(The post on poisoning ground squirrels is below this posting.)
Well, I did it. Friday afternoon when I got home from work I used all my worldly wiles and at great bodily risk … I CAPTURED the orange kitten and wrestled her into the house.
OK, OK … I reached down and gently picked her up and carried her to the spare bathroom and showed her the new place where she was going to live for the next few weeks. She purred all the way.
Our other cat, Newman, was sitting on the couch holding a pillow over his head. Not a happy trooper. He had to visit the vet last week and get his vaccinations up-to-date (“No, No, not the needle!”) for THIS? An interloper … an intruder … being brought into HIS house?
Dr. John Brisbin, DVM, decides the kitten is 5 months old after looking at her teeth.
Saturday morning Lois and I put the kitten in a cardboard pet carrier and took her to see our friendly local veterinarian, Dr. John Brisbin, DVM, at Benicia Cat Clinic. There she got her first feline distemper vaccination and a blood test to see if she had any nasty viruses like Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Fortunately the tests were negative. They also dewormed her and got rid of a few fleas.
She also got a complete physical. She weighs 4-lb. 15-oz. Yes, that’s pretty tiny. I figured she was about three months old because of her size. But when John checked her teeth, he said she looked to be about 5-months-old. She’s definitely going to be a petite lass.
The orange kitten is due back in a month for another feline distemper shot. We’ll also schedule her to get spayed.
Wow. I guess this means she’s a keeper. Newman is going to love this. I think I’ll make him an appointment with his psychotherapist when I get home today.
And so … the adventure begins. /Gary
(PS: I peeked in the Orange Kitty Bathroom on my way to work this morning. She’s using the litter box! Yahoo!)