Sunday, May 16, 2010

Whiskey & Tango Update

I spoke to Joy this evening. Whiskey is resting well and is expected to make a complete recovery! Yay! The poor mite is exhausted. Joy and Jim are completely worn out, too.

Our little girl really doesn't like getting meds and, of course, J2 need to treat her very gently. She lets Joy pick her up and she and Jim work in concert to pry a slight gap to get the dropper in. So far no injuries to any party! ;-) Whiskey had been running a slight temp, but Joy reports that's come down with the meds. Today we had cool ears (also one of my "non-invasive" methods of telling).



Jim is checked out on dosing Tango by himself. A scruff grab... and as soon as Tango hisses (and he does, every time) in goes the medicine. Actually, Mr. Tango still hisses about everything, but then allows interaction. He's got a carrier in his crate as a "get away" spot but generally accepts petting.

Joy shared a little more about the babies' birth today. They were full term - in fact, quite big. The first kitten was malformed, which is why he stuck in the birth canal. The C-section was quite tricky. Doc Young was surprised Whiskey's uterus didn't rupture. The other three completely filled it and it was tricky getting them out. The babies were aspirated several times, and kept warm but did not breathe on their own. After the initial efforts, three of the lady vet techs carried the babies in...ummmm... "nature's warmer" so they could continually work on their breathing while keeping them cozy.

Sadly, it wasn't enough. At least Whiskey's babies knew warmth and love to the end. We are all so sad and Joy and Jim are deciding on names for the kittens. They will be laid to rest with their other pets and they are looking into an appropriate marker.

14 comments:

  1. It is still so sad about the little ones, but I really am overjoyed that Whiskey is going to be fine and that Tango is doing good too. Purrs to both of them.

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  2. So glad to hear Whiskey is recovering and that Tango is doing well too. My heart breaks for J2 and everyone else involved. It helps to know the kittens were cared for so lovingly and that Whiskey will pull through. Peace and blessings to all who are mourning the kittens loss.

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  3. Life has kept me away from making my normal blog rounds for a while, so I had missed Whiskey & Tango's story until this evening. Many, many hugs and purrs going out from me, Sundown and "The Horde" to both the kitties and their people. I've asked Ziggy to be on the lookout for Whiskey's kittens and to give them lots of love. (We always thought Zigg would have enjoyed having some kittens around to play with.)

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  4. We're sad for the little ones and hope Whiskey and Tango recover well.

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  5. Medicines are always a problem! We hope that Whiskey continues to recover!

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  6. Sounds all so sad !!
    We will purrrr for Whiskey
    MANY hugs & Love
    Kareltje =^.^=

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  7. It's good that Whiskey and Tango are doing so well. How nice that the kittens were treated so thoroughly and sweetly, and that they will be properly memorialized.

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  8. I'm so happy that Whiskey and Tango are doing well and recovering from their operations...the rainbow bridge has three new little angels running around...I know that my Poppy has already given them a big welcoming cuddle and will keep an eye out for them so they don't get into too much trouble :)

    It's been a rough kitten season already in our rescue as well...and it's only the start of the season...

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  9. I'm glad Whiskey is recovering at least. Lucky girl to be with good people.

    Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  10. We are purring for Whiskey and Tango!!

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  11. Oh my gosh, Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear all of this. I've been away from the computer for a while and am just seeing this news now. Poor James and Joy -- what a sad thing to experience. It's good to hear that Whiskey has pulled through okay, and that Tango has recovered from being snipped.
    *hugs* to everyone there - I hope they're all doing alright

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  12. Hugs and purrs to everyone involved! It's very sad about the kittens, but you're right, they knew love and warmth right from start to end.

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  13. We are still so sad about the babies but we are so glad to know that they won't be forgotten, and that they were loved if only for a very short time! We are so glad that Whiskey and Tango are doing ok - that is good news at least!

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  14. Sadly I agree, the only good thing about the kittens is that they were surrounded by love. tragic.
    Whiskey and Tango look sweet and content!

    bonks

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