Yes, this is dog blog, but my 12-year-old terrier-cross Victor is dealing with a new presence in his life: Sally, a one-year-old black foster kitten rescued from a hoarding situation by the Welland, Ontario Humane Society and handed over to my Vet.
The clinic I go to runs a non-profit animal rescue organization aimed at rehabilitating and homing dire need dogs – and sometimes cats.
Sally was in dire need.
She was about six months old living with 12 other cats in a house that later got condemned, leaving all cats behind.
Here’s the kicker: she has a severe food allergy causing her to groom and scratch her fur off. She was found nearly bald and covered with human hand lotion – yes, lotion. The only ‘treatment’ the original owner could afford.
Sally lived at the Vet clinic (during renovations nonetheless) for six months, needing antibiotics, steroids (which she’s still on) and much effort to determine what she can – and cannot – eat. A lot of her fur grew back, but she’s still got hot spots and reoccurring balding and reactions.
Now she’s at my home. Technically, I’m fostering as we try and solve her allergy issues, coping with a few set backs including one bald tummy. For now, her medicine is covered.
Earlier this year, I lost my precious cat Kaitlynn of 17 years. I knew I couldn’t live life as a crazy cat (and dog) lady without getting another cat. I just didn’t know when.
And I didn’t think she’d have special needs.
What does Victor think? He’s not thrilled, but he’s learning to tolerate her. He claimed the bed (my bed) as his, though Sally is cautiously venturing up and purring closer and closer to her adopted big brother. He’s not receptive, though fortunately he seems to have stopped snapping – at least while I’m around.
Sally’s been with us about three weeks. She’s awfully sweet.
Here’s the big question: Should I keep Sally?
What do you think?
If anyone has a post about how to introduce a new cat to an old dog, please place a link in the comments below. Also … cat food allergies. If you have any sage advice, please add that too.