While Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary volunteers were tending to two litters of kittens dumped at the 425 Covington Ave. facility one day last week, a mother cat was killed by a vehicle. Someone had to care for her four young kittens.
Miss Kitty took in the orphaned kittens. They have medical needs and must be bottle-fed around the clock.
Perhaps the saddest recent addition to the Miss Kitty feline population is a tiny black-and-white kitten whose infected eyes are barely open.
One of her infected eyes is a brown mass that protrudes from the eye socket. The eye will be removed as soon as the kitten is old enough to undergo surgery. The other eye, also infected, most likely provides little, if any, vision. The kitten might very well go through life with no vision.
For now, she is being bottle-fed five or six times a day. She consumes milk enthusiastically and loudly. Ointment is applied several times a day to her eyes.
The kitten was found by a mail carrier alongside a Brooks County road. He and his wife took the kitten, food and other supplies to Miss Kitty, along with a check.
Another kitten’s infected eye had to be removed at a cost of $450. The cat was among a litter of four left at the sanctuary.
“Whoever dumped them off didn’t leave us a check,” Jones explained.
The new kittens require a lot of attention and care, but so do the many grown acts housed at the no-kill sanctuary.
Because Miss Kitty officials are eager to find good homes for the kittens received recently and those already at the sanctuary, kittens may be adopted during the remainder of September for $60. It costs the facility $150 to get a kitten adoptable.
See Tuesday's edition for more details.