A little cat was recently spotted in the middle of the night on a lonely Florida road. Pattie, a local woman, was her rescuer, and she grabbed her up and rushed her inside. She was malnourished to the point of being unable to move. Pattie scheduled an appointment with the veterinarian as soon as possible and began caring for the kitten in the meanwhile. Lily, a sign of purity, was given to the frail little child.
For the time being, Pattie would be able to care for the cat. She couldn’t afford those, knowing the medical bills they were certain to incur. Not only did she have five cats of her own, but she also looked after a number of feral cats with every dime she had. Chris, who lives in the Tampa region, could know of a rescue that could aid the kitten, she hoped. He was fortunate enough to find St. Francis Society Animal Rescue.
Chris’s schedule is jam-packed with cat rescues, and the St. Francis foster team’s houses are generally overflowing with kittens during Florida’s “endless kitten season.” The frantic kittens’ mournful eyes, on the other hand, could not be denied.
After the vet visit, Chris and Pattie stayed in touch to figure out the best way to help the little kitten.
Lily had acute anemia, a life-threatening disease for any animal, but especially so for a kitten who weighed less than a pound and couldn’t walk. She was only a few months old, according to estimates. Her condition was being monitored by the veterinarian, therefore she was kept in the office.
She’s currently being treated at Westchase Veterinary Center, where she’s receiving the vital supportive care she requires. They took x-rays yesterday to see if she had any broken bones because she was still not moving around. They’re currently testing her for toxoplasmosis, which can cause neurological problems, after the x-rays came back normal. They also discovered lice on her.
She is gradually gaining strength and eats well when fed by hand. She’s a lovely little girl who is receiving the greatest possible care… LILY, CONTINUE TO BE STRONG!
Despite the fact that Lily wasn’t in her house, Pattie took her role as a temporary foster mother seriously and paid her frequent visits. Pattie designed a t-shirt with revenues going to St. Francis to raise money for her care. Lily’s bills were soon approaching tens of thousands of dollars! She made sure to provide updates on Lily’s progress on her Facebook page.
She’s a fighter, according to the vet. She will begin taking steroids today, and her antibiotic will be changed. Today they want to do x-rays as well. She is eating well and appears to be more aware, despite the fact that she is still not walking.
Despite the hardship she had experienced in her short life, Lily enjoyed cuddling and napping in the arms of her adoptive mother. Pattie was even able to locate a couple in Orlando who were interested in adopting Lily after she recovered. They altered their minds shortly after her prognosis, though.
Before you get furious with them, keep in mind that they did it for a cause. Their first cat would have been Lily, but she requires more than a “regular” cat. They realized she’d be better off with a professional caregiver. I’m proud of them for recognizing this before welcoming her into their house!
Budkis, Andrea Christian was an ideal match for Lily. She’s featured in a number of other ameowzing foster tales we’ve shared–check out the “related stories” section at the bottom of this story for links.
AWESOME NEWS!! Lily has been moving around on her own for the past day or two, gradually improving, indicating that the current medical plan is working. She’s in fantastic hands, and she’s got a new foster sister named Rosa, so maybe they’ll be running about doing fun kitten things in no time.
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Rosa, Lily’s new buddy (I’m sure I’ll get to write her heart-warming story soon!!! ), embraced her new sister right away. The two girls became fast friends and are frequently seen together.
Having another kitten in recovery has allowed their purrsonalities to show through. Why not do it side-by-side?! These two needed to be socialized with other cats and humans.
Lily did some leg strengthening exercises in a warm bath today. She had displayed very little interest in moving about, which is unusual for a kitten. She didn’t care for her bath, but she put up with it and attempted to keep her legs curled up.
However, the bath may have helped because she scampered away from me when I set her in my lap to blow dry her fur!
Rosa is beginning to play and explore, although she still prefers to cuddle with her best pal Lily. Lily is still quiet, but she eats and poos like a champ!
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One of my favorite aspects of Andrea’s foster parenting is summed well in her post remark.
Rebuilding Lily’s strength. Lily is starting to despise her PT, and I’m sure she’ll soon despise me for making her work so hard. But I don’t want to be her buddy; I want to be her mother!
I’m not sure how I managed it, but I was able to say “no” when Cat Man Chris began “pressure suggesting” that we adopt Lily into our increasing brood. Isn’t it crazy? I understand.
But Andrea’s exceptional care will ensure that this young girl thrives, and we can all enjoy it on her Instagram feed @turtlecatfoster. You don’t have to scoop the poop! Andrea, my apologies! Let me be the first to say that Andrea’s foster posts are some of the funniest I’ve ever seen.
“Oh Lily!” exclaims the speaker. I’m not trying to scare you; I’m just trying to assist.” She is enraged by my daily attempts to ‘drown’ her.
When Lily is ready to start her search for the perfect forever home… I’m hoping that person will recognize her and Rosa’s bond and adopt them both. Lily, just keep swimming!!!
Thank you to Pattie, Cat Man Chris, St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, and Andrea for rescuing a lonely little cat who was on the verge of being abandoned on the side of the road. I’m excited to see where your journey leads you!
Andrea’s love gave the girls strength, so they stayed with her. Everyone who encountered them was smitten by the sweet sisters, but they couldn’t find their forever home.
A Tale of Two Kittens is a story about two cats. For two very sick kittens with very different histories, it was the worst of times, and now it is the greatest of times. They met in a foster home when they were in desperate need of each other.