The Acquisition of Kit Kat: Part I (original post January, 2011)

                                                                                                                             

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KitKat perches on the back fof the recliner each evening while her “Mama” watches TV

The Day Fate Stepped In

My daughter told me this story about KitKat’s rescue. I can only write her stories in the first person. I’ve tried writing her stories in a different manner  but for some reason the words just are not the same and the story doesn’t read the way I think it should. This story has an unusual twist for an ending for this cat is so loved by my daughter and the love is mutual.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

About five years ago I was working at a large multi veterinarian clinic. For some inexplicable reason, this clinic had more than its share of challenging cases that were accompanied by the most bizarre stories.  During our rare breaks, my fellow veterinarians and I often mulled over the strange cases, that came through the heavy doors. 
Midway through my already weary day, a woman rushed into the clinic carrying a tiny kitten in one hand. She told the receptionist that she had been out jogging and the kitten had fallen out of a tree.  A very strange story!  How did a tiny kitten climb a tree? I don’t think that the kitten had actually fallen out of the tree. The jogger just happened to find the kitten at the base of the tree or maybe the kitten really belonged to the woman and it had somehow been injured.  As she handed the kitten over to our receptionist, she said, “I hate cats and I’m not going to pay for its treatment!” With those parting words she made a bee -line for the door, gave it a shove and was gone in a New York minute.  Our receptionist rushed the tiny ball of fur to the back and then handed her to me. The kitten was a tiny, limp, and pathetic looking bit of dull grayish blue fur that fit in the palm of my hand. I gave it a hasty exam and noted that is was a female, severely dehydrated and in a non-responsive coma.  Clearly this was a rescue case and one that I saw as totally hopeless. I saw no hope for a tiny kitten that was barely clinging to life and looked as if it would die within minutes. And I reasoned, if by some miracle it lived, I simply could not afford to spend anymore money trying to save it’s life. I had just rescued two other cats that had cost me a great deal of money. Each one had needed a surgical specialist and even though their surgeries, medications, treatments, etc. were discounted, these rescues had put a deep hole in my wallet.

 Based on my findings and the opinions of two other doctors and  some techs, we all concluded the kitten as hopeless and that euthanasia was the only logical answer. So with a sinking feeling, I began preparing to euthanize the tiny waif. I wheeled the anesthetic machine over, turned on the gas, and began to “mask” her down. I then prepared an injectable euthanasia solution. I had the syringe in my hand and as I was ready to do an intra-cardiac stick, Dr. M. the very new graduate from Texas A & M vet school walked past. She suddenly stopped, peered over my shoulder, and said, “hey Dr Daniel what are you doing?” I explained that I was going to euthanize the comatose kitten. In a rather horrified voice, she said, “Oh my God! How could you? I thought you loved cats. Aren’t you a huge proponent of rescue. Why not try to save her.? I’ll help you with the cost and I will help you with the care of her.” I mulled over her words for a few seconds and I thought that translated into, “I’ll take her home with me.”  

    
Continued as:   The Acquisition of Kit Kat, Part II 
Post  and photograph  Yvonne               
       
      

  

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29 thoughts on “The Acquisition of Kit Kat: Part I (original post January, 2011)

  1. Aaah! Where is the rest of this story?

    • I treid to send you a note but in the notification part the reply does not want to (leave- just spends round and round) I will find part two and then put it out as a repost and change the date so that you don’t have to hunt for it.

      Do you use flicker? I have some photos of KItkat there. Type in (Pet Photographers). When that comes up, type in catordog. My “handle” in Flickr is catordog. I need to put Flicker on my blog site for my theme offers it, I think.

    • I’ll need to look for it. I’m sorry my blog is such a mess. Hoep to get all fixed soon, I hope.

    • I have reposted Part II of KitKat’s story. I almost had a heart attack when the post was not where I thought is was (like part I) Anyhow if by some quirky chance it moves or whatever, look in the categroy titled The Vet’s Pets.

      I am so glad that you have taken the time to read some of the posts.

