You may have noticed that Derecho is having a bit of mobility problems and you would be correct. Dr. Bill checked him over last night and found a cervical vertebrae out of alignment. He treated this and we've started him on anti-inflammatories. This morning, after videoing him and sending to Dr. Darcy, taking his temp, etc, it's been thought he probably has "webbled instead of wobbled"--in other words, with his exaggerated twisty walk, has probably irritated some nerves. So, he's now on stronger anti-inflammatories. Hopefully within a few days he will be better. By the way, Bender is doing so much better!
Tomasina is also showing a few problems. She had arrived with a few red spots on her front pads. These have now erupted into major sores. Why, we do not know that. But, they are being treated. She seemed especially uncomfortable this morning when I had her out, so I put her back in her purple basket that she seems to love. We usually get her out a few times a day, for hours to be on a blanket, bed or the Princess Bed with us. But, today is not a good day to do this for her. We are also on "seizure watch" with her. Some of her actions indicate some minor increased seizure activity. We just want her to be happy within herself.
We took in two new kittens yesterday--a black stripey male and a grey female. They were found when they were one day old--actually 3 of them. They were taken to a foster mama who has decided to keep one. We have had it in our plans to take these on when they were weaned, which they are now. They are about 6 weeks old. Because they've already been to a vet for their first FIV/Leuk test and a worming, they're ahead of the game! Yesterday we caught them up with vaccinations and another worming yesterday. Today they will join Jerusha's group for some rocking and rolling fun!
We have names! For the long hair black and black tiger babies:
Sparkle--LH black tiger, female (peggy s is fostering)
Markle--LH black tiger, male (peggy s is fostering)
Rourke--LH black with white belly, male
Radiance--LH black with white throat/belly, female
Rapture--LH black with white belly, female
All 5 of these babies are now doing much better. There were a few days that we were worried, but they've got living down pat now and are enjoying games, fun and eating! Jete and Amani are also both doing wonderful now--full bellies and full of playfulness. All ten kittens in the back Thumper's Room were rewormed and vaccinated yesterday.
We had BOXES last night--wow, did we have boxes! I am in awe of the support we have been receiving for Catathon! Our Baskets and Big Ticket Items are all shaping up into something wonderful for Catathon! Many thanks to you all for this support and for the supplies for FFRC!
Butterflyclass from Belgium w/note For Derecho's Birthday in a Box With Love, 6 origami kitties
A big thanks to our volunteer, Megan who runs Goin' Postal here in Defiance. She did a fundraiser for FFRC, thru her store and brought to us $360! Megan--you are awesome! Thank you.
Franklin is really settling in now--he has such an interesting gate--like a "dog trot", back legs off centered from his front. But, he gets where he's going and with a good attitude. Milo has decided he's Uncle Milo to some of the kittens--he likes to give them baths! Ahimsa's kittens are round and so sweet and warm! Lucy Ann enjoys watching the birds out the back window. Bella is still going out many times daily in the dog's fenced area. Sometimes she stays there all day long. Felicity enjoys watching the birds also. She has discovered "the loft" in the Kitty Campus Room--loves to nap there.
Remember our dear friend, Hannah, in Fort Wayne, that visited us? She frequently is an FFRC cam viewer. She has recently written a short article about overpopulation--it was an assignment for school. I would love to share Hannah's own words with you all: