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Age: 5 Years Sex: Female Weight: 9 lbs.
|Home:Squaw Valley, Fresno Co, CA |
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September 1st 2012
June 30th 2011
Cuddling with her mommy and her fursibs.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Mommy and Daddy's bed
Early in August of 2012, my husband and I were driving up the road near our house when we saw an emaciated white-and-gray cat with bloody injuries, standing in front of the property of some neighbors who had recently moved out of state. I wanted to help her but wasn't able to get near her. A few days later, an equally emaciated but friendly orange-and-white tomcat showed up on our back patio. I named the tomcat “Jed”. A few days later, Jed brought the injured cat and her four kittens to our patio. The mom stayed off at a distance while Jed bathed and played with the kittens; it seemed as though the mother cat had turned over her parental duties to him. I continued to put out food but saw the mom only three more times over the next two weeks, and she ran whenever she saw me. I worried that the cat would die from her wounds going untreated, so I decided to borrow a trap from the Cat House On The Kings. I was making plans to make the hour-long drive to CHOTK in Parlier on the morning of August 30th when the mama cat showed up in our yard again. It turned out that I didn’t need a trap after all; this time instead of running away, she meowed plaintively and allowed me to approach her. It seems she had just gotten too tired and weak to run. I called the Cat House On The Kings, and they were kind enough to let me bring her in. They treated her numerous wounds, kept her overnight, and then sent her home with antibiotics and a solution to flush her wounds.
I wanted a special name for this cat who had survived such horrible injuries, so I began looking up various names online and running them by my cat-loving friends on Facebook. The highest vote-getters were “Zeva” (pronounced ZEH-vah) which is a Hebrew name meaning “splendor”, and "Katsumi", a Japanese name meaning "victorious beauty", so I named the cat "Zeva Katsumi."
We will never know for certain what caused Zeva's terrible wounds. Possibilities include an attack by a larger animal, getting caught in a fan belt, or a fungal skin infection. I took Zeva to a veterinarian who treated her over a period of a month but then advised me that Zeva was suffering and was not healing, and implied that I should have her PTS. I knew that Zeva had a strong will to live and I was not ready to give up on her, so I didn't take her back to that vet. One of my Facebook friends (Shari, mom of Oliver Winston Parsons on Catster) suggested that I try colloidal silver on Zeva's wounds. I followed her suggestion, and the results were nothing short of miraculous. Within a few days, Zeva's wounds which had shown no improvement for two months began to heal. Today Zeva has only a few small scars where the wounds were too deep for her fur to grow back, but most of her fur has grown out, and she is healthy and happy. I caught, tamed, and found homes for two of her kittens, and continue to feed her other two kittens who are very feral. We also decided to keep Zeva's friend Jed who brought her to us, and they both live happily indoors. Zeva Katsumi is our precious miracle kitty. I am so glad that I didn't listen to that vet!
NOTE: Parts of Zeva's story were taken from her Facebook page: "Purrs for Zeva Katsumi". For more information and to see more photographs of Zeva, her kittens, and her friend Jed, please visit and "like" her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pur rs-for-Zeva-Katsumi/34868925187943 7?ref=ts&fref=ts
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