Monday, August 8, 2016

The kittens are still here


This will be the last post on this set of kittens unless something major happens or I am lucky enough to get updates.

Max went home on Friday with his new dad.  As of yet, I have not heard of an update, but I am pretty sure Max can handle anything and is doing just fine.

Unfortunately not everything went well with the kittens' surgeries. Max, Elie, Rose and Roman did just fine, but Corrie had some pretty severe side effects.


When she came home Tuesday night (they were scheduled to be neutered on Monday but were bumped due to adoptions over the weekend) Corrie was obviously still drunk and quite exhausted. All she wanted to do was cuddle up to Rose and sleep. The next morning she could not walk in a straight line without falling over. I immediately rushed her (and Rose - for comfort) to the shelter for an exam by the vet. They told me that she was just having a hard time coming out of the sedation and should be fine in 24-48 hours. I brought her home and she still had a very hard time walking from point a to point b. Thursday she was better, but she had a bit of a head tilt, her left eyelid seemed heavy and wouldn't open all the way.  She could walk in a straight line, but she did so by widening her stance... in other words, she appeared to be adapting more than improving. If you distracted her with play or startling her she would wobble. If she shook her head, she would fall over. She could not climb or jump on things. It was heartbreaking.

By Friday afternoon things seemed to be better. Still not great, but better. She was still wobbly, but it took more of a distraction to cause problems. Saturday afternoon she was climbing up on things and by Sunday she was able to jump up on them, but jumping down still produces a stumble. At this point, if you didn't know her prior to the surgery you would just think she was a clumsy kitten. Unfortunately, I know better, and it makes me a little sad. One side effect of this is that she has become a rather cuddly kitten. I'm loving how she likes to be near me now.


Corrie still seems to be bonded to Rose. I really wish I could know they were going to be adopted together, but that is not my call, all I can do is mention it.  Now if I could find someone who wants to adopt two adorable sisters...


Roman and Elie are doing remarkably well. There was a sneeze or two last night, but I'm hoping that is because of the dusty litter.



23 comments:

  1. Oh no, that is awful that happened to sweet, beautiful Corrie. You remember Hoppy, the kitten that I posted about on my blog that had to have his leg amputated? Well, something similar happened to him after the leg was amputated. His head shakes and he doesn't walk a straight line. The foster told me that the head shake had gotten better but when I last saw him a few weeks ago, it was still there. They were giving him some pretty strong pain drugs though - I have never heard of it happening with a routine spay. I hope she makes a full recovery, poor girl... :(

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  2. Oooh, poor Corrie, little darling. I hope she will be totally better as soon as possible.

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  3. Cindy S1:08 AM

    Connie, I've had 3 cats react badly after being administered Ketamine/Valium, two for spay surgeries and one feral for a grooming session. Could Corrie's issues be related to the anesthesia or combination used?

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  4. I hope there are homes for all these cuties soon. I'm sad about what happened to Corrie, though. I hope she makes a full recovery - and goes on to find a home with Rose.

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  5. Poor Corrie. It scares me that that could happen.

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  6. Oh, poor Corrie. That's the scary thing about surgeries. We hope she continues to adapt until she overcomes whatever happened. We'll cross our paws that a family adopts them together!

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  7. That poor lil angel! We're so sorry this happened to her.

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  8. Prayers that Corrie and Rise can stay together and for Corrie to continue to improve. Poor baby. I'm sad we won't be able to follow little Ellie anymore. She wiggled her way into my heart. Darn it. Something in my eye....

