Everyone here at Colehaus Cats wishes to take a moment to wish this very special friend a very special Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday, Mo! May your day be filled with special wishes, many thank yous, much love, and countless purrs.
And Thank You, Mo, for all you do for so many of us all year long. Thank YOU!
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Wednesday we introduced you to Itty, a ginger girl in need of care and in our foster care for 2016. She has a great purr that comes easy. But she also suffers from occasional nightmares, starting with whimpers in her sleep that sometimes turn to loud howls. Luckily, a soothing voice seems to help on that front.
She also has trust issues, given her upheaval to and from the shelter, away from her owner who, turns out due to a medical disability, was no longer able to care for her, Itty’s hesitancy and caution are not hard to understand and sympathize with.
We’ve given her an unofficial middle name of “Ms. Growly-Pants” since every little thing sets her off growling. Then again, we’re also beginning to think of this as just another form of communication for her, not necessarily a negative form, but perhaps one of discovering unfamiliar things and activities. For example, just yesterday, she discovered the scratchy posts of Ruby’s tower. And while she was sharpening her claws, Itty was growling. See? Not a bad thing, this growling at all.
That should be it, it’s enough, but it’s not. On top of growliness and distrust, this sweetheart comes with something else. We’re calling it her special feature: Itty has ear polyps.
Itty has suffered chronic ear infections since her surrender in 2014 and probably had them for years before then. Surgery in 2015 removed a non-cancerous mass and soon after, the ear infection returned. An additional surgery will likely be scheduled this summer, for the polyp has grown back, and paid for by the shelter through an arrangement with their terrific veterinarian office. It is possible she may eventually lose her hearing in her left ear.
As you might imagine, all that attention to her ears has left her cranky and skeptical of the intentions of most people, hence her distrust. She requires daily ear drops, twice weekly ear flushes, and is currently on a strictly monitored, tapering dose of Prednisolone. We’d be fibbing if we said she really looks forward to receiving any of those.
She’s also on a strict diet that is thought to help quiet the inflammation that feeds infection. We know ginger girls usually are a bit higher strung than most and run a high level of anxiety as the norm. In the shelter setting, a free-roam environment, she had her favorite nap spots but still needed to maneuver amongst and around a few other cats. And she was unable to stick to her special diet. Here, while bunking with ever-so-quiet and very accommodating Ruby, Itty has run of the room without feeling the need to “stake a claim” and has taken to her diet like a champ, though wet food is definitely something she wants little do to with.
She already loves her foster Dad (ALL the ginger girls here do) and probably not surprisingly, she has mixed feelings about her foster Mom because Mom is the one who best administers those medications. And Mom was TREMENDOUSLY GIDDY over discovering firsthand Itty came with very well clipped claws.
Now we’re all settling in, finding daily routine, and learning about each other. Itty loves to be read to… which is good because with her clipped claws she’d have trouble turning the pages. We just finished reading, “The Devil in White City” and Itty gave it a partial thumbs up. We think that’s because she missed the first half of the book.
And another growly-pants thing: She goes Growly-Pants crazy over catnip and then gets all whappy paws.
And she needs a good Furminator brushing because she has a very dense undercoat that has pilled up, but because of that trust issue we mentioned, Itty isn’t keen on having anything below her neck touched so, our usual nightly brushie routine, the one everyone else loves, hasn’t won us any favors with her yet. But no worries. We have patience and we believe she’ll open up to that eventually. Patrol Sergeant Zuzu had the same feeling toward brushing in the beginning and now, she’d jump through flaming hoops to get her nightly brushing fix.
That’s our new foster. Itty is a beauty and has special features that we’re hoping to help her with over the next 4-6 months. We also hope you”ll continue give her a big welcome as we did and send her soft purrs on occasion!