I’m here to make an important announcement. No, it’s not what you think. I’m not pregnant. That said, I do have similarly related news that may or may not surprise you:
We have new kitten.
I know, I know. I don’t need 4 cats. It was never in the plan to have 2 cats, much less 4. But here we are… we have added a 4th (and absolutely final) cat to our home. And ya know what? I’m not sorry about it either. Adding a 4th cat is more responsibility and more money, but I truly believe we were meant to have this 4th cat. So with that said, I’d like to introduce you to our new little girl.
Continuing our tradition of naming our cats after DC characters, Thea (aka ‘Speedy’) is the younger sister of Oliver Queen (The Green Arrow). This name fits her remarkably well. Much like her namesake, our little girl has a bit of a rough and complicated backstory.
Remember a few weeks back, I talked about Hurricane Matthew and our experience with it? Well Thea was rescued by a young couple during the storm. She was all alone and pretty roughed up. She was approximately just shy of 5 months old at the time (based on her weight and teeth), so it’s unclear how long she was out in the wild or where she came from.
Problem is… the boyfriend of this couple was super allergic to her.
During the week of the storm, we were cat-sitting the Foster Floofs. Remember them? I didn’t really talk about them much here, but we participated in a fostering program over the summer and fostered 2 female kittens, Dinah and Midna. They were adopted by a family in our neighborhood. They left them in our care during the storm so that they could take their kids somewhere less stressful.
During that same time, a young woman who has parents that live in our neighborhood, started posting in our Facebook community groups about Thea. I was apprehensive. Something told me that I wanted her… but my gut kept telling me something wasn’t right.
I asked about her anyways.
Thea hadn’t seen a Vet. She hadn’t had her shots, wasn’t tested for feline leukemia, and as far as I could tell, the people who had her really didn’t know anything about her. So unfortunately, I had to decline. I had our 3 cats to think about and the safety of 2 kittens not much older than Thea to consider.
The Foster Floofs went home the following the week, and I started receiving private messages from the woman who had Thea. She really wanted someone to take her, and offered to take her to the vet for a checkup and her shots. Based on this, I agreed to consider adopting her – pending Jeremy’s approval of course.
We Adopted Thea!
Jeremy didn’t want to tell me ‘No’, but he didn’t want to say ‘Yes’ either. I could tell he wasn’t super excited about the prospect of having a 4th cat… and admittedly, I wasn’t sure about it either. The fact that Thea was from outside and she hadn’t had her checkup was alarming.
I had to remind myself that while we adopted Harley from Charleston Animal Society, we don’t really know where she came from either. And so, I agreed on us adopting Thea… pending her trip to the Vet.
Once I knew Thea had been to a vet and had received her first set of shots, she was brought over to our home. It was then that things got kind of crazy and I realized Thea was meant to be part of our family.
There’s no nicer way for me to say this… The couple who rescued Thea are totally clueless. They clearly know nothing about caring for kittens – especially one from outside. This became apparent within the first 12 hours of having Thea.
You see… she was super sick. I knew when she got her that she had a kitty cold – her eyes and nose were pouring. I wasn’t really happy about that. It was never mentioned to me that Thea was sick, despite me being very firm and up front about not being able to take on a sick cat when we had 3 otherwise healthy cats to maintain.
They didn’t even realize she was sick.
When they dropped Thea off to us, they gave me 2 syringes of medication for her. They couldn’t seem to tell me what it was for. I assumed it was antibiotics and I put it in the fridge right away. They hadn’t refrigerated them and being unsure of what it was for, I made plans to call the Vet they took her to the following morning.
They also gave us some toys she’d been playing with, litter, a litter box far too large for her age and size, a big bag of canned food, and a ridiculously large bag of adult cat food.
This is when I realized that they didn’t really know what they were doing or how to take care of a kitten.
The following morning, I called the Vet they had taken Thea to. I let them know that I had acquired Thea and I was looking for information about what went on during her exam, what the medication was for, etc.
That’s when I was informed that there was NO EXAM. They did the basics, of course. They gave her a once over, took her weight, etc. But there really was no formal examination and the medication they were given was for worming. She received her shots, but hadn’t been tested for Feline Leukemia.
If you don’t know… Feline Leukemia is a virus that can impair a cat’s immune system and in some cases, cause fatal cancer. It can be transmitted through close contact – biting, saliva, and oh yes… nasal secretion, like the runny nose little Miss Thea had.
I was absolutely FURIOUS and never more sure that she was meant to be with us.
Thea gets a REAL trip to the Vet
Our Vet is so amazing. I called and although they didn’t really have an opening to see her on such short notice, they made time and got me in for an emergency visit once I explained what had happened and that I had 3 other cats to worry about.
Thea did beautifully at the Vet. She was crazy playful and had a freaking blast! She’s in great health (besides the kitty cold thing, which she’s mostly over as of this post) and thankfully negative for Feline Leukemia.
Unfortunately, Thea has some scarring on her eyes that may or may not be a big deal. She may have gotten into a fight with another cat or gotten hurt during the storm. So far, it doesn’t seem to be slowing her down.
Her official birthday is May 15, 2016. She’s weighed in at 4.05 pounds. She’s an all gray kitty with 3 slightly dark gray rings on her tail (her only markings). She has a slightly flat face and she almost always looks kind of sad. Her eyes are a bit further apart than you’d expect, so it gives her a very distinct look.
When Thea first arrived, Harley hated her. She hissed and growled and got into a lot of trouble for her behavior. That lasted about a week. On the flip side… Thea didn’t like anyone either! It took her about a week to warm up to playing with Bruce and Oliver, which she now loooooves to do. She’s getting quite scrappy.
She’s definitely our wild child. Unlike our other cats, Thea actively plays with toys. Bruce and Oliver weren’t even this interested in toys when they were kittens. Harley a little more so, but nothing like this. Thea carries toys around and actively seeks them out. She loves to play!
Thea received her collar on Friday – a big tradition in our family. I had to buy one via eBay as the matching collars worn by Bruce, Olive, and Harley (in Blue, Green, and Pink respectively) are no longer sold in stores. It’s a cat collar from Martha Stewart Pets. They each have a glow in the dark pattern on them so I can see our freaking cats in the dark and not trip over them at night. Each pattern has been different so far… except this one.
Thea and Oliver’s collar pattern matches… which I think is fun based on their names. Thea’s collar is bright orange and looks so beautiful with her amber colored eyes.
She is definitely one of the family and I already love her so, so much. I’m glad we took a chance on her. She’s already got such a big piece of my heart. I know deep down, Jeremy loves her too. Shhh He won’t admit it, but I’ve seen them snuggle!
Looks like I have a lot of updating to do around the internet, changing that number of cats from 3, to 4! Welcome to your furever home, Thea.