OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Caroline Kaufmann

Okay, the results are not all in, but I finally talked to the Vet about the 
blood tests from the sick kitten I took in- which he suspect FIP in.  The cat 
was NEGATIVE for Felv (so that's the second time he's tested neg.- first at 
approx. 2 mths old, now at 6 mths).  He NEGATIVE for FIV (which he had not yet 
been tested for ever).  The vet also says that so far, it looks like it's not 
FIP and he talked about how there is no conclusive test, etc., so for now, he 
has to go by the presence of antibodies- which he says are usually higher if 
the cat has dry FIP and then even higher if it's wet FIP.  He says the 
antibodies are just not high enough to for it to be FIP- either the dry or wet 
form.  So he remains concerned tho that it's a an infectious (i.e., contagious) 
disease.  What he is waiting on now is the toxoplasmosis test b/c now he is 
suspecting that.  He said the results of that test will be in tomorrow.  He 
also said the blood is showing high globulin levels and high white blood cells- 
both of which indicate some kind of an infection, but he just doesn't know what 
kind yet.  
I do have a phone consultation appointment tomorrow at 5:00 with the holistic 
vet (Marylyn-- Dr. Maier) who treated Monkee at the end of his life and whom 
Monkee loved- at a time when he was utterly miserable and fed up with vets!  We 
are consulting on this kitten and then also to discuss general care of fosters 
and things I can do holistically to help them rehab faster.  I may end up 
taking Yoda to her anyway b/c of the diarrhea that I can't get traditional vets 
to address.  Hopefully, I will have the blood tests results on my sick kitten 
emailed to me before then, so I can forward them to her for her review and 
second opinion.  I feel better because I am finally getting some freaking 
vets lined up so that I can finally take care of these fosters without always 
feeling like I'm supposed to do so without ever having veterinary access unless 
a cat is pretty much dying in my arms.  Monkee died in my arms despite all the 
things we did to save him and there is NO WAY I'm going to allow another cat to 
die in my arms- especially these fosters who seem to have totally treatable 
(possibly preventable) things going on with them!  Urg.  So we continue to 
forge ahead.
Poor kitty feels so much better and I'm worried about continuing to give him 
fluids.  Dr. Maier said in an email that if he is doing that much better and 
has had 3 treatments of subcu fluids, it's probably not necessary to do them 
today.  But when I talked to the conventional vet that saw the cat on Monday, 
he said to continue them b/c extra fluids are extra fluids, it can't really 
hurt him (I beg to differ- it's very traumatic b/c it's just me and him in a 
contest of wills and strength and it's pretty horrible- he gets that huge 
needle out everytime and I have to re-stick him-- which is hell for me and 
him), and without really seeing the cat, he can't tell me to discontinue 
fluids.  Well, my mom and I have discussed it and I'm doing them tonight.  
It's too much on him and me.  He's feeling too good now so that he really 
fights the fluid giving.  I always recall that Dr. Maier- in all her holistic 
wisdom- said (when I first took Monkee to her), that you don't want the 
treatment to be worse than the disease.  I think that solves my dilemma for 
now.
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Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Kelley Saveika
That is great news, that everything is negative.
Is he drinking normally?  Is he dehydrated?  If he is not dehydratedI
would not see any need for fluids (but I'm not a vet, this is not to be
construed as veterinary advice, yadda yadda)

Kelley



On Dec 27, 2007 8:39 PM, Caroline Kaufmann [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:

