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It was one year ago to this day that I adopted Punky. It was funny, I went to the shelter all the time just to pet the cats and dogs, but this day I fell in love. There was this emaciated part siamese "kitten" there. At least I thought she was a kitten because she was so skinny and small. I found out that she was a bit older and pregnant as well. They were about to just put the poor girl down. :cry:

After dealing with her low weight, pregnancy, fleas, roundworm, tapeworm, and an eye infection Punky sure has made quite the turnaround.

Here's a picture of her the day I adopted her, she was 6.2 lbs.



Here's one taken today: She's around 9lbs now (down from 10.4lbs :oops:)




The vet estimated that she was about a year to a year and a half old so I decided March 23rd was her birthday. :wink:

Happy Birthday Punky
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Punky, happy birthday! I hope you enjoy playing with the baloons! I'm glad you found Padunk, and we are so happy to have you here....oh! Thanks for bringing Padunk with you, too. :D
 

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What happened to her kittens?
They were aborted when I had her spayed. As I said, she was very malnourished so there would've most likely been problems. I found out after the fact that she would've had a litter of six kittens. Even though I had struggled with my morals when I made the decision, I feel that in the end I did the right thing.
 

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Oh my goodness that is such a lovely story . I am so happy for her having found you as her forever family. She seemed indeed to be but a mere kitten in that first picture. What a nice turnaround - congratulations, Rob and Happy Birthday, Punkyy !!!


 

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Padunk said:
kittygirl04 said:
What happened to her kittens?
They were aborted when I had her spayed
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I hate to be a wet blanket, but that saddens me. I know you did what you were advised to do; I'm just adamantly against abortion. I don't want to be a hypocrite; I missed that part when I saw it was Punky's birthday. :( It seems to me that shelters are going too far with their early spaying and the aborting of viable kittens or when there's any doubt. It's not your fault, Rob, and I'm probably alone on this.
 

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Happy Birthday Punky!

I'm pretty shocked at how much her face changed around her mouth, and she's definitely gotten darker. Interesting. She was a beautiful kitty then, and she's still beautiful today. She's a lucky kitty to have found ya. -smile- I love happy stories.
 

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Believe me Jeanie, I'm against that sort of thing myself and that's why I had a real hard time making the decision.

However, there were plenty of good reasons to do it. Punky's health was a priority, the vet was worried about her well-being through birth. Punky had roundworm and I was told that she would most likely pass them to her kittens, meaning I would have to de-worm them (on top of their first shots). I'm still an undergrad and couldn't have footed those bills, especially after later finding out that she would've had six kittens. Then, I'd have to find homes for all of these kitties, which as I've learned from being on this forum, is no easy task. Lastly, while I was raised around cats and had a pretty good idea as to how to care for them, Punky is my first cat and I'm just not sure I could've handled the responsiblity of newborn kittens at that time.

It was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make, and I can assure you that you're not alone on your opinion, Jeanie. :)
 

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I'm pretty shocked at how much her face changed around her mouth, and she's definitely gotten darker.
I've read about coats changing shades when the cats get proper nutrition, but the loss of pigment in the nose/mouth area has always baffled me. I originally blamed it on the feline acne that she got from the plastic food dishes, but those have been gone for nine or ten months now.

Though I probably ask every time I visit, my vet has never really given me a clear explanation. :?
 

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i think you did the right thing, rob. there are enough kittens needing forever homes out there.

oh yes, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUNKY!!!
 

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Siamese cats darken across the back as they get older. I'm surprised at how much Punky has darkened in just one year, but that's probably because you said she was a mix. Rob, thanks for understanding. I don't mean to be unkind.

Faile, I agree with you that there are too many kittens. We should spay and neuter to prevent kittens from being born-- only to die of starvation on the streets. But I am also against the shelters aborting kittens or killing cats and kittens and calling it euthanasia. I believe in preserving life that already exists. I understand the decision must have weighed on Rob heavily, but he was taking what he thought was expert advice.
 

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jeanie- i agree, but in cases like this i think it was right to abort them. of course, we can argue for years, but lets not spoil punky's paty! :D
 
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