  2. Andrew says:

    This is such a heartwarming story, Yvonne. For some reason your posts are not showing in my feed so I missed this and the previous one. I found a tiny kitten in an alley a year or so back, clearly in very bad state. I took it to a local vet and paid for its care but although it seemed to be recovering it suddenly died. I don’t think I could cope with too many like that. It is tragic that we have so many feral cats and dogs despite the educational campaigns that run regularly.

    • I have a feeling that yahoo is not working all that well for me or maybe it is wordpress. In the past I have not received email that my daughter had sent me. Today, I was trying to respond to a notification from a wordpress blogger and I got a message saying there were security issues. It did this several times and I finally accessed the blogger’s site by going in a different direction.

      There just is not an answer for the inhumane treatment of animals. I have read that it is bad in the asian countries but it is bad in quite a few countries and america is no exception.

      I have lost about 6 cats and 1 dog this year. All were old except one that was 8 years old (a cat). She had cancer of a leg and it had moved to her brain and I was not even aware that she had a mass on her leg. (3 vets missed the mass and I found it myself by going over her body inch by inch). I think it was a rapid growing SOB. Her death left me really sad for I had no idea and she was a favorite but not one of my most favorite cats. I can still see her looking at me when the vet was putting her down and I am crying as I write this. The cancer was too advanced to do anything about and she had gone blind in one eye had stopped eating, and was in awful pain. I “lost her in a 5 day time span from the time I found the mass till she was put down.

      I am just a fool for dogs and cats and that is a real weakness and sometimes I think it is a personality flaw. My cat population is slowly dwindling and that is good but I hate that is has to be through death.

      Don’t feel bad that the kitten died. You can be glad that you were able to do the right thing for the little waif.

      Thanks for commenting, Andrew.

  3. sybil says:

    Oh what a wonderfully told story (Part 1) … glad it has a happy ending. BTW I got here via your comment on Kathy’s blog.

    Sybil in Nova Scotia

  4. Kathy says:

    Oh what a lovely story! I can’t wait to read the ending. Of course, it does sound like it’s going to turn out happily-ever-after, doesn’t it? Sweet story. I remember when one of our cats climbed a tall tree and wouldn’t come down and after a day or so we had to cut down the tree…

    • Thank you, Kathy. Yes, the story has a happy ending. I just can not write something that does not have a decent ending- long life of the pet, kind of thing or one that is still living. It seems that I can put you in the cat lover’s group. I have never heard of anyone having to cut down a tree for a cat. I bet your husband was not too thrilled about cutting that tree. I assume that the cat had an okay landing as the tree came down.

      Yvonne

  5. exiledprospero says:

    Saved by the bell, as they say. And KitKat is such a good name. I knew someone who called his dog Hershey.

    • Yes, saved by the bell indeed. My daughter loooves KitKat. I laughed out loud when I read your comment about Hershey the dog. I wonder if he/she was a brown dog. Hershey actually is an excellent name for a dog or could even be a male cat’s name.

  6. Just Rod says:

    Lovely story and pictures – can’t wait for part II

    • Thank you so much. I am planning to post the last part of KitKat’s story in a few days. It is already witten and I need to find that post in the archives and then add some photos that I took in the last few months.

  7. lizziejoy10 says:

    PS: I’ve just noticed that you wrote this article on behalf of your daughter so please can you pass my reply to her. I will come back later and read some of your own articles. Bless you.

    • Most of the good rescues stories are written as my daughter told them to me. The herding group Part I is about my border collie Rocket that died in June of this year. It is a rather long read. I have written some things with the idea of educating and trying to entertain at the same time. Of course I like to pull on the heart strings as well. Thanks for visiting.

