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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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They're multiplying!

I managed to get myself adopted on Friday night!

As I was driving home from work I saw a bushy little kitty make a dash up the street. I parked the car and lo and behold the kitty came running up to me! He didn't have a collar on, and was stick thin under all his fluff, so I took him round the back of my house onto the terrace where I put down some food and water (which he attacked like he had never seen food for weeks).

After a couple of hours watching him through the window stalk about my terrace and lie in my tree planters i went back out to refresh the waster when he made a dash inside

I grabbed him and took him upstairs to the spare room (it currently has lino down... great for "accidents") as the bathroom really belongs to my kits. I put down more food and water, bathed his eyes - one was looking a bit mucus-y, hung out with him for a while while I planned to put up notices around the village.

On Saturday morning, his mucus-y eye was swollen, and he hadn't defecated over night, so I took him up the the vet, where we decided he also has FVH (so medication and ointment for 10 days), and he was given an Advantage spot on (worms, fleas, ear mites). The vet told me that he has to be isolated from my two, plus barrier care (i.e. wash hands between handling him and mine, keeping separate food bowls etc).

After one misunderstanding - I provided the wrong type of litter for him... how remiss of me! - and a rather large pee in the corner of the room, we've had no more "accidents." He did eliminate an amazing number of large worms (sorry if TMI), and after spending an hour combing him I can't believe how many fleas can live on one small 7wk old kit (all dead thanks to the Advantage)... I was scratching for hours after (all in my mind )

Anyway after being very, very good and managing to not name him for over 24 hours, I've decided I'm going to keep him (unless anyone calls regarding my posters... but given his weight, worms, fleas etc, it is pretty obvious he is a street kitten

For being a stray he is remarkably friendly... and very, very pretty. I couldn't believe he was male when the vet confirmed his sex. He is a medium/long hair (you can confirm tomorrow when I have pics) tabby with a lot of white. I've never had much to do with longer haired cats in the past. His furry paws are soooo adorable. So far so good in that I haven't had an allergic or asthmatic response to the longer fur (I'm generally atopic, but thankfully tend not to react to animal dander).
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 10:50 AM
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Congratulations! That's great that you're taking in this kitty. He sounds like an adorable little bundle . .. .can't wait to see pictures. You've done so much already to help him.

If you get him used to being brushed as a kitten, I bet he'll enjoy it as an adult. I don't know if this exists in France, but there's a brush called a Zoom Groom that works great and my long-haired cat absolutely loved.

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He sounds adorable. You are such a good person for taking him in and saving him. He must feel so much better today.

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Aw...sounds like this little kitty really needed you! Kudos!

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-2008, 10:40 AM
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I can't wait to see what he looks like!

Anytime I've had a stray come up, I've always had two feelings... (1) Oh, he's GOT to be lost... someone's going to miss him!!! and (2) I have to keep this kitty!!! He came here because I'm supposed to KEEP him!!!

I'm really glad you made room in your heart for him. I know he'll be very loved.
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