How was I supposed to resist this:
This is Amelia. She was found hiding inside a house after the resident passed away, and came in in pretty rough shape. She has spent some time in the vet clinic and they are giving her the green light to spend some time in a home. She is still in a fairly fragile state, and needs to be monitored in her foster home to make sure she is eating, and to continue her medication.
I have a weakness for the “left behind” ones — whether from thoughtlessness or death.
She arrived on Saturday afternoon, about the same time I was supposed to receive three kittens — temporary fosters while their “real” foster person was away! She was so subdued; just limp when I lifted her out of the carrier and put her in the crate. She would only huddle in the corner, sitting in the “loaf” position (lol — you can actually Google “cat loaf”!!!) After a couple of hours I thought to put the heating pad in with her. She loved it — she immediately moved over to it and has been on it every since. Lots of stretched out lounging now! 😉 I fed her small amounts a few times through the evening. At breakfast, she cleaned the plate so I gave her seconds. She completely cleaned the plate at her mid-morning snack time!
She is snuffly and sneezy. She has urine stains and burns on her feet. And thin? Pretty sure the worst I’ve ever seen. Apparently she was 1.4kg (three pounds) on intake; she’s six months old!
But she’s more alert with each passing hour and she’s decided she likes pets! I even got some biscuit action when I was petting her. And she gave herself a pretty good bath. Her health is improving as I watch. The bad part is she seems to have terrible nightmares. Obviously I can’t know for sure but her dreams are very violent; lots of shaking and very fast breathing.
What a terrible start for this little girl. Let’s hope it only gets better from here.
I don’t usually do this, but if you’d like to help, this little girl has racked up some serious vet bills.