  8. lizziejoy10 says:

    What a lovely story. You are so kind and it is very hard to know what to do in such cases. I rescued cats en masse for nearly 20 years – a few thousand – and I saw some terribly sad cases, some of which the vet was unable to save. But many of them did get wonderful homes and this made it all worth while. Over the years my bank account was drained, until I could afford to do it no longer. The emotional trauma I suffered will probably never leave me and I am still haunted 10 years on. Fortunately the Cats Protection League opened in our area and they do a marvellous job. The cats still continue to find me from time to time – the latest is a little feral cat, starving and very pregnant, who is now ensconced in my kitchen by the radiator with 3 beautiful newborn kittens. I have called her Daisy, and she will stay with me, and be spayed. Hopefully I will be able to find kind homes for the kittens. She is just starting to trust me but dives under the cupboards if anyone comes.
    I’m looking forward to reading the second part of your story. Bless you.

    • I just happened upon your beautiful photography by accident., I am similiar to you but a bit different as well. I trapped an entire feral colony and then I had to keep them. (could not go back to where they lived as a man was actively trapping and then those cats were taken to the shelter and euthanized). At the time I could afford to build two separate places for the cats with the latest one being 15×30 feet with a huge run, windows and a double entry door so that none can escape, concrete floor, AC, and large cages across one side for those needing to be isolated at feeding time or those that are FIV positive. I retired about 2 1/2 years ago when my husband was on his last lap. He died 3 months after I retired from working as a RN for the federal government. I still have most of the feral colony but this year I lost about 7 cats due to old age. I must be very frugal in order to pay for vet bills and food, plus I have one old guy that has worked with the cats for more than 15 years. He works 2-3 days per week and the rest of the time I do the work so that I can save 80 plus dollaars or more. Now I have several cats that need dentals and I think I can swing that but I cut corners everywhere I can. I know where you are coming from about going broke. I have never asked for help and could be living a lavish lifestyle if I had not spent so much money on the animals.

      I still have cats that wander up to muy house and I always give them a home. All of them become gorgeous animals after getting “fixed”, vacinated, and dewormed. Some of them are in a recent post titled Just Cat photos are somthing to that effect.

      PS your photos are wonderful. Please excuse typos, etc. I am in a hurry.

      Regards,
      Yvonne

      • lizziejoy10 says:

        I, too, have trapped a lot of feral cats over the years and, of course, I have to keep them because nobody wants a feral cat. I absolutely adore them. Once they come to trust you, they become life-long friends and companions. I had 24 of them at one time, but was fortunate to have woodland behind my house so they could roam freely whenever they wished. They also had a cat flap to come in and out. I’ve still got four of them – the others all died of old age. My eldest now is 21 years old and a big baby – but was she wild when I trapped her as a young kitten!! My latest addition, called Daisy, is feral, but just beginning to settle in. I let her out the other day for a wander, and she was back within ten minutes!! So glad to hear there’s someone else who shares my love of them. Bless you.

        • I wish that you were in the states or I lived in Great Britian. Could we ever talk cats and cameras. But I hope we can continue to share via our blogs or email or whatever. I can’t allow mine to roam freely- coyotes, great horned owls, vehicles, neighbors- you name it and my cats would be in constant danger of being eaten or killed. You are lucky to live where you are so that the cats of the past and the present can come and go if they want. My property is one acre of lots of trees and I am sort of isolated. The property is not on the main street. I enter my propery by a deeded road that I maintain.

          One of my now deceased cats was named Daisy and now my son (he is 40+ years old) had a black lab named Daisy. Most of my cats have lived to around 14-16 years and the oldest ever was 19 years. You are so lucky to have a 21 year old baby. The ferals that have trapped have mostly become tamed but a few are still not into being held or picked up. Dome are my house cats and very tame. I worked until 2 1/2 years ago and I simply had no time to attempt to tame them. If one becomes ill or puny then I cage them so that I can medicate or take to the vet as needed.

        • lizziejoy10 says:

          You’re a very kind lady. I’m so pleased that we’ve met. Bless you.

  9. The hook is set, I’ll be waiting for part 2. tap, tap, tap…….. 😉

    • Thanks Gary. I hardly get any comments when I post something about a cat/s. Part II is done but I have to pull it out of the archives and find a few more pics of KitKat that I took last week. These are still in my camera.

  10. She looks so sweet!! Every cat has a story 🙂 I look forward to read more about Kit Kat.

  11. TexWisGirl says:

    bless them both for having huge hearts.

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