So I introduced you to Caroline as a pregnant cat.
And then I told you that she actually wasn’t pregnant.
Did you know that vets don’t take a blood test to determine if a cat is pregnant? They palpate the abdomen for the initial diagnosis. It’s only late in the pregnancy that a radiograph is performed (sometimes) to determine the number of kittens that the mama kitty is expecting. Gestation period for a kitty is about 9 weeks.
Am I disappointed that I won’t actually get to have a newborn litter of kittens to foster? Sure. But I am much more relieved than disappointed. What I didn’t mention when I initially introduced Caroline is that she is suffering from a WRETCHED upper respiratory infection. She had been on 4 weeks of antibiotics when she arrived at our house. The particular antibiotics she was on did not seem to be helping her, but they were the only safe ones for a pregnant kitty. The good news about her not being pregnant is that we have finally started her on stronger antibiotics! I hope these new antibiotics clear up this infection. She has more light brown, opaque snot come out of her nose than I ever would have thought possible. She sneezes it EVERYWHERE. Water dish, food dish, pillow, blankets. You name it, she’s gotten snot all over it. She struggles to breathe and has a hard time eating because she can’t breathe out of her nose. It’s painful to watch. I can’t wait for her to start getting some relief!
A few more pictures of our sweet little Caroline. She is gentle and sweet. She greets me at the door every time I visit and can’t seem to get enough neck scratches and belly rubs. She has no interest in all the toys I offer her. She just wants love and affection. Whatever family adopts this little angel will be VERY lucky to have her.