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.

The beautiful Emily (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

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.

Emily at The Cat Hospital

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!

Emily is all set to go to her fosterer's

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 in the arms of her fosterer (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

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.”

Emily (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

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!


An update on Little Red

Many of you have been asking for news of Little Red, so I asked Jim to write an update for you.

Li’l Red is still recovering from the effects of his diaphragmatic hernia and the two operations intended to rectify the condition. Following the first op Red was set to be released from Claire Meade’s care at the Cat Hospital but further complications led to a second operation to correct some problems. Red made a good recovery following this second op and was released back into the care of his mum, Maggie, and returned in some triumph to his forever home.

Back home at last!

Here, Red was reunited with his four sisters, the ‘Torties’, who were delighted to see their brother again. Red’s first few days at home were marked by differences of opinion between Red and his dominant tortoise shell sisters over who had ‘dibs’ at the food. In fact Li’l Red had first dibs and a few well aimed paws weren’t long in alerting his pushy sisters that although Li’l Red might be small in stature he was big on courage. Red was happy to be free of cages and confinement and ran about the place playing with everybody and generally enjoying his first taste of freedom in quite a while.

All looked fine with him for a while but Maggie began to notice that Red was starting to get sick after eating and appeared unable to digest normal catfood so an alternative had to be found. This led to the ‘Jamie Oliver’ experience for Red as Maggie began to experiment with different types of food, different textures and various substances, in an effort to make the process of eating easy for Red. It quickly became apparent that Red was unable to digest ordinary food and that everything had to be liquidised for him so Red is now being fed on a specially prepared diet of mushy food somewhat similar to human baby food. His mum, Maggie, is very busy everyday mashing up all sorts of nutritious foods into an easily digestible mash for Red to snack upon. He is still the same lovable, playful kitten, whose eyes are still too big for his head, and who rushes about the house to see what everybody is up to. Nothing goes on in Red’s house without the benefit of his direct supervision and presence and he is well able to play with his very boisterous sisters and all the other kittens that Maggie is currently fostering. It looks like his food will always have to be processed before he can eat it and Clare Meade thinks he probably has a megaesophagus hernia (hernia in his digestive system). Unfortunately it can only be truly diagnosed in
the Royal College of veterinary surgeons in Dublin and there is no guarantee that
he can be cured with another operation.

So that’s the story with Little Red so far. He’s a little cat with a lot of people rooting for him and his full recovery but it is down to the determination of Maggie and her patience and hard work in literally spoon-feeding him, day in and night out, that will decide Little Red’s future. Red has many friends in his life from the people who contributed towards his initial operations to his Mum, Maggie, who has worked ceaselessly to find food he can digest. Although Red has ongoing medical problems that may never be totally resolved none of them have dented his unfailing playfulness and mischievousness or his utter enjoyment of, and appreciation for, life. Red has had to fight for survival from the moment of
his birth but this experience has not soured him in any way. He is a delicate little creature, small in stature, but a giant in courage. On behalf of Li’l Red
I would like to thank all his supporters, and there are many from all over the
world, who have helped the little cat with the big courage to survive.

Little Red is now part of our “Sponsor a Pet” programme.  You can also take responsibility for his well-being by sponsoring him and thus helping us with his daily care.

A thank you from Little Red

It has been nearly a week since my first operation; I was so excited that I could eat again…..food yummy food! My belly started to hurt again so Clare did another operation on Monday night to fix me. She gave me cool leg warmers in pink and green colours and I had a thing called a drip attached. I have a lovely warm bed with a heat pad to keep me cosy.

Clare, Lesley and Nora in the Cat Hospital look after me and mind me so well; I love them all. My new mommy and daddy come to visit me and tell me that all my sisters miss me so much. My sister Tear has sent me her favourite toy to play with and to cuddle when I get lonely.

I need to eat more food ’cause it will make me big and strong so I can play with my sisters…but I’m not feeling too good.

Emilie and Albert put my story up on the web so everyone can see me and read my story… I’m just one little red kitten in a big, big world of many sick animals.

You can give me so much: food, shelter, healthcare, attention, etc. All I can offer in return is pure and simple… love. I will hang in there, I’ll try my best cause I can see that so many humans out there care.

I need to have a little sleep now, I’m really tired… But before I go to sleep, I want to say a big thanks to you for all your support…

Little Red x

A message from Little Red

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.

Many thanks!

My name is Red

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………

In the woods

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.

Little Red's first encounter with the humans

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.

In my new house

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 at The Cat Hospital on the eve of his big operation

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