 Okay, the results are not all in, but I finally talked to the Vet about
 the blood tests from the sick kitten I took in- which he suspect FIP in.
 The cat was NEGATIVE for Felv (so that's the second time he's tested neg.-
 first at approx. 2 mths old, now at 6 mths).  He NEGATIVE for FIV (which he
 had not yet been tested for ever).  The vet also says that so far, it looks
 like it's not FIP and he talked about how there is no conclusive test, etc.,
 so for now, he has to go by the presence of antibodies- which he says are
 usually higher if the cat has dry FIP and then even higher if it's wet
 FIP.  He says the antibodies are just not high enough to for it to be FIP-
 either the dry or wet form.  So he remains concerned tho that it's a an
 infectious (i.e., contagious) disease.  *What he is waiting on now is the
 toxoplasmosis test b/c now he is suspecting that.*  He said the results of
 that test will be in tomorrow.  He also said the blood is showing high
 globulin levels and high white blood cells- both of which indicate some kind
 of an infection, but he just doesn't know what kind yet.
 I do have a phone consultation appointment tomorrow at 5:00 with the
 holistic vet (Marylyn-- Dr. Maier) who treated Monkee at the end of his life
 and whom Monkee loved- at a time when he was utterly miserable and fed up
 with vets!  We are consulting on this kitten and then also to discuss
 general care of fosters and things I can do holistically to help them rehab
 faster.  I may end up taking Yoda to her anyway b/c of the diarrhea that I
 can't get traditional vets to address.  Hopefully, I will have the blood
 tests results on my sick kitten emailed to me before then, so I can forward
 them to her for her review and second opinion.  I feel better because I am
 finally getting some freaking vets lined up so that I can finally take care
 of these fosters without always feeling like I'm supposed to do so without
 ever having veterinary access unless a cat is pretty much dying in my arms.
 Monkee died in my arms despite all the things we did to save him and there
 is NO WAY I'm going to allow another cat to die in my arms- especially these
 fosters who seem to have totally treatable (possibly preventable) things
 going on with them!  Urg.  So we continue to forge ahead.
 Poor kitty feels so much better and I'm worried about continuing to give
 him fluids.  Dr. Maier said in an email that if he is doing that much better
 and has had 3 treatments of subcu fluids, it's probably not necessary to do
 them today.  But when I talked to the conventional vet that saw the cat on
 Monday, he said to continue them b/c extra fluids are extra fluids, it
 can't really hurt him (I beg to differ- it's very traumatic b/c it's just
 me and him in a contest of wills and strength and it's pretty horrible- he
 gets that huge needle out everytime and I have to re-stick him-- which is
 hell for me and him), and without really seeing the cat, he can't tell me
 to discontinue fluids.  Well, my mom and I have discussed it and I'm doing
 them tonight.  It's too much on him and me.  He's feeling too good now so
 that he really fights the fluid giving.  I always recall that Dr. Maier- in
 all her holistic wisdom- said (when I first took Monkee to her), that you
 don't want the treatment to be worse than the disease.  I think that solves
 my dilemma for now.
 Caroline



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RE: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Caroline Kaufmann

I have never seen him drink water, so I am not sure.  But he's been urinating a 
lot- of course that could be from the fluids.  He was dehydrated on Monday, but 
he bounced back so much after the shot of Penicillin and one bought of subcu 
fluids- it was really remarkable.  And of course, the vet isn't able to see 
that.  Since I have never seen him drink water, I have been adding water and 
KMR to his wet food- just to make sure to get some extra in.  He eats almost 
all of his food up, so he's certainly getting moisture that way.
caroline 


Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 20:47:47 -0600From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: [EMAIL 
PROTECTED]: Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up
That is great news, that everything is negative.
Is he drinking normally?  Is he dehydrated?  If he is not dehydratedI would 
not see any need for fluids (but I'm not a vet, this is not to be construed as 
veterinary advice, yadda yadda)
Kelley
 
