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MJ, the Rescue Kitten, is on the Mend

In April I did a TNR, Trap, Neuter, Release for a band of feral cats living in my neighborhood. I trapped them and took them to a local shelter where they were given shots and neutered. I then released them.

Among the 9 animals I trapped were two kittens which I wasn't counting on. They were about 8 weeks old and just 3 pounds, the minimum for them to get the surgery.

While I nursed them for adoption, I gave them names: Beady (my nephew's imaginary friend growing up) and MJ (Mike, Jr.), named for my best friend. I'm glad I named them because it looks like I will own both of them for life. LOL

MJ became ill early on and has almost died. He would have never made it outdoors. The vet said he wouldn't have lasted another day indoors without extreme help.

We're not 100 percent sure what the illness is, and he's on his third course of medication, but for the first time, the vet has given me a great amount of hope. It looks like MJ's liver has some issues, but it's one that can be fixed easily with antibiotics.

He's gotten better with each course of the antibiotic, but then a day after being on it, he had a fever and was sick again. Recent bloodwork is pointing to the liver issue.

He's half the size of his brother Beady, but now he is gaining weight and looking a bit more alert. Until recently he didn't seem to be very aware of his surroundings most of the time.

But that's changing. The photo here is of MJ atop my bedroom dresser, his first time and only doing it. Beady has been doing this for months now.

Please say a little prayer for this struggling kitty. He needs all the human help he can get.

Image Credit » Photo taken by me. It may be reprinted.

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gidget wrote on July 17, 2014, 5:43 PM

Wow, hopefully he recovers!

paigea wrote on July 18, 2014, 12:15 PM

Wow, how kind of you to do that trapping and neutering. Did you pay for those operations?

LoudMan wrote on July 21, 2014, 11:11 AM

I'm glad to hear you found him. Yay. Go you! Go, rescue kitty, go!

Ruby3881 wrote on July 24, 2014, 5:50 PM

I'm curious about this, also. I've never heard of shelters offering a TNR program (although this would be most helpful!) Most of the shelters I've dealt with or heard of charge money to take animals in. And they definitely wouldn't spend on feral animals that they were going to release. I think it's a step in the right direction, but I'd want to see the program run without charging the folks who help out.

KimRemesch wrote on July 27, 2014, 8:44 PM

I waited a bit to respond to these just to get a bead on him. He is almost done his medication course (two weeks this time), and he's acting like a real kitty now.

KimRemesch wrote on July 27, 2014, 8:48 PM

It's kind, but I just feel like it's my responsibility, plus I just can't handle watching one more wave of kittens after another being born...then disappearing. Good things don't happen to them. I paid for it, but a small about in comparison to normal cost. It was about $20 a cat to fix, get all meds for, etc. They will wipe out the cost if there is a hardship. I told him I was unemployed, etc, and I was under the impression that they were wiping out the cost, but that didn't happen. In fact, I got totally yelled at in an email by the woman arranging it (when I wrote on the paperwork that I was not set to pay anything). Again, I was going by what she told me. It was pretty nasty. I had to step back and remember that it was about getting the work done for the cats, so I had to just ignore her mean words and go on with it.

KimRemesch wrote on July 27, 2014, 8:52 PM

Ruby, it took so long to get this done. The shelter let me to a specific organization Community Cats of Maryland that is dedicated to dealing with the feral cat issues. They have been set up for the TNR. The charge is for medication only. The vets donate their services. I borrowed the cages and the like, and they came to my home and taught me how to use them. The people who run this have real jobs, so there's no money for the overhead that goes into this program. I'm trying to get passed some of the nastiness I encountered from the woman who runs the program because I'd like to offer services to them (PR/web stuff). Maybe that would attract donors to defray costs more. It's a pretty negligible amount per cat given what gets done for them.

paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 12:07 AM

Wow, how unfortunate to have to deal with that unpleasantness doing what you are doing.