It's the run-up to kitten season: shouldn't be taking in so many, but...I'm not ordering the universe. Two Siamese mix boys came in from (as always) a bad situation. One, bless him, had infected feet, pads, "pillow pad", which is torture: Can't walk without pain, pads actually burst...can't compete for food then. NOT fun; not fair! Fortunately, not too common either, although I've had my share. The brother had a very large abcess on his neck, not as hard to fix. And not on his FEET! They were comfortable with their feeder, who must move, but not so much here with me. The pillow pad takes months to completely heal. These photos are the best I could get of them. the handsome guy in the bed is the one with the pillow pad. Ears back still, but he stays in his bed when I enter the room. At first he'd flee to the safety of the tunnel, in the next photo, where his brother is.
Rodney, below, came in yesterday, from a (much) worse situation. Abuse. Nuff said. No, Terrible Abuse. I can't get him to my holistic vet this weekend, begged for an appt. asap. He's skeletal, with missing fur, and weak. He drags his back legs. He does eat!! small amounts. No stool passed for a week, eek. gave an enema. TMI? Gave a bath; he's incontinent. He has a lot of healing to do. Send prayers! On the good side, he is The Sweetest cat ever. And a loving caretaker who for good reasons relating to the abuse, can't keep him where he was. giving fluids, hand feeding, keeping him close and loved.
Yes he's a mess...but not for long! He still won't let me pick him up, but when he's eating I can work on his mats a bit...he's calmer than when he arrived, traumatized, two days ago. He had an unwelcome vet appointment, got neutered, given antibiotics (his mouth needs attention badly) and got micro-chipped. His saving grace is that he's eating well! And he's responding positively to my touch now! Raises his back end. He's thin and dehydrated (got fluids at the vet; wish I could give him more: maybe in a day or two) he's an older guy, and lord only knows what all he's been through. Jerome!! You're save and loved now! His rescuer has come to visit him... a friend and husband of one of our board members.
Day two: looking a little better! Getting the lay of the land here. Isn't he gorgeous??
This is the text from Gloria's first fundraiser...she had come far, and this is how she began:
I'm Cynthia at Bee Holistic Cat Rescue and Care in Richmond, CA. I'm raising funds for the on-going treatment of Gloria, to help her walk again after a head injury. She has seen several doctors, and they agree that she had suffered a head injury. Gloria was brought to me by a concerned man, who had found her in his warehouse. She was three months old, and not afraid of humans, which means that she had been in a home. It's sad to think, but someone must have abandoned her, as she could not have gotten there on her own. She would just fall over whenever she tried to move. She has a sunny disposition, and lets us know what she needs at all times! She's quite the gal! AND!! She has improved under the care of Drs. Anne Reed for general care and acupuncture, and of Dr. Margaret Holiday, the chiropractor Gloria can now manage to stand for minutes at a time, and to get around a bit. She is keeping her balance better, and recovering more quickly from her falls. Her treatments are expensive, and will be on-going for some time, but a full recovery is expected! This little one someone threw away is deserving of a great life. We are thrilled at her progress, and will be grateful for any help you can give to get her well again!
Gloria has been with us almost four years now...and, hard as it is to see her fall, and fall, and fall again, sometimes backwards, sometimes hard, she has been a joy and an inspiration to us. She is other wise sturdy and robust. We have never had her spayed, as the sedation would be too risky, they say. We go through the heat cycles with her, which have interestingly become less frequent. At the moment, I will be talking with her main doctor to see about getting her teeth cleaned without sedation...
I posted this photo first, as Bina is reclusive. She came late to my colony on Wildcat Creek, just south of San Pablo Dam Road, where the creek goes under San Pablo Ave and comes out on the other side, behind Tulare Ave. I came to this colony and its twin inside the Alvarado Apartments, when a pair of twins called me about a kitten in a tree there. Long story short, the kitten came down, and I discovered that there were sixty-plus cats and babies there. Thirteen years later now, and Bina is, I think, the last. I'm not sure, as the wise management, after I'd trapped and neutered all the others, and, over the years, found homes for them or lost them by attrition, decided that they didn't want me there any more. Bina and her brother showed up at the creekside south of the apartments maybe five years ago. There were a few others there too, notably Summer, who was incredibly hard to trap. It took several springs and several beautiful litters before she went into a drop trap. The drop trap took two weeks...another story. Here's Summer:
Summer produced the most beautiful babies...many long-haired. They all found great homes, in pairs. I don't know how old she was, but one day I found her body down in the creek. Fortunately, my husband could crawl down the bank and bring her body up. She had a service and is buried here...
One by one, the few others with Bina, got sick and came home to die peacefully. One, I felt, preferred to die there, and he is buried here too. Bina's brother disappeared a few years ago. One little friendly tiger male showed up, was taken home with me and adopted. Since then, Bina has been the only one there. She comes out of the bushes now when I arrive, and cries hello. The bank has eroded so much that I can't get into the trees where no one could see us. But I keep a low profile, clear water dish close by the fence, and a flat green plate. Bina has been healthy, and may have friends down the creek a way, near Montoya Gardens apartments. I hear there are cats there....more work looming, I think.
Yes, they're all different...and some more different than others...Layna is here with us after her three siblings were adopted years back...she sprays. Yes..females do! Layna here doesn't spray often; just when we start to think she's over doing it...
We're fearful that a new guardian might not be sufficiently understanding, and that she'd be at risk. Our adoption agreement states that the adoptee be returned to us if for any reason, it "doesn't work out"...our human families don't abandoned their kids, (usually) when problems crop up, thankfully...but in humans' defense,with their animals, they often just don't know how to manage a problem, get bad advice, or no useful advice, feel inadequate to the care of the animaland give up.
So Layna stays here!! She is gorgeous, easy-going, no trouble at all...what's a bit of spraying now and again, eh?
The founder of Bee Holistic, Cynthia Burke, has been caring for cats most of her life, volunteering with such groups as the wonderful Animal Balance, and Fix Our Ferals. In 2009 the non-profit was formed, with the help of a frIend who was invaluable in that process.