THE POWER OF A NAME: Every cat that we TNR gets a NAME as well as a number. When our trapper caught this pretty little girl I asked her to name her. "Let's call her TINKERBELL!" Carol answered enthusiastically with a little laugh. Well, true to her name, this little fairy-cat needed the belief of others to live. It happens rarely, but sometimes a cat's heart stops during surgery, as Tink's did. Luckily for her, the doctor BELIEVED IN HER and got her heart going again! She even took little Tinkerbell home to keep a close eye on her. We don't think that Tink is the wildest of ferals, but she is a wild spirit. We are greatly appreciative of her vet's kindness towards one of Havre de Grace's "unwanted" cats! A spay and neuter clinic is a bit of an assembly-line and the animals that go through one will almost always be returned to their colonies; and yet, the incredible vets that donated their time to caring for these creatures still take such wonderful care of them while they are in their charge. It was because of her doctor's hope, skill and devotion that Tink saw the sunrise that morning. We kept a hold on Tinkerbell a few extra days to make certain she continued to recover fully. She even started to show signs that she'd be open to being a companion cat, so we will be looking for a home (either indoor or barn home) for her.
Tink is like hundreds of other ferals: she was a member of a large colony of community cats. She was trapped as part of our TNR (trap/neuter/return) efforts; but, as mentioned earlier, she almost didn't make it through her spay surgery. Some cats are super-sensitive to anesthesia, sometimes its because they have a weak heart from in-breeding, sometimes there is no discernible reason that we can find.
Luckily Tink's vet doesn't treat her ferals as numbers, and she fought for her, bringing her back to life! She inserted a feeding tube when Tink wasn't eating those first few days and Tink rallied, growning strong and trusting since her ordeal. She can never go back to her colony, though... her eyesight was damaged during her trauma. She can see movement and some shadow, and we are still hopeful that she will eventually regain her sight. However, since she wasn't an easy spay and return, her care has required medication and fostering until she is well enough to receive her vaccinations and adopted to a proper home. Hopefully we will find a perfect family for her without having to uproot her from foster home to foster home. Life is a little scarier when you can't see well, but in the right home Tink will thrive!
Even though she seems a bit lost, alone in a world of darkness, where before she was part of a large colony of cats, she is starting to trust her new colony, one with humans. Ideally we would like to place her in a quiet environment with a family that includes a "nanny cat." In other words, a cat that is gentle and welcoming of other cats, who can speak her language and show her the way. A family with a motherly dog who likes cats would work, too.
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