Tom, a 4 week old kitten who was terrified and in really bad shape. Photo #1 is his official portrait – October, 2013.
Day #1 – Lil Tomme was delivered; he is shaking, falling over, seems very weak! He cannot eat on his own, I am using a syringe with A-D mixed with KMR powder. No wonder he’s so thin – he couldn’t eat the food that was just placed in front of him at the “shelter” because he seems a bit spastic. However, his purr machine works really well after I feed him.
Day #5 – Lil Tommie tries to play. I have introduced him to the other cats, and he is even getting to know Cookie (dog) and very interested in everyone. Many cats groom him – you can tell that he loves it; Lil Tommie loves purry cats, he waddles right up to them and cuddles up. He looks great today – photo #2 – a lot better today!
Day # 9 – Lil Tommy is becoming very, very playful, and because of it, I noticed that he’s not quite well developed for his age, plays like a 3-week old kitten, very uncoordinated – I hope it’s not a neurological problem. Maybe it’s because he was so malnourished – will give him a few more days to rest up and get his strength, then get him checked out. He does function quite well, eats, drinks (dunks his nose into the bowl over and over), uses litter box successfully, which is the most important!
8 months later – Tommie was a BIG boy when he was neutered two months ago (May28)! Photo #3 -You should see Lil Tommie now – he is the most beautiful, affectionate, loving sweet baby – at least, he thinks he’s a baby! Everyone treats him like a “baby”, Zelda (our first death-row rescue, became his mommie; she grooms him to this day, he pushes his head toward her, and off she goes. Rhys was his daddy, they always slept together in their round little bed, now he’s more of an uncle – but everyone takes care of him now. CH (cerebellar hypoplasia) was not diagnosed at the kill-shelter – they thought that this teeny, ratty-looking baby was just weak. Lil Tommie lifts his feet up high when he walks slowly; when he tries to run, he lifts them even higher – he looks almost like a horse! We planned on finding him a good home, but after serious consideration, we decided that in his condition, he was better off in this good home and with all the cats who already love him!