Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pasta's getting a little brother!

So, I checked with my manager, and I can only have one kitty. Bummer. However, I can keep Pasta, whether she is working or not. So that's definitely good news! So, decision time. Well, it ended up being a very easy decision who I wanted. Tofu just won my heart.
I don't have him yet since I'm not all moved yet and so haven't had my home visit, but it looks very promising. And yes, its the kitty with the vision problem. I went with the foster mommy to the eye doctor Wednesday and asked about the long-term care needed for his eye and if I'd be able to do it properly. My main concern was that I wouldn't be able to do his eye drops and ointment he'd been getting.
Well, it turns out, the vet thought the eye drops and ointment weren't necessary on a regular basis afterall. Since he had the herpes virus, the eye gunk he'd get from time to time was it reemerging, and the ointment and drops were more for if he got a bacterial infection as a result. They wouldn't help the virus, and all that would is giving him an L-lysine capsil with his food, which is being done. I can do that easy! I asked how I'd clean the eye if he got a break-out, and he said just to flush it out with eye wash. Heck, I can do that! The vet said he saw no problems in me adopting him and thought he'd be very low maintenance. And, it turns out, while they had thought he has some vision remaining in his left eye, they now believe he doesn't. When a light was shown in his eye, his pupil did not constrict. So, they said it may be best for him to remove the eye so he doesn't have to worry about outbreaks returning. He'd be lots more comfortable without the irritation of it, and he can see perfectly fine out of his right eye. And since he can't see out of his left anyway, he wouldn't be missing anything.
So, right now, the foster is talking with another vet she's worked with before with another non proffit to see if he can do the surgery cheaper than this vet quoted. If so, she wants to do it at the end of the month. If it happens, I wouldn't even need to flush out the eye, since it wouldn't be there. I guess they'd just take it out and suture the eyelid closed and that it'd heal very nicely, as I am told.
So yay! After the vet left the room, the foster mommy gave me a big hug and said "Yay, I'm so happy." When Pasta hears yay, she gets happy, too, so she stood up and wagged her tail. The foster mommy said "Pasta, you're going to get a little brother!" So woo hoo! I know I haven't had a home visit yet, but I'm feeling good about this, especially since she said that about Pasta getting a brother and since she didn't want me to put any money down for his adoption now. She seemed very touched when I told her I already bought a pet carrier and a cat tree.
So yes, it looks like Pasta's going to get a little brother. Yes! I love this kitty. Oh, by the way, his name is Tofu. So how funny; both my animals will be named after food! He is a boy, obviously, and is about nine months old. I'll have to see if she knows his birthdate, but I know its in July. It looks like he'll be a big kitty, so this carrier I have won't fit him long since I bought a small. He has some Siamese in him because he has the kink in his tail, blue eyes, and is quite a talker when he wants food. He doesn't seem to be a lap cat, but he loves attention, to be close by, and to play. His fur is creamy colored with grey around his eyes and ears and tail, and it is long, fluffy, and very soft. Can you tell I love him yet?
I'm just so excited, I had to share. I'll let you all know once I get all settled in and have my home visit, when/if he gets his surgery, and of course, once I get him home!


Anonymous said...

Aww, he sounds like a cutie! Glad you got him! I love kitties. Hope the surgury goes well and you get him soon!

Sarah and the Pack. said...

Hi Megan! I am a puppy raiser and have often seen your posts on the list. Love reading your blog!

I also work at an animal rescue and have seen many cats/kittens come through with some sort of vision problem. I am sure your kitty will adjust to only having one eye very quickly, especially being so young! His coloring sounds gorgeous. The way you describe it makes me think of a lilac point siamese.

Have lots of fun with your new kitty, and congrats to Pasta for getting a younger brother!