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Lost Gray Persian Mama Kitty Found!

December 4, 2009

About six weeks ago we told you the story of the rescued gray, Persian mama kitty with babies that had been put out on a screened in porch their first night in a new foster home. The mama kitty was so frightened she jumped through the screen, leaving her babies. She was probably going to get her babies and take them to safety, but she never got the chance with all the commotion of trying to find her. The babies were only 2 weeks old, and had to be bottle fed right away so they went to another foster home. Poor mama kitty, frightened and lost her babies. Terry and Mari, along with some other volunteers and people in the neighborhood, spent many hours trying to capture her. Terry called the animal communicator, Linda Thomas, who first directed Terry to the backyard where mama kitty was initially hiding,  and Mari contacted an agency who called people in the neighborhood to alert them to be on the lookout and gave them the number to call if they spotted the kitty.

Well, momma kitty has been found and taken to safety! Here is Terry’s story:

     Two days ago, Elaine (a nice lady that lives in the Piper Glen neighborhood) called us about a siting of the mama gray Persian kitty!  Mari had JUST gone by and picked up the traps since they had been set for weeks with no luck…………go figure!  So, we rushed back out there and put out a freshly bated trap, and sure enough, THERE SHE WAS!!!  We were so excited to see her alive and in person we could hardly stand it!  We watched her for HOURS circle the trap, go through neighborhood recycle bins and trash cans, go BACK around the trap, but she never got trapped.  We finally left the trap with some fresh bait in it and decided to come back the next morning (This was Tues night)
     Wednesday morning, first thing, we got a call from Elaine that the kitty WAS in the trap!!!  HOORAY!  I rushed right out there and picked her up!  At first glance, she appeared to be fine.  She was clearly agitated from being in the trap and was growling and crying, but I could not see any visible signs of anything wrong with her.  Elaine had mentioned that she thought the kitty had been limping?  Anyway, I didn’t dare open that trap until I had her at home and in the confines of my home before transferring her to a recovery carrier!
     In route, I noticed that she really smelled bad and I knew she must be really dirty, but when I got her home and safe and moved her into the recovery carrier, I could clearly see that she had a collar and tags on under that matted fur.  To my amazement, once she was out of the trap, she began to purr and “make biscuits” on the soft blanket I had in her carrier and all she wanted was love!  It was truly amazing for this poor kitty that had been outside and lost for 6 weeks!
     I got some scissors and tried to cut the collar out of her fur when I realized that it was embedded into her skin!  That is where the smell was coming from; the infecton!  She had stuck her left front leg through the collar and had been wearing it that way for a long time.  The collar had cut her underarm severely and the collar was going to have to be removed surgically.  This was serious.
     I rushed kitty (called “Stephanie”) to the vet and the performed surgery on her.  The vet had to remove the embedded collar, clean the wound good, give her tons of anitbioics and pain meds, and hope for the best.  The infection had to be cleared up before the area could even be sewn up!  According to the vet, the front leg would have been lost very soon if we had not saved her………..and she would have surely died, or the leg would have had to be amputated!
     Stephanie is now resting comfortably, eating well and believe it or not, purring every step of the way!  This little gray kitty is amazing.  She never complained, not even once, and began “head butting” all of us as soon as the doctor brought her in to see us!  This is one great kitty!
     I will be driving Stephanie to Wilmington, which is where she was headed on her original transport 6 weeks ago.  It just so happens that Wilmington is my home town, so we will both be looking forward to the trip!  I am feeling quite honored to be escorting such an honored passenger!!!
 This story has a happy ending, but it could have been much worse. If you ever foster a kitty or get a new cat please do not put the kitty on a screened-in porch until they are relaxed and feel safe in their new environment. All new kitties should be secured in a quiet room where they can’t escape. If you do have a screened-in porch make sure you check for possible escape routes and secure them before you let the kitty go out on the porch! Also, remember to use only collars that are designated as “safety” or “break away” collars” for cats.
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