Kittens look fragile but they can survive amazing odds. Stevie and Noah are only two of many kittens who were rescued from near death and given all the healing and care and chances at life they needed to recover and have as normal a life as they could. The Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2018 Calendar features two kittens who had quite a bit to overcome, and not only overcame it all but achieved more than anyone thought they would.
An 88-year-old woman contacted Pittsburgh C.A.T. for help with kittens dumped on her property that her neighbors were abusing, severely—hitting them with rebars, breaking the kittens’ necks and backs with their bare hands. Tara went to her home and found the kittens were all completely sweet and she and the woman were able to round up four from her backyard.
Tara didn’t know if Stevie would even survive the transport to the clinic. He had already lost an eye, and his remaining eye was protruding. She administered first aid and kept him warm all night until he finally drank KMR and canned food gravy hours later. He had to be separated from his siblings because of his blindness and he was so small. This small blessing may have saved his life—his littermates tested positive for FeLV and were given a special foster until the disease overtook them.
The woman who found the kittens and called for help had fled Europe in WWII. She lost many family members in the Holocaust and showed Tara their photos, and for Tara it made the situation even more sad. She was so committed to helping the kittens, even after experiencing some of the worst of humanity.
Stevie is growing big and strong, gives the best kitty hugs, and doesn’t let his blindness get in the way of enjoying life.
Noah was found sitting in the middle of a country road, skinny, dirty, unseeing eyes, severely malnourished and later had seizures. Because he had neurological symptoms he was put in rabies quarantine, but that was cleared. Next he was treated for liver shunt and given a low-protein diet because his liver values were off and it was also a typical next step for a kitten with just his symptoms.
He was also tested for toxoplasmosis, which, although it came back negative, he responded to the treatment. In time, his liver values improved, he began eating a normal diet and he recovered his vision, and just took off, gaining weight and coordination, probably making up for lost time. Whether or not his blindness was caused by malnutrition or seizures it’s impossible to tell, but he certainly didn’t have long to live when he was found on that road. He was adopted along with his support teddy bear and has a long and bright road ahead of him now.
Stevie and Noah’s page in the calendar
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Stevie and Noah’s stories are heartwarming but their care over weeks and months is not free—Pittsburgh C.A.T. still has to pay for all the exams, xrays, tests, surgeries, treatments and medications that helped them to survive and thrive. Pittsburgh C.A.T. will do whatever needs to be done for a kitten who shows a chance of survival, and also to find a loving forever home when the kitten is fully recovered and ready. Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. help more kittens and other cats and purchase the 2018 calendar, full of more stories and information. All proceeds go to help pay Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s medical bills for current and ongoing rescues.
Calendar is 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages saddle-stitched and includes information on Pittsburgh C.A.T. and clinics and adoption.
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Read other posts about the calendar rescue stories.
- Rescue Stories: Kate + 48 Kittens, and Purchase a Calendar!
- Rescue Stories: Every Cat Matters, Jackson and Koda, and Purchase a Calendar!
- Rescue Stories: Abused, Malnourished and Blind Survivors, Stevie Wonder and Noah, and Purchase a Calendar!
- Rescue Story: The Airport Kittens
- Daily Photo: Faith and Star, the Dealership Torties
- Daily Photo: Violet and the Weed Wacker Kittens
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