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This month I’m deviating from the usual Fantastic Feline to introduce you to someone very special.  She doesn’t have a name. She’s just a baby.  Her family didn’t bother to have her microchipped or desexed, and now she’s lost and heavily pregnant.

 

stray scared cat in carrier

I wouldn’t trust anyone if I were you either little cat

Brought into my vet clinic by someone because they’d found her living their childrens’ cubby house for some time, she was frightened and lost.  Because it was the weekend, we were unable to get her picked up by the local animal shelter.  It broke my heart to think of her alone in a cage all weekend, so home she came with me.  Just for the weekend.

In the first 24 hours she didn’t eat, drink, use her litter tray, or let me touch her.  She wasn’t aggressive in any way, but just shrank away when I came close.  On the second day she was okay with being picked up and sat quietly on my lap while I softly stroked her beautiful black and white coat.  By day three she was a different cat.  She began to approach me for a chin scratch, ate her food greedily, and meowed for my attention when she wanted something.

stray cat and little boy

She now approaches my little boy for affection and he calls her “Mummy Cat”

For now this sweet little girl with no name is going to stay with me and get the TLC she deserves while I give her a safe, warm place to have her kittens.  I think it will be any day now.  The relevant organisations have been contacted and her details recorded should her family come forward for her, but I’d be shocked.

Once she has her bubs they will need to be cared for until they can all be desexed, microchipped and go to loving families.

Please, please, microchip your pets.  Please desex your pets.  Unwanted cats fill our animal shelters. Because people don’t give a shit, or they don’t think, or they want their kids to see kittens being born, the miracle of new life.  This last one is a cliche, but I still hear it all the time.  With these tiny new lives comes a responsibility.  Who is going to love them and care for them for the next 16 odd years?  I personally hate being preached at and I’m not here to tell people what to do, but, I’m gonna have to break my own rule just this once:

Desex Your Pets

Microchip You Pets

Because there shouldn’t be a quiet little girl with no name and nowhere to go curled up on my lap right now.  Waiting to have a litter of more little babies with no name and nowhere to go.  And she’s lucky, because there are so many more like her without a lap to curl up in.

Thank you

joanna paul and cat

I think our story together has only just begun…

Joanna Paul
Dr. Joanna Paul BVSc (hons) BSc Jo is a practicing small animal veterinarian based in Melbourne, Australia. Working in partnership with loving pet owners to ensure their fur-kids remain happy, healthy family members life-long is what brings her joy. Well, that and taking naps. Jo strongly believes that helping to maintain the wonderful bond between a pet and their human is reason enough for a happy dance.
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  • Jodi
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    Sweet little thing. Has she had her kittens yet? What will happen to her?

    Confession….I just recently had Sampson chipped. I know, it’s very late, but at least I did it.

    • Joanna Paul
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      Hey Jodi!
      Yup she sure has, they’re 4 weeks old today, and all still living with me 🙂 I wrote about them here: http://creatureclinic.com/newborn-kittens/
      Good work getting the microchip done, it’s not something we really think about down the track and I’m sure many older animals don’t have them, but all puppies and kittens these days should get one.

  • Marshmallow
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    Epilogue: “Miss Megs”, as I named her before dropping her into the shelter, is now back home with me! I’ve worried over her all week so finally checked the website to see whether she was still with them, and there she was – desexed, vaccinated, wormed and health checked. I drove in this morning and brought her home. She’s currently familiarising herself with her new bedroom. A very happy ending for our Miss Megs. (Coincidentally, the shelter had, without knowledge of my name for her, called her “Megs”.)

    • Joanna Paul
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      That is the best news! Thank you so much for the update. I hope Miss Megs is settling in well. She has a much brighter future now than she did just a short time ago.

    • Joanna Paul
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      How is Miss Megs settling in? She’s been through some big changes!

      • Marshmallow
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        Miss Megs is a very happy, confident and playful little girl. She knows she’s loved and has settled into our home beautifully. I keep her in at night and am subjected to being woken often, as she plays with her toys in the wee hours. Our Chihuahua, Harry, isn’t so keen on having a new ‘sister’, but they tolerate each other. Miss Megs follows us at a respectful distance as I take Harry for a walk around the property. She put on a lot of weight in a short time by eating as though there was no tomorrow, but she’s now eating more moderately. I take that as a sign of her confidence in her future. She’s a joy… cheeky and lovable.

