Photo Comments Age: 5 Years Sex: Female Weight: 5 lbs.
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August 24th 2010
July 1st 2010
Black and White
Eating, cuddling, playing, climbing...
When I have to give her a bath or clean her hind end.
Toy mice - she bats them around, carries them in her mouth, etc. She can play with them for hours.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Curled up with me, or on the back of the couch.
Despite being totally blind, she navigates the apartment with ease - climbs the cat tree, the furniture, plays in the bathtub, etc. She's amazing.
Funny how things work out - I already have four cats at home, and was feeling the urge to get another kitten. I told myself over and over, though, that would be impractical and talked myself out of it. Then, came Lily. She was brought into the shelter where I work on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. Someone had found her wandering in the street and didn't want her to get run over. She was packaged up in a cardboard box, crying.
When I took her into the exam room and opened up the box flaps, I could see there was something very wrong with her eyes. They were matted shut, but this was obviously more than a bad case of upper respiratory.
I took a warm, wet washcloth and gently opened up her eyes to reveal one ruined eye - black and swollen - and the other socket didn't seem to have an eye at all. This little girl was totally blind and had no hope of ever being able to see.
It didn't take long before I knew I was taking her. I don't know why, honestly, except something was screaming in my mind that I needed to save her. We took her to the shelter vet who gave her an initial exam, started her on Clavamox for the URI, and then put her in our isolation room to monitor her. A week later, she came to my house and has been here ever since.
As soon as she was fit for surgery, we had the bad eye removed. She immediately was a happier kitten - the eye was painful for her and kept her stressed. After the operation she gave me face rubs, which she'd never done before.
After awhile it became obvious that Lily has some other issues - nerve damage in the hindquarters which caused problems with incontinence. She cannot do much with her tail. Luckily I have a great vet who suggested a medicine called Cisapride to help Lily with control of her bowels. It helped immensely, and while we still have some problems, they are much easier to deal with. She uses the litter box and needs the occasional bath.
Lily has been such a gift in my life. I am amazed by her on a daily basis and despite all of her issues I cannot imagine any other outcome than her being here with me. I got my kitten and have felt incredibly lucky that Lily came to me.
I started Lily on a raw diet this last weekend. I have seen how it helps other cats have smaller and fewer bowel movements, so I want to see if it will help her in the same way. She is eating Nature's Variety chicken medallions - she loves them, and I think it's working! Yahoo!
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I am the queen of stubborn!
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Is a kitten ever too young to start a raw diet?
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