As we waited out the five business days, my heart skipped a beat every time the phone rang and I didn't recognize the phone number. The little orange kitten I had brought home had steadily grown on us and found a place within our hearts. The children named her Purrcilla during the week, and she was growing. She even developed a little cat-titude that felines are famous for.
After the waiting period was over, I called back to the vet to take her in for a check up and vaccinations. However, it was anything but a simple trip to the vet.
Upon examination, the vet felt that her hind leg, which I had thought was disabled due to a birth defect, seemed to have some fluid. He shaved a little patch and using a syringe removed yellow pussy fluid. He felt she had been bitten by something and it had become infected. He recommended that I allow him to sedate her and lance the wound. I signed the permission forms and was told they would call later and let me know how it went. Half an hour later, I was walking into our home cat-less and could hear the phone ringing.
The procedure was complete, but, the vet didn't feel that the cause of the infection was a simple bite, but rather a broken bone. They now asked permission to take an x-ray, which would cost $100.
We are not in the financial position to be spending that kind of money and I asked my options.
I could sign the kitten over the the vet and I could simply walk away from her. They would petition to have her medical expenses covered and she may be granted the procedures she was in need of. They would then put her up for adoption, but we wouldn't be able to go back and adopt her. She may not be adoptable, and she would live at the vet clinic as their pet, or she may be put down. Or, they could offer us a payment plan and pay for her care over the coming months.
Speaking with my husband, we opted to take the payment plan. We truly feel that this little purring kitten found us for a reason! How could we turn and walk away?
What is Purcilla's future?
For the next two weeks, she will be on antibiotics and will be re-checked on December 14th. At that time, if the infection has cleared she may be a candidate for an amputation. Or, maybe she might be able to live with the leg as is. It doesn't seem to cause her any pain. I've been assured that she is a young, healthy kitten who can be expected to live a long life with us.
Purrcilla is home 4 the holidays
Help other stray animals find a home this holiday season.
My story is extreme, so don't let it scare you. Country Mouse, City Mouse is once again partnering to spread the news about Iams Home 4 the Holidays.
Iams Home 4 the holidays is in its 14th year and has placed over 7 million pets into their forever homes!
Canadians can help in the following ways:
Donate through Bags 4 Bowls
- For those of you who are already pet parents, like we are, look for specially marked bags of Iams food. Iams will donate a bowl of food for each bag of food bought during the campaign. (Oct 1 - Jan 2)
- Every day animals are dropped off at shelters or rescue care. Remember that more than 25% of those animals are pure breed. Keep that in mind, as pure breeds are in demand, and they may be waiting at the shelter for someone to come and adopt them.
- If you can't adopt, please consider giving some time to your local shelter. They are in need of volunteers to help with feeding, caring for, and being a companion to the animals.
- Drop by Iams on facebook and take some time to like the page, messages, updates, etc. Iams will donate meals to participating shelters.
Last year you helped donate 5 million meals during Iams Home 4 the Holiday campaign, and 1.2 million pets were adopted during the same time.
Sincerely, thank you for helping in any way which you can. Even though, we didn't expect this expense when Purrcilla followed us home a couple of weeks ago, we are committed to giving her a forever home.
We are so happy to have Purrcilla home for the holidays and forever!