Nine Lives Greece volunteer Christina tells the tale of this severely ill feral kitten she rescued from certain death.
Perla and I met in March 2016. An unexpected meeting that really changed her life – and certainly mine as a volunteer.
During that month, we at Nine Lives Greece were in the midst of our annual World Spay Month campaign, and almost every day I was running in and out of the vet clinic with cats for spaying/neutering. I was trapping intensively in an area next to my office where many cats during the last years gave birth and most of their kittens ended up dead on the streets around the blocks. On one of these days, I went to release one of the females after her spay surgery. I set her free and while I was fixing my trapping equipment in the car, a few metres away I noticed a kitten.The kitten was standing still with its back towards me. I had never seen that kitten before so I decided to approach and have a look. While I was approaching it, I was calling but it didn’t show signs of hearing me. I started to think “Omg, a deaf kitten…” When I finally stood next to it, the little poor soul turned its face slowly. All I could see was pus coming out from both eyes and nose. I just grabbed it and rushed it to the vet clinic.
She had fever, she couldn’t breathe properly because of a severe flu and respiratory problem and she also had a very bad eye infection in both of her eyes. The forecast wasn’t that good. She was fed by hand for the first 3 days, because she couldn’t smell nor had appetite because of the respiratory problem. Eye treatment started instantly but unfortunately, vets could only save one of her eyes. The infection had damaged the other. She was hospitalized for 11 days, and then I took her in for fostering and also to continue her treatments.
Dealing with Perla at the beginning wasn’t easy at all. She was a feral kitten that didn’t want to be touched. She was so scared and frightened. Who could blame this kitty for being aggressive? She had been through a lot already in the first 3 months of her life. Day by day, Perla realised that I did no harm to her and she started to be a lot more cooperative with me on her eye treatments. She started slowly to observe me when I entered her room and little by little to follow me around.
It’s been 3 months now, since that very first day. She is a sweetheart! She is soft and tender and affectionate. She follows me around like a dog, she sleeps next to me like a baby, she talks to me all the time and she plays like she is the happiest kitty on earth. She loves to be around my cats and my dog too and loves to play with his tail.
We wrote about Perla on our blog in April including a plea for a forever home for her.
On July 16, Perla joined her new family. Although I miss her dearly, it was time for her to go to her forever home. That’s one of the toughest parts we volunteers have to face, saying goodbye to foster felines. It is never easy. Perla will always be one of the most precious gems in my life and the family who have adopted her are the luckiest in the world!