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Completely OT, but I need to share

Discussion in 'The OT' started by WERA689, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. jadebox

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    We adopted another kitten last week. About a year ago, a neighbor abandoned her cat when it became pregnant. It had a litter of kittens in our back yard. We fed them and tried to get them used to people, but they got older before we could catch them. Eventually we did catch each of them and had them fixed, vaccinated, and re-released into our back yard where my wife still cares for them.

    But, that wasn't before another litter of kittens was born.

    We did a better job with the second litter. They were comfortable around my wife and we were able to take them to get fixed and vaccinated. We didn't have much of a problem finding a home for two of the three. The third, however, was very shy and no one adopted her after a couple weekends at the local PetSmart. So, we decided she would join our family in the house.

    She's still at the stage where she thinks we should be nocturnal. She plays all night, jumping on us and gently biting our hands to get our attention. During the day, however, she disappears to sleep. She's getting along well with our other two cats and our dog. Our oldest cat, a male, seems pleased now that he has a harem. :)

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  2. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on your new family member, jadebox! I can relate to the nocturnal thing, as Roadrash also loves to pounce on anything that moves under the covers...which is pretty much me:rolleyes: He'll play until he passes out from exhaustion...last night he was 'stalking' Smoky's tail for a while. I watched him throughout his 'battle', and had to laugh when he finally reached out for the tail again, and just dropped off to sleep with arm extended in full reach mode! I gotta admit, I had forgotten just how entertaining a real baby kitten is to have around!:D

    And an update on Roadrash's eye...it looks like his odds of keeping it continue to improve. The steroids have reduced the swelling some, and the cornea is clearing more every day. This is one lucky kitten to have survived, let alone recover. Looks like I've gotten lucky again, too!
     
  3. runner26

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    The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating, I know. My deepest condolences. You might go to www.rainbowbridge.com. This is a site for grieving pet owners. You might take some comfort from knowing that your cat was well loved and cared for all of his days. I have two cats, both 16 1/2 and I know this heartache is coming but they are both well worth it.
     
  4. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, runner26. I do indeed take much comfort from knowing how well Kawie was loved and cared for. In fact, the vet's staff keeps saying how glad they are that I took Roadrash in, because they know I'll care for him with the same love and commitment that I did Kawie. Unfortunately, that level of commitment also increases the grief and loss issues when they do finally pass. But it is well worth it, and I wouldn't have it any other way! My Kawie was a wonderful gift, and did much to enrich my life, and it seems I've been gifted again with another very special animal. How lucky can I get, really?!
     
  5. MercurialIN

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    I, too, wanted to add my sympathy on the loss of your beloved family member. Kawie, sounds like a very special spirit. Sounds like you two had a very special bond. I believe you will share that special bond with Roadrash as well. I wish you both good health and all good things.

    I do believe that our pets that pass on come and visit us in spirit form. Their love for us is so unconditional I know it doesn't just end when they are no longer at our side. You, Kawie and Roadrash and your loved ones are in my prayers. God Bless.
     
  6. WERA689

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    He will be going in this afternoon for surgery to try to promote healing of the damage to his cornea. It had appeared that the damage had 'flapped over', and that the flap would heal properly.
    Yesterday, it was evident that the flap had come loose, leaving an exposed 'pit' in the corneal surface. The best available option for the moment is to 'tack' his third eyelid closed; effectively sealing his eye from any exposure to potential harm.
    The surgery will be done on an outpatient basis, and he will be home tonight. I do not yet know how long he will have to remain in this state, so I will report back as I learn more.
    Please keep a good thought for a great kitten, who deserves to retain the use of both eyes, but may yet be unable to.
     
  7. longrider

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    My thoughts are with Roadrash, hoping the procedure works for him. Thanks for the update.
     
