ORIGIN: While speaking at Cat Camp NYC, Hannah was alerted that five orphan kittens had just been brought to a nearby shelter in a box. Attendees of the convention sprung into action to get them out and bring them to Kitten Lady.
JOURNEY: The kittens hadn't eaten in hours, so getting them quickly was the first priority. While assessing each kitten for sex, weight, and overall health, it became apparent that one of the little babies was passing away. Taking fast action, Hannah got the little one to the nearest emergency animal hospital, where it was determined that the most humane course of action was euthanasia. The surviving kittens were quickly cared for in NYC before making a long journey home. The video below details the journey of rescuing these tiny but mighty babies, and their trip to DC.
ABOUT THE KITTENS: The Noodles came to Hannah with their eyes already starting to open, so their estimated age was about 8 days old.
On the road to DC, Soba's health became a concern, and with an animal so vulnerable, fast action can mean life or death. Hannah stopped at ACCT Philly and got Soba assessed. Soba received an antibiotic to fight bacteria, Dextrose to boost her blood sugar, and fluids to help with dehydration and then it was on her way to good health and everyone went back on the road again.
After getting to their new temporary home with Kitten Lady, Shira had diarrhea for about 24 hours, and when it happens with a kitten this tiny, it can quickly become fatal if action is not taken immediately. She was given fluids, B12, probiotics, pyrantel, pedialyte, and took a visit to the vet for some SQ plasma therapy. She was already back on the up and up thanks to early intervention!
One very important thing to remember with tiny guys like these, is diarrhea needs immediate attention. It's time to get really invested in poop. These Noodles came down with a case of Giardia which is a protozoan parasite that causes diarrhea, bloating, and overall GI distress. Once detected, the good news is, the treatment is easy. The Noodles were put on two drugs: Panacur and Ponazuril to get them back on track and feeling good again.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW:
Shira: This is an update no one ever likes to make or hear. This spunky little kitten unfortunately passed away due to complications from anesthesia during her spay, prior to adoption. It is a very rare occurrence, however, it is something that can and does happen to any animal put under. She was taken home and buried under a Japanese Holly plant in her honor. Sweet Shira, you had the heart of a tiger, and the best spirit. You will be loved and missed forever.
Udon: What a curious beauty she became. Udon found her forever home with her new big sister Phoebe and they are already BFFs. When adopting a single kitten, it's best to have another cat in the home so they have someone to play with and burn off all that energy! You can watch her grow up by following her on Instagram at phoebe_and_udon.
Soba and Haru: These sisters were adopted together as two kittens are actually half the work of one. Two kittens keep each other phsyically and emotionally stimulated and happy; they direct their hunting/playing behaviors on one another instead of you and your legs; they even teach and learn from one another!
Before adoption, Soba needed surgery as her linea alba (the midline of the abdominal) has been extremely weak for her entire life, leaving her belly misshapen and vulnerable to a hernia. Luckily everything went well once she was big enough to handle surgery, and she healed up like a champ.
Soba and Haru are in their forever home with a family that lost their beloved cat of 18 years last fall. Check out their Instagram at sobaharu to keep up to date on the sisters, and for the cutest video where they surprised their daughter with their new family members.
The Noodles make excellent models right? This tank, "Fight for the Little Guys" tank is designed by Hannah's favorite cattooer Iris Lys, and printed locally on a super soft muscle tee. This thing is COZY, available in S-2X, and ships anywhere in the world.