Friday, December 10, 2010

Its Cat and Kitten Girls Weekend All Weekend!

Two Cat and Kitten Adoption Events This Weekend!
Saturday 12/18 Greenpoint Craft Fair 12-6pm
Sunday 12/19 Muddy Paws Pet Supply 2-6pm
(Details of both events at end of post)
These girls want to go home with someone!
If you are ready for a new best friend,
your baby girl or just a good time;)
these girls are primped and ready!

Big City Little Kitty Fosters:

Tanka
Doing her best, "Come on up and see me some time"
and her sister

Santee
Previous posts will tell the tail of Tanka and Santee!

North Brooklyn Cats Fosters:

Nora
A calm and cool adult cat.
She is a mama and nursed not only her own kittens,
but another kitten (Kiki) that had been put in her cage at the shelter.
Her kittens are ready for adoption and she is now ready to be someone's baby:)
Nora's photo was taken from Lisacat's Flickr photostream:

Kiki
A sweet little orphaned kitten that ended up at the city shelter all by herself!
Luckily, Nora(above) adopted, nursed and loved her as her own.
She is now ready for her new home.
Kiki's photo was taken from Lisacat's Flickr photostream:

Mimi
One of Nora's kittens
Mimi's photo was taken from Lisacat's Flickr photostream:

Diamond
A little girl who found her way into a bodega.
She'd like to find a way into a new home.

There may be a couple more, so come on by!

Event Details:

Greenpoint Craft Fair Saturday 12/18/10 12pm to 6pm
Greenpoint Brooklyn
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell St.
Brooklyn, NY. 11222
718-389-0854

Muddy Paws Pet Supplies Sunday 12/19/10 2pm to 6pm
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
447 Graham Avenue at Richardson St.
Brooklyn, NY. 11211
718-349-3647

Adoption information:

More of our foster kittens in search of new homes:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Miracle on 40th Street

The girls are ready for their new home!
After fighting a mystery illness, it was finally solved and treated!
The Calico girls are finally healthy, happy and ready for adoption!
They are spayed, vaccinated, FIV/FELV negative, fecal test is clear
and blood work is PURRFECT!!!
Here they are!
Santee!
Tanka!
They've come a long way since they arrived at this foster home back in June!
They were rescued by CARE for Cats, Inc. from a backyard in Bay Ridge.
Baby Santee
Baby Tanka
They were not doing so well and the vets were stumped.
Finally, after a lot of research, we went to City Vet in LIC, NY to see Dr. Adams.
She did blood work and recommended a treatment.
IT WORKED!
While they were ill and during their recovery
Santee always took care of her sissy
She held her tight for hours on end and they
provided each other with love and comfort

Tanka had it the hardest, and amazingly she has made a full recovery
This was truly a miracle (of science)
Now that they are fully recovered
they are the playful and loving kittens they were meant to be!
video
And when they aren't playing,
they are napping together
They even played dress up for Halloween together!
It was the perfect costume for such strong fighters!
SUPER CAT!
The last time they went to the vet
Santee protected Tanka in the carrier by laying on top of her so she could hide.
She was a little scared of a doggie that walked in
They both love human affection too!
These girls are master snugglers!
They sleep curled up close to me at night in my bed.
Here Santee was on my lap as I did research for a couple of hours.
She was happy just to be hanging out with her foster mama!
And Tanka,
watch how she wakes up and rolls around for belly rubs!
video
These girls LOVE to play!
video video
Here is Santee on a little break from playing ball
They both love watching the birdies out the window!
And if you haven't noticed, Tanka has the cutest little bushy tail!
video
I would love for them to be adopted together,
that would be the best Christmas gift ever!

I am fostering these beauties in Sunnyside, NY (Queens)
If you are interested in adopting these girls please email bigcitylittlekitty@yahoo.com
Or come to North Brooklyn Cats adoption event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
There will be other sweet kitties looking for homes there too!
For adoption information see our petfinder page at:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Teton lives happily ever after in her new home!

Its official!
I got word that Teton is settled in and doing great!
They have "totally fallen in love with her",
Teton "loves to play and will snuggle for hours"
and is a "great addition to our family"

Congrats to Teton!

This is Teton's new mama!
She took all the kittens at the event for a test drive
and when she held Teton she said
"Mommy, I want this one,
PLEEEEEEZ can I have her!"

We all melted.
Teton is in a lovely home with a wonderful family.
I love happy endings:)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Things are looking up!