On Dec 27, 2007 8:39 PM, Caroline Kaufmann [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Okay, the results are not all in, but I finally talked to the Vet about the 
blood tests from the sick kitten I took in- which he suspect FIP in.  The cat 
was NEGATIVE for Felv (so that's the second time he's tested neg.- first at 
approx. 2 mths old, now at 6 mths).  He NEGATIVE for FIV (which he had not yet 
been tested for ever).  The vet also says that so far, it looks like it's not 
FIP and he talked about how there is no conclusive test, etc., so for now, he 
has to go by the presence of antibodies- which he says are usually higher if 
the cat has dry FIP and then even higher if it's wet FIP.  He says the 
antibodies are just not high enough to for it to be FIP- either the dry or wet 
form.  So he remains concerned tho that it's a an infectious ( i.e., 
contagious) disease.  What he is waiting on now is the toxoplasmosis test b/c 
now he is suspecting that.  He said the results of that test will be in 
tomorrow.  He also said the blood is showing high globulin levels and high 
white blood cells- both of which indicate some kind of an infection, but he 
just doesn't know what kind yet.  I do have a phone consultation appointment 
tomorrow at 5:00 with the holistic vet (Marylyn-- Dr. Maier) who treated Monkee 
at the end of his life and whom Monkee loved- at a time when he was utterly 
miserable and fed up with vets!  We are consulting on this kitten and then also 
to discuss general care of fosters and things I can do holistically to help 
them rehab faster.  I may end up taking Yoda to her anyway b/c of the diarrhea 
that I can't get traditional vets to address.  Hopefully, I will have the blood 
tests results on my sick kitten emailed to me before then, so I can forward 
them to her for her review and second opinion.  I feel better because I am 
finally getting some freaking vets lined up so that I can finally take care of 
these fosters without always feeling like I'm supposed to do so without ever 
having veterinary access unless a cat is pretty much dying in my arms.  Monkee 
died in my arms despite all the things we did to save him and there is NO WAY 
I'm going to allow another cat to die in my arms- especially these fosters who 
seem to have totally treatable (possibly preventable) things going on with 
them!  Urg.  So we continue to forge ahead. Poor kitty feels so much better and 
I'm worried about continuing to give him fluids.  Dr. Maier said in an email 
that if he is doing that much better and has had 3 treatments of subcu fluids, 
it's probably not necessary to do them today.  But when I talked to the 
conventional vet that saw the cat on Monday, he said to continue them b/c 
extra fluids are extra fluids, it can't really hurt him (I beg to differ- 
it's very traumatic b/c it's just me and him in a contest of wills and strength 
and it's pretty horrible- he gets that huge needle out everytime and I have to 
re-stick him-- which is hell for me and him), and without really seeing the 
cat, he can't tell me to discontinue fluids.  Well, my mom and I have 
discussed it and I'm doing them tonight.  It's too much on him and me.  He's 
feeling too good now so that he really fights the fluid giving.  I always 
recall that Dr. Maier- in all her holistic wisdom- said (when I first took 
Monkee to her), that you don't want the treatment to be worse than the 
disease.  I think that solves my dilemma for now. Caroline  

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Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Belinda Sauro

 Caroline,
Fred gets fluids everyday and I bet your vet gave you those monster 
size 18 gauge needles called kitty harpoons on the CRF site.  You can 
order size 20 gauge terumo needles from 
http://thrivingpets.com/products/item-detail.php?formStockId=392N1, I 
order Fred's here.  They are very sharp and a whole lot smaller than the 
kitty harpoons, most cats tolerate them very well, since they are very 
sharp they go in very nicely.  It does take a bit longer for the fluids 
to go through but since it doesn't hurt Fred is fine with it.  Fred was 
a terror when we started fluids, he would bite me, he has been getting 
them for about a year and a half now and is doing really well.  The 
thing about dehydration is a cat that is dehyrdrated feels pretty 
crappy, it's equivalent to having a horrible hang over.


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Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Kelley Saveika
I like the 20 gauge also..but that is what my vet always gave me...