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  9. Surely if the foster of the kittens who knows them the best relates the importance of their well being, the shelter would honor and respect that?! Corrie is obviously suffering long term effects of her spay and any Doctor would tell you the success of a cat with special needs future emotional and physica well being is related to their happiness and comfort, lack of anxiety. Being she and Rose have shown signs of bonding since the beginning and she has gravitated toward her for comfort since her surgery, to separate them would be cruel and detrimental to both of their emotional health, which ultimately affects their physical health.
    PLEASE do more than mention it to the intake person, can you speak to the shelter manager and express your concern and belief that it is vital they stay together, especially now that Corrie has these issues? I have no doubt that two cute look a like sisters, one with special needs would get adopted no problem. I see rescues on social media all the time who have had similar cases and people love these type of stories, and the pairs were adopted right up.
    Their age is also on their side, as kittens always go fastest and first. I think it is cruel and against everything rescues claim to stand for if they do not put them out to adopt as a bonded pair. Part of a shelter's mission is not only to save lives and find homes for animals, but to advocate and provide for the overall well being of their health. The well being of Corrie's health involves her close bond with Rose and it is the shelter's duty to provide her with positive future health which means they need to adopt them out together. I ask you as a Mom of special needs kitties both at the Bridge and currently, to advocate strongly for these girls-- don't give up!
    If you need help sharing their story, please let me know and I am willing and able to get the word out, as I am certain others who follow your blog would too.
    Thank you for all you do to help these little souls and for hearing me out. My intent is not to demand or criticize, I apologize if my devotion for cats with special needs comes across this way. I admit I get a bit passionate. 😻 My kitties and I will be keeping our paws crossed and send healing purrs to Corrie. Please keep us updated.

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    1. Shelter policies are in place for handling such things, and since they are their kittens they will deal with it. I can mention what I have observed and my opinions, but in the end, I am not the one adopting them out, they are.

      I feel as you do, trust me, but there is a reason I don't run a shelter of my own :) Fortunately, I believe they were blessed and someone who is interested is coming to see them.

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    2. My intent for this post was not to criticize, but to share what has happened so if it happens to someone else they can have some sort of reference for what someone else went through.

      The shelter has done amazing work, to the point of becoming an open admission no-kill shelter. When I started fostering, their adoption rates were very low. Such a dramatic change in a little over a decade. While no place is perfect, they do their best.

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    3. As a fellow foster parent, I'm adding this…
      At the rescue I foster for, the fosters have complete control over who adopts their kittens. I like doing it this way because the fosters know what situation will suit their kittens best, but it also means there's a greater burden on the foster - it's often difficult to decide whether to adopt to someone, and there have been many people that were rude to me (or worse) because I didn't think their situation would be a good match for one of my kittens.

      Anyway, last year I had a pair of kittens that were very bonded. I really wanted them to be adopted together, and I had a few different people that wanted both of them but those fell through. The kittens had been up for adoption for several months when a person wanted to adopt one of the kittens by itself, and I let her adopt the kitten because it was a good home and she had another cat to be a companion for the kitten. The other kitten was adopted a few days after that. I wish I could've placed them together, but they were both good homes where they'd have other cats for companionship and I knew if I'd held on to them longer, it would've gotten harder for them to be adopted as they'd gotten older.

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    4. Yes, what Kelsey said.. This is what I was trying poorly to say.. (although I don't have control over where they go)

      In the past there have been homes I have been less than thrilled with, but when all was said and done it turned out to be a very good home, so I've stopped worrying about the specifics and know they will be placed with loving homes.

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  10. We're sorry to hear Corrie had some issues with the surgery. We're purring like crazy that she and Rose can find a home together.

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  11. Poor Corrie.... Good luck on quick adoptions kittens!

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  12. C'mon Corrie, bounce back like a good lil' kitten and you'll be right as rain!

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  13. We're sorry that Corrie had problems after her surgery. We cross our paws for a full recovery, and we hope that she finds a forever home with Rose. Purrs

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  14. Purrayers that all turns out right !

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  15. Sorry to hear that Corrie went through that. I'm glad she seems to be doing better now though. Good luck to the kitties!

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  16. Poor little Corrie not a nice experience for her, the photos as usual are awesome and make me happy to see them

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  17. Poor baby Corrie! I hope she overcomes the side effects quickly and she and Rose find their forever home together.

    Great work with all the kittens, they're going to make their new families very happy!

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  18. I pray Corrie and Rose will be adopted together.

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  19. That is quite the effect of the anaesthetic on Corrie. It doesn't sound right, but I am hoping that if some damage has been done that it is repairing itself. It seems to be, though slowly. The poor little creature.

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