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NOTE:  This is a photo heavy diary.

On October 25, I posted Part I of In the Name of Love; a diary about a very ugly 24 cat/kitten animal hoarder rescue. I encourage you to brief through it to give context to this diary.

As we continue on--now almost 11 weeks after the first eight kittens arrived--much has changed (mostly for the positive) and a number of folks have contacted me asking how it is going.

Well, here's the update!

I am no longer dead tired, just tired, and happily, my memory is returning. Having spent the last six weeks focused on fund raising to cover the enormous costs of this rescue (in addition to the incredible amount of time needed for cleaning, medicating, socializing and laundry... ooooo the laundry!), I have learned a great deal about fundraising, grant writing, and general appeals.

I want to thank those several of you that have donated to help these kittens. It is deeply appreciated.

We are now about $2.2K away from our remaining needs. The previous amounts were covered by myself, grants and individuals giving from $5.00 to $1K. It is very difficult to raise money in this economic environment as you might expect.

The focus of tonight's update is on a number of the kittens (many are from the first eight that came in--the cheese and nuts kittens as we call them), their changes and futures. The remainder are select from the eight space kittens many of which we are still raising money for as they all need specialist work, and the two wee incredible kittens born here the night after their mom arrived.

WARNING: Some of these photos are very difficult but I really encourage you to work through them. They have a very happy ending!

Note: Any dates different from discussion were due to camera operator error. I was overwhelmed and extremely tired!

This was Mercury on 10-14-09 with a prolapsed iris, L eye [cause: neglect. Untreated eye infections and untreated feline herpes virus 1 (FHV-1)]

Mercury 10-22-09
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Mercury after eye removal 11-11-09
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Mercury 11-28-09
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You should see this boy play! Mercury is absolutely a normal kitten-- if monocular--and just a purr monster with a humorous penchant for defying gravity. He is at the stage where chasing feet under the bed covers is a delight! All his vetting is complete now (all vaccines, neuter, wormings, ear mites gone and cleared for takeoff) and he is looking for a home or rescue. If we place him, he will be microchipped prior to leaving. He will make a GREAT addition to a family.

Jupiter came in (at 15-16wo) with advanced glaucoma, right eye. Cause: Neglect. Infected eyes and untreated FHV-1 leading to glaucoma. She also has a very loud IV/VI heart murmur requiring an ultrasound prior to eye removal.

NOTE: This is the hardest of the photos to view... so don't throw in the towel!

Intake photo taken 9/30/09

Jupiter 10-22-09 with a less infected eye which looked much better prior to surgery after 10 weeks of fairly intense and constant treatment. However, glaucoma in this case is not reversible and the eye will have to be removed.
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Jupiter finally got her pre-surgery ultrasound and it was such GREAT news! Her IV/VI heart murmur is an "innocent" murmur and she will not require vetting through a cardiologist (whew!). So... last week, Jupiter finally got her painful glaucomic eye removed!

Jupiter post surgery with her pal Venus.
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After she heals (just a few more days... come on Friday!), she can be part of the gang and begin a whole new part of her life! All other vetting is now complete.

Captains Whitebeard and Grayblaze

Caution: Major cuteness.
Born here the day after their mom, Little Star, arrived (9/30/09), these two babies are now vetted to age and in the capable hands of kitten rescue for placement after neuter. We took every precaution with these kittens to get/keep them healthy and boy does it show in their health and personalities!
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Mixed Nuts
Mixie looks normal, but does have FHV-1. He was treated with several antibiotics over many, many weeks, fully vetted and left last week for kitten rescue to find his very own home. Mixie is one of those mellow males that will be a velcro cat in the future. Just a quiet, mellow, sweet guy. This was his intake photo from 9/23/09.
Mixed Nuts-Lancaster cat, M 5mo

This little girl, sis of Mixed Nuts and Moo, is a riot. Fast on her feet and fearless, Brie is like soda from a shaken bottle! We just adore her and not only is she beautiful, she is extremely affectionate. She is looking for a home or rescue and is now fully vetted.
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Jack, brother of Mixed Nuts, Moo and Brie, is 25wo now and just a fun, playful lover! Watch out fur mice! Now fully vetted, Jack is looking for a rescue or home. Jack has corneal plaque, left eye, which will get neither better nor worse but has left him partially sighted in this eye. Cause: Neglect. Eye infections and untreated FHV-1. He was treated for FHV-1 and eye infections though his entry photos don't show the problem.
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Mozzarella's entry photos are painful to see given where she has been and is now. Yeah, this first photo really angers me. She was 8wo maybe 9wo in this photo. Grrrr.

