Friday, January 13, 2012

well, that's....weird

Happy Friday the 13th....May all your luck be GOOD!!

As you all know, we got new foster kitts last Friday.....and they were SNOTTY!!! Poor trailer park babies - don't know what gushy fud is, have earmites and had fleas, nasty URI.....  BUT - now they are safe and friendly and getting better....

So, Tuesday night mom was in loving on the babies. And she picked up Mocha and felt something...strange. Like the ribs on her one side almost folded in. Now, mom doesn't freak out about much anymore, but she was concerned. Did someone hurt Mocha? Was this going to hurt her as she grows? We needed some answers.

Mom is lucky that she works for a small office (ok, not so lucky in some aspects, but they humor her rescue stuff). She left early yesterday and got Mocha into see a v-e-t at Rascal. Everyone was very enamored by the cute!!  :)  The tech checked her out and felt her side...yep, strange. She took Mocha back to weigh her and when she came back said she had passed the vet and when they got their hands on Mocha agreed an x-ray was in order (which mom had presumed). So, Mocha got her picture taken (she was very good according to the tech). Then the v-e-t came in to see them.

"well, that's.....weird"

Great, mom thought....I paid for that??  But the v-e-t smiled and said that she thinks everything is fine. They will have a radiologist take a look to be sure, but the v-e-t thinks it is a birth defect. The ribs on that side curve over like they are supposed to but then sharply turn in toward her lungs. And the v-e-t said her floating rib was REALLY floating out there. Mom asked about effects when Mocha grows. The v-e-t said she doesn't think it should be an issue, but understands the concern especially for potential adopters. She said that as Mocha grows, her ribs should grow at the same rate and while they won't straighten out, they shouldn't cause any damage. No guarantees, but at least good news. Mom talked to the rescue lady and they all agreed better to know now and be able to tell people - or be able to fix something now when she is little.

Oh, and both kitts got their ears cleaned and medicated again.


Caramel says "stay away from my dinner" (either that or he was pre-sneeze)

Mom let them out for the first time last night. Mocha played in the back bedroom. Caramel made it as far as the hall....and ran back into the bathroom when he saw himself in the mirror on the back of mom's bedroom door. MOL!!!


  1. Such cuties, and I am glad that Mocha is okay!

  2. Hope it was a birth defect and not something that hurt her before you got her. You never know what the ferals will be like - some of ours had too many teeth, not enough teeth, deformities in their ears...mostly from inbreeding withing the group. Hope Mocha is fine.

    Happy Rubber Ducky Day!
    Cats of wildcat woods

  3. We don't care for ear cleaning, nope not at all. Mom has to really work on it to make it happen!
    Happy Weekend!!
    ~ The Bunch

  4. Oh sweet and adorable Mocha!! That's so strange about her rib but fingers and paws crossed it'll be fine as she get older! She's so cute!! And Caramel is just so cheeky!! Yay! Take care

  5. Mocha is so cute - we hope her ribs won't need surgery.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  6. Awwww...they are so super cute and I'm glad they're getting happier and furendlier.

    That super strange abouts Mocha's ribs. But hopefully it won't cause any problems and it'll just make her 110% you-neak!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  7. Odd about the ribs. Hopefully they won't cause Mocha any grief as she grows.M + C sure look cute and a heck of a lot healthier!! :)

    the critters in The Cottage xo

  8. What cuties. I hope they get continue to get a clean bill of health and get good furever homes!

  9. Oh we are glad that it sounds like nothing is harmful here and that it will sorta work itself out. They are charmers.

  10. Oh my gosh, that is weird. But at least it doesnt seem to trouble her!
    That's too funny about the mirror! Leo still hasn't figured mirrors out and growls at them and gets extra floofy! Star always tries to see behind them, like where is that cat so I can kick it's butt. MOL

  11. So long as she does not seem to be in pain, its all good!

  12. Poor little Mocha, but I'm glad it was something that justs needs watching, not fixing!

    They are both adorable!

    Purrs from us,
    Tom, Mittens & Mom Julie

  13. So glad the vet thinks the rib will be fine. Yea!!!!

    pawhugs, Max

  14. I hope Mocha's odd little defect doesn't get in the way of anything as she grows - especially getting adopted!!!

  15. Its allus good fer the vet ta know about "weerd" stuff as soon as can be!

  16. They are cuties! We hope Mocha will be okay!!

  17. We knew a kitty once called Oscar who was like Mocha but it was because some monster had kicked him and the rib was broken. Good news though: our little Oscar lived a furry long and happy life!

  18. That IS weird! Your mom is so smart and wonderful to have it checked out.
    The kit cats are both so cute!!!
    Play bows,

  19. Interesting! We hope it won't be anything serious for little Mocha. She and Caramel are little cuties :)

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  20. Interesting about the little kitty. I hope it does turn out to be nothing major.

    God bless you to Caramel for the sneeze

  21. How strange! Do hope she will be ok! They are a couple of darlings ")

  22. We've come across some extra nasty URI's this winter. We have one set of kittens on azithromycin and clavamox together per the vet. But now they've changed over to doxycycline. The next step is nebulization treatment. But it's 2-3 times per day for 3 days at a cost or $57 per treatement. That's $114 to $171 per day for 3 days.. YIKES. But if that's what we have to do, we will. And hope it's just the one set of kittens.

    Good luck and I hope the kittens get better soon.


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