It’s raining kittens at the shelter and lots are being adopted but many, many more homes are needed. They are too adorable. Check out the latest kitten photos on Facebook at NewRochelleHumaneSociety and share if you can.
I have to admit I was nervous entering the room where my muse, Angel Gray Boy used to live. Would his cage be empty? Would I burst into tears? Was his spirit still there? I took a deep breath and marched over to the cage, my insides roiling to think a cold metal cage was his last “home”. Nothing of his energy remained. I peeked inside the cage and saw no new cat. It’s fairly dark inside and I opened the door. A pair of bright yellow eyes from a solid black stared back. He hissed. He’s a story for another day.
This week’s adventure as a shelter volunteer involves cat bites. I’m used to handling cats and in the past six weeks I had a perfect record of no nips, bites or scratches until last week. I lost my focus for a second by the cage next to Gray Boy’s and was a victim of re-directed aggression. A tiny, claw swipe, a drop of blood and my gut said uh oh. You can how small it was from the image. Small can be dangerous because the skin quickly heals trapping bacteria underneath. The following morning, there was a bit of swelling, redness and bruising but it was painful and I suspected the most common culprit of cat bites/scratches, the bacteria Pasteurella multocida. The shelter cat is perfectly healthy. Just about every healthy cat carries the bacteria and so, I drove to our local hospital.
I’m lucky to live near a small hospital where it’s rare to wait and it’s like going to a five star hotel. After getting settled on a cozy hospital bed and having one person after another cater to me, I wanted to stay for a week! Yeah, it’s been an exhausting time. The delightful internist chatted with me about pets and sent me home with good old penicillin, 4X daily for a week. Apparently the the old school antiobiotic works best for this bacteria. It’s rough on the digestive flora so I’m on probiotics as well. For more details about cat bites and scratches see our article Killer Cat Bites.