The little guy on the left is “e” or “Little E” as we call him. He’s become a really handsome, precocious young kitten, but he definitely didn’t start out that way. On the afternoon of April 16th, Little E was spotted all alone crawling across a busy highway in Sharpsburg. By the time he could be rescued, at least two cars drove right over the top of him, narrowly avoiding fatally injuring him. Fortunately, he was quickly rescued by Eddie Looney, a friend of mine and co-owner of Crossfit Coweta, who was on his way to open his gym for the afternoon. Once he had gotten him to safety, he quickly realized that this kitten was very young and bleeding significantly from his nose. Realizing that he might be in a little over his head, he got in touch with me and I told him to bring the kitten right over.

 

When Eddie arrived at the clinic, I was suprised to find that the kitten he had found was no more than 1-2 days old. As you can see, his eyes and ears had still not opened. In addition, he was bleeding fairly heavily from his nose. At first, I was concerned that he had suffered head trauma, but after cleaning him up a bit, we realized he had simply given himself a pretty nasty case of road rash as he dragged himself along the asphalt sustaining abrasions to his nose, face, and paws. However, although his injuries turned out to be minor, he was still in pretty critical condition due to the fact that he likely had not nursed since being born. Newborn kittens need to eat at least every two hours or they can quickly become irreversibly dehydrated & malnourished. Our nurses immediately mixed kitten milk replacer, and I attempted his first bottle feeding. We were able to get him to drink a small amount of milk, but learning to drink from a bottle takes some getting used to and having a bloody nose certainly wasn’t making things any easier. Having no other options, I dubbed him “Little E” after his savior, Eddie, and made preparations to take him home for the evening.

At home, I introduced Little E to “Dr. Natalie”, my  oldest daughter who already knows that she wants to be a vet when she grows up. For the next 3 weeks, we would maintain an around-the-clock feeding and care schedule. Little E went to work with me every morning and came home with me every night. I have to admit, though, I enjoyed the afternoon and evening feedings with the help of my esteemed colleague much more than the late night and early AM shifts alone. During work hours, all of our nurses were great about chipping in when I wasn’t available. In particular, Elizabeth, who is one of the most kind-hearted and caring people you will meet, took a special interest in Little E. Thankfully, when I needed to take a week off for a much needed vacation, she was willing to take over his care until he was able to begin eating solid food.

As you can tell from his most recent picture, Little E has put his difficult beginning behind him and is doing extremely well. He means a lot to me personally and our staff in general has grown very fond of him. However, it is time for him to find a permanent home. As Dr. Natalie knows, if we keep all of our rescues we won’t have room to help others in need. If you or someone you know might be interested in adding this amazing little guy to your family, please contact our Peachtree City office.

-Dr. Mac