Entry photo 9/23/09 at rescue, vet photos didn't turn out

Mozzarella post eye removal (prolapsed iris, right eye. Cause: Neglect.  Eye infection untreated and lack of treatment for FHV-1)
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Mazzie (as we have come to call her) on 12-4-09
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Mazzie had a couple things going on here. The left eye is microthalmic (tiny eye).  (You can see some photos here, attention to Leroy Brown, the second photo set down.) This disorder is not terribly common, yet we have it here in at least 1/4 of the kittens to one degree or another, mostly VERY tiny eyed cats and one was classified as micro microthalmic.  

In 35 years of rescue, I have never had this happen in this number of cats taken from the same home (or hoarder in this case). In fact, thinking about it, I don't think I have EVER had a case of this. The cause is various but appears to be from (the mother's) exposure to toxics and/or congenital abnormalities.

Mazzie's right eye, which had to be removed, was iris prolapsed and symblepharon, see second set of photos here (in this case, the third eyelid was adhered to the cornea). FHV-1, which Mazzie has and carries for life, is associated with symblepharon (here, para 3.)

What a bad break for the wee Mazzie.

But I CAN tell you this:  Despite everything, Mazzie still appears to see something or if not, her other senses are VERY keen.

I have sat and watched her play with the ball-in-the-ring toy. She has either learned to anticipate the ball in the ring through hearing, touch and possibly very subtle cues picked up through her whiskers, or some combination of these.  You would be absolutely amazed to watch her.

New environments (especially depths) are harder for her, but as she gets older, she seems to know what to do.

Mazzie is fully vetted now and has a home with another rescuer who also has herpes cats.  She will be perfectly fine in this wonderful home, blind or not. This is a great home for her and she is very, very, very lucky.

I will cover the other kittens in update 4, in the future.  A couple are still jury out, some are just waiting for funding for surgery and some have come miles and are great successes!


There are many, many people on dKos that love animals, both domestic and not. I personally have a big fat foot in both camps given my science background and my rescue work. I have so appreciated your support through this. It means a lot to me.

If you, dear reader, are inclined to help us with the cost of surgery/care of these hoarder rescues, you can contribute here at my blog.

Thanks so much for reading.

Now go hug your loved, well taken care of cats, dogs and kids!  



Originally posted to on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 05:18 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks for the update, cany (6+ / 0-)

    And thank you for all the hard, selfless work you do for animals who would surely die - and die bad deaths - if you didn't step in. ♥

    PS - I've had a blind cat, and he never had a single problem unless I moved something. His dishes were on top of the washing machine and he ran into the room and jumped up to eat as if he could see where he was going.  

    •  Thanks so much, Kelley. She's getting to be (6+ / 0-)

      a whiz with toys!

      I know she will do just fine in her new digs.  The rescuer is very experienced and extremely caring and Mazzie just lucked out entirely getting a home there!

      She will be going there with Moo (not on this update), so she will have some familiarity in arriving at her new place.  We're just waiting for space to clear there, then off they go... so that means only (did I really type that word?!?) 19 to go!

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

      by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 05:39:27 PM PST

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  •  A little donation on the way... (5+ / 0-)
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    for my dad's kitty who I couldn't bring home with me after he died.

    •  Thanks so much! It is very appreciated! nt (5+ / 0-)
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      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

      by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 05:54:52 PM PST

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      •  I'm happy to do it... (4+ / 0-)
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        Thank you for what you're doing.

        It's funny, I just went looking for my dad's cat online last night. I went with him to adopt this crazy cat to keep him company after my mom died and he just had to have the Siamese(ish) cat because she had big ole blue eyeballs, even though she was seriously ornery. Of course she ended up loving him and only him.

