I really need to get away from the shelter! My heartstrings are just too big and my house is just too small!
Wednesday afternoon a couple walked into the shelter with this little baby kitten and said they found it in their yard. It was so caked with dried mud that it was as stiff as a board. It was unconcious, and barely breathing. Thankfully it was spay/nueter clinic day and the vet was on hand.
I grabbed the kitten and busted into the operating room and told them we had an emergency. The vet took the kitten and told me to go grab a big healthy cat from the shelter. She immediately took blood from the healthy cat and gave the baby a transfusion. We then gave glucose and waited. I went and heated a bag of IV fluids, wrapped that in a towel and put the baby on the warm bag. I wrapped them all up in a warm blanket and carried it around for the next two hours. I kept telling the baby that it was going to live.
There was only one clean spot on the little one and that was the white spot between its eyes. I kept kissing that spot and saying prayers. Finally the little fellow came to life and started sucking on the blanket like crazy! We mixed up a mash of KMR and canned food and he ate!!! YIPPEE!!!
This is what the poor little thing looked like Wednesday night.
I know it's hard to see all the mud but believe me that poor babies hair was so stiff and hard. He was still very weak but doing so much better.
Of course I had to bring him home so I could monitor him throughout the night.
By Thursday night I felt like he was probably strong enough to withstand a bath. I was terrified during that whole bath! I just new his little heart would give out but I also knew that he would feel tons better if he could move without his hair pulling. Thank goodness he made it!
Look what we found under all that mud!!
Here you can see his little chicken leg from the transfusion
Sleeping and healing
He is still weak but playing some and walking ok. It will take awhile for him build his strength again but I now feel good about him surviving.
We named him Mud Pie.
Is this number 20? According to hubby Mud Pie isn't leaving! Good grief, I've created a monster!!!
I had to share this precious little one with you guys. Anybody need a Mud Pie????