Why did I choose a weebly page?
One, it's free. No money is taken away from helping cats and kittens. Also, that kitten with the happy face you see above...that's Weebles. Weebles is an incredibly lucky cat.
I was trapping for a woman that had gone from one pregnant cat, to FIFTY in the course of roughly four years. She was overwhelmed, and needed help. Over the course of that spring and summer, thirty-six kittens were taken off her land, and found permanent loving homes. One of those kittens was Weebles.
Imagine if you can, how much poop fifty cats (and an assorted number of kittens) make. Feline distemper can be passed through feces. If a pregnant cat catches distemper, it can either spontaneously abort her kittens, or stunt the development of their cerebellums. (Cerebellar Hypoplasia) The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, so when that doesn't develop properly, neither do certain skills, like walking in a straight line. (Or walking at all, in some cases.) Many also have head tremors.
I had already trapped three adults, and found a nest of six kittens, and was ready to leave. Looking down, I saw a bedraggled kitten, laying motionless in a puddle. I picked him up, and while he was chill to the touch, he wasn't dead, and that's the important part! He had a broken back leg, and an upper respiratory infection, and his life was very touch and go for the first three days in my care. I was up with him every hour, making sure that he knew that he was safe, and loved, and going to make it. And make it he did! Weebles pulled through, and decided to live.
Its hard for any four week old kitten to walk with a broken back leg, but throw in the Cerebellar Hypoplasia, which creates a drunken sailor walk...it was a fun few weeks. Some days were low mobility days, and Weebles wouldn't be able to make it to the litter box. He developed a special meow to let me know when he had to go, and wasn't going to make it there himself. There were days when he didn't seem to know he was different from any of his foster siblings, and days where he would be intensely frustrated that he couldn't get to where he wanted to go. For the first six weeks in my care, Weebles suffered from seizures. Luckily, they faded in severity and duration as he got older and stronger, and were non-existent by the time he was three months old.
It was obvious to me that Weebles couldn't go home with just anyone. He was going to need above and beyond care his entire life. While his condition didn't cause him any pain, he needed to go to a home that could love him even when he missed the litter box, and wouldn't let him take a header down the stairs. Luckily for Weebles, I have an amazing friend, that was already providing stellar geriatric care for a nineteen year old cat. She met Weebles, and was instantly smitten.
She fostered a litter of four kittens for me the next year, and one of them strongly bonded to Weebles. They are pretty dang inseparable. Weebles does occasionally have seizures, and when he does, his adopted brother cuddles him, and licks his head.
Its pretty hard to feel negatively, when you think about Weebles, and his amazing life. He suffered an unknown trauma that broke his back leg, and was left for dead in a puddle. He never gave up, even when he was frustrated by his body's limitations. Every person that met him was charmed by how sweet he was, even though he swayed like a drunken sailor, and occasionally cussed like one too. He has found an amazing and compassionate woman to spend his life with, as well as two feline forever siblings.
Having a weebly page reminds me every day of Weebles, and why it is so important for us all to look out for each other. Don't let life get you down! And if it gets you down, you can always get back up.
The Captain of Browncoat Cat is a self proclaimed crazy cat lady. Of course, we're all mad here...