Ember’s Adventure

25 Apr

IMG_20160425_104152So last weekend was a time of much business, with 2 evening concerts and a matinee.  Saturday night, I got home around 11 and go check on the kittens.  They all come out and three are eager to eat, but Ember wants only to be held.  He kept crying when held, stopping only somes as I petted him.  Then I realized he was shivering along with purring: he was hurting.  I set him down and he didn’t want to put any weight on his back right leg.  I didn’t feel anything odd nor trigger any screams when I felt the foot and leg, but I didn’t check very high up.  I called the overnight emergency number, chatted about options, and decided to bike him down to the 24-hour emergency vet.  They took his vitals and noted a fever.  At 3 a.m. he finally got to see the doctor.  I decided against x-rays at the time, because I thought there would be a vet at the Humane Society in a few hours.  He got pain meds, which was my main prioity at the time, and a diagnosis of a break or pull up past the knee.  He had been pretty panicky for the first hour, but settled down with cuddling even before meds.  When we got home, he was very glad to have a litterbox to use–I could tell he had wanted one, but they didn’t have anything and he was too well behaved to use the carrier.

In the morning I found he’d need to return there for the x-rays because there was no doctor at the shelter Sunday.  As I was leaving at 11 for the matinee, my very patient husband, Bob, took him, a lot of magazines, and a cloth bag to make cuddling more secure.  After the performance, at 5, I called and they had just returned.  Saturday night through Sunday are their busiest hours.  There is only soft tissue damage, but the possibility of infection, so he has 10 days of antibiotics.

I don’t know how the injury happened.  Bob had fed them around 7 and all four looked fine.  Probably the kitten had snagged the leg when falling or jumping off something.  I learned a few things: brush you teeth before a late night trip to emergency.  Bring a litterbox if you’re taking box-trained kitties.  Bring reading material you can manage with one hand.  After other trips I learned to post emergency numbers on the kittens’ door to reduce phone fumbling.


He is doing well now: still limping and subdued, but able to get around. His appetite improved and his weight is coming back up.  He should be fine soon.


5 responses to “Ember’s Adventure

  1. Felix

    April 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Have you thought of putting a camera in there, always recording the last few hours? Probably any dashcam would do. No need for internet connection, since its only purpose would be to investigate things like this, but it might provide fun videos for posting.

    • yetmorefosterkittens

      April 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

      i may think about it; i did have a kitten roll off a bed and damage a leg once. You can’t have things both completely safe and still fun, but it could identify problems. It’d need to be pretty wide-angle.

      • Felix

        April 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        I have two dashcams. One is 135 degrees, the other 170. I think. But they are also plenty high resolution.

  2. Random Felines

    April 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

    poor baby….no telling what he did since they tend to bounce around at this age.

  3. Connie

    April 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve been fostering since 2002, and it is only recently that I have come to think that I have finally kitten proofed a room. Of course now that I say that there will be a kitten who gets into a world of trouble just to prove me wrong. They have a knack for exploiting weaknesses.


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