On Dec 27, 2007 8:56 PM, Belinda Sauro [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  Caroline,
 Fred gets fluids everyday and I bet your vet gave you those monster
 size 18 gauge needles called kitty harpoons on the CRF site.  You can
 order size 20 gauge terumo needles from
 http://thrivingpets.com/products/item-detail.php?formStockId=392N1, I
 order Fred's here.  They are very sharp and a whole lot smaller than the
 kitty harpoons, most cats tolerate them very well, since they are very
 sharp they go in very nicely.  It does take a bit longer for the fluids
 to go through but since it doesn't hurt Fred is fine with it.  Fred was
 a terror when we started fluids, he would bite me, he has been getting
 them for about a year and a half now and is doing really well.  The
 thing about dehydration is a cat that is dehyrdrated feels pretty
 crappy, it's equivalent to having a horrible hang over.

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RE: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Caroline Kaufmann

Okay, that helps a lot.  Yeah, you could tell he felt pretty crappy on Monday 
when he saw the vet.  I knew that, the techs knew that, the vet knew that, the 
cat knew that!  But he really rallied so much the very next day and he no 
longer feels crappy.  It's more behavioral now where he's pissed about being 
segregated in his pitiful crate in the downstairs and he knows there's buddies 
upstairs to play with and he's NOT happy about it.  But physically, he looks so 
much better.  His coat is already smoother and shiny and just feels so much 
better-- it's really kind of freaky.  
 
I will order some of those needles because I am NOT doing it with that horrible 
needle anymore.  I was telling people about it (people who don't do this work) 
and I'm like, you don't understand my pain! b/c this needle is huge!  When I 
had to give Monkee his subcu epogen, it was with this teeny tiny little needle 
and that little beefcake- even being as sick as he was- didn't even feel it.  
But this needle is horrible.  It pains me to stick him with it.  And he manages 
to get his back leg up and pull it out with a foot (and I know he knows exactly 
what he's doing!) and then we have to start over again...so I'm not putting 
us through that tonight.  I think we will both be better off...
caroline  Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 18:56:02 -0800 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: 
felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up  
Caroline, Fred gets fluids everyday and I bet your vet gave you those monster 
 size 18 gauge needles called kitty harpoons on the CRF site. You can  order 
size 20 gauge terumo needles from  
http://thrivingpets.com/products/item-detail.php?formStockId=392N1, I  order 
Fred's here. They are very sharp and a whole lot smaller than the  kitty 
harpoons, most cats tolerate them very well, since they are very  sharp they 
go in very nicely. It does take a bit longer for the fluids  to go through but 
since it doesn't hurt Fred is fine with it. Fred was  a terror when we started 
fluids, he would bite me, he has been getting  them for about a year and a 
half now and is doing really well. The  thing about dehydration is a cat that 
is dehyrdrated feels pretty  crappy, it's equivalent to having a horrible hang 
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Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

2007-12-27 Thread Belinda Sauro
   Smart vet I've always gotten the 18 and they are pretty huge 
compared tot the 20's!!


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Tidy cat clumping litter DANGER

2007-12-27 Thread Belinda Sauro

Just got this on one of my other lists:


From: casey
Subject: Danger in Cat Litter Container
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 10:35:04 -0500

Message:
A friend of ours on another cat group just lost one of her kitties
in a tragic accident. Her mom has written a message about what
happened that she wants all kitty parents to read. This is serious!!

PLEASE FORWARD TO EVERYONE WHO WILL HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!

From Edith:

A terrible thing has happened in our family.

Please forward this message to anyone you now who has a cat, cares
about animals, or who is in a position to spread this message further:

My daughter's cat, Geordi, a gorgeous 10-pound, 16-month old female
tortoiseshell cat suffocated to death on Friday, December 14, 2007
inside a pail/bucket (canister) of scoopable clumping cat litter. The
container was fitted with a dangerously designed flip-top (hinged) lid.

We can not fathom how Geordi got the lid open, but she did, and, being
a curious little cat, in she went. We think that the next thing that
happened was that another cat leaped onto the container to see what
she was up to and in doing so caused the lid to seal tightly. The
bucket is
designed, evidently, to seal air tightly because this is clumping
litter and must be kept moisture free.

