Falcon: The Story

Because my littlest kitty cat is a cat with such a dramatic start of life, I thought it would be appropriate to make a writing for him, my sweet little Falcon.

His first weeks in life where actually very rough.
He was just three weeks old, when found on the grounds of our company, together with his brothers and sisters.
His mommy was captured just a day or two before and brought away, not knowing she had a litter of four kittens.
So there they were, together, yet all alone… hungry, dirty and cold… they stood crying in the middle of the road at our company’s territory.
A lady had seen this and left her desk to get the kittens to safety inside. She than sent a mail to all employees, so I immediately went to the place where she had put them.
I looked in the box, they were all sleeping and at one moment one little kitten helt his head up and for a moment looked me straight in the eyes… so I knew I had to take this one….
After work, I went to the vet to let him be checked and get information on how to raise him. At that moment, Falcon was as big as a teaspoon.
Loaded with information and special food, I went back home and my task as surrogate mom began…
Falcon cried a lot!! Even all night through and I just didn’t know what to do with him.
The next day, he also didn’t want to eat or drink, so that wasn’t good at all. Back to the vet…
That first week he was at our home, we went to the vet four times! By the end of that first week, he had gotten so weak and thin, that I really feared he wasn’t going to survive. So you can image.. I cried a lot… and prayed he would please stay alive, ‘cause I really loved that little creature!!
The vet told me to carry him around all day, keeping him close to my body , so he would feel my body heath and stay warm, and when he was put in his cage to sleep at night, we had to put him on a special warm water bottle and a lot of soft things to cover him.
It got better with him and was eating and drinking rather well… so he gained weight and got stronger and bigger (to the present day he’s still a lot smaller then the average cat of his age, so we think he had to stop his growth just to stay alive, when he was so week at his early age).

The days passed, weeks passed and Falcon was doing really well.

And then one day, I had the food bowls in my hand (Pebbles was already a member of our family a couple of months before Falcon arrived). And of course the cats were very exited to get their food… they stormed right after me to get to their food bowls first…
Falcon was standing at his spot and Pebbles jumped on a little three ligged chair (you know those little things, with no back support), the chair tipped over as she jumped and touched it…. and it fel right on Falcon’s tail !!!!
He ran around like he had gone mad and was crying and doing strange…
I tried to catch him, but had hidden himself really well… after a while he came out, but didn’t want to eat… so something was very wrong…
And then… I saw all the blood…. And Falcon didn’t want to be touched…
I called the vet and we had to bring him over immediately…
Back at the vet, we were told that he had to stay there, because his tail was damaged in such a way that the end of his tail couldn’t be saved… the bone was broken completely and the nerves snapped… so he had absolutely no feeling at the tip of his tail….
The tip of his tail was then surgically removed (he lost about 5 cm).
After that he had to wear a plastic cone head around his neck, to prevent him from licking the wound…. (he was very glad when the wounds were healed, that also the stupid plastic cone could go off)

After this, Falcon has been spared from horrifying things, but I’m still very worried about him when he’s going outside, ’cause he has had such a difficult start in life…

Falcon: The Story

Glitter

Ham, Belgium

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This is the story about Falcon’s dramatic start in life….
Falcon is one of our four cats. He had a rough start, but he made it and is now a healthy, strong cat!
I love all our cats, but Falcon is my sweetest little darling, just because he had so much to conquer before starting a normal kitty life.
What I have written here, is straight from the heart and completely the truth as things went then.

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