From stray to family member, a kitten's story
Hi, I’m Duncan. I was born in someone’s house and spent the first 6 weeks of my life there with my mommy. I don’t know why,but they took me out one day and dropped me by the side of the road, where a nice lady found me. She brought me to the nice people of Rescuing Animals In Need.. Lucky for me they had room in one of their foster homes. I went home with Joe and here is what happened.
Day 1: They checked for fleas and ear mites and surprisingly found me free of both. So Joe guessed I was probably born in someone's house and dumped shortly before being found. Many kittens have Coccidia, an intestinal parasite that can cause diarrhea and possible death by dehydrating the kitten. To combat this they started me on Albon, which I got for 21 days. Oh-no, I have to be isolated to make sure I don’t have anything, like a cold, that isn’t showing up yet. I hate to be in the cage and cry a lot. When Joe comes in to check on me and give me food and water I purr as loud as I can to show him I like to be picked up. I still wanted KMR (milk replacement) to go with wet food.
Day 5: I get my first de-worming. After five days on Albon, if the de-worming triggers diarrhea it won't be as severe. I’m not old enough for my FIV/FeLV test (do I have to study?), I must be at least 8 weeks old.
Day 14: YEAH, I passed my FIV/FeLV test. I didn't know they would take blood. Ouch!
Day 17: Freedom!!! Isolation is over and I’m old enough to get my first vaccination (ouch again!). It's chow time with the BIG boys and girls. had to wait 3 days after the shot in case it made me sick.
Joe says I'm still not big enough to be neutered (whatever that is). That's OK. I’m having fun being a kitten. That means exploring the house, playing with toys (didn't you know, everything is a cat toy), playing with the other cats and just hanging out.
Week 10: Joe says I can be neutered now. I still don’t know what that is. I hope it’s fun – NO It wasn’t.
Looking for a FAMILY of my own: Joe takes me to adoption events on Saturdays so I can charm someone into making me part of their family. I hope they have someone to play with.
Please remember, I want to be part of your family FOREVER. I'm not a toy to be discarded when you tire of me. I will give you lots of love and companionship for many years. I can easily live to be 18 years old.
Duncan's story is typical of the kittens that come to Rescuing Animals In Need and other rescue groups. Some come with litter mates. Some covered with fleas and dirt. They are carried in cardboard boxes, blankets, clothes hampers and once in a while a pet carrier. But no matter how they come to us, they all need love and a 'forever home'. Unfortunately, we can't take them all. We foster them in our homes and we only have so much room. If you live in the Orlando Florida area and would like to become a foster parent with RAIN click here or come and see us at the Casselberry PETsMART on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you don't live in our area please volunteer at a shelter or rescue group near you.