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July 23rd, 2005

(no subject) @ 10:02 am

Quick update ... Angus is better, but not great. They were able to stabilize him overnight and he's at our regular vet over the weekend. Thanks, all, for your prayers and thoughts.
 
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From:anderyn
Date:July 23rd, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
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Keep us updated, all right? Mughi and Mittens send their best to him and your whole crew.
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From:john_holton
Date:July 23rd, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Sure will, and thanks for your support.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:July 23rd, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
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Leona sends lots of good wishes. So does her mother.

Do we know what's wrong? Not that it matters.

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From:john_holton
Date:July 23rd, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you and your cats are on board. :)

I think the main problem is that he's only six weeks old and was the runt of his litter. He was rescued from a lady who has never had her cats spayed and who have produced a number of litters. He weighs less than a pound, and over last weekend he developed an upper respiratory infection. So, we've had him on antibiotics, which probably resulted in his not eating all that well. He ate very well on Thursday, according to Mary, and yesterday he was eating whatever she'd feed him through a syringe, but at about 11 PM Mary checked on him and he was lying in his litterbox, and was wobbly when he tried to walk.

He's not as healthy as other kittens we have had. For example, we adopted Homer and Jethro, the offspring of a feral mother, when they were four weeks, and they were much more robust and they had grown to very large full size within a year. Judi came to us pregnant (she was less than a year herself) and had five kittens, all of whom thrived and have been remarkably healthy. We had one other kitten who passed away on us, who was about Angus's size and age, and I think Mary had bad memories of him. I'm glad she did what she did (even though it cost a lot of money that we don't really have); he probably would have perished by morning had we not brought him in.

They did a blood workup on him at the emergency clinic, and everything seems to be in a normal range, but he had lost a little weight. The vet there (and our own vet) told us that his heart and lungs sound good and clear. They put him on fluids at the clinic, and our vet decided to continue to do that through the weekend and see how he is on Monday.

I have faith that he's going to make it. It's just the kind of person that I am. He's going to need a lot more care, I can see, and we'll probably have to work with the vet to get him healthy, but, hey, we adopted him from the vet, and they know the situation, and they know that we're responsible and have had a lot of practice with cats.

Again, thank you for your concern, prayers and thoughts, and my gang sends their love to yours.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...