LIFE

“Rambo” (our kitten”) almost didn’t make it.

I didn’t post this morning and you will certainly understand why when I tell you what’s been going on.

As you know, we rescued a feral kitty about four months ago. We are not cat-loving people so you can imagine our surprise to find ourselves loving this little guy. He showed up in the woods at our cabin just when I needed him. Having cared for my mom for a number of years and then experiencing that void, it was like God sent him to us. He wasn’t even a month old when we heard his first pathetic little meow. You can read the story here.

Anyway, we had him neutered last Thursday. He was fine for a couple of days. Then we noticed he wasn’t eating very much and finally by Monday, he wasn’t eating at all. We took him to the vet Monday. He didn’t have a temp. The vet had no clue but he gave him a combined shot of b-12 and penicillin. He didn’t get any better. This morning we thought we were losing him. His little midsection was so skinny. Weight loss in a kitten is very serious.

Rambo 2017

So back to the vet. He was dehydrated but still no temp. The vet examined him thoroughly and could find nothing unusual.. But he gave him an IV to hydrate him and then a shot of a long-lasting antibiotic.

Basically, we were told to take him home and hope for the best. He said he could do all kinds of tests and take all kinds of blood but that’s a long road to go when he didn’t have a clue. Would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

So we brought him home. We’ve been in tears on and off since Monday. This morning was the worst. Mostly because much of what the vet said was what I was told when my mom was dying.

It was really hard.

But we are hopeful tonight.

We came home and in about two hours he had eaten a little. A few hours after that, he started playing. He’s not out of the woods yet. We will have blood work drawn in about two weeks as there is a possibility of feline leukemia. We learned there are two types; one is fatal but the other he can live with a long time.

So for this Christmas, we are just going to enjoy him. He’s our little “Christmas miracle.”

Rambo 2017

Hope your day was good and God bless.

ps. Something interesting. Giving a sick cat some honey is a really good idea. Just smear some on your finger and let him lick it. Or you can rub it inside the sides of his mouth. Pure maple syrup is also recommended. Honey is loaded with antibiotics and is vet-approved.

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  1. Will be praying for you and your kitty! We rescued a cat a few months ago too, and I was scared when they tested him for FIV & leukemia. Here’s hoping Rambo is okay.

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