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Spooky Milkchin
Spooky Milkchin

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Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Polvadera, NM
Date: Sep 28, 2010
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2010

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Spooky is our special needs cat. She suddenly appeared on a friend's porch, so we took her in rather than see her go to the pound. The first two weeks were quite rough, she nearly died of high fever of an undetermined origin. Then she started having seizures. The vet I took her to (not my regular vet, but right next door to where I now work so I thought I'd try for convenience's sake) said that she would most likely die very soon of the seizures, because they would increase in frequency and length until she was just constantly seizing. I asked about medication, he said that it wasn't good for a kitten of this age (she was about 6 weeks maybe), that it would likely damage her liver over time, so he didn't recommend it. Hmmm, on one hand she would seize to death, on the other she might get liver damage so no medicine. WTF??? So I went to MY vet, got the medication, and six months later she is doing well! She does still have seizures, about one big one a month, but that is to be expected. On her last blood test she showed no signs of liver damage, and in fact her blood work looked fantastic. She is definitely physically challenged a bit, slow developing, kinda clumsy, not particularly outgoing or cuddly. She gets in trouble because she likes to chase all the other cats' tails, and they are not always amused! Main thing is, at least she has a shot at life. Giving her phenobarbital twice a day is a pain, she hates the taste, I am sad to 'torture' her, but it is better than the alternative!
So there is the story of Spooky Milkchin. BTW, the "Milkchin" part came from when we first got her and she liked to drink the cat milk, her little chin would be dripping with milk :-)

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09/28/2010 10:20:10 AM
BTW, the kitten's name is Spooky Milkchin. The last name comes from the fact that when she drinks milk she puts her whole chin in the dish and comes out with a white goatee :-)

Spooky is a special needs cat. She was dumped on my bosses' porch, very scrawny and sickly. She went through a bad bout of high fever, then started having seizures; not fun! In the month we've had her she's put on 1.5 pounds, her coat has turned thick and velvety, and the daily anti-seizure medicine so far is keeping them at bay. She is a little monster, loves nothing more than to bite anything she can get her teeth into! Hopefully Spooky will have a long and full life with us :-)
09/28/2010 09:03:02 AM
Good Lord!!! This is fabulous and worthy of a print. Fabulous.
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