Willow is one of three triplets born to a beautiful Lynx Point Siamese named Winnie. Winnie was brought to a shelter in San Bernardino with her kittens a bit sick, and the shelter was not going to save them. They were pulled and brought to us to foster when Winnie came down with vestibular Syndrome. If you have never seen a cat with this condition, it is awful to see. Although the animals are not in pain, they get an infection or damage to their inner ear, and like Winnie, she could not balance, her eyes darted back and forth constantly, and her head was ticking in one direction. Not a good condition for a mom of new kittens to be in. As we got Winnie back on the road to recovery, her one male kitten Willow went from bouncing around with his sisters, to being paralyzed and swollen from and infection. His fever was quite high, and his joints were puffy and he was not even able to stand up on his own. We fed him with a syringe, and held him up every hour to use the litter box – and you could see in his eyes he was exhausted and confused, but wanted to be better.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Willow went through an intensive course of antibiotics, and gradually limped his way back to health. He is adorable, rambunctious, is back to chasing his sisters… and is a favorite at our adoption events. It was a steep road for Willow and his mom Winnie, and she may need special care, but after fostering her for over a month she is sweet, fun and both animals were worth all the effort that it took to save them.