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Old 01-29-2008, 09:53 AM   #801
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Aww that just breaks my heart! However from the sounds of it it sounds like she's going to need some work at the vet. They might even have to put her under to really clean up her wounds You're doing a great job taking care of her
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:11 AM   #802
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Just got a call from ARF and she is making arrangements with a nearby vet to take her tomorrow. I'm so happy. If anyone wants to donate to a good cause, Animal Rescue Fund in your area could use the funds.
I'm sending my donation as soon as I get paid.
What a relief.
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:27 AM   #803
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That's great news!
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:01 PM   #804
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This is how Fergus looked when we took him in, in July 2006:



This is *MR.* Fergus this past September--he's the size of a dog! (I need to get updated pix of both him and Callie.)



It's difficult to imagine it's the same kitty-boy--we didn't know when we took him just how emaciated he was.
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I just love Fergus, he is sooo handsome
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Awwwwww . . . . thank you! He and Callie have even been spied sleeping near each other, with their backsides touching, since the weather has turned so cold. At night, they are both with me.
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Fergus turned more orange, too
He's such a cutie!
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:19 PM   #808
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Ok first of all I want to say special thanks to Sicy for all the great advice and helping to keep my spirits up during Bela's ordeal. And to indra who advised me on how to handle her. That was valuable information this morning when I had to get her to the vet. I took pics last night and will take some more as soon as she comes out from hiding. She has a cute little hot pink bandage on. however, she doesn't seem to like me too much and she's avoiding me tonight.
Good news is, she is much better. The vet sedated her and removed the rubber bands, and she doesn't have feline lukemia or aids. She is healthy but unfortunately they may have to remove her paw. There has been too much nerve damage from the rubber bands being so tight. It's still up in the air how much of her leg will have to come off but at least there isn't any infection. I'm taking her back Friday to have her bandage changed and they will make a decision on what to do.
She just came out of her hiding place so I'm going to see if she will let me hold her. I took pics last night and will finish the roll tonight then I can post a couple of pics of her.
Thanks again for all the help and well wishes.
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I'm so glad she's healthy and finally got all the bands removed. That's excellent news. I'm so sorry about her paw needing to be amputated though (I'd like to smack the snot out of the piss-poor excuse for a human being that did that to her ), but luckily cats are very adaptable so she should still have a happy, active life without it. Until it's actually gone however, I'll still hope for an astounding and complete recovery.

Bela's very lucky to have found you. Thanks so much for helping her and providing her a good and loving home. I'm really looking forward to seeing pics of her. Glad the scruffing info helped -- you'll almost certainly use it a lot as a cat owner. I don't know how I would manage without it.
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I cannot imagine anyone doing something so horrible to an innocent little animal.
Hopefully, Bela will adjust to whatever they decide. With a loving kittymom like you, she has a head start!

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Old 01-30-2008, 11:35 PM   #811
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(I'd like to smack the snot out of the piss-poor excuse for a human being that did that to her )
ME too.

to Sue and Bela.
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I'm sorry about Bella's paw, but I'm glad she found you so that you could help her sue .

On the Animal Cops show, I've seen that kind of thing happen to dogs and their tails and it's horrible
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for Sue & Bela
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major for Sue and Bela from me and Isabella
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I emailed you Sue - you did the right thing having a doctor check her....
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I'm sorry about Bella's paw, but I'm glad she found you so that you could help her sue .

On the Animal Cops show, I've seen that kind of thing happen to dogs and their tails and it's horrible
When I dropped her off at the vet, there was a lady there with a beautiful black lab that she had rescued and he had been burned with cigarettes and had his front sholder hair burned off. It was one of the most horrific things I could imagine. When the assistant told me Bela may have to have her leg amputated, a little girl was there to pick up her cat and cried out "daddy don't let them do that". I told her not to worry she will be alright, I'll see too it - no matter what.
I thought that was quite cruel to say, not only in front of a child but the vet told me something earlier, that it may not be the entire leg.
Thanks for all the 's we need them.. Will update tomorrow.
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Sue, I think you are one of the angels. Stay strong, and give Bela lots of love and care. Many to you, and keep us posted. I think that having this thread where we can share feelings about our "furkids" helps all of us, because we all feel the same.
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Awww you guys are so great!! I went to pick her up on my lunch break but they haven't had a chance to look at her paw or change the bandage - they had 2 emergencies this morning.
I'll pick her up on the way home. Be back later.
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Sue, what a terrible story about the cat, I'm so glad she found you and that there's a happy ending for her!


Okay guys, I think I might need your help. I strongly suspect that the kitty we took in new years day was a promiscuous kitty, and that we might have a houseful soon.

How do you tell if a cat is pregnant? We've looked online, and the information seems quite vague. Here's what I've observed, though:

1) When she first came to us, she was quite slim. I wasn't sure if she was young, or just small-framed. The first few weeks we had her, it seemed that she was filling out nicely after being quite thin when she came into our home. Now, she's downright fat, and the fat seems to be located mostly in her midsection, not at the front. I'll bet she's gained two or three pounds since we brought her in. She started out eating normal amounts, now she's probably eating 50% more than the amounts given on the food packages per day.

2) The websites say to look at their nipples, that they should be bright pink. I spread her fur apart to look, and while one I've seen looks fairly normal flesh-toned, another I've noticed is bright pink, and kind of distended. That's not good, is it?

3) Online, it also says to gently feel their stomachs, and that sometimes you can feel distinct walnut-sized bumps. Sometimes I think I can feel this, other times not so much.

4) It says to look for changes in their behaviour. That's kind of hard to do when you've got a new cat, and every behaviour is new!

Anything else I should look for? And what should I be doing if she is? I'm freaked out that one morning I'm going to wake up and find a batch of kittens in a really inconvenient place. Should I make a birthing area for her in a box, just in case?

Help!

Oh, and...who wants a kitten?
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Oh no! Well you could take her to a vet to find out for sure?
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