  • Marshmallow
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    Thank you, Joanna. Yesterday, she was waiting for me at our established feeding spot, unlike other days when she would approach very timidly and with much coaxing. I knew I had to take advantage of her trustfulness so I fed her, picked her up and placed her in the cat carrier with some food. I’d worried that the experience would become a traumatic ordeal for her, but she was very compliant as I placed her in the car and drove her to the shelter. (We only have one shelter and the local council “Pound”.) I talked soothingly to her and she was fine during the 10 minute drive. I console myself by thinking that at least she’s no longer at the mercy of foxes or wild dogs during the nights and is in safe hands now.

  • Marshmallow
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    We live in the bush near Bundaberg, in Qld. A little stray tortoiseshell girl found her way to our place and allowed us to only glimpse her for days as she scuttled from one hiding place to another. After two weeks’ of feeding, enticing, perseverance and trust-building, today she allowed me to stroke her while she fed and I picked her up for a few seconds before she wriggled to be freed. This little girl is pregnant. One of the reasons I befriended her (other than my being a soft touch) was that I did not want her to become/continue to be a feral cat. We cannot keep kittens and I do not want another 15-20 year commitment, because we want to travel in years to come and I would never leave a pet behind. (My last princess passed away three weeks ago.) I know the answer is to take her to the local RSPCA and just deal with the guilt of having earned her trust only to betray it by passing her on. She’s afraid of everyone except me. I’m not sure I’m strong enough to look into her trusting little face and hand her over to a fate that I can’t bear to think about.

    • Joanna Paul
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      That’s heartbreaking!
      I’m so sorry also to hear about your own little princess.
      The little tortie sounds like she would be able to warm up to a new home if put in the right situation, with lots of patience. It’s an incredibly tough decision to hand her in, I know. My thoughts would be that there are shelters and there are shelters. I know at Animal Aid near me, every cat is assessed as an individual and those who just need more time to gain confidence are given it, and then they are matched carefully with an appropriate home. Maybe you could see what your options are locally and choose the one you think will be the best for your little stray. The baby girl this post is about is still at my place having had her kittens, but had she been left on the street instead of handed in by some kind person she’d be dead now and so would they. She had a very difficult labour and required a caesarian to get the last little guy out. I feel so lucky that we crossed paths. Good luck with everything xx

  • weliveinaflat
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    I’m glad she has a loving home for now 🙂 Thank you!

    • Joanna Paul
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      I’m glad to have her too, she’s very sweet!

  • Pawesome Cats
    Reply

    What a beautiful kitty you have there…and I love that your son calls her mummy cat. All our paws are crossed that you find her and her babies wonderful forever homes.

  • Chelsea Price
    Reply

    Aw, this is just heartbreaking. Thank goodness this girl found you! <3

    • Joanna Paul
      Reply

      She’s doing really well now though 🙂 She’s such a sweet little thing and her kittens are ADORABLE!!!

  • Deztinee High
    Reply

    Oh wow she’s so bootyful. And we hate to hear her story time and again. When will hoomans wake up? We hear da want me childwen to see da miracle of birff all da time, and when asked what they’re going to do wiff da kittens, da wesponse is: “give them away”. And all weez can fink is to hoo mowe idiot peeps? Weez of course awe micwochipped and sis Lexi is so old hers has a tattoo too. So glad yous be takin’ good cawr of hers. Fank yous fwum all of us daat wulda been homeless or dead ifin not fur luvvin’ and cawin’ hoomans like yous selff.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

    • Joanna Paul
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      Dezi and Lexi,
      so sorry I missed your comment! I couldn’t agree with you more. I wish all the kitties in the world were as happy and as well loved as you are <3

  • Jess
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    This post makes me happy and sad at the same time… So glad that beautiful little “mummy cat” is doing well and getting some love.

    • Joanna Paul
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      Thanks Jess,
      She doing really well, and she is giving as much loves as she gets, so it’s an amazing opportunity for us to have this time with her <3

  • Ashleigh Mills
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    Poor little poppet. I can’t believe people do this. I had my oldest cat for 20 years. When we rescued Sasha who was found on the street as a little kitten with her mum, I was shocked at the number of calls that went to the shelter with people abandoning their pets. I asked the girl why, and she said people just got sick of having them, moved or the animal was sick. It made me so sad. This cat is not much younger than my Sasha, who is still a baby herself, and should be with a loving family playing with toys and enjoying being a kitten, not homeless and pregnant. I hope you find a home for her and her babies.

    • Joanna Paul
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      Thanks Ashleigh,
      I wish everyone was like you, but I guess some people see animals as disposable possessions rather than living things 🙁 She will get a wonderful home, and so will her babies – I’ll make sure of it.

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