The Pawesome Cats siblings lives began somewhere south of the city, where they were found abandoned in the after hours cage at the pound. Thankfully, a local cat rescue organisation picked them up, but only after they contracted ringworm from spending time in the overcrowded animal facility.
In December 2011, when they were approximately 12 weeks old, we welcomed the three kitten siblings – Charlie, Smokey (now Max) and Ava into our home as foster kittens.
Shortly after arriving at our place the ringworm (which we knew nothing about until that point) resurfaced and us humans developed a nasty ringworm rash. We notified the rescue organisation and they frustratingly told us to “send them back”. Whilst proclaiming to be a ‘no-kill’ shelter I wasn’t entirely sure what their fate would be if they were returned, so sending them back wasn’t an option. Of course, by this stage our household was already infected with ringworm spores (and we’d started to fall in love with these three cute kittens from the wrong side of town!).
We told the rescue organisation we would continue to foster the kittens and treat them at our expense – and it was expensive with vet visits, medication and twice weekly baths x3, and doctors visits and prescriptions x2. Due to the infectious nature of ringworm, prospective new parents couldn’t come and visit the kittens although we did have some interest. Ringworm is highly contagious (especially for children and those with suppressed immune systems), but it’s not life-threatening and it is treatable – it just takes a long time to get rid of it completely.
During our foster period, Charlie also contracted Calci-virus and almost died. He required hourly fluids and round the clock care for 48 hours but we successfully nursed him back to health and after this we were bonded for life. We developed a similar close bond with Ava who in personality, temperament and behaviour is uncannily like our Angel Rose who went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2007. That just left Smokey (Max) – who is a little more shy in nature, but a sweetheart nonetheless.
Six weeks later, on 27th January 2012, we completed the paperwork, paid the adoption fees and formally welcomed the three siblings to their forever home. We could hardly separate them after the rough start they had in life. This was our first and last attempt at fostering, and I’m happy we failed x3. These guys are a wonderful addition to our family and bring us much happiness and joy.