Hard Decisions and even Harder Lessons

returning home from work earlier this week, I noticed that my special needs cat Aslan was in the exact same spot as when I left for work that morning.  this, is not a good sign.  Azzy, as I call him, is a very different cat.  he was a later bloomer when it came to kitty social skills and abilities and he has always had issues with the litterbox and bladder infections.  he’s seven and a  half now, so i have learned how to manage him over the years, but he still can have behavioral flairups and issues, and i had a feeling that that was what was going on that night i found him in the exact same place.

i rushed Azzy to the vet first thing the next morning, which was friday.  he was not happy AT ALL about the trip, much less being in the crate, and he left three small holes in my shirt so that i would know he was mad.  i was very concerned that my boy had gone into kidney failure and so this was the reason for my concern and being rushed to the vet.

Azzy last winter when he was feeling alot better

at the vet, Azzy was not happy either.  he would not pee so that they could get a urine sample, and it eventually resulted in them having to use a needle to get some from his bladder.  (OUCH!)  he was also given fluids which eventually made him pee more later in the night, but initially it was apparent to me that he wasn’t really eating or drinking and that he pretty much felt pretty miserable.

the blood panel came back showing everything good, and the urine testing showed another good case of sterile cystitis (basically a sterile bladder infection).  saturday morning, he was given another round of fluids and also given an appetite stimulant, which they also sent home with me, because he’s not eating or really drinking much, and since being home, it’s apparent he still isn’t.

Azzy is a lover, not a fighter and loves being bathed and giving baths. he is also part of the three amigos, made up of him, Pannda and Eli

the vet recommended peace and quiet and to isolate him from others, which is what i did.  he’s not the happiest about that, but he feels so crappy, he isn’t fighting it much other.  it’s also obvious that his bladder is still bothering him as he’s walking funny and doesn’t lift his tail, nor has eaten much or used the litterbox.  poor Azzy!  it’s breaks my hear to see him this way!

I know all the things that stresses Azzy, such as major change, like the moving in and out of all my stuff.  he likes his comfort zones and doesn’t tolerate change well at all. major changes, such as me going back to work after being home constantly after a year and a half is another stresser, as well as having new faces in the house.  even kitten faces that are kept for the mostpart, seperate from  him in the nursey most of the time.  i do however let them out to run and to get more exercise, and it also helps with socialization too!

however, the impact the ten kittens and all the other changes going on here are having on Azzy are just too much, and because of that I had to make some hard decisions.  however, i also realized that i need to do what’s fair and in the best interests of both Azzy and my foster kittens.

Azzy playing with string and being a good sport for the camera

caring for ten foster kittens AND caring for my own pets, is alot of work.  ALOT.  and it dawned on me yesterday that taking on sooo much has compromised things to the point where it’s not only not fair for my pets, but not fair to the foster kittens either.  response to adoptions down here, hasn’t been the greatest, and unfortunately part of this is because of the economy, i realize, but the rest of it is just plain old ignorrance, which really gets me going.  you would NOT believe some of the phone calls I have gotten!

Anyways.  Azzy’s predictament lead me to a very hard decision.  i picked up the phone and called a local rescue organization to see if they could help me out.  Colorado Animal Rescue is a fairly large rescue organization located upvalley.  they have a really good record with cats and kittens, and not only do homechecks and screenings when it comes to adoptions, but their fees are well set in place to help discourage anyone who half heartedly would adopt a kitten!  i like this about them!  after a discussion as to my predictament and the kittens in my care, CARe has pleasantly offered to help me out and take six of the kittens here into their organization.  in their facility, kittens find good homes quickly and so i feel that moving six from here to there, is not only in the best interests of Azzy’s current and future health, but in the best interests of the kittens as well.  here we just aren’t getting anywhere in getting them good homes as quickly as I would like.  up there, it’s a much different story.

Dorothy

and so come tuesday morning, dorothy, rose, elton, elvis, aidan and alban, which all be transferred to CARe.  initially i was very concerned about the change and how it would impact them,how they are going to feel uncertain and scared, and while i hate HATE them feeling that way, i also know it will only be temporary and that this is really for the best for them and my kitty Azzy.  homes are certain for them in just a matter of a few weeks, which is really good considering they have been here a month and a half and nothing even remotely acceptable has developed for them.    the other four staying with me, will be elliot, finn, and the two feral kittens i’m working with, jett and brigid.

Alban

this has been a hard lesson for me.  altho i know it’s not really failure, a part of me still feels like it was because of Azzy’s predictament.  i knew his triggers, and yet i completely forgot them.  on the other hand, i know that had i not stepped in and taken in this kittens, who knows what would have  happend to them?  at least i know that Colorado Animal Rescue will do a fab job of screening and finding them awesome permanent homes!

little finn who despite being tossed from a car window into a ditch, still has a tremendous capacity to love humans, and who may just have a new home!

on a side note, i did just get a call that sounds very promising, and may turn out to be a great home for Finn!!  this little guy is very special to me because his predictament happend before my eyes.  he was tossed out of a window into a ditch along side the highway as i was heading home from my parents one night.  GRRR!!! amazingly, he suffered no major injuries, and despite suffering this bit of evil, he is still very affectionate and loving!  i will keep u updated on his story!

