Marsh Kitty Pt. 1
Guest Post: JoAnn Stancer, Sand Spring Chesapeakes
Sand Spring Marsh Kitty or “MK” came into the Sand Spring household the last week of May 2013. MK was a feral, 3 week old kitten living in our marsh. I didn’t know she was living there until one day I decided to take the gang of our four Chesapeake Bay Retrievers to the creek to play in the water. We were walking along and all of a sudden I heard a ruckus with three of the Chesapeakes attacking something in the brush. I ran over and saw it was a tiny kitten. I grabbed the kitten away from the dogs and put it in the bucket I had the dogs bumpers in and hung it in a tree to keep it away from the dogs while they played in the creek.
Once we got back to the house, I examined the kitty and knew the dogs hurt her. I wasn’t quite sure the extent of what they did, but I went to the store and got some kitten food and settled her in as best I could for the night.
The next morning, I took her to Harmony Pet Care where I am a Veterinary Technician. She weighed in at a whopping 1.3lbs. My boss thought she was about three weeks old so we gave her a birthday of May 1, 2013. She was having trouble using her right rear leg, so we took a radio-graph which showed she had a broken leg. Since she was so young my boss thought it would be best to not splint the leg as that would do more harm than good during the healing process so we kept the splint off and she was on cage rest while it healed.
During this time she really needed proper nutrition to insure that the broken leg healed. I put her on Science Diet wet and dry kitten food. She ate it like a champ, she didn’t let that leg keep her down at all. She also came down with a urinary tract infection and wasn’t clearing the infection like she should. We were worried, as my boss could only feel one kidney upon abdominal palpation. We took another radiograph and that showed she did indeed only have one kidney. Turned out she had a kidney infection which we also treated. Her bladder infection went away and her leg healed up nicely.
MK was so young when I found her she’s imprinted on the Chesapeakes and she thinks she is one of the Sand Spring gang, which she truly is. Just look at her now, healthy as can be.
Guest post: JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes.
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