|The story of Athena|
" Athena is a tiny cat who’s around four years old. She has spent her entire life living outdoors. Some people in the neighbourhood were looking out for her. They have seen her give birth to numerous litters during this period and have told us that she hasn’t had an easy life. Athena and her most recent litter of kittens are now living in the warmth and safety of one of the Refuge’s foster homes.
Athena is a nice cat with a lot of potential. When the time comes, she is sure to make whoever adopts her very happy: Learn more.
In spite of her fear of humans, she has made a great deal of progress since she was taken in. She now allows people to touch her, a sign that leads us to believe she is trying to adapt to her new environment and wants to develop a relationship with the people who have taken her into their home.
It must be said that Athena’s foster family has been doing all they can to give her the love and attention she needs to facilitate her adaptation and make the path towards her new, comfortable life indoors easier to travel.
Athena has received numerous medical treatments since her rescue. She has been sterilized, vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated against external parasites (fleas, ear mites, and cheyletiella (“walking dandruff”)). The only dark cloud in the sky is that, upon examining her, the veterinarian discovered that Athena has very poor dental health. As a result, she has digestive problems and surely suffers from constant pain that gets even worse when she eats.
Athena desperately needs urgent dental care. As you know, for animals just as it is for humans, the cost of dental care is always very high.
Given that Athena is estimated to be four years old, she must undergo blood work to ensure that her emunctory organs (kidneys and liver) can withstand and process anesthetics.
She will need x-rays before her surgery. They are essential in enabling the veterinarian to give an exact diagnosis of the state of Athena’s oral health and determine whether she has any cavities, abscesses, or gum disease.
The amount of time that a dental surgery will take often can’t be determined in advance. As a result, Athena will need to receive fluids during the operation in order to maintain vital functions and avoid dehydration.
Athena’s healthy teeth need to be cleaned, her teeth with cavities must be removed, and her abscesses must be drained by making an incision, which means she will need an antiseptic cleaning and an anti-microbial treatment as a general measure.
Finally, Athena will need to take prescription medication (antibiotics and pain killers) following the operation.
In order for Athena to benefit fully from the chance to have a pleasant, comfortable life, she must receive the treatments she needs so that she will feel comfortable in her own skin. Without the stress caused by pain, it will be much easier for Athena to relax and channel her energy into developing a new relationship with humans.
Once again, the Refuge needs your compassion and generosity. Your financial support is indispensible in making this surgery, which will make Athena more disposed to socialization and help her live life to the fullest, possible.
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun thanks you once again with all its heart for making possible what at first often seems impossible. Thanks to you, we are able to push the limits and move forward in our efforts to help cats in difficulty and in need. "
● Donations raised: $510 Goal Reached! ●
Verdun, February 10, 2014.
How can we thank you for the speed with which you have offered your support to Athena in her time of pain and discomfort? Thanks to your generous and considerate aid, today we were able to make an appointment for Athena to receive the dental care she needs. Her surgery is scheduled for Friday, February 21, 2014. She will be hospitalized the night before, Thursday, February 20, to undergo pre-op preparations (exam, blood work, and fasting). We'll let you know how she's doing as soon as she wakes up.
A tremendous thank-you from the Refuge team and a big cuddle from Athena!
Verdun, February 22, 2014.
News of Athena
As planned, Athena underwent dental surgery yesterday morning. When she woke up, she was very calm. The technician who assisted the vet during the surgery told us that this was definitely not an aesthetic procedure. All of her molars had to be removed- they all had cavities and exposed roots. This is why Athena was only able to eat canned food- she couldn't use her molars to chew.
Fortunately, her foster family was very attentive and had been feeding her canned food mixed with a little warm water. One of the Athena's lower canines had to be removed as well because it was infected by an abscess. While she was still under anaesthesia, Athena received injections of pain medication and antibiotics that are effective for 14 days. She will have additional pain medication added to her food for the next 4 days.
Athena is already back with her foster family, who will take good care of her. Once her course of medication is complete, she will no longer have to be isolated and can begin socializing with the other cats of the household, making herself at home, and...building a new life!
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun volunteer team
April 2014: Update.
Audrey, who has been taking great care of Athena, shares an update on this little cat who is learning that it is possible to trust humans, especially when living in the kind of loving and caring environment that foster homes like Audrey’s offer. Thank you, Audrey!
" Hello! I wanted to give you an update on Athena, who was generously sponsored. I want to provide a good summary of Athena’s evolution, which is an expression of hope for her and for all orphaned kitty cats waiting for their second, or even third, chance…
For two months, she has made great progress where socialization with humans is concerned, and hasn’t given up trying. We definitely can’t call her a wild child anymore! She looks really different now: even though she isn’t totally relaxed, she’s less frightened and spends less time on alert with her ears back.
Athena hides most of the time, but her interactions with humans are positive, and take place when she feels safe. At first, she always ran away from us, and always had her ears back, so this is great progress! Now, we can pet her, even on her stomach. She doesn’t run away from us, and lets us reassure her. We’re working on convincing her to come out to eat from her dish instead of feeding her in her hiding places.
For those who know Athena’s story, this photo of her being brushed and sitting with her feet folded under her is also excellent example of the progress she’s made: initially, she was very reluctant to let anyone touch her (they told me that she wouldn’t stop jumping all over the place at the veterinary hospital). She seems to love being brushed with big, conical teeth that massage her: she relaxes as soon as we start brushing. Now I’ll let you admire her! "
May, 2015: Good news
Athena has been adopted!!!
Thank you from the heart to the generous godmothers and generous godfathers of Athena: Audrey, Cathy, Cynthia, Joanne L, Joanne P, Katy, Marc, Normand, Philippe, Virginie and our anonymous donors!