Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
|Purred: Sun Jun 7, '09 11:47pm PST |
|Okay, I tried to do a good thing, and now I'm in way over my head. About 10 weeks ago for those of you that haven't read any of my other posts, I took in two stray Queens that were pregnant. This gets a little confusing so try to bear with me...
The first momma cat, Sami, gave birth to 5 kittens, and one stillborn. I think she had them a little prematurely. She promptly abandoned the entire litter, and of course I bottle-fed around the clock. She went to the Texas Siamese Rescue, was found to have an abcessed tooth, was treated, spayed and is up for adoption.
The second momma, Gracie, had her babies the day after Sami. She had five. A couple of weeks later, the TX Siamese Rescue called me to go rescue three kittens abandoned under a woman's house here in my town. I went and crawled under her house in the mud, and cut three maine coon mixes from inside her insulation.
So, we ended up with 12 kittens altogether. One baby didn't make it, Gracie apparently killed it. It was probably sick.
Well. Everything was great, everyone was healthy but one little guy, who was on death's door. He went to the vet, got treated with Cephelexin (sp?), healed up really well, and survived. He's our little Rambo.
Then, almost the entire litter came down with Upper Respiratory. I was treating them the best I could, but my resources and finances were running low. I got them enrolled in the Homeless Orphaned Pets Endeavor (HOPE) here in Houston. I agreed to continue fostering until we got them thoroughly checked out and treated.
I took our two worst ones to HOPE's vet. One of them, Tippy, her conjunctivitis is so bad, her eyes are swelled shut. When they're open, all you see is her pink inner lid all swollen. The other little guy, Peanut, is also 10 weeks old, with a horrible rattle in his little chest, icky eyes, the whole shebang. Their vet takes one quick look and diagnoses Feline Herpes, and tells me to "send them to Jesus."
Longer story short, I am having a P. Chain Reaction done on the sickest one tomorrow afternoon, for a definitive diagnosis. Luckily, HOPE cares enough that they are supplying me tons of medication and fluids to keep these little ones going. Some of the babies don't even show any signs whatsoever of being sick, others are just mild sneezing, and then there are the two worst ones.
I need some advice. I do not want to put 12 kittens to sleep, even if they have Herpes. However, I am running out of options. I cannot keep all 12 myself. I have cats of my own, and was already planning to keep three of the babies, but just can't keep 12. I don't have the money to continue to treat 12 babies on my own either. I just cannot bear to put them down when I know at least the healther ones can get through this. They may be sick off and on the rest of their lives, but with people that understand the disease, as I've seen many of you here do, they can still be happy, loved cats. They are just the sweetest...
As you know, the Humane Society and SPCA will euthanize them. This HOPE group I'm working with says if it is Herpes, they'll be unadoptable, because I can't have them at adoption sites and whatnot because they may pass it on to the healthy ones. I don't want to do the "free to a good home" in the newspaper, because I don't want them to be dog bait, or lab animals. I am just at a loss. For 10 weeks I have tried so hard, and spent so much money, I don't know what to do anymore.
If anyone here has some advice, or is interested in them or helping them, please let me know. I'm trying to save lives here, I just can't do it alone anymore.
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