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The Burns Clan

initially we were gonna call em the Great Scotts, but i prefer Burns.  these little tykes are claimed to be a mix of scottish fold.  the folks that handed them over, also had another girl in the litter but someone lay claim to her. just hope she got a really good home.  the one missing, allegedly has the folded ears.  regardless, the three that came in are pretty cute!  i posted a teaser last night, and while i meant to take more pics, i’ve been a bit under the weather today.  when they first got here, they was stinky of poop and pee so they got a bath.

Alban

Brigid

Jett

despite initial hissing, i remained unscathed thru the entire process of bathing the three.  it is apparent that they haven’t been handled alot, and are a touch feral.  Jett exhibits this the most.  so far, Alban has warmed up the quickes to me, and Brigid is still a bit cool, but getting warmer.  Brigid has managed to rush the door when it opens twice now and has sent me on a wild goose chase.  not easy to do when u have at least 3 curious dogs and one dog in the way of you trying to pursue.  none of the critters would ever hurt her tho, and both times i eventually managed to nab her during a course of hissing.

Alban and Brigid have obiously been eating.  i’m not as certain about Jett.  he seems to have spent most of the day hiding in a small drawer in the vanity cubbard of the bathroom.  tonight i went in and got him, swaddled him in a warm blanket, and brought him out for awhile.  (that’s one of the suggestions made when reading up on socializing feral kitties).  at least this time the poor little man wasn’t shaking, and even tho he didn’t purr, he did start to fall asleep during my scratching of his neck, whiskers and head.

Jett earlier tonight

he still looks a bit stressed, but not nearly as wired as he was last night.  last night…if looks could kill! lol  still cracks me up looking at that picture.  well we shall continue to work on socializing this little man, and hopefully in a few more days i’ll have him purring.  that’s my goal!  and thank goodness, they smell ALOT better!!

Teddy these days….

is quite often curled up with his new “adopted” mom, my dog Shyler! lol  i have no idea how this relationship developed. all i know is that now Teddy is most often curled up with her, beside her, snuggled with her, making biscuits on her, and altho he often attempts to nurse on her, he’s not successful.

and despite attempts to find Teddy a home, none have panned out, and this bond continued to grow.

so i have a feeling, Teddy is Planet Kitty’s newest resident.  not that we mind all that much! lol  and how does Shyler feel about it?

all we got was no comment out of her.  afterall, a big giant breed mix having feelings about a little kitten?  indeed!  miss Shyler has a reputation to protect!

 

i guess life is all about taking happiness where u can find it!  🙂

Bittersweet!

miss Mena working the camera

 earlier today i got to play what i call “kitty claws” in delivering both kitties to the arms of their new families!  as with any transition with kittens, they were a bit scared but i know that both Mena and Millie would adjust quickly!  and the truly big treat was the fact that Mena’s new owner thinks she’ll be keeping the name!  both families have my contact number should they need anything, but i expect everything to go smoothly.  little Millie will be hitting the road with her new mom and dad, Amy and Jordan, to return to their homestate of Michigan for the holidays.  the couple thought about having me petsit her until they came back, but decided they wanted to take her along.  little Millie is most durable and i know she’ll make the trip fine!

 kinda quiet around here tho.  😦 lol  somehow just the pups doing the only ruff-housing ain’t enuff-used to be both pups and little kits going crazy! lol  MeMe is right now in the nursery eating, but even she’s been quiet tonight, sleeping up here on the computer desk rather than gettin’ crazy.  maybe it’s harder to get worked up without her siblings, but i know she’ll b fine too! 

miss Millie taking her turn at the camera

the one thing about these girls is that they loved the camera!  or maybe, it was that they were very interested in it and what on earth it did whenever i was shooting them.  they most certainly made for some beautiful pics!  i know that i’m going to miss them! 

mena helping my cat sherlock "straigten" things up

what??? (posing innocent for the camera lol)

it seems like there were here for sooo long and that it was sooo long ago that my dog found them in the backyard.  sometime in early november i’m thinking……

and of course, we can’t forget little milo!  (didn’t have my new camera to capture him darnit!)

milo and millie keepin' an eye on a toy

 

handsome milo (look how tiny when i first found them!)

Milo actually sitting still for 2.5 seconds lol

Millie peeking under the door to see what's making all the noise (dogs)

little Mena who was the smallest of the 3-until MeMe-and the most feral

sooo tiny!  and scared to death!  but how quickly they warmed up to me-well Mena took a few days longer but it wasn’t long before she went from growling and hissing at me to purring!  oh what treasures!  i’m so going to miss them!

fortunately, i have the pictures to treasure-even the bad ones lol, and i also will have their sister as a permanent member of my own little furry family.  MeMe.  who once again proved tonight that now that her sisters are all gone, her vocal chords are still quite capable of letting me know she will have nothing to do with having to stay in the nursery all by herself!

little miss MeMe giving me a look...she is now firmly planted-on her very own blanket no less-smack dab in front of the computer moniter here with me

do you mind?

that light is too bright for my sensitve eyes!!

due to not knowing at this point what’s going to happen with my house, we won’t be having anymore fosters here at Planet Kitty until we know for certain our fate. so the mackerels may be the last, but there may be some good news brewing with regards to the ol’ homestead,,,but that must keep for another post!

 and so we close here and say good-bye to the mackerels.  all but one that is!  live long and prosper little kittens!  you will always and forever remain in a corner of our hearts! 🙂