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Rescue Mission and Adoption: Step Two
Step one of our mission was making the decision to rescue the sick kitten. Step two involved decisions for care and what to do post vet visit. Did we adopt the kitten or find him a new home?
As we put aside all of our playful fun plans, I drove us to the weekend vet clinic to make sure this kitten received the care it needed. On the drive we quickly decided that I would drop Rent-a-Dad and the kitten off while I took the boys to look at Halloween costumes and get them something to eat.
During the short trip, we talked about what we should call the kitten. Rent-a-dad knows that when we name something in our family we tend to keep it. My reasons for naming the kitten were two-fold: I knew that the vet would want a name and I was concerned the kitten might be past saving. I always have a strict rule that every animal deserves a name. I couldn’t bear to think that this kitten who might not survive would pass on without a name. For me the act of naming something is like bestowing a mantle of love. This little creature deserved to know it was loved.
The whole time Rent-a-Dad was at the clinic he kept me up to date on the kitten’s condition and we discussed care. The kitten had a list of things wrong with him that kept growing. From a quick assessment the vet said he had respiratory issues, a mass in his abdomen, lesions in his mouth, and sores on his skin, missing fur, he was severely dehydrated, malnourished and had a bad flea infestation.
The vet wanted to know if they should do blood work or humanely put the kitten to sleep. I had warned Rent-a-Dad of this possibility as I had been through this step with other seriously ill puppies and kittens. We decided to have blood work done and make a decision following that. By now Rent-a-Dad knew this rescue mission also meant adoption because he did not want to return the kitten. Rent-a-Dad wanted to give this kitten every fighting chance that our other fur babies had for survival.
Several hours later and we knew the kitten had a severe infection as its white blood cell count was triple what it should normally be. Based on the other blood work results the kitten did not have feline leukemia. The vet also let us know the likelihood of feline parvo or FIP was slim. The kitten did have worms. They were also concerned because he showed little to no interest in food and water.
After prescribing four different medications and administering subcutaneous fluids, the kitten and Rent-a-Dad were ready for a ride. Following our costume and food adventure, I prepared a sick room for the kitten at our house.
Step two was also officially complete. Not only did the kitten receive care (and a fighting chance at life) but Rent-a-Dad had decided if we couldn’t keep it we would find it a new home that would. Seriously though I am sure this kitten has a new home… ours.
And his name is officially “Winchester”. Rent-a-Dad and I are both big fans of the TV show Supernatural as well as Jared Padalecki’s campaign “Always Keep Fighting”. We felt that the kitten needed a really strong name that would help him keep fighting. The name Winchester seemed just right.
We are almost to the two week mark of having Winchester in our home. In that time he has gained over a pound, re-grown fur, most of his wounds are gone and he is playing just like your average kitten! Even our vet who saw Winchester the day after our emergency visit says it’s a remarkable change. That he has gone from an animal on the verge of death to a healthy normal kitten. We go back in a couple of weeks for additional vaccines and to find out if he needs further testing before he can integrate further into our home. Our own cats have gone from avoiding the door to our sick kitty room to sniffing and being curious about the kitten on the other side of the door.