Miss Itty received wonderful news at her v-e-t appointment last Friday. Her ears are free of any infection, bacteria, or yeast! She is now simply a cat who produces a LOT of ear gunk and only requires once weekly ear cleanings.
She’s not fond of the cleanings, but they sure are a lot better than daily ear medication on top of weekly cleanings!
We are so happy for her! It is an incredible feeling to learn, as fosterers, everything is being done right and improvement can be measured. Her personality has really come shining through since being completely off medication these last few weeks. She’s even been seen play-chasing Miss Newton, Olivia, and Quint up and down the stairs in just the past week. Yes, Miss Itty is learning how to play well with others!
The big question now is, what’s up next for Miss Itty.
She’s still our foster for the time being and we’d hate to see her bounced back to the shelter. She did okay in the year and a half she was at the free-roam, no-kill shelter with a few dozen other cats, but everyone would love for her to find her forever home. She needs someone who understands her ears will need monitoring, and that while she is occasionally a lap cat (she laid on Mom’s lap in front of the TV for the entire four hour Rio Olympic opening ceremony), she does so on her terms alone. She will never enjoy being picked up and while petting is okay, she still isn’t keen on brushing, something Dad is terribly distraught over since he’s the Master of the Nightly Brushies.
She basically ignores other cats and chooses to find her own favorite spots to reside and nap. She doesn’t seem to need other cats for comfort or warmth, preferring humans as quiet company. She lets you know when she’s hungry or wants attention, and nothing seems to please her more than to curl up next to someone in bed to sleep, while purring, of course, where she feels safe and very loved.
Truly, Miss Itty is a perfect house cat.
Miss Itty has come a long way from her most pressing medical needs: ear surgery recovery and chronic ear infections. Now that those are healed, in all honesty, she does have a couple of other issues that will require eventual vet attention.
1) She has a non-cancerous fluid cyst on her back that while not bothersome to her, can be felt and is notable by a tuff of raised fur.
2) She is twelve years old and is in need of dental work. Having had two, much younger cats go in for dental work and cleanings in June, we know how expensive this can be.
and 3) She is still on a special diet and eats only Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d for Skin/Food Sensitivities. This food is easily found at PetSmart, Petco, and online at Chewy.com.
The REAL question is: How does one *find the right home for a misunderstood, twelve-year old ginger girl who doesn’t show well at adoption events and who may have medical expenses and dietary demands for the rest of her life?
P.S. Growly Tessa came through her yearly checkup with flying colors. She even got to sample cheese while she was there!