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Leave a treat for *Runaround Sue, 4EverNMyHeart
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|-mixed breed||-disabled ||-cat rescue|
March 15th 2007
She enjoyed perching on the highest part (back) of the chairs so she could watch everything going on.
Liked playing with jingle-balls and anything she could bat around the floor.
Favorite Nap Spot:
On the couch, under the bed, in her kitty bed
A robust energy and zest for life
Sue-sue was one of 4 very sickly kittens (among the very ill, very hungry 60+ that had been left to die in a deserted, foreclosed upon house - see www.ForeclosureCats.com) that I took in to foster. They had a severe viral infection (feline herpes virus) that caused upper respiratory as well as eye problems. She recovered from the initial URI, and had such a robust energy about her tiny little frame that we called her Runaround Sue. **** ****
One eye was damaged beyond repair, but the other one worked just fine, and she didnt seem to notice that anything was missing. I thrilled to see her zest for life and delighted in watching her grow from a tiny fragile kitten into a happy healthy-looking youngster; playing with her siblings, zooming from one place to another, attacking imaginary monsters, and discovering the fascinations of everything in her environment - the couch, stairs, the dogs, a closet, etc. **** ****
Unfortunately, there had been more internal damage that we didnt know about. She developed breathing difficulties that went from endearing to noisy (we called her the Snuffle-op-agus) to life-threatening. I stayed up with her at night watching and worrying over her inability to draw air into her lungs. I was determined to do all I could for her while she was entrusted to my care. We consulted with several veterinarians, tried a variety of herbal and chemical medications, shower steam treatments, fed only the best foods; etc. but she continued to deteriorate. *** * ****
It turned out she had a huge grape-sized polyp growing in the back of her little throat, (she only weighed about 3 lbs) making it harder and harder to take a breath, slowly suffocating her. In a harrowing procedure because of her small size (only about 4 months old) and serious condition, it was removed. Hurray! We all expected that now shed be able to breathe easy and get back to being Runaround Sue instead of Laying-around Sue. However, while her condition was somewhat improved, she still sounded congested and still had labored breathing issues, almost constantly sounding like Darth Vader.
She had trouble eating; swallowing must have hurt her as she would choke and sputter and gag when she tried to eat, and she hadnt gained as much weight as her siblings. But she was entrusted to my care and I wasnt going to let her starve under my roof! I tried all kinds of foods to tempt her, even attempting to force-feed her (didnt work because it made her choke and gag even worse.) For several weeks, several times a day, I coaxed her to please eat . . . she would only take food from my fingers. And she gained weight! She filled out a bit, and got more energetic and active; even got playful again! **** ****
Guardedly optimistic, we persisted with various medicines, added daily nebulization treatments, etc. and it seemed like maybe we were gaining. . . but eventually it was determined that there was another pea-sized polyp, this one inside her nasal passages. It too was removed, but her recovery this time wasnt meant to be. She never made it home after that procedure. The vet, his assistants and I had to say a very teary goodbye. **** ****
Out of all the possible people on the planet, this sweet little soul had been placed into my care - and despite everything that we tried, I grieved and cried as it became obvious that we werent able to overcome the insults her tiny baby body initially suffered from the original dismal lack of basic sanitation, nutrition and veterinary care. **** ****
Although she came to me as a foster kitty; intended to eventually be adopted and go on to her forever home; she was entrusted to my care and of course, immediately found her way into my heart. (I kept saying that I already had too many critters and absolutely couldnt keep any more, no matter what!) But since she wont be getting adopted and going on to someone elses forever home; Ill admit that although I knew I couldnt keep her, somewhere along the line I had already claimed her as mine and will consider my heart to be her forever home, where shell romp and play and breathe easily and be treasured forever as a happy and healthy little Runaround Sue.
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