The kittens finished up their treatment a couple of weeks ago. We had some follow up blood work done and Teton and Lala are purrfect! So Saturday we went to the North Brooklyn Cats adoption event at Muddy Paws in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Lala was adopted! She is charming her new family and hopefully her new feline big sis in Buschwick! New family pics to come!
Teton is next!
Santee's bloods showed she is still slightly anemic so she is on Pet-tinic for a month. But let me tell you, you would not know it! She is physically healthy and active and has all the 5 month old kitten energy and playfulness we all know so well! She is jumping, climbing, wrestling and most importantly snuggling like a champ! AAAANNNNDDDD...NO BULGING BELLY! That's right guys, that belly swelling is completely gone! She will soon be ready for a new home!
Tanka is making AMAZING progress! She is also still slightly anemic and her white blood cells are still a little high, but lower than last time. Dr. Adams, of City Vet in LIC, said she has made tremendous progress. You should see her now! She is wild! Running, climbing, jumping, eating like crazy, she is a kitten! Her muscles are still not as strong as her sisters, but she is getting closer every day! She is able to climb into my bed all by herself and is jumping on chairs and whatever else she can! She is gaining weight rapidly and she actually has some meat on her bones! She is on the Pet-tinic for a month as well and from the looks of her I think she will even out those white blood cells too. I will pick up some more immune boosters to help her along.
So, things are looking up over here at Big City Little Kitty foster home!
We couldn't be happier and we will keep you informed!
Thank you reel coming soon!
You wouldn't believe the number of people that jumped in to help out this litter.
We have a lot of people to thank and I'd like to do it properly!
For more pics and fun videos please see our flickr photo stream!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Progress

So since the last post, Santee is doing very well, but Tanka became very ill. She had a high fever that would not break and pain and stiffness in her back legs. She lost a lot of weight as well.
I had blood work done on both Santee and Tanka at City Vet in Long Island City.
http://www.cityvetnyc.com/
I was very happy and impressed with Dr. Adam's open minded and scientific approach. She is a great vet as well as thorough and competent. She is the only vet of 3 that was willing to investigate rather than saying its FIP and sending me on my way.
Both Santee and Tanka had very high white blood cell counts which seems to indicate they are fighting a virus or bacteria infection. They were negative for both FELV and FIV. So we ran some additional tests as one suggestion from a specialist was it may be a tick borne blood parasite such as Lyme Disease. This would cause high fever and joint pain. All tests turned up negative, so while we still don't know exactly what it is, we know more about what it is not!
All organs are functioning well!
They are just fighting something off. So they are on antibiotics for 3 weeks in case its some other blood borne parasite, we can't test for all of them, there are many, common and uncommon. At the same time I have them on immune boosters.
If it is bacterial, hopefully the antibiotics will handle it,if it is viral, its up to them.
See the size difference between Tanka and Teton,
they used to be the same size.
Meanwhile, Tanka seems to finally be recovering! She is starting to play more and eat well. She is using her legs more too. I am letting her out of her crate during the day to play and snuggle with her sisters, she is pretty happy about that!
Before I woke her by grabbing my camera, she was hugging Teton really tight,
it was so cute to see her so happy to be with her sister.See my flickr page for more details, pics and vids!
Hang in there Tanka!
Keep up the good work!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

FIP. Is it or isn't it?!

This is Santee.
She is one of 4 calico kittens I am fostering.
They have had a rough start, and have overcome some tough times
When they came to me on June 20th, 2010 they were suffering from a nasty parasite. With some special care and medication they were able to get well and strong.
Eight days later, on June 28th, Santee developed a swollen belly that is still there after several de-wormers, antibiotics and changes in diet.
On July 4th, Santee had a high fever, we went to the vet and she said it looked like FIP and took some fluid from her belly to test. The result "at this time it does not look like FIP."
Ok, so we exhaled a little bit. She told me to keep de-worming and bring her back in 3 to 4 weeks. As her fever was finishing running its course, her sister, Teton, got a fever. Then Tanka, all fevers ran their course within 5 days.
Here is a picture of Santee on July 10, 2010.
All this time, all 4 kittens are gaining weight, playing, snuggling, pouncing, and playing tag. They are doing all the things a normal kitten should.
So, on July 29th, we went back to the vet. She still feels strongly it is FIP. She runs an FIP Elisa test which came out negative. This time I not only exhaled, I cried like a baby with relief. So we talked about what it might be, could it be a congenital organ issue, a disease of one of her organs, this, that. What are the next steps? Ultrasound, bloodwork, another fecal sample?
She said call me back in 4 to 6 weeks to do the test again. :(
Can someone just tell me what else it MIGHT be?
What other condition shows the symptoms of a swollen abdomen
and a fever but otherwise healthy?
REALLY HEALTHY!
See them in this video!
This is today, August 7, 2010.
Santee is of course the one with the very large belly.
video
So I suggest we go to another vet I like because he always looks at things from every angle. He never just says "it looks like this" but instead says "it looks like this, but we have to consider x, y, and z because it could be ....". That is who I thought we were going to see.
But, instead he said:
  • The belly doesn't look or feel like an FIP belly, hers is tight and I can feel her organs, an FIP belly is like a water balloon, you can't really feel the organs and you can see a wave of fluid when you pat it - this made me think "Yippee"
  • Then he said, well they are fighting off the fevers, this shows they have a strong immune system, FIP cases usually don't have strong immune systems and can't fight them off - again I am thinking "Yippee"
  • Then I heard this, and my jaw hit the floor and all the wind was knocked out of me "She has a big belly and she's a kitten, I think its FIP" - to which I thought "WHAT???"
  • So the rescuer asks him, ok, so if it isn't FIP, and we know it very well might be, what else might it be? To which he answered, "I think its FIP". AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
And so he recommended we wait for fecal results and, well, that's about it. He said not to do the bloodwork because if he found something in the blood it would not change his course of action which is do a fecal and give them antibiotics in case of a bacteria infection.
And here they are today, playing their little kitty hearts out,
not knowing anything is wrong at all.

