A Family of Survivors

On March 21, 2014, ARF was alerted to a family of cats who were in really bad shape about 4 hours south of Calgary. A resident had been trying to feed them, but quickly realized they needed more help than they were able to offer. As soon as we received the call, we were on the road to rescue this family of starving felines. It was very touch-and-go for a while and we didn’t think they were going to make it. Once they were all stabilized and examined by a qualified veterinarian, we found that none of them had any dangerous or contagious diseases and we’re happy to say that they should all thrive once they’ve had a chance to gain some weight and recover from minor medical conditions.

Winter is the mother of everyone and had her final litter of kittens in ARF’s care on April 1, 2014. She gave birth to five fairly healthy kittens (April, Juli, Mae, Junior and August), though she’s not quite healthy enough to feed them constantly. Winter herself is about 1.5 years old and has badly frostbitten ears, paws and tail. She is extremely matted and covered in dirt, burrs, twigs and various other items. She is extremely underweight – you can feel every vertebrae on her spine and her hipbones are very prominent.

Nikita, we think, is from Winter’s second-to-last litter. She is about 7 months old and also has badly frostbitten ears, tail and paws. She is extremely underweight, matted and covered in burrs as well. She also has a bad eye infection and is taking eye drops every 8 hours like a champ.

Anna, Aleks and Petra are from Winter’s last litter and are about 4 or 5 months old. For the most part, these kittens are in pretty good shape physically, but are quite matted and covered in burrs. Aleks’ burrs were so bad that he has some minor wounds on his skin. Anna and Aleks have eye infections like Nikita and are also taking eye drops every 8 hours but enjoying the attention a little less. These three youngest kittens are extremely skittish and have not been socialized with people so far in their lives. Their current foster home is seeing improvement and is providing them with TTouch and play therapy twice per day. These activities are slowly boosting their confidence and trust in humans and they should improve with time.

This little family is currently eating about 10lbs of food per week and 3-4 cans of A/D critical care formula every day. They are each on 1ml of Enysil-F (lysine) twice per day to help boost their immune systems and the new kittens are currently receiving two supplementary feedings by bottle per day. It will be several months before Winter will be available for adoption and probably a few weeks before the other four cats will be healthy enough for their spay/neuter surgeries.

You can help. ARF does everything it can to help a dog or cat once rescued. This family has had extensive veterinary care already, but is recovering well. None of these costs will be picked up by any adoptive families, but will be paid by ARF. ARF is a registered charity, staffed almost entirely by volunteers, and reliant on donations. You can help financially, by providing us with some of the much-needed items listed below or by sharing our story. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

In-Kind Donations Needed

High quality dry cat kibble (Orijen, ACANA, Natural Balance), A/D critical care formula wet food, Lysine powder or Enysil-F, kitten milk replacer, cat beds, cat brushes, clippers and catnip toys, interactive toys (feather wands and laser pointers), cat treats.


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