning on a Diaphragmatic Hernia in his chest cavity. The operation will be performed by Veterinarian, Claire Meade, at
the Cat Hospital in Glanmire with the assistance of her veterinary nursing staff. Little Red’s operation can possibly last between 4 and 6 hours and he will be assisted by Leslie who will have to breathe for little Red using a hand ventilator pump.
Little Red’s operation is very costly, but the Cork Animal Care Society has decided that his life is more important than money. Do you agree? If so, you might be willing to make a €2 donation towards Little Red’s operation? €2 is all we are asking for because we believe that if we pull our forces together we can be stronger. Every little bit makes a difference and for Little Red, this could make a huge difference. Please, help this little cat! You can donate on our Facebook shop or on our website.
Thank you Maggie for writing Little Red’s story for him. Little Red, our thoughts are with you today. We’re thinking about you and sending you all the positive vibes we can. You deserve a better life and we love you xx