JoJo, Christian & Aaron
On St. Thomas, the veterinarians noticed that Banshee was very small for 3 months old and worried about her resilience, although her health appeared fine. Banshee came up north from our STT shelter with her feline friend Honeybee. It wasn’t long before she got an upper respiratory infection which turned into pneumonia.
Upon further exam, it turned out that Banshee had a fungal pneumonia called aspergillus. One of our loyal fosters kept Banshee and Honeybee for 6 months while we treated Banshee with anti-fungal medication and antibiotics, all while doing many repeat radiographs. Finally, once she recovered, Banshee and Honeybee found the perfect forever home. When we get a special needs cat like her, we depend on donations to meet the extra expenses.
Mama Shailene &
Even though most of our Massachusetts intakes are from the Caribbean, we try to help local cats whenever space allows. We got a Boston area call from an overwhelmed good Samaritan who became aware of a chaotic house where a mother cat and her two babies where living in horrible neglect. We met the woman in a parking lot, and she handed us the cats: sadly one kitten was very sick and died that day. The mama cat, Shailene, and her remaining kitten, Sake (about 5 weeks old), seemed to be shut down and in a state of shock.
Although mom was taking good care of her kitten, they were both quiet and didn’t move very much. Veterinary work-ups showed that they were physically healthy-but cats do experience psychological trauma, just as people do. We took good care of them, let them rest and learn to play with toys, and fed them nutritious food and supplements. About a month or so later, after mom was spayed, they happily went to a great home together.