Ginger Kitty - Round 2
Well, guess who is back again?
The ginger kitten (she of the flying claws) we fostered for several weeks has worn out her welcome at latest adoption - 5, so far.
We thought we had the scratching problem cured through a combination of getting her spayed, having her nails professionally trimmed as short as they could, and getting her a set of soft claws (caps).
However, when it was time for her most recent trimming, she "went crazy" and jumped onto the face of the vet tech handling her, and clawed the girl's ear. That was the last straw for her new parents, who brought her back last night. Now, she is with us again, and my girlfriend - who has done rescue longer than I have - is on the warpath. She is terrified of this cat and wants her declawed yesterday, or released into a feral colony.
I feel bad for this girl. She was mishandled by the vet who was supposed to neuter her - his office reported her as a spayed male. Overlooked by the shelter staff who missed the fact that she was actually a female in heat (which caused a lot of the scratching - she calmed down enormously after being spayed), and has now bounced in and out of 5 homes and 2 separate fosters (the first lady who fostered her returned her as impossible to deal with).
She has now started doing some of her business on the floor, which I keep telling my gf is understandable after being tossed out of so many homes. But even with me cleaning up after her, she no longer wants to hear the excuses.
It also does not help that the vet who originally reported her as a male also is on record as having given her both her 5-in-1 and rabies vaccines, but refused to provide any information to the latest vet as to which vaccines, dates, etc, or her other records when the new vet requested them. There is some concern that even though we have papers from him, the vet may have confused her with another animal completely, and the new vet really was not certain she wanted to see her again without verifiable records...
It's been a loooong day...