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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rescued Kitten

Filed Under: OM Gosh!

By Suzanne O'Connor

A few weeks ago, late on a Saturday night, my daughter called me to help her rescue a little black & white kitten. This little girl kitten darted right in front of my daughters car on her way home. Just 7 weeks old, she was hiding off an alley next to a machine shop. Dirty, rather skinny, she badly needed rescuing.

It took 45 minutes to lure her out from the machine shop back gate. Really had to work at making her comfortable around us. Made myself small by lying on the ground in the oil and muck. We played with her, speaking softly. Gave her treats. She was so hungry. I let her paw me several times. She was so sweet, incredibly playful, inquisitive and smart.

Someone reported us to the Glendale Police! They cruised by to see if we were robbing the place. After they assessed we weren’t, they offered to get us cat food to help lure her out. How sweet!

When I finally was able to grab her, she bit me 3xs. Must have felt terrible scared and betrayed.  I held on and we got her into a carrier. We took her first to the Burbank Animal Shelter since they are a no kill shelter. But their outdoor drop off cages were filthy with thousands & thousands of ants. Someone had left a bowl of food out. Too many ants could kill a small kitten. What a shame!

So then we took her to Pasadena Humane. They were also closed. Circling around to the back, we flagged down an Animal Control officer.  He took the kitten in. Unfortunately since she had bit me, he had to put her under quarantine. She’s been isolated all by herself for 2 1/2 weeks.

It’s a good thing to save a life, but a bad thing to have been bitten.  24 hour after rescue, I’m in the ER with two infected bites. I got to enjoy 10 days of a nasty Amoxicillin antibiotic which gave me a awful stomach ache, all day, everyday. GEEZE!

The cutie that bit me got out of quarantine and was adopted within 24 hours. I knew this little munchkin was special!

Pasadena is not a no kill shelter and they are way overcrowded with Kittens. If your thinking of become a cat parent, please take a look. They also have cats (Employe a Cat) just for outdoors to help with rodent control, as long as you have good safe shelter, food and offer adequate care.

As a long time cat parent, I can attest to the delightful ingenuity and companionship of cats. However, you have to meet them where they are. Their famous independence is far too true. At little investment in them, makes for a lifelong companion.

Pasadena Humane
361 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 792-7151

Click here PasadenaHumane.org   to view pets up for adoption


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