        Anyhow, the no-kill shelter where we got her said they would always take her back (and keep her forever if need be) if anything happened . My dad died a few years later and, on top of everything else, I couldn't find anyone to take her, so back she went. I found her online last night, still up for adoption, and there was no link or even an address where I could send a donation for her care. So this just makes me feel better.

        •  Thanks for the story. (4+ / 0-)
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          blueteam, Kitsap River, trs, Ebby

          We do the same thing:  They have a place to go for life and I don't care where they are, their age or anything else.

          We take them on for their lives.

          Thank you SO much for returning them there.  You are so responsible and caring to do so.  So many don't get that care or attention after their human companions are gone.

          Again, it is deeply appreciated.  Drops make a creek, then a stream, then a river.

          We'll get there!

          866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

          by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 06:05:27 PM PST

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          •  We had to return a cat (first time EVER) (1+ / 0-)
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            and we took her back to the no-kill shelter from where she had been adopted 8 years earlier. Jasmine had developed a habit of peeing on the stove, which is not healthy for us, but we had just been cleaning it up for about two and a half to three years. Her most recent protestation was to poop on the windowsill. Well, the phone is on the windowsill and I heard it ringing one morning just as I was disconnecting from my dialysis machine. I finished my disconnect and ran out to get it, stark naked and (of course) without my glasses. I did not - could not - see that Jasmine had not only pooped on the windowsill, she'd managed to get it onto the phone receiver, which touched my face.

            I am immunocompromised. I will be more so later in life, we hope, since that will mean that I've gotten a kidney transplant and am successfully keeping it. I am forbidden, because of this, to touch anything that comes out of the back end of a cat except its tail. You can imagine what a health hazard it is for me to have pootie poop touch my face. I emailed the cat rescue from which Jasmine had come and told them the situation. They said that they always accepted one of theirs back. Period. End of story. That weekend, we sadly took her up to their shelter and told them in great detail what had been going on. Basically, we knew that it came down to Jasmine hating all other cats, and us having three other cats (who we still have, and who get along wonderfully - all are rescues). I don't know whether they were able to place her with someone else as an only cat or not; she is a sweetie pie and a loving lap cat, it's just that she hates living with other cats and will express her displeasure in the worst of ways (for me).

            I would offer to take those two cutie-boys once they're neutered and ready for new homes, but as Charles points out, we already have three cats and while I think we may have room for one or two more rescue kitties (and a couple more dogs as well, both Tollers), he's remembering that Tom was a little slow to warm up to Sprite four years ago when we adopted her. Now she, the size of a six month old kitten, bosses around both boys and sits on the windowledge outside the bathroom window, meowing plaintively, but needs to be coaxed to come in. Goofy kitty, and very very independent.

            Oh, yes, the ledges. This house is marvelous in that there are cat ledges built onto the outside of the house on the front. They're positioned at just the height and width that a cat would want to navigate easily from ledge to ledge and end up sitting outside bedroom or bathroom windows, staring in at the humans. Of course they can come inside when they like, too, and they have a large food dispenser (always kept full) atop their cat tree where it is safe from the maraudings of chow-hound Flat-Coats (ask me about the time Taz ate 10 pounds of cat food at a go once) and plenty of fresh water. The house itself is set back 600 feet or so from the road, on a farm-gated driveway, and we're the only ones on the driveway; nobody comes up here. It's a great place for a pootie.

            But much as I would love to adopt another kitty at this time, it's not necessarily the best idea, especially if I'm getting transplant cross-typed, which I am. We don't adopt kitties for the holidays, we adopt them for life, but my life may change pretty fast here and this may not be the best of times to do it. Good luck to you and to all the pooties.

            Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

            by Kitsap River on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 11:59:42 PM PST

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            •  Good Morning Kitsap (2+ / 0-)

              First I have you in our prayers.

              A brief story:  I was away several years ago.  My mom cat, Fiona, a stripey, fluffy-tailed lean gal, was home with Mr. Regina and our daughter.

              I got a frantic call (I was called for any domestic problem no matter how far away I was).

