|Hey everybody. I have a lot of big news to report, so strap in. First, the kitten had her worst night so far, last night. Beginning at around 4AM, we heard the worst crying sounds coming out of her yet. I came into the spare room, to make sure she was okay, and she was running back and forth screaming her guts out. When I tried to approach her, she hissed, spat, and even tried to take a nibble at me. From outside, I could hear a cat crying in response. I hoped against hope that it was Mom Cat, and that they had somehow found each other and were calling out to one another. So I threw on pants, and rushed outside. It turns out at 4AM, our street becomes ALIVE with strays; I saw cats I had never seen before, but sadly, the crying stopped, and Mom Cat was nowhere to be found.
I went back inside, and NNY would simply NOT be consoled. I tried swaddling her, I tried laying on the floor with her, I tried putting her in her box and talking to her…but she didn’t quiet down until about 6AM, and I went back to sleep.
Now, the good news is, she is eating like a champion and even using her bad leg when she walks. She also used the litter box, rather than the blanket. If nothing else, I take her sudden uptick in hysterics last night as a sign that she must be feeling better and truly grasping what is happening to her…but I still am not sure how to help her feel better. I am trying everyone’s suggestions, in turn, but I am thinking what she really needs is time.
Two more pieces of AMAZING news. First, as you can see by the new title on the thermometer, we have found a winner in the naming contest. Out of 111 votes, I am pleased to announce that “Millie” is the winner! “Millie” captured almost 38% of the votes, with “Kismet” coming in second with 13% of the votes. So congratulations Caroline, you can be expecting your $20 prize before the close of the weekend. Thank you very much to everyone who voted. You can view the full results here.
In even MORE amazing news, I am VERY pleased to announce that we have reached our goal for donations. I am completely floored by the generosity of strangers, and so happy that you all have gotten behind this story and offered such wonderful suggestions, advice, and support. When I first decided to solicit donations, I thought that MAYBE I might hit the $500 mark…but you proved me very, very wrong. It is incredible to see the Internet used for something other than spam and pornography, and you have restored my faith in the power of interconnectedness. To donate your hard earned cash to such a cause truly renews my faith in the generosity of people, and I can’t begin to thank you all enough. You have absolutely gone above and beyond, and like I’ve said many times before, this kitten really does belong to each of you.
So, this is the last time I will be flogging the donation thermometer. Of course, Millie (it’s hard to get used to saying that) will have further costs, including suture removal next week, spaying, and vaccinations, so if you would like to donate more, you are certainly invited to do so. But the worst of it is over, and now I can stop begging. And of course, I will continue to keep you posted on her progress, including healing, socialization, and what I ultimately decide to do with her. So please, keep following her story, and keep your suggestions coming. I couldn’t have done this without you.
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