Nala was a sweet 4 month old, feral, little guy that we trapped and took in to be neutered. It turned out that he was crypt orchid (undescended testicle) on one side. There were complications with the surgery that required two additional surgeries. He also had problems with diarrhea post op and for months. After the second surgery, Nala became very, very tame. It seemed that he understood that we were all trying to help him. Not only did he come to us for love, but he could be picked up and turned over on his back for belly rubs. He’d look into your eyes with such a loving expression. Since then, he moved into his caretakers’, Heidi and Alex’s, home with his brother, Simba, and they are both surrounded with a lot of toys and so much love. His diarrhea has subsided and he is on the path to recovery. Nala is such a precious little one.
Chewie is a long, skinny guy who popped up into the colony during the spring of 2016. Folklore has it that Chewie was the baby of a very pampered feral mama, Ossie, in Dynasty’s Colony. When we returned Dynasty, the queen of her colony, from being spayed a couple of years ago, Dynasty stole young baby Chewie from her mama and took off before the caretaker could retrieve the baby. The caretaker didn’t see the baby again. In the spring of 2016, Chewie, who looked a lot like the stolen kitten and remarkably similar (wider nose than the average cat) to Ossie, started creeping around the area with other Dynasty cats. The caretaker worked and worked with him until he would come to her and was comfortable being fed in her yard. Finally, we were able to get him and have him neutered. Because he was so skinny, we had him examined thoroughly by the vet and tested for FIV/FeLV. She estimated that he was about 2-3 years old and his teeth were decayed and gums were infected. She needed to extract all but 2 teeth to and Chewie needed to be on antibiotics to heal his mouth. His blood work was good, so Chewie recovered quite well. He is now quite tame but retains some of his feral qualities. He lives indoors and in the yard of the caretaker’s home. Chewie is a trooper and living the purrfect kitty life.
Small Fry was one of a litter of kittens we found in the backyard of an area with 15+ feral cats. It has been a very challenging area where the cats live in fenced in back yards and probably have numerous feeders. This litter was born under an unused hot tub. One day when we were trapping, we heard the kittens but they were difficult to see because they were hidden back under the hot tub. Small Fry was in front of the others. Her closed eyes made her look like a little baby. At the end of the trapping week, we came back and heard a chirping mew but thought it was a bird. Finally, we found Small Fry wandering around a corner of the yard. More visible now, we could see that she was much older, and her eyes were swollen shut and infected. With the help of the caretaker and homeowner, we were able to get all 4 of the kittens. Some of the other littermates had eye infections as well, and they were all underweight. The vet put them on antibiotics and an antiviral for weeks as the kittens eyes started healing from what she thought was probably a herpes infection. They continued to heal and became very tame. It was discovered later that Small Fry had inverted lower eyelids that required surgery and she had only about 10% eyesight that probably only permitted her to see shadows. The local shelter offered to do the surgery and find homes for the kittens. Small Fry was and her littermates were very lucky babies that probably wouldn’t have survived. Now they will be able to live their lives cared for and loved.
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.