Introducing… kitten Sybil!!
This super floofy, eeeever so slightly spicy little girl was found alone in a dumpster 😢 But you know what they say – one man’s trash is another foster mama’s treasure!
Sybil is not eating too well right now and underneath all that glorious grey floof, she’s very skinny and underweight. She’s also not quite sure about us yet and is spending most of her time huddled in the back of her cave bed. But that’s okay. I can already tell she’s a sweetie – she purrs whenever she’s touched – so we just have to help her realize she’s in a safe place now and already very, very loved. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.
Welcome, Sybil!! I’m so happy you’re here. @our_fostering_tails said.
kitten Sybil is still not feeling very well 😔 But we’ve got her enveloped inside a soft cloud and pouring love over her is the only thing we have planned for today! @our_fostering_tails said.
kitten Sybil is spending some time in the incubator so her fragile little body can focus less on trying to stay warm and more on getting better. She is still very lethargic and she isn’t eating much on her own. She’s receiving subq fluids and antibiotics multiple times a day and I’m also syringe feeding her prescription wet food and nutritional supplements. I’m concerned about her low weight and her low spirits. It’s heartbreaking to watch a kitten her age so subdued and you can just tell she feels crummy. But I need her to fight with me so I keep telling her about all of the amazing things life has to offer and all that’s waiting her for her as soon as she recovers – toys and tunnels and foster friends and, someday, her very own family who will treasure her forever! She listens to me talk, but the light in her eyes is dim. She’s got this, though. I know she does. @our_fostering_tails said.
I’m heartbroken to share that kitten Sybil didn’t make it. She crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday where I know my beagle Diego was there waiting to welcome her.
She fought and tried SO hard but her body was too far gone. I’m angry she was thrown in a dumpster in the first place and I’m gutted that I never got to learn what she was like when she was truly herself. Was she silly? Shy? Saucy? I’ll never know. But Kathleen and I loved her so much and it was a gift (albeit a very painful one) to be there for her during her final days and to show her a kindness she might not have known otherwise. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
Thank you for loving her too. I read every single one of your comments on my last post aloud to her in the 3 minute intervals we had between her supportive care. She went from being thrown out like so much trash to being treasured by many. I wanted her to know that.
This was our first kitten loss and it hurts. Especially because on top of processing her death, we have other things to worry about now.
Like salt on an open wound, Sybil tested positive for panleuk, which is a highly contagious and usually deadly disease for young kittens. It’s been my number one worst fear since I started fostering and now here it is. Sybil was kept separate from the others the whole time – first in a pen and then in the incubator – but there’s a reason this virus is the stuff of nightmares for fosters. It’s very hard to contain. The other kittens are doing well right now and thankfully have received their first few vaccines. But they’re once again under quarantine in the kitten room and I’m watching them closely. It’s now been a few days since panleuk first entered our environment but it can take up to 2 weeks for symptoms to show up after exposure. So now it’s an agonizing waiting game.
I won’t be posting much in the next few days while we grieve our precious little Sybil, discard everything that came into contact with her, clean and sanitize (and clean and sanitize some more), and monitor the little ones. Please say a prayer that we can get rid of this disease and that everyone in the house stays healthy and strong in the days ahead 🙏🏻 @our_fostering_tails said.