Monday, October 26, 2015
Sparkle Cat Rescue received a message about a kitten stuck in a drain...yes another one but this was at Alamance Crossing Shopping Center in Burlington NC. The email stated a kitten was beneath a grate and could not get out.
Myself, our VP Cheryl Knox, and TNR volunteer extraordinaire Christina Lippard went out to investigate Cheryl and I immediately saw kitten peering up through the grate. With a lot of muscle we lifted grate but kitten jumped down to the drain and went in an underground concrete pipe. We then found a mama cat and babies in the bushes so we focused on trapping them. One baby went in a trap first. Soon after mom went in another trap.
Burlington Animal Control showed up after we got there because they had received a call too. Thanks to them we got another trap for our rescue mission and we let them know we had it from there.
A few hours passed and around 7:30 or 8 in the evening another baby went in a trap.
Return to the kitten in the drain... I decided putting food in parking space rather than on ledge of gutter would entice him out of the drain. It finally worked. Christina was walking near the gutter and kitten was out and she scooped him up, him or her meowing like crazy and we rushed to plop him in a carrier.
By 9:00 pm I was finally on my way home with mom and three kittens. Christina remained behind to continue to try to trap the babies. All we could do was pray the two remaining babies could stay warm under the thick bushes and safe from the falling rain. Christina had to give up later and head home and made plans to return in the morning with kitten traps.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Very rainy and cold day. Early in the afternoon, Christina returned to work on trapping the babies. She had transported mom cat to Dr. East in Greensboro for spay and as soon as she returned to Burlington she went right to work on getting the two remaining babies. It took about an hour and with the help of a little bit of chicken, both of the babies traipsed together into a tiny kitten trap and were safe and on their way to Sparkle central to be reunited with their siblings with mom recovering from her early morning spay.
Friday. October 30, 2015
Kittens are doing well but the runt of the litter seemed weaker today so I made an appointment to take to our partner vet, Plaza Vet in Burlington NC to be sure there were no parasites or other issues causing it to be weaker than the others. No parasites were found and we will continue to provide KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) and feed more frequently to help her gain strength. She loves to be cuddled. We've named her Felicity. We have yet to name all the other kittens as we don't know all the sexes yet. They all have a vet appointment on Wednesday, November 4.
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