Monday, September 21, 2009

Ernest Hemingway Writes New Chapter

He was alone, pensive in thought sitting alone in the drizzling rain in the middle of the street. Where am I? Where do I go? Where is my mommy? Such thoughts and struggles are food for an author to put ink to paper. But the life of little Hemingway took a sudden upturn. Someone picked him up and brought him to shelter. A warm home and fuzzy bed. No more wading in grayish water or serving as bait for mosquitoes.

Hemingway sits comfortably 39 floors in the air. He sits proudly. Not from his home towering over a city from which he was saved. He is told he is SPECIAL. Why?

Little Hemingway is a polydactyl. This means he has more than five fingers. Hemingway has 6 digits on his right paw and 7 digits on his left paw. He is EXTRA SPECIAL. The other foster kittens hiss at this new kid on the block. Despite his smaller stature, he’s confident with his new title. He blows them off ready to explore his new home. He is sweet, not a “scaredy” cat, independent and LOVES TO EAT.

Hemingway is 6-8 weeks old. He is deflead and dewormed, tested and vaccinated. However please know he tested positive for SLIGHT feline LEUKEMIA. Because he his young, it is possible he can overcome the leukemia. Chances are good but there are no guarantees. Hemingway should be retested at 6 months. Despite this disease he can still live a long, happy life. Remaining strictly indoors will prolong his life for many years.

Please consider adopting this special little guy. Adoption fee is $65. Please call me, Christine at 305-218-9952.

UPDATE: Hemingway was adopted on October 3, 2009.

This kitten is named after Ernest Hemingway who willed his house in Key West to his famous 6-toed cats or polydactyl.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sad News--One Kitten Injured, Other Killed

Gretel curious about the camera--her first photo
She's recovering from fractured hind leg

With great sadness and tears, I share with you the update on the six kittens from Midora's litter.

Again while I was walking my dog, I heard an excruciating wailing sound that definitely was an indication of an animal. In following the noise, I discovered one of Midora's kittens had strayed from the nest and had an injured hind leg. Apparently little Gretel had gotten caught on some machinery or belt-type equipment (according to the vet which was no surprise because her "home" or nest was a mini tractor). Her flesh and fur were ripped from the bone. But her pain came from falling down on her fractured leg everytime she tried to climb a cement wall to reach her mother. I was able to get to her and she is now healing nicely in my home and is in incredible spirits despite the gruesome sight of her leg. She hops around with her other supporting hind leg to move around.

Two other kittens, her brother and sister were also rescued. However, two more kittens still remained outside and the sixth one is missing. Yesterday one was killed by speeding vehicle. The anguish is almost unbearable. "Could I have done more?" It's so exhausting. Just today on my lunch hour I drove out to the site and searched in the drizzling rain, my four inch spiked heels and white silk pants. After squatting beside every vehicle and peering underneath (losing weight prevented me from ripping my pants) there was no sign of the last kitten. The mission continues...

So that leaves one lone kitten outside. It is very hard to capture kittens, unlike the older cats.

PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING TO CAPTURE THE OLDER CATS FOR SPAYING AND NEUTERING TO STOP THIS VICIOUS CYCLE! You can help by sponsoring a cat or helping to capture them. Thanks to the Cat Network, we'll teach you how.

Contact me, Christine at 305-218-9952

For Adoption: Hansel & Gretel

GRETEL (about 7 weeks old)

Little Gretel resting on scratching post/ball roller. Her injured hind leg is the one showing in the photo above. She has voracious appetite and is more chunky than her slender brother below. She is sweet and in great spirits.

HANS (about 7 weeks old)
Hans is a silver platinum, svelte kitten. He's a little taller than sister with an exotic look. Interesting, even though he was not injured he was initally more scared and shy and is now less scared of people.

Hansel & Gretel

Both are deflead, dewormed and will be tested and receive first round of immunization shots on Wednesday, September 9th. Please consider adopting this brother and sister pair.

Adoption fee: $80 for both (normally $65 each)

Contact Christine at 305-218-9952.