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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Ocean Kittens : Varuna and Triton

Seven weeks ago four orphaned kittens were on the Last Call list at animal control with just a couple hours to spare when I, the user and volunteer known as KittenRescues, ended my kitten fostering break and volunteered to rescue them.  Within days all four of the kittens, Kai, Delphine, Triton and our little Varuna, a spunky Tortioishell/Calico (we called her a Tortico even if that isn’t a real term) with a white slash over her left eye that made her look fiercer than her little body should allow, had a terrible case of coccidia and barely made it through the weekend. 
Then Triton had an unusual reaction to dewormer and developed an acute case of life-threatening encephalitis.  Two days of hospital care later and he was mostly blind, but alive and very much interested in living life.  Varuna developed a strange hole above her eye which we later found out was where a Botfly larva had tunneled and was growing gruesomely.  Triton had one hidden on his neck, which thereby explained the encephalitis.  After removal from both of them, antibiotics and weeks of treatment for the coccidia, all four kittens were on the mend, super happy, and even Triton's vision was returning and his motor skills were improving.   They were ready and willing to take the place of the first cast of Ocean Kittens who were all dealing with a bad cold and needed my extra attention so they became our stars. 
Varuna, the pretty little girl who liked to sit on the top coral reef box, always seemed ok but in hindsight was always a little more laid back than her siblings and was a bit slower and skinnier than the rest but feisty, loving and playful.  For example, within hours of getting spayed Dr Ciucchi almost had to separate her from her brothers because she was so feisty and was beating up on her innocent brothers who had undergone a much less invasive surgery than she but were just wanting to sleep and cuddle.  With greater scrutiny than most because of her history, the vet gave her a clean bill of health.

However, sometime in the evening of August 24, three days after spay surgery, Varuna and her brother, Tritan, both became sluiggish and lost their appetites.  Their behavior looked much like that of the coccida issues from before, but each was able to walk around, drink water and eat on their own.  I went over to KitCatsMom’s place to pick them up for overnight attention and to take them to the vet in the morning.  I made sure they were well hydrated, medicated, received a heating pad and a comfy bed and lots of attention.   At 6 AM on August 25, just an hour before she was to take a trip to visit the vet, our little Varuna took a dramatic turn and lost a lot of body heat very quickly.  She lost the ability to stand and her breathing became extremely labored.  At 6:59, while in my arms as I tried to warm her, stimulate circulation, and make sure she knew she was very much loved, our Varuna passed away very calmly and peacefully.  It was very shocking and devastating to both KCM and myself.  It is a reminder that kitten life is fragile and every minute and every bit of love we share with them is precious. 

Triton was more robust and overall more healthy than Varuna, despite his neurological issues caused by encephalitis from a Botfly larva that he also hosted, and his symptoms were not as pronounced nor hadn’t progressed much until the morning.    The vet diagnosed him with renal failure, and his temperature had dropped to just below 97 degrees.  We gave the go-ahead to pursue aggressive treatments and now he has stabilized, his temperature is back up to a nice 102 degrees, and he will continue to receive kidney treatments for the next three days when we hope his blood chemistry will normalize.  He has a few difficult days of fighting ahead of him still, but we are hoping and praying that he remains as much of a fighter as he has been thus far.
It is not clear what caused these two kittens, but not their siblings, to get sick.  Renal failure can be caused by a number of issues, including possibly lingering Botfly toxins combined with the effects of spay and neuter surgery, so that is a possibility.  Neither Kai nor Delphine were infected with Botfly so that is significant.  However, there are still dozens of other possible causes that are too numerous and speculative to detail here.  Our hearts are broken and we know that those of our kitten cam viewers will be, too.  We ask for the sake of all our healing, that the cat chatters try to refrain from engaging in too much speculation about things we may never have the answers to, as we all remember and grieve for our little Varuna, and pray for out Triton, and keep enjoying our playful Kai and Delphine who seem totally healthy though we will get them checked out just to be sure.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Taking a Break

A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue's Kitten Cam is taking a break for a while, until Spring 2014. To keep our community of chatters together, a player has been embedded on the blog with the chat, that includes a drop down option to allow the switching between other kitten cams.

If anyone would like to volunteer to go through the recorded videos of the Pirates, Space Kittens, or other cams, to edit and/or find good videos to post please let me know.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kitten Jenga

The Pink Igloo (aka Pigloo) created an interesting and adorable bed.  Here is a progression of Pirate Kitten Jenga!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day With the Pirate Kittens

The Pirate Kittens set sail on the internet to plunder hearts 
What’s more adorable than a little kitten?  A boat-load of kittens.  Make that a pirate ship full of Admiral Amber and her litter of mateys  3 tabby girls named after real life female pirates Grace O’Malley, Charlotte de Berry, Anne Bonney, and one tabby/tortoishell ("tortie") girl named Treasure (sometimes hidden, often buried); and 2 orange and white boys named for the fictional and real pirate captains: Flint and Kidd.  

This wonderful fleet of kits is being nurtured by a foster family while their adventures are broadcast 24/7 at, the current location of a travelling kitten cam that started in 2011 and has combined views of over 2 million.  This litter is just one in a parade of kitten cam celebrities that have won hearts around the world – literally!  A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue (ASC) in Royal Palm Beach, FL, does an amazing job of moving cats and kits rescued as strays or from high kill shelters, through a variety of healthcare issues (including spay & neuter procedures) and finally to their 'fur'-ever families.

There are many kitten cams online that showcase loving and creative foster homes, but the ASC gang, has run the gamut of themes and sets: from "Kitten Cam-elot" with "Sir Arthur and the Knights and Ladies of the Round Bed"; The Shakespearean kittens (both complete with cardboard castles and “attacks” by a dragon (Boston Terrier/Pug mix) named Chug) and the Space Kittens and their lunar colony – including moonscape scenery, spaceship and space-themed kitten names.  Of course, each theme litter also gets to enjoy the kitten disco parties with music, spinning lights, disco balls, and a lighted dance floor.  
So if your friends are driving you crazy with ‘talk like a pirate’ jargon, check in on Admiral Amber and her 5-week old deckhands.  But fair warning - they be stealin’ your heart.  Arrrrr!!!!

A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue:
Kitten Cam Blog:

A quick retrospecive of our current and recent litters.  Many videos available, including the links to the ones below.

The Pirate Kittens
Sample video: Kittens Get a new rowboat:

The Space Kittens Litter (Ustream)
Space Kitten Disco #2:

The first Space Kitten Disco
Kitten Cam-elot (aka Sir Arthur and the Knights of the Round Bed)

The Shakespeare Kittens (Broadcast on You Tube on The Pet Collective channel)
"Disco Kitties"
Adventure at Kitty Castle (special appearance by Chug the Dragon Bugg)

The Literary Kittens:
Many videos available.
Just being cute:

Gatsby and Daisy playing with the oatmeal tunnel

Finding Nemo (recorded on the original channel, The Delray Kitten Cam):
Introducing The New Cast:

More info on the pirate kittens is available by contact A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue