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3 Little Kittens

Buttons-viewed-from-June-2013We found that Mr & Mrs Oscar had reared three kittens in our large garage and tractor shed. Unlike their parents, they were certainly feisty and were determined to put up a fight when we tried to catch them.

There were two males and a female and we named them Jason, Buttons and Chloe. Chloe’s first response was to bite into a finger and hang on for as long as possible, teeth buried deep into the nail. Jason was just scared and tried to hide. Buttons was also very timid and put out his claws for self defence. What struck me was how beautiful they all were and well worth the time and trouble it was going to take to tame them. We have found that if you catch a feral kitten they are so much easier to tame than a mature cat, so we did have high hopes for these three kittens as they were still very young.

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It took about three weeks before Chloe and Jason became tame enough to have a cuddle and to start purring, but Buttons seemed to get quieter, more retiring and then we noticed he was not eating. He cried if we picked him up as if in pain. A trip to the Vet and an X-ray revealed that he had an abscess in his lungs which was full of puss and he could not be saved. We had to say good-bye. We were devastated as he was so beautiful. We would have done anything to save him but he was not tame enough to endure the necessary medical treatment and it was the kindest thing.

Then Chloe became unwell, so back to the Vet and this time with no obvious cause, Chloe had a temperature of 106degF so she was given injections and antibiotics, but the Vet was so concerned he said that if she did not respond by the following day she also would have to be put to sleep. Fortunately the following day her temperature was down to 102degF, so she was on the mend. Now Jason was ill, so back again to the Vet and his temperature was 102degF, so he too was given antibiotics although still no obvious cause of the high temperature.

If we had not taken in the three kittens, all three of them would have died, as it was we only lost one of them and Jason and Chloe have stayed with us and now live in the house as part of the family.

We have a policy of curfew so they have to come in before we go to bed, but dawn does not come soon enough for them and in the summer any time from 3am they are calling and pestering to be let out. If they get the chance they will climb all over my pillow purring and dribbling onto my face or into my eye and they get tangled in my hair knowing full well that I will eventually relent and let them out. They are such loveable cats, scrupulously clean and a great joy. It has been well worth all the effort for these two delightful kittens, and such a shame that we could not save their beautiful little brother Buttons.

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.