Fast forward to now: My credit card is maxed out from urgent vet visits, medication, special food, and oh-so-much kitty litter (up to $1300 at last count) . My three rescued kittens, Molly, Bennie and Pumpkin Joe, are immediately in need of their second round of kitten vaccines, Leukemia tests (2 rounds), and spaying and neutering.
How did we get to this point? A few months ago I was weed eating my yard when I heard a very loud distressed kitten crying. The crying was so loud and insistent, I heard it over the sound of the weed eater (little Pumpkin Joe could be an opera singer!). I turned off the weed eater, but could not see anything. I began crawling on the ground, following the sound, to find three tiny newborns, placenta still attached, wet and covered in dirt, laying pretty much at my front door. I then turned to see the starving sickly mother, still giving birth. Our eyes met, and then she disappeared into the brambles. The Ukiah animal shelter cat people told me to leave the kittens out in case the mother would return to feed them. I sterilized a knife in an open flame, cut the umbilical cords and then placed the kittens in a safe spot very nearby on a blanket. Mom never returned. I could barely keep myself from bringing them in overnight, and the next morning, just before sunrise, I found them freezing cold and not moving. Thus began the long journey of every two two hour feedings (OMG I have never experienced such exhaustion. It actually hurt physically. Oh, but once I started feeding, it was more than worth it... such loving fragile beautiful creatures), multiple urgent vet visits, baths, medications, and so much love.
I need help. I have decided to keep these kittens, and they have become a part of the canine-feline-human family. I cannot imagine life without them. The next round of medical visits will be costly:
- Molly needs to be spayed
- Bennie and Pumpkin Joe need to be neutered
- All three kittens need second round of vaccines
- All three kittens need to be tested for Feline Leukemia and then retested a few months later
Both Molly and Pumpkin Joe have had swollen lymph glands under their arms and chins since birth, and I am hoping hoping hoping they do not have Leukemia. No matter what, they will always be safe, well fed, and loved loved loved.
Thank you for any help you may be able to offer. Words are too small to express my gratitude.