QUOTE(followerofcat @ Oct 12 2011, 04:47 PM) [snapback]41692[/snapback]
... she was left behind at a home when the owners left , she was never desexed
she had a litter of kittens previous , and when we took her in and to the vet , she was with kitten again
but in a very early stage , the vet said she wouldnt have the strength for it again(she was skin and bone ...and mats) so the desexing procedure would "take care of it" , she also had ear mites very badly and infected eyes.
she is all better now except for some itchy ears.
according to the vet she is around 3 years old ( but she is tiny )
as for how she was treated all i can say is not well..
This is sad but, very sadly, all too common. I would say that in our rural neighbourhood about 90% of all the once 'free kittens' are being treated this way. They never ever see a vet in their entire life and produce litter after litter if they are females, and get 'kicked out of the house because they stink and are left to God's mercy if they are males. Their kittens are being killed or given away for free, again, to like-minded people.
I took on a mother cat with 8 newborns last January who was probably similar to yours. In my care, she has undergone an absolutely amazing transformation. There were several health problems (all extremely undernousrished, cleft lip, bowel disease, etc.) and the mother who used to live outdoors on a remote farm was very scared of everything. She retained her wee and pooh for 3 days until she found out what the litterbox was for. Since then, she has been very clean all the time. After a quarantine period of about one month I introduced her and her kittens to my other cats and my 2 dogs, and mum was very aggressive with everyone. It took about 6 further months ... then she started to accept other creatures, fattened up beautifully, and is now a very pretty and - guess what - 90% of all times FRIENDLY cat! She even climbs confidently over our White Shepherd Dog when the bitch is in her way, and won't let the big dog or anyone else take away her chicken wing. She is a strong character, and now a very healthy and confident one!
In short - it takes time and patience, but finally, I am sure that you will get there, too, and have a lovely companion cat.
Our Marble in January, just submitted (undernourished and scared):
Our Marble in August, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and fed premium brands:
By the way, Marble is available for adoption - and she looks very much like a Norwegian Forest Cat now!