The vets that treated her at Forgotten Felines said she has a cleft palate. You can see, when she looks at you, that the little place under her nose where the two cheeks come together, there is a little gap on her. But it must not be serious enough of a problem, because she has a healthy appetite and weighs in at 9 lb. 6 oz. A good sized cat!
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Natalie Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 10:47 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] First Petting of Hemy! That's great news..you don't even need a feather on a stick - see, she's NOT feral at all, only terrified! She sounds like she really trusts you and wants to interact! Poor little Hemy, in great company! What I don't understand is this: If she has a cleft palate, how can she eat? Are you sure it's not just some minor deformity that resembles a cleft palate? From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Bonnie Hogue Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 1:24 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [Felvtalk] First Petting of Hemy! Today when I fed Hemy (she's in a cage on my back covered deck) she ate while I was there. I spoke to her and reached a finger through the cage to touch her head. No problem. Then, when I came back to clean her litter box, I took a chance and placed my hand on the floor of the cage and remained still. She moved closer, then nudged my hand. I stroked her cheek and she moved her head around in obvious pleasure. I petted her a few moments and she purred. This is a "feral" cat who has, after tail amputation and being moved from her familiar surroundings, been in a cage on my back deck for only Five Days! I'd say she is more afraid and cautious than feral, wouldn't you? I'm keeping her in the cage for now, and will go slowly so she doesn't feel pressured. But what a little sweetheart. It pains me to think of how horribly humans have been to her, yet she is willing to forgive and perhaps trust again. Bless her! ~Bonnie
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