Back in September last year (at the tail end of a VERY hectic ‘kitten season’) we took a call from a concerned member of the public regarding her cats. It was the age old problem of starting with one cat and things getting ….out of hand.
Cookie was a stray that had taken residence in someone’s shed. She was the first to come into the animal home with some of her kittens. However, she had never been spayed or vaccinated and over the course of just ONE YEAR Cookie had produced 11 kittens. Now, this can be quite stressful for a cat. Particularly one like Cookie who much prefers her own company!
To add insult to injury, it became clear that some of the kittens had conditions often related to unvaccinated mothers and possibly inbreeding. Two examples of this are Jelly & Custard. Both came in with very obvious conditions.
Jelly was particularly wobbly on her feet and seemed thrown off balance very easily and we soon suspected a mild form of a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia.
Cerebellar hypoplasia is a developmental condition in which the cerebellum of the brain fails to develop properly. The cerebellum is the portion of the brain that controls fine motor skills, balance and coordination. The condition is not painful or contagious. […] Cerebellar hypoplasia most commonly occurs when a pregnant cat becomes infected with feline panleukopenia virus and passes the infection to her unborn kittens.
There was also Custard, she came to us with a very obvious deformation of her foreleg. After a few examinations by our vet, it was discovered that she was missing a bone (radial) in her leg, causing the other bone (ulna) to grow in a curve.
It was decided by the vet that (as it would likely be very painful to put weight on) that Custard would be far better at getting around with just 3 legs and pain free. So the leg was amputated and Custard was relieved of the unuseable limb…and far happier for it!
Once both kittens were vaccinated and spayed, they were put up for adoption and it wasn’t long before they were snapped up by a lovely family who could not only see past their quirks, but embraced them!
All of Cookie’s kittens were rehabilitated and rehomed but sadly, Cookie remains. Most of the time she is playful and loving but being a torti (and being used to doing as she pleases for a very long time) Cookie is predictably unpredictable. She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to let you know. Now that she has said goodbye to all of her kittens and most importantly been spayed, Cookie needs a pet and child free home to call her own.