Post # 1
A week ago I was on Facebook and saw a post from a shelter near where I was working. They had a litter of orphan kittens that needed to go into foster care that day or they would be euthanized. My fiancé and I didnt have plans to foster kittens anytime soon, but it tugged at my heart strings and I picked two up after work that night. I have been involved in rescue off and on for years and have fostered several dogs. We also have my 9 y/o dog, and 2 cats we adopted 3 years ago when they were a few months old. That said I could not believe how tiny these kitties were- only about 11 ounces.
At first I was so nervous because they were so tiny and fragile, but after a few days they seemed to be doing really well. This past weekend they started grooming themselves, playing with a little stuffed animal I put in their crate, and wrestling with each other. They were super active, seemed to be growing stronger and apparently were happy and healthy. Today things took a sudden turn for the worse. This morning they weren’t very interested in eating/drinking, were very sleepy (bordering on lethargic.) I was concerned, but hoped it was nothing. By around 3 pm they were rapidly deteriorating. One, previously the feistiest, seemed very near death. I wrapped them in little towels and rushed them to the vet. I was petrified that the sickest one wouldn’t even make it for the 12 minute drive.
We spent 3 hours at the vet this afternoon. With fluids, force feeding, and heating their condition seemed to be improving, but they are nowhere near out of the woods yet. The vet took them home with her for the evening to try and stabilize them. If all goes well, and they pull through, I will hopefully be able to pick them up around lunchtime tomorrow.
I’ve only had the kitties for a week, never planned to keep them permenantly, and know that sometimes animal rescue involves dealing with loss. I consider myself to be a pragmatic person. I didn’t expect to be so attached. I am not normally a person who displays emotion in public and I found myself crying in the vets office, and had to step out into the parking lot and make a teary call to my mom. I am really broken up over this and just hoping/praying that they will be ok. I can’t keep them permenantly, but my goal all along was to give them a chance to get healthy and strong enough to find a loving forever home. I desperately hope they will still get that chance.
Mainly just venting…but thoughts, prayers, good vibes, stories about your own pets that are tough little survivors are welcome.
Post # 2
A few photos of the little guys when they were feeling better
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
Awwwe bless you for helping give them a chance. Love and light n all that shite. *hugs*
Post # 4
Awww, black kitties especially grab my heart since they’re so often overlooked for homes! We have two ourselves (both foster failures, btw). Hope they recover, and soon!
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
Sending healing prayers for kittens and peace and comfort for you.
Post # 6
Aww hope your kitties get better soon, what a lovely thing you have done for them by taking them in and looking after them. Wishing them a full recovery!
Post # 7
WestCoastV: So many thoughts and prayers to these little guys! They are just the sweetest little things. Hope to see an update with nothing but good news later. xoxo
Post # 8
Firstly I admire you for being able to foster animals. I am a firm believer in ‘don’t shop adopt’! I will not be able to foster, I will end up keeping all the animals. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if it wasn’t for a few limitations like space and the all-important finances. We have 5 doggie babies at the moment all but one was adopted, that one is from my previous relationship.
Our last adoption was from a breeder actually, due to inbreeding the pup was deaf and we found out at 6 months when we had her spayed and I requested an X-ray she has hereditary hip dysplasia in the left hip and early signs of that in the right hip. Anyway, I am circling the airport a little here. What I mean to tell you about is, when we got her at 8 weeks she was so small and adorable. The person we got her from gave us a bag of food with, as it was some unknown brand and we have our dogs on the best dried dog cubes available to us I decided to wean her of this brand and on to our regular brand. She arrived on a Saturday, the following Tuesday she had her first of four meals the morning, she seemed a bit tired. I didn’t think much of it as she was playing nonstop the day before and she ate so that’s good right. I gave her-her second meal and she ate that too, but still she was just sleeping. On my way through the house that afternoon I notice she was shaking and not looking good at all. I left everything and rushed to the vet (I work from home). At the vet I was told that she had a severe parasite infection and that it could possibly be from the food as there are a few backyard manufacturers of dog food that do not follow the necessary health and safety steps, that there is not much they can do other than give her parasite treatment and a strong dose of antibiotics. That it is a waiting game, I should go home with her and monitor her. By that evening I went back to the vet, she was like a ragdoll in my arms by then. We came back home with her after the vet gave me special food and supplements and more antibiotics. By the grace of God that little body stood strong against the infection and she pulled through. We have had an uphill battle with her, because her immune system was very weak as a pup and we had a few close calls. But I am very happy to say she is celebrating her second birthday today and is strong as a horse!
When animals have poor nutrition as babies it could be detrimental, but luckily you intervened and saved them! I will pray for their complete recovery and for strength for you! I would like to thank you for your selfless service to those without a voice! Bless you!
Post # 9
Those precious little kittens are so lucky to have you! I hope they are able to recover <3 keep us updated
Post # 10
Yes let us know how they turn out, i would love to start doing this. I am called the kitty whisperer lol
Ive taken in many a cat and dog before and took care of them then ended up keeping them cuz i get too attached. SO hatesit lol
Post # 11
WestCoastV: Oh my gosh, they are adorable, and good for you for fostering them! I would love to do that but fear I would get too attached.
When I was in high school I took home some incubated chicken eggs, which hatched! One was a tiny little chick that was very weak and getting picked on by the others. I separated him, put a heat lamp on his box (had to use cardboard boxes since no one expected they would hatch that weekend), and stayed up all night with him, since my parents and I really thought he wouldn’t make it through the night. Well, I’m happy to say he did, and he was doing well when I returned all the chicks on Monday.
Hope your little guys pull through and can find their forever homes!
Post # 12
WestCoastV: Positive vibes for these little ones! you are a saint for saving them and at least giving them a chance!
Post # 13
Thank you all so much for your kind words! It meant a lot to me. I was really broken up over the situation.
I have a happy update- both of the little ones made it through the night. The vet thinks because they lost their mom so early, they are just extra fragile. We are not out of the woods yet- they will be staying with the vet until Tuesday- under a heat lamp and with round the clock care. But we are optimistic that they will pull through and hopefully get much stronger over the next week with the extra TLC and professional care. If all goes well, I will post an update and photos when I pick them up next week!
Post # 14
By the way, I hope this post doesn’t discourage anyone who is considering fostering! Every other time I’ve done it things went perfectly and it was a great feeling in the end to see the fosters go to loving homes. This is the first time I’ve done it with animals who were so young. So, if you are considering fostering but nervous about unanticipated health issues, maybe start with adult cats or dogs.