When I was picking up the new girls the other night I met the woman who rescued Ella! So I was able to get a little more of her story. She was born — one of three — to an unspayed house pet and was the runt of the litter. The tale was a bit confusing, but it would appear the very young mom cat abandoned the litter after just a few days. Unfortunately, the family knew little or nothing about hand raising orphan kittens. The three little ones were given a very poor diet. When they were about two weeks old they came to TCR. The volunteer I spoke with said it was clear something was off with Ella from the beginning, but they put it down to her being the runt. So that kind of supports Dr. Lindsay’s theory about oxygen deprivation at birth.
The new girls are much more relaxed. Shakira is keen to get out of the den; Regine just sits regally in the bed. Shakira has also decided to teach Ella some manners. If Ella is polite and curious, nothing happens. In fact, at one point, Ella was licking Shakira’s head and S. was purring. But if Ella starts being aggressive or growly Shakira will happily whap her on the head. So begin the lessons.
Oh! And I was reading some of TCR’s press release info’ about this rescue … apparently TCR has rescued almost 2,700 cats this year! That’s a HUGE increase over last year’s approximately 2,000. With another influx of 30 from near Quebec City arriving later this week, and a month left in the year, I’m sure we’ll surpass it.
Please keep TCR in mind if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the cat-lover in your life! All proceeds from our online store go to helping the cats. Donations in honour of that someone-who-has-everything are always welcome! Or if you’re just looking for an end-of-the-year credit to help with your tax return. 😉