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July 26, 2011

We arrived at PetSmart, after missing a Saturday, to see not a single familiar cat in the room.  Although it would have been nice to think that they had all been adopted since our last visit, we quickly learned that was not the case.

Evidently, sometime early last week, one of the youngest kittens died, and Last Chance determined it had been caused by some kind of infection that was contagious.  So they came and took back every cat in the room, so they could get preventive treatment.  Then someone from Last Chance fumigated the entire room, including toys and dishes (as far as we know; The Blue Thing was gone) and cages and ventilation vents and everything.  The entire log folder was gone so we couldn’t even find out who had been adopted before the crisis.  We don’t even know whether the kitten in question was one we had seen, or a new one.  We only know it wasn’t one of the tabbies from last week, because I had noted in the book the number of the kitten we sent home that day, and that group was in a different range of numbers.

It was a big shock to suddenly lose the adults we’d been building relationship with for months – old Delilah who had become a lap cat, or Blaine who was a little too wild for his own good, or shy Greta or sweet adorable Maggie.  At least the word is that they have all remained healthy.

In their place was a raft of 3-4 month old kittens – no teeny ones, and mostly orange.  They were so lively and numerous that we decided to only have half of them out at once, the bottom row for awhile and then the top row.

We did have just one adult in the crew.  She is a year or two old, very friendly, but not interested in getting out among the crazy youngsters.  Her name is Cloud.

She was pretty quiet, but she went crazy for a little feather wand, so there’s quite a bit of play hiding inside that plump gentle exterior.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 3:14 pm

    OMG, that is just horrible about the kitten dying, and the way things were handled afterwards. We hope that Delilah, Blaine, Greta, Maggie and all the others with whom you’ve been working will be okay (both physically and emotionally).

    Cloud is beautiful. Paws crossed that she and the new kittens find forever homes real soon.

  2. Chanter permalink
    July 26, 2011 3:24 pm

    Oh no, that’s horrible! What a terrible shame, and rather badly handled, too

  3. Chanter permalink
    July 26, 2011 3:26 pm

    Eep, wordpress ate the rest of my comment! I meant to say, I’m glad everyone else stayed healthy at least. … Is it horrible of me to hope that the floofy little tortie wasn’t the one who… you know?

    *pets Cloud* Hi, pretty girl. I love that name for a kitty. Are you orange like all the rest of the kittens in the room, or are you some other color(s)?

  4. July 26, 2011 7:43 pm

    Cloud is such a terrific name for that golden-eyed kitty. Like sun peeking through a fluffy overcast sky.

    How sad that the adult kitties you’d been bonding with were taken away so suddenly! I hope wherever they ended up that they are adjusting and more relaxed than they would otherwise have been without the trust-training you gave them when they were with you. I imagine that went a long way at the PetsMart — crossing my fingers that it stayed with them in their new location(s).

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