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.
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!
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
|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|