Fleurp came to me in October of 2008. I had a full house of kittens and kitties at the time and I had absolutely no right to take her home, but when I stopped at the shelter for some supplies for the fosters I had, she called to me.
She sat in a cage all by herself, in a little meatloaf position looking quite pathetic. She didn't meow at me, didn't reach for me, she just sat there and I knew I had to have her. I went to the staff asking if I could foster her and was told that she was just recently taken in and hadn't been processed yet. I told them I had to have her and to call me as soon as she was ready and I went back to work. A couple of hours later I got the call and I told my boss I had to go and I left work and ran to get her. As I rounded one particular bend in the road her name came to me. It really was quite an oddity since I generally have such a hard time naming kittens, but there it was.
I had absolutely NO intention of adopting her. My house was full and it really was one of those foolish things, but by the time she was ready to go up for adoption I knew it was pointless to argue with her; she was home and that was that. (if the video below doesn't show up, you can view videos of her here)
Fleurp came to me with really bad ears, packed with ear mite debris, and a really bad eye. We originally thought it was herpes or something contagious, but it turned out that she had been bitten by something larger than she as she had scabs on the top of her head as well as under her jaw. She healed well from it, but it did leave her cornea cloudy. It gave her some pretty bad depth perception issues as a kitten, but she over came them fairly quickly.
Sadly for the past four years, in June, Fleurp becomes anemic. We have no idea why. The first two years we treated her with prenisolone and doxy, and she bounced back very nicely. The third year I tried a homeopathic route and it got her through it. This year I continued the homeopathic remedy as well as giving her a little extra food since she generally loses a bit of weight each time. Well she likes her extra food and will often sit and wait for more to be delivered..
|Yes, she is sitting on the plate I generally put food on for her|