Hello and Peow Peow (Meow is not yet pawsible:))
There are in fact 2 stories to tell but lets start with the story of Bianca. The then 2 months old kitten decided to search and ask for the help of humans in our Building where I live in Cartagena de Indias / Colombia. She was afraid of just about every-thing and anything incl. me, my wheelchair, other people, noises... but curiosity finally won. I organized a cardboard-box house so she had a place to sleep and feel safe, access to fresh water and kitten kibble. She quickly learned to connect me with food and came running when she was in earshot's reach. One day, someone of the Security team mentioned she was getting fat. So I went with her to the vet who told me her expanding belly was due to pregnancy and that very likely she would have 2-3 kittens.
She was almost thrown out back onto the streets by the administration of the build-ing but one person of the Security personnel stood their ground and defended her. She could stay, but got dislodged from the reception to the parking garage.
Fast forward 2 months and on the 20./21. December 2017 she gave Birth to 3 small kittens she hid so well from everyone that we could not find them although everyone searched high and low for them.
3 weeks later I received a call from Security at around 23.30 to let me know they encountered Bianca's kittens. Hidden away in a cardboard box of the manger 5 meters away from the reception (just try to dislodge a cat ... :)), there they were. 3 small black and white kittens, which I named Charlie, Chaplin and Hannah (later re-named Valentino after Rudolph Valentino). I packed all of them up and moved them in with me. Fine... so now everything should be alright long they lived ever after....
About 5 days later around 20.30 my door bell rang. When I opened the door there were 2 children ( about 9 or 10 years old with a mobile phone presenting to me a photo of a huge cardboard box containing 5 abandoned kittens. As coincidence would have it, I just went to the vet the very day the children encountered the 5 kittens, dumped like trash. so I made up a different quarter for 5 more kittens and took them in as well.
The next morning I duly returned the vet. He thought something was wrong with Bianca's litter and there actually is.... But more on that later.
Surprise! I said to the vet. Please check them over and de-parasite them please. We had to wait our turn but then the big moment arrived. He took the first kitten I already named Norris out of the box and after 2- 3 minutes of eye examination the verdict fell like a Hammer. He is Blind! I was baffled, but not for long because I already began to think about what special adaptions he would need. Then the vet went on to check the next one. Chuck, the brother of Norris got diagnosed with being partially sighted. Fully blind in his right one but with some rest vision in his left eye. The rest of the group 2 girls named Hannah and Brave and one boy named Tiggy were fine and are not vision impaired or disabled at all. What a relief!
I already spayed Bianca and paid so far everything on my own. Food, Litter, Veterinary consults and Medications
The funds will be used to cover veterinary costs such as consults, lab tests, quick tests for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) / Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) medications, neuter and spaying to get them all healthy and ready to be adopted.
The 3 Kittens of Bianca have Cat mange. A serious skin condition. The vet they normally go to thinks it is Ringworm but I suspect Mange because I already have it too. Since this conditions is transferable between animals and humans and contagious. This needs to be further investigated and the correct medications prescribed. They need a laboratory analysis as soon as possible.
The other Litter of 5 needs a veterinary lab test too since they all suffer from diarhea and need to be treated promptly for the correct cause and culprit.
Unfortunately sending parcels is not an option since I have to pay very high import taxes (esp. with DHL with UPS and 4/72 they are less high but I still have to pay them to release the parcel and receive the goods. But should you by any chance come to Cartagena de Indias on holiday and you would like to see the kittens then feel free and let me know in advance.
All kittens and of course mum Bianca mean the world to me and I want to give them the best possible start into their young lives with all these measures mentioned above. I try to break the vicious circle and getting at least a handful of cats a purr-fect long cat life with a loving family they all so deserve.
I thank you all utmost in advance even if it is a tip regarding Kitten care. My own cat Newton is an older cat of 12 years. So while I am well equipped with knowledge of Senior cats and their ailments kittens are a different league altogether.
To Each one of you, Thank you very much in advance
Kathrin Hausermann with Kittens and Bianca the mum
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