Neglected kitten recovering
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.