This is Sif (Sifula). She is a tiny little stray kitten and has been wandering around our house for a couple of months now.
She looked OK up until last week, when she started to behave strangely: she looked really weak, didn’t move her tail at all, and didn’t run when approached by my parents dog.
When we first tried to catch her, she put up a bit of a fight (clawed my partner’s hand), but when we finally managed to bring her home, she just cuddled with him and purred and fell asleep on him.
We took her to the vet last Tuesday and started her on antibiotics, but she only got worse: slept all day, didn’t want to eat, spent all her time curled up in her box, purring*.
So we took her to the clinic again today and they decided to keep her and take her to intensive care.
They say at the moment her chances to get better are really low, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for her.
It would be nice if people just stopped buying pets in stores, when there are so many living outside and in need of a home.
It would also be nice if pet owners who let them wander outside would at least spay them.
We have spayed every single stray cat we have seen near our house (and some of them needed extra care, which costed us money), but sometimes cats arrive in our area when they are already pregnant and there is nothing we can do, but wait for the moment where there will be cute little kittens around, ready to die a horrible death.
On a positive note, Sif’s brother, Giove (Jupiter), who is currently in hour house for basic care, has found a home and will move to my partner’s sister as soon as we manage to get him 100% rid of parasites.
*Cats purr as a sign of disconfort, too.
UPDATE: the clinic just called. Sif didn’t make it. :(
Now I’ll be stuck in a loop of: “I could have done more / faster / better” and feel horribly guilty and sad.
The survival rate of stray kittens and cats is really low, so if you have a chance and can afford it, please consider visiting a rescue center and adopting a stay cat: they are just as cute, smart and cuddly as pure breed cats.