Fell and Jupiter

While we were nursing and then mourning Titan and Orion, Fell was going from strength to strength. Absolutely devoted to Jupiter she seemed to give him the energy to grow and recover. I opened the rest of the house to the two of them and, as Jupiter became more and more friendly, Fell joined the Furrball Purrfest. His eye would never be perfect but he would become soft furred, full bellied, happy and healthy.

Fell remains devoted to his mum, Jupiter. He’s still very timid and took a fair while to tolerate me patting him. But he gets on extremely well with other cats and has even adopted two tiny wee kittens who joined the throng here recently. A lovely, good natured cat, he will take a while to win over but he deserves the input after the dreadful beginnings he’s come from.

We tested Jupiter for FIV and FeLV in November 2007 – and found her negative on both counts. We’re assuming from this that this family will all be free of the viruses – Jupiter looks after her territory very well and, by all accounts, was quite ferocious before she discovered the joys of living in a house. We’re assuming she’d have been in plenty of fights and that if FIV had been around the farm she could not have avoided catching it. For this reason we reckon all the kittens will be FIV & FeLV free too.

Jupiter is a proud mum. She’s not only nursed her own kittens but nearly every other small kitten that’s come in while she’s been here. She’s fiercely defensive of her home turf and has given short shrift to a couple of neighbouring cats that keep trying to come in, while at the same time keeping an eye on the kittens in her care (21 at one point). She is less tolerant of the resident adult cats but doesn’t bother about them much as she obviously considers herself queen of the roost. All the kittens love her.

She’s chronically snotty, we’re assuming from having untreated flu for so long, but has been very healthy otherwise and the odd sneezing fit doesn’t seem to bother her. We also think her sight might not be great, at least her peripheral vision, long term untreated eye problems taking their toll. We’re hoping UK vets might be able to help her more!

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