Sometimes it takes a big team to help a tiny animal. At just two weeks old, Widdle and her three siblings were found in an abandoned apartment, with no mother or anyone else feed and care for them. Without a mother, kittens this young will not survive without human intervention. Wee Widdle would face additional hurdles – and it would take almost the entire RHS team to see her through it.
The tiny foursome’s first encounter with the RHS was with our Receiving staff, who gave each kitten a general health check. The news wasn’t good as each was showing signs of illness. The kittens were moved to our Veterinary team for a more thorough examination and it was found that each was suffering from an upper respiratory infection along with eye infections caused by the same virus. While many cats have a bout of this cold-like illness, it can usually be treated successfully. But, left untreated, it can be fatal with kittens so young and the tide can turn very quickly. The infant patients were put on medications along with a regimen of hearty kitten milk replacement formula to fill their empty tummies. But, while three of the kittens responded positively, Widdle seemed to struggle. She was not eating well and as the tiniest of the group, her small size made her battle with the illness that much more difficult. It seemed that the stress of the whole experience was proving too much for her and her condition quickly deteriorated to the point of being critical, and it was feared she would not make it through her first night since being found. Her siblings were moved to recover and grow in the peace and quiet of one of our foster family homes, but Widdle would need special attention. One of the Society’s Registered Veterinary Technologists took her home to monitor her condition around the clock and give her the best chance at winning her fight to survive the night.
And survive she did! By the next day, she had turned the corner and was beginning to show signs of improvement. She started eating, her medications were beginning to help as her courage and spirit began to shine through. As the next week passed, she continued to improve to the point where she was out of danger and well on the road to what we hope will be a full recovery. Hope is high that within a few weeks, the four abandoned kittens will be strong enough to be put up for adoption into their forever homes.
The journey of Widdle and her three siblings took them through the caring hands of our Receiving and Veterinary teams and into the homes of one of our wonderful Foster Care volunteers. But, it also took them through your hands. Because of your support of the Society every day, those hands were there, ready to help, when these four tiny souls needed them most.
On behalf of Widdle and her litter-mates, thank you.