Ironically, this litter is promoted as being for multiple cats. It
might be safe enough in a single cat household but we think the fact
that there were other cats present may have been the part that created
the danger.

Some cat litter pails are made with one-piece lids which remove
entirely (like those on kitchen plasticware) . This would be much
safer. The lid on the bucket in which Geordi died, does not come off
completely when the container is opened. Two-thirds of the lid flips
open(hinged) and the litter is dipped or poured from that opening.

The veterinarian examined Geordi and determined that she suffocated.
The litter was inside her mouth, nose, and throat.

Needless to say, this is a time of grief for all of us, but the only
thing to do is try to make other pet owners aware of the danger. Please
do these things:

1) Pass this message on immediately to all your animal-loving friends,
whether they own cats or not, and ask them to pass this on.

2) Please note the design of all lids you presently have on scoopable
litter canisters in your house. If they have this type of lid, GET
THEM AWAY FROM YOUR CATS. Do NOT leave any of these canisters anywhere
your cat can get into it.

3) Check your pet store and contact the manufacturer of any product with
this design and request that a design change be made if this dangerous
flip-type lid is on the bucket. I am not naming the brand as there may
be more than one with this type of lid. You can check on this at the
pet store. Any lid on ANY brand that has this design would be dangerous.

3) If you are a member of any Internet cat groups, please pass this
message on to everyone in your group.

4) If you have any connection with media that might help us get the
word out, please help us try to get this in print or on television
news. The
veterinarian that examined Geordi can confirm this story.

I have contacted www.snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/ to alert them 
that I am sending this

message
to as many people as I can reach. It is originating on Dec. 17, 2007
so it may take a while for the information to be posted on 
www.snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/.


If you have any questions please contact me.

Edith Kilgo
Locust Grove, GA 30248


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OT: barn kitten update

2007-12-27 Thread Caroline Kaufmann

Another success!  My last barn kitten- the only one still holding out, 
finally crossed over- as I like to say!  SHE PURRED!  We've hit all the other 
milestones: no longer freaking out and hissing and swatting at me when I reach 
for them: now playing/grooming/acting semi-normal IN FRONT of me; eating while 
I watch them; licking food off my fingers; not freaking out while enduring 
forced face time- which is me putting my face on theirs and touching nose to 
nose- while telling them I'm going to eat you! b/c they are so cute! etc.  
There's three of them and I had one hold out.  The little black boy caved days 
ago and he caved suddenly and all at once and very hard.  Suddenly, he was my 
love-bug-- all rolling around like a woolly worm getting his belly and butt 
scratched and putting his butt up in the air (instead of curling up in a ball!) 
and stretching out and kneading and going limp and talking to me (begging for 
food) and napping on me and falling asleep while I stared at him, etc., etc., 
etc.  And then, finally, the purring!  I knew I had him beat when I heard 
that.  Little suckers!  But I had a hold-out on the grey female.  She was the 
only one still curling like a ball and not going limp and she refused to purr!  
I was so frustrated.  I don't have as much time to devote to the barn kittens 
now b/c of my sick 6 mo kitten and the other demanding little idiots!  The good 
thing is that they grey one has already been adopted by a wonderful man who 
adopted from us a kitten about 2 months ago and he's totally on board with me 
continuing to socialize her and get her ready.  So I talked to him tonight 
about how if he has more time then me right now, it might be best for him to go 
ahead and take her and he does the work on her- subject to my instructions.  
He's so wonderful, he will pretty much do anything I recommend.  So I told him 
she was my one hold out and I can't get a purr out of her.  Darn.  Wouldn't you 
know I go get her after I get off the phone with him and I just really gave it 
to her-- scratching galore, and then it came-- the purr I'd been waiting for.  
Once it started, everything else fell into place.  Now she's all stretched out 
on my lap while I type this email-- STILL PURRING-- all dopey eyed and cozy and 
just in heaven.  She finally stretched out COMPLETELY too and kneaded for the 
first time.  Now she's even looking right at me and then letting her eyes close 
and fall asleep.  She's crossed over!  Now I have to call her new daddy back 
tomorrow and tell him no worries!  Whoo hoo!  Ironically, these unsocialized 
barn kittens have been my easiest foster-cat challenge yet!
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RE: barn kitten update

