Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I wish I didn't have to write this
After an illness lasting for the last 10 days, our little Patas (black kitten) died this morning. Delfino really doesn't know what killed him other than a metabolic disorder. We have been back and forth to his clinic so many times over these last few days, and I know we did everything we could to try to save the little guy. It wasn't to be.
The clinic is full right now with cages stacked on top of each other - all full of cats and kittens. I can't even begin to count them and I don't know how Delfino keeps up with all the work at this time of year. I honestly don't know how he does his job period, I would get so discouraged, but Delfino believes that within the next year we will see fewer cats and more people interested in spaying/neutering their pets. I hope he's right. He continues the campaign to educate.
We've decided to call the grey kitten Smokey, even though my daughter doesn't approve. It seems to be a name that Miguel can pronounce, and he has started using it, and so I guess I'll go along with it and the kitten will be called Smokey. We have really been enjoying her antics playing on the back terrace, including harassing Maya and Minina. She was sick before Patas got sick but a bout of antibiotics and she quickly recovered and seems fine and is bursting with kitten energy. She seems to think she should be coming in with the other cats, and now that we know she will be alone out there, we may have to change our thinking on her being an outdoor cat. We'll see how it unfolds. Right now she's quite content out there on her own, she has her tunnel and other toys, and nature's toys - ants and other bugs.