The Cacti

Three beautimous, but fluey, three-month-old kittens from Cork – visited us courtesy of West Cork Animal Welfare Group.

Click on the chapter headings below to see their story.

Collection

A gent in Cork had contacted West Cork Animal Welfare Group about his neighbours’ cats. They weren’t neutered and were producing litter after litter of neglected kittens. Sound familiar?

He was willing to get the adults neutered himself but was hoping WCAWG would take the latest litter of kittens once they were old enough to leave mum. And WCAWG asked us! I honestly can’t remember the timescales but by the time the man got the kittens to Rosscarbery they were around three months old. They’d been living wild in his neighbours garden, but he’d been handling them regularly and they were friendly, if somewhat shy, wee things. ‘They might have a bit of flu,’ he said. But he hadn’t taken them to a vet, needless to say.

So Jenni went down to WCAWG to pick up the tinies on Thursday 16th December, 2010. And while transferring them to their travel cage … Pitaya acted like a wild thing, escaped and ran up a cactus in her panic. Not the brightest kitten. We’d to pull three cactus thorns out of her wee paws. Ouch! And that is why we named the family ‘The Cacti’ – and not anything to do with their natures!

They were completely miserable with the flu – and even more miserable after being dewormed, flu-, ear- and eye-treated, as you can see from this picture!

Arrival

So Jenni brought the Cacti round to mine and we settled them into their room. And I rushed off the intertewbs to look up cacti and their flowers. Easy naming – lovely, lush black guy, Saguero; beautimous butterkist calico, Pitaya; typically aloof, aristocratic tortie, Selene (short for – don’t laugh – Selenicereus grandiflorus), Queen of the Night.

They were extremely wary of us, and I was a bit worried we’d more timid kittens on our hands. And a trip to the vets to sort out their flu didn’t help the situation any.

But within 24 hours Pitaya was butter, with Saguero melting all over me shortly after. Selene remained aloof but purred her heart as soon as I started patting her (glaring at me in outrage at the same time – hilarious). And their coats are of the softest, lushest fur I’ve felt in a long time. They’re the gentlest family ever, absolutely devoted to each other and affectionate substitute parents to the gang of foster kittens subsequently housed with them. I just adore these guys.

Medical History 1
Name Saguero Pitaya
Description Black male, white star on chest, softest furr, soft as butter. Calico female, bandit eye markings. Even softer than her brother!
DOB Not known, guessing around mid August 10 Not known, guessing around mid August 10
Place Of Birth Cork city, Ireland Cork city, Ireland
Felocell CVR Annual booster due 12/1/12 Annual booster due 12/1/12
Neutered No, too young No, too young
FIV & FELV Status not known, too young for testing not known, too young for testing
Other Medications Antibiotics and eye ointment for flu & associated eye infection on arrival, otherwise healthy. Antibiotics and eye ointment for flu & associated eye infection on arrival, otherwise healthy.
Best Companions Cacti clan, Arrullo, Ludo, Turk & Teaser Cacti clan, Arrullo, Ludo, Turk & Teaser
Emigrated to the UK 23/1/11 New Start Cat Rescue, Newent 23/1/11New Start Cat Rescue, Newent
Medical History 2
Name Selene (short for Selenicereus grandiflorus, srsly), Queen of the Night
Description Beautimous, aloof tortie. Grudgingly turns to butter when snorgled.
DOB Not known exactly, but approx 18/9/10
Place Of Birth Cork city, Ireland
Felocell CVR Annual booster due 12/1/12
Neutered No, too young
FIV & FELV Status not known, too young for testing
Other Medications Antibiotics and eye ointment for flu & associated eye infection on arrival, otherwise healthy.
Best Companions Cacti clan, Arrullo, Ludo, Turk & Teaser
Emigrated to the UK 23/1/11 New Start Cat Rescue, Newent

 

Related Links

The Cacti’s Gallery

West Cork Animal Welfare Group

 

 

 

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