Thursday, June 09, 2011

More on Kitten Season

One of the hardest parts of kitten season is receiving frantic phone calls from loving foster parents that one of their kittens is dying.  Sometimes we can take an educated guess on what's causing it, other times the vet just has no clue.  Nature has a way of dealing with things sometimes.  Most of the time, there is no time to get to the vet.

Today I receiving a phone call from an awesome foster Mom who was losing a kitten.  I knew the poor little mite was quietly dying by the way she described it. I wish I had some magical powers to keep the foster parents from getting hurt.  There's nothing I can do about genetic defects of kittens, but it hurts so much to hear foster parents hurting for the kittens they loved and nurtured.

I keep a spread sheet called "RIP Cats" to track the cats and kittens who pass away.  It's always sad to make an addition to the list.

Despite it all, I went back to the shelter and rescued six kittens today:

The one little kitten in the second picture - Jazz - was a hissy little thing until I put her in with the litter of five above.  She looked SOOOO happy to see them!  "HEY!!  Let's play!!  How are ya? You don't have a Mom either?? What about that shitty shelter!  Can I sniff your butt?"  She was a different kitten right away - Purring, loving and quiet.

I had to pick up a sick kitten from Petsmart this morning.  Poor little "Strawberry"!  She wasn't really bad, but definitely wasn't feeling well enough to entertain the folks at Petsmart. 

I was there just in time to do an adoption on a sweet kitten named "Arizona".  I knew what it meant when I heard the woman call her husband on her cell phone, "She's still hereeeeeee...."  Heck...she didn't even need a French Maid's outfit to convince her husband.  They had lost their last cat to cancer a few weeks ago.  She was so excited to adopt Arizona and felt like it was an omen that she was still there.  I agreed!

We're hosting a HUGE adoption event at Petsmart in Oakville this Saturday.  I'm looking forward to it.  There's always really nice people at these events.  If you're local - spread the word!  Otherwise, send me some good vibes.  Everytime we get an adoption, it means I can save somebody else at the shelter. 


Deb said...

You know I wish you all the luck in the world. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

lease said...

funny you should post this today. one of our kittens in foster care died unexpectedly during the night. it was extra sad because she was the 'special' one. the super-sweet-always-purring one of the litter.
after a trip to the vet today just to be on the safe side, we're keeping our fingers crossed for mom and the remaining kittens, but they seem fine.
there's no rhyme nor reason to why these little ones seem so happy and healthy one day, then they're gone the next. all a part of rescue and fostering, but still so hard every time it happens.

hmacross said...

The sad fact that some kittens don't make it is one thing people never think about when they don't spay/neuter their cats. "I want her to have one litter", "My kids can experience the miracle of birth".

So sad when they pass, our rescue had one pass away this week also, and one premie passed last week.


Anonymous said...

Only the best thoughts are with you tomorrow Beth.
Wish I wasn't working to come out and support
This awesome cause :(

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

"Falure to thrive" is the hardest thing to understand and no one knows why it happens. We've lost a lot of kittens to it. Oh, and I spoke to soon and got way to happy about not having a lot of kittens during "kitten season". Apparently it just got a late start due to the bad spring weather. I've been up to my neck in kittens the last week and a half. ~Donna

Brandon said...

Can I have the 3 orange kitties? Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Beth please don't tell Alyssa...

Josie said...

Good luck with your event!

I feel a little better now...when my hubby and I had to put Bella Mae down, it was exactly 2 weeks later I adopted Phoebe. I was more nervous about it than he was :P

The kittens are adorable!

Random Felines said...

Mom agrees - losing tiny kittens for reasons that aren't clear are hard. We have lost 4 over the years and it still breaks mom's heart. We are sending kitty kisses to that foster mom!!

Good luck this weekend. Yeah for the new rescues and for Arizona!!!