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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Caroline Kaufmann
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2007 10:59 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: OT: barn kitten update

 

Another success!  My last barn kitten- the only one still holding out,
finally crossed over- as I like to say!  SHE PURRED!  We've hit all the
other milestones: no longer freaking out and hissing and swatting at me when
I reach for them: now playing/grooming/acting semi-normal IN FRONT of me;
eating while I watch them; licking food off my fingers; not freaking out
while enduring forced face time- which is me putting my face on theirs and
touching nose to nose- while telling them I'm going to eat you! b/c they
are so cute! etc.  There's three of them and I had one hold out.  The little
black boy caved days ago and he caved suddenly and all at once and very
hard.  Suddenly, he was my love-bug-- all rolling around like a woolly worm
getting his belly and butt scratched and putting his butt up in the air
(instead of curling up in a ball!) and stretching out and kneading and going
limp and talking to me (begging for food) and napping on me and falling
asleep while I stared at him, etc., etc., etc.  And then, finally, the
purring!  I knew I had him beat when I heard that.  Little suckers!  But I
had a hold-out on the grey female.  She was the only one still curling like
a ball and not going limp and she refused to purr!  I was so frustrated.  I
don't have as much time to devote to the barn kittens now b/c of my sick 6
mo kitten and the other demanding little idiots!  The good thing is that
they grey one has already been adopted by a wonderful man who adopted from
us a kitten about 2 months ago and he's totally on board with me continuing
to socialize her and get her ready.  So I talked to him tonight about how
if he has more time then me right now, it might be best for him to go ahead
and take her and he does the work on her- subject to my instructions.  He's
so wonderful, he will pretty much do anything I recommend.  So I told him
she was my one hold out and I can't get a purr out of her.  Darn.  Wouldn't
you know I go get her after I get off the phone with him and I just really
gave it to her-- scratching galore, and then it came-- the purr I'd been
waiting for.  Once it started, everything else fell into place.  Now she's
all stretched out on my lap while I type this email-- STILL PURRING-- all
dopey eyed and cozy and just in heaven.  She finally stretched out
COMPLETELY too and kneaded for the first time.  Now she's even looking right
at me and then letting her eyes close and fall asleep.  She's crossed over!
Now I have to call her new daddy back tomorrow and tell him no worries!
Whoo hoo!  Ironically, these unsocialized barn kittens have been my easiest
foster-cat challenge yet!
caroline   

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Re: OT: barn kitten update

2007-12-27 Thread Kelley Saveika
  Ironically, these unsocialized barn kittens have been my easiest
 foster-cat challenge yet!
 caroline

 I've found that often the feral kittens tend to be healthier than those
that have come through the shelter system.  Congrats on your success:)

They are fun, aren't they?:)





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OT: sweet pea looking CUTE

2007-12-27 Thread Kelley Saveika
One of our foster parents sent this pictureshe's found two litters of
kittens we've adopted out (she's done the fostering) - her neighborhood is
going to be first in our TNR efforts, I think!

Anyway this is Sweet Pea..the former feral kitten, having fun with wrapping
paper:)




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Vist the Rescuties store and save a kitty life!

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http://www.zazzle.com/rescuties*

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If the picture I forwarded didn't show up

2007-12-27 Thread Kelley Saveika
You can see it on our website - I just posted it - isn't she adorable?

http://www.rescuties.org

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Rescuties - Saving the world, one cat at a time.

http://www.rescuties.org

Vist the Rescuties store and save a kitty life!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=rescuties-20

http://www.zazzle.com/rescuties*

Please help Clarissa!

http://rescuties.chipin.com/clarissasheart