Ne­glected kit­ten re­cov­er­ing

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JOANNE HOLDEN

A Ti­maru kit­ten that scratched out its in­fected eye is re­cov­er­ing well af­ter surgery to stitch up the socket.

Her si­b­ling, born a day af­ter Street Cats South Can­ter­bury fos­ter mother Jen­nifer Dug­gan res­cued five cats from a ne­glect­ful owner, did not have the same suc­cess and died two weeks later.

‘‘I wasn’t happy about it but I’m kind of used to it,’’ Dug­gan said.

‘‘When you have hun­dreds of kit­tens there’s bound to be stuff that hap­pens.’’

Dug­gan said the kit­ten’s body was cold when she dis­cov­ered it in the morn­ing, the mother hav­ing not looked af­ter it prop­erly dur­ing the night. ‘‘Kit­tens are re­ally frag­ile.’’ Street Cats pro­gramme di­rec­tor Karen Sole said the one-eyed kit­ten, Poppy - which has been neutered, vac­ci­nated, and had a mi­crochip in­serted - could be ready to find her for­ever home as early as this week.

Dug­gan said while Poppy had bounced back from the surgery, the scari­est stage in her re­cov­ery was when she was de­wormed. ‘‘She was drop­ping weight. ‘‘We had to worm her again and her weight came back.’’

Dug­gan has seen kit­tens die af­ter get­ting worm treat­ment if they are over­run with the par­a­sites, as Poppy was.

Five peo­ple had do­nated about $450 to Street Cats to sup­port Poppy.

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