video
So here we are, in search of a vet that has a scientific approach, that will have an open mind and not just see a belly and say "FIP". A vet that will investigate not only FIP, but other possibilities as well as FIP. Honestly, if these kittens started showing other signs of FIP, I would not be questioning their diagnosis. I would be making them as comfortable as possible until the day they become uncomfortable and there is nothing I can do for them. When they start suffering and it is time to let them go.
I worry, what if it is something else that we are not looking at and this condition worsens and they get ill because we were sitting around waiting for them to show signs of FIP.
This is Santee, and she may or may not have FIP.
August 7, 2010
What I know for sure is that she is a fighter, she loves playing and snuggling as much as any other kitty out there and she deserves a fair chance at life and a proper investigation into her symptoms for a proper diagnosis. She does not deserve guesses, and we won't stop looking until we get some answers.

So this is what I am asking you:
  • Has anyone ever seen a kitten have a swollen belly for more than 6 weeks without any of the other FIP symptoms of lethargy, appetite loss, or pain (after 6 weeks of healthy living) begin suffering from FIP?
  • Does anyone know of any other conditions that involve a swollen abdomen, a short term fever and otherwise healthy?
  • Does anyone know a vet (I am out of options) in NYC that has a scientific mind, that will work with us to investigate this in a scientific way (not by popular opinion) that has experience dealing with or researching FIP?
Here is a shot of Santee's belly,
but I recommend you see the videos to get a better view.
Please note, Santee will be snuggled, played with and loved with or without FIP.
If it turns out she has FIP we will do what we can to help her.
If she gets the terrible symptoms of FIP and her quality of life begins to decline and she begins to suffer, we will let her go peacefully and painlessly.
But while she is healthy, while all 4 are healthy, we will keep investigating.
Thank you for reading this and please pass it on to anyone you know that may be able to help.
If you have experience with this or a suggestion please email me at bigcitylittlekitty@yahoo.com

UPDATE 3/26/11
ALL:
This was not FIP. It turned out to be a blood parasite. The girls became healthy and were all adopted!
I was advised by Irene de Villiers on the Yahoo Group FIP_Support.
If you are worried or need info go there.
She also runs the Yahoo Group FIP-to-HEALTH.
I suggest anyone with a cat or kitten diagnosed with FIP join these 2 groups asap.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Irene's website - excellent up-to-date information.
http://www.angelfire.com/fl/furryboots/fip.html

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Calicos!

I am fostering 4 beautiful calico kittens! They were part of a TNR project by Care for Cats, Inc. a TNR group working out of Queens. Their mom is feral and has been released, the kittens are all super sweet, beautiful and now are all healthy. They had a nasty virus to fight off, but now they are playing like champs! If you are interested in adopting, please contact me at bigcitylittlekitty@yahoo.com! For more pics and info go to my flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/30644300@N05/.

Tanka!
Lala!
Santee!
Teton!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Scotty lives happily ever after :)

Scotty has a home!
Here he is, minutes after his arrival, chasing his toy mouse and the laser pointer!
He now lives in Brooklyn with his new dad, his 2 roomates AND his a new feline friend, Betty Boy! Betty was just as excited as we were!
Scotty is now just one of the guys.
Here he is curled up in his dad's jacket lying in his bed.
It broke my heart to say goodbye to this sweet little boy,
but I am so happy he is safe, and loved, in his new home.
Play hard, and sleep well, little Scotty!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Can I come home with you?

Hi, my name is Scotty!
I live in a foster home, and am looking for a new forever home to call my own.
The ideal home for me would be one with another young cat with whom I can play tag, wrestle, and when we are all tuckered out have a good snuggle.
A place with soft beds for me to nap,
good food for me to eat,
and screens on all the windows!
I'm here in Sunnyside,
waiting by the window,
looking for my new human(s) to take me home, and love me forever.
I hope to meet you soon!
Love,
Scotty
If you are interested in adopting Scotty, please contact Stephanie at bigcitylittlekitty@yahoo.com.
Scotty was rescued from the euthanasia list at NYCACC.
He is up-to-date on vaccinations, FIV/FELV negative, dewormed, healthy, neutered and litterbox trained. For more on Scotty read the previous posts.
He is a good little boy, sweet as sugar, and despite a rough start, is a very happy and loving little guy.