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.
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.
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.
I think our story together has only just begun…