  8. Charise

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    I just found this thread today and read all the messages. Having also lost a 15.5 year old cat to kidney failure, I extend to you all my sympathies on your loss of Kawie. It's now over 10 years since I lost Marble, and I still think of him often (and his sister Fudge who lived to 21.5 years).

    By this time though, I am more focused on Jazz and Rusty, as you are in caring for Roadrash in his medical battle. I hope all went well with the surgery and he is able to keep vision in both eyes!

    Kawie will always be with you and Marble with me. We're better for having had them with us.

    (I wish I could stop crying now...) :crying_sa
     
  9. WERA689

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    Thanks to you both. And, Charise, I'm so sorry to have brought you to tears; but I'm touched that you were so moved by Kawie and Roadrash.

    As for the surgery, it went quite well and very quickly. It was done in about 10 minutes, and I was able to watch. Roadrash was gassed, so he'd be still. Then, the vet pulled out his third eyelid, and stitched it to his outer, upper eyelid. He then stitched a small piece of rubber tubing above his eye to keep him from pulling out the stitches. Within minutes, Roadrash was awake again, though (of course) groggy.
    He honestly doesn't seem too bothered by his new equipment, only occasionally rubbing it with his paw. He's still more concerned with playing than he is with his forcibly closed eye!

    The vet said that he would like to see this 'patch' remain for 2 weeks, if Roadrash will let it stay that long, but that he'd be happy if it remains in place for 1 week. I see no reason at this point to think that this tough little cat will tear it out before 2 weeks passes. As I was so often with Kawie, I'm amazed at the resiliency these creatures display! Or maybe I'm just lucky to have had some very determined animals. In any case, my respect for Roadrash is growing exponentially! What a tough, strong-willed little creature...I'm just amazed. He's still just 3 pounds of fun, though he looks a little odd right now.

    I'm wondering if he was ever able to see out of the damaged eye, because he doesn't respond any differently to visual stimuli than he did before. If not, at least he won't have to lose the eye completely if this works. In fact, today he became totally captivated by the cursor on my monitor, repeatedly trying to capture it with his paws! He's just too damn cute for words, on top of all the rest of his attributes.

    Here's hoping he continues to do well. I'll keep you all posted.

    And thanks again, to all of you who have read this.
     
  10. Charise

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    I'll look forward to hearing more on how Roadrash is doing. It sounds like he's going to be fine (sighted or not in that one eye) even with all he's gone through so far in his short life! How lucky that you found each other!!
     
  11. WERA689

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    Today I got a PM from another member, and it prompted me to return to this thread. I didn't realize how long it had been, or that I never updated it about Roadrash.

    So, here it is: HE'S DOING GREAT!!!! He will not only be able to keep his eye, but it has healed well enough to be released from further care for it. Beyond that, it seems that he CAN ACTUALLY SEE FROM IT!!!! The vet was absolutely stunned by the degree to which he has recovered from all his injuries, and has very quietly donated all the time and medicine that was required to get him to this point.

    Roady has grown quite a bit, and has already gone through a set of baby fangs. Now 4.5 months old and probably 5 to 6 pounds, he's getting along wonderfully. His little tail is always pointed straight up, which I've always taken to mean that he's happy and contented. He purrs whenever I pick him up, and he's got the smallest little squeak-mew I've ever heard! And he loves potato chips.[​IMG]. He will literally steal them right out of my hand!

    Thanks again to everyone who posted here, and for all your thoughts for Roadrash. It has paid off in a happy and (miraculously) healthy kitten.
     
  12. Soulweeper

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    Nice story about Roadrash, and I'm glad he is doing good. Really refreshing to see people like you that show so much compassion for animals. I tip my hat. The story about Kawie brought me to tears also, but I'm glad you two had the bond you did. It's easy to see he was loved very much. I hope Roadrash keeps improving. He definitely couldn't be in a better home.
     
  13. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so very much. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
     
  14. David MacLeod

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    awesome, glad to hear that. mine is stepping on keyboard as I type :)
     

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