              They were going to make pancakes and oh the stench.  Fiona was peeing on the stove.

              Somehow we found out that it may have been a latent bladder or kidney infection, and for whatever reason, this is how she was trying to get our attention.

              Anyway, vet visit and antibiotics under her stripes and no more stove peeing.  I couldn't believe how common this behavior is.

              Best luck to you.

              Cany, you have our gratitude for your love and care.  Thank you for showing us what can happen.

              Could you say more about "hoarding"?  My poor rescue cat, Monroe, must have come from one of these places.  He never really thrived after rescue and he was the only one of 18 animals left alive after the house was raided at the request of neighbors.  He was a seal point Ragdoll, so gorgeous and loving.

              Thank you again.

              "Never, desist till we ... extinguish this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, will scarce believe that it suffered a disgrace and dishonor to this country.

              by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 07:55:26 AM PST

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              •  I wish it had been something the vet could solve (2+ / 0-)

                We were heartbroken at having to take her back. Both of us love her very much indeed (which is why we put up with her peeing on the stove and cleaning it up for several years). But it wasn't something a vet could solve. It was a temperament and behavioral thing, not an issue our vet could actually treat with medication. Oh, how I wish it could have been.

                Thank you SO much for keeping me in your prayers! It is truly appreciated.

                Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

                by Kitsap River on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 02:12:02 PM PST

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  •  In the name of love... (4+ / 0-)
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    this is the version I always think of. Thank you for doing good deeds.

    The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. -Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 05:52:16 PM PST

    •  Indeed, I used it in my first October post. (3+ / 0-)
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      I love this version... I had never heard it!  Fabulous!

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

      by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 05:56:07 PM PST

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      •  I admit... (3+ / 0-)
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        I can't watch it without getting misty eyed.

        The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. -Howard Zinn

        by blueyedace2 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 05:59:13 PM PST

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        •  I understand, and ditto. (2+ / 0-)
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          That we, as humans can endure such pain--often such humiliation--and keep moving is a miracle.

          I know when I first started rescue (though we didn't call it that in those days), I was sometimes paralyzed in angst and grief.

          I had to sit down and really examine what it was I was trying to accomplish.

          Once I got through that, it changed everything.

          I suspect that is the way it is for everyone that works with life/death issues and political issues with the same potential results.

          If we are going to climb to the top of the mountain, we need good boots.

          866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

          by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 06:02:15 PM PST

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  •  In the name of love... (3+ / 0-)
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    The reason I opened your diary... ;)

    Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

    by EdgedInBlue on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 06:07:21 PM PST

  •  Thanks so much for the update, cany. (1+ / 0-)
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    Little Jupiter has especially been on my mind since hearing she had had some trouble -- it sounds like things turned out okay with her?

    And little Captain Whitebeard looks the way I imagine my feral tuxedo kitty Baxter must have looked as a kitten:
    waiting for dinner.jpg

    It's so wonderful, and a testament to the care you've provided, to hear how the personalities of these little ones are blossoming.  Bless you for freeing them from pain and giving them such joyful lives.

    •  Yes, Jupiter turned out fine. She bled (1+ / 0-)
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      quite a bit but it finally stopped.  She stayed all night at the vet (got a morphine derivative for pain and fluids) and she is just looking great--better every day!

      I was really, really worried... but things turned out okay.  I have a very good and very caring vet who is just excellent with cats and I am SO grateful for her.

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

      by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 11:35:45 PM PST

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    •  BTW... Baxter is a HUNK! (1+ / 0-)
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      Interestingly, Baxter's little forehead 'star' is exactly--if larger--the star on the kittens' mom!  I can almost tell which of the older kittens are hers... they, too, have little forehead stars.

      866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it!

      by cany on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 11:38:12 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for all you do (2+ / 0-)
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    I wish I could adopt one of your kittens but due to unemployment and allergy issues it's not on the table right now.

    I sent a very little bit to help and once I find a job I'll keep you in mind about adopting since I'm in LA. It's been a long time since I had a cat in the apartment, maybe I'm not allergic any more...wishful thinking I'm sure.

    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan, 1934 - 1996

    by psfinla on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:39:27 PM PST

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