Age: 8 Years Sex: Male
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Rabi the Rabmeister
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July 4th 2005
eating the kitten's food
me cleaning his 'non-eye'
Favorite Nap Spot:
a squishy cat bed with kanji on it
In August of 2005, I was working as a technician at a clinic in California. One day someone brought in a litter of three kittens, about a five weeks old. They had been abandoned at the front of the local wildlife rehabilitation center. The poor things were in terrible shape.
Two little boy orange tabbys and a female grey tabby. All three of them had SERIOUS URI (upper respiratory infection) and were on death's door. And the the little girl....her eye was almost hanging out of her head. It looked pretty grim for them, being strays and everything. But then a guardian angel....someone from the wildlife rehab center had felt sorry for their poor little situation. Unable to take the kittens in herself, she decided to donate $1500 to their care. Amazing! To this day I still can't believe the generosity of this wonderful woman. The kittens suddenly had a chance!
With this newfound resource we got to work. Unfortunately, we had to euthanise the little female since it would have eaten up almost all of the funds to fix her eye and would effectively sign the death warrants for them all. So she passed peacefully away into the next world. We got to work on the two remaining kittens. They were skin and bones, covered in fleas, anemic and their eyes filled with the gunk from the URI. I was given the task of syringe feeding them since they wouldn't eat on their own. One kitten was significantly smaller and weaker than the other. This kitten would come to be known as Rabi.
After a few days of hospitalization, it was decided that they should go to a foster who could continue their care and medical needs. A woman from the wildlife rehab center volunteered and took them both home. They came in a couple times a week for check ups and Rabi was getting weaker and weaker. We couldn't understand what was going on until we talked to the foster. Little Rabi was supposed to be getting fluids under his skin twice a day because he was unable to keep himself hydrated. Unfortunately the foster was extremely squeamish about needles and hadn't been giving them to him. So it was decided that it would be in their best interest to have a tech foster them from now on. Luckily I got the job!
From that point forward my schedule was all about them. Getting up an hour earlier in order to give them medication, food and love. More meds when I got home from work. Playing and love too of course. And then finally delaying bedtime an hour later than normal so I could give them one last course of meds and love. However, little by little I was noticing something was up with Rabi. He had been the one with the worst case of the URI and both his eyes had been so gunky they had been sealed closed, even with my daily cleanings and medications. I finally realized what was off. Under his left eyelid there was nothing. No eye. It had just....disappeared. We think it had been so badly infected with the virus at such a delicate time of development that it had just been absorbed back into the body. But after a few weeks, that was the only problem he had. They were both happy and healthy kittens now! And no way was I giving them up! They became my little babies officially.
Rabi was nearly named something completely different! He was SO cuddly as a kitten so he was almost named "Professor Snugglesworth". Luckily I came to my senses. And if you know where that name came from, you get a cookie!
Did I hear you pick up the laser???
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December 12th 2006 7:33 pm
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Mom got so angry at me last night!! I don't even know why! See, we moved into a new place a couple of months ago and it has this really neat thing called a fireplace? Our old place had one but it was always closed off with this stiff metal gate. But this one just has some metal drapes! I can slip right in there! I always thought that it was just a cozy place to sleep, nice and dark, you know? But guess what? Last night she did something different!
She got out this piece of wood wrapped in paper (the stupid dog kept thinking it was food!) and put it in the fireplace. Then you know what she did? She set it on fire!!! I know, crazy huh? But soon there was a nice, warm fire going in there! So of course, being a cold night, I wanted to get warm. So I just crawled in there and lay down on the far side of the fire. Ahh...it was bliss. But then! Then she just flipped out! She came running over and yelling and just acting crazy!! Of course I got out of there fast! I hear how sometimes certain breeds of owners can just FLIP and kill their cats without any warning! I ran and hid under the couch. What was that all about??
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