September 26, 2023
Wild Blue Cats “Eye” Caramba 16 Ranch Kittens On Friday Sept 22nd the Wild Blue Cats TNR team was contacted about kittens on a ranch who appeared extremely ill. Our founder Lauri and one of our medical team Brandie jumped into their car to go pick up any kittens they could. Upon arrival they found 4 very ill kittens whose eyes were sealed shut by infection and blood. On Saturday the rancher looked around for other kittens who were in trouble, and found another 12 some in worse condition. The 16 kittens are now in the care of Wild Blue Cats! but we need your help to provide their medical treatments and round the clock care.
We have an immediate need as one of the 16 kittens had to have emergency surgery to remove both eyes this morning. The eyes had ruptured and the infection was killing him… $2000 later and vets who thought his 11 oz size wouldn’t pull through… and he survived the surgery and will go into intensive round the clock care with one of our veterinary technicians. He still requires tube feeding and round the clock care, the next 72 hours will determine if he makes it or not as the infection clears and his eye start to heal but for now, he is stable.
We have at least 4 other kittens who will most likely lose an eye or both due to ruptures and severe infections. Those surgeries will take place as the kittens gain weight and stabilize since they are so far doing ok on the oral antibiotics. We don’t want to rush any further surgeries unless the kitten shows signs of severe infection like little Varum did today. The rest of the 16 are starting to improve, we are able to see most of their eyes even with the continued bleeding and swelling. They are clouded by infection but we have every hope their eyes will clear and the medications will do their thing. Pain meds, antibiotics, fluids, electrolyte support, and syringe feeding for those who’s noses haven’t cleared yet are ongoing for these 16 kittens. The continued medical care for the kittens is hitting Wild Blue Cats! at a critical time in our financial year and is putting a strain on the needs of the other 300+ cats and kittens in our care via fosters and our sanctuary. We estimate that $5000 will be needed for these 16 kittens surgeries and care over time. Right now, our immediate need is to cover the $2000 cost of the emergency surgery for Varum!
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