85, 3 May
day (again). This was the booster, which is given three weeks
after the initial shots. Vets don't tell you this, but NEVER leave
a litter of kittens alone after a vaccination shot. They really
need to be watched carefully for the first 24 hours. I've been
lucky never to have had a bad reaction -- the most I've seen is
doziness (welcome usually!), but I have many many friends who
have had anything from pronounced limping to severe diarrhoea
and sickness. A couple of friends had a cat go into severe anaphylactic
shock following a vaccination booster, and if they had gone out
he would have suffocated and died. As it was, it was a close thing.
Often we don't know if it's the vaccine causing the problem, but
we have seen a link between wormer used before vaccination followed
by vaccination: the combination of the two seems to cause the
mucous membranes to react. I don't usually worm my kittens until
after vaccination anyway, so that may be why I've not had problems
86, 4 May
and Pandora (for Charles, Kate and Freya)
87, 5 May
to kitten behaviour:
19. Never walk when you can run
and it's quite possible that they're running because they've seen
me heading their way with the tube of wormer! Today is the first
of 3 days in which they get a single dose of panacur every day.
They tend to go off their food a bit during worming, but are otherwise
active and well.
88, 6 May
was such stunning weather that the kittens were allowed to come
down and taste their first grass. The garden is completely enclosed,
so they are safe looking around here. There is nothing more beautiful
than a kitten drenched in sunlight.
90, 8 May
garden is very popular, and it brings out the best in the eye
colour and coat. I'm beginning to feel quite maudlin at the thought
of them going, particularly Moriarty who is going tomorrow....
Time to fix the insurance.... ugh.
91, 9 May
last ever Rogue's Gallery <sniff>
left this evening....