Sunday Evening UpdateLuna
Although she was able to keep her tuna breakfast down for most of the morning, it did eventually come back up around lunch time. She only vomited once though, so we weren't too upset. Luna's been returned to a strict goat's milk diet for today, tomorrow, and possibly Tuesday depending on how she's doing. She is not the least bit happy about this, as you might imagine
On the whole though she had a good day, alternating between naps on the bed, trips to the water bowl, crying for food, and tinkling in the litter box.Slooty
This kitty is just an incredible success story. Her eyes are almost perfect and we get to enjoy her beautiful blue and brown gaze without any squinting now. She was very active today, the most she's ever been, following us all over the house at a trot to keep tabs on what we were doing, exploring nooks and crannies, and being refreshingly demanding about being fed exactly when she felt like it. Slooty had 4 small meals today, 2 of tuna and 2 of roasted chicken (tiny bites of leg meat). She had one soft but not runny BM and several healthy yellow tinkles. She's not quite well enough to want to truly play yet, but she's up and about and vocal so I'd say she's about 80% normal kitten at this point - truly amazing!
While we're delighted with Slooty's return from the brink, we're clearly concerned about Luna's ongoing tummy trouble. She's not even half as bad as Slooty was when we got her though, so we're not as stressed about Luna - just keeping a careful eye on her and seeing that she gets her medicine.
It's midnight, and I have freshmen to teach bright and early at 8am tomorrow, so please excuse the brevity of this update.
Briefly though, some of you have asked about the pet culture here in China. Some super quick tidbits before we crash out:
-I've never seen a pet carrier in this country, even at "real" pet stores
-I've also never seen a litter box. I've improvised two for the present from cardboard boxes with the sides trimmed down, reinforced with duct tape, and lined with plastic.
-Most people regard cats and dogs as ridiculous luxuries and/or filthy street pests. The first thing my fiancee's parents said when we told them we were on the lookout for kittens was "kittens? why? they're filthy and smelly!"
... well yeah, you would be too if you were forced to live on the street!
Unfortunately, in developing countries (I've also lived in the Philippines) this seems to be the norm.
My fiancee has a distant aunt who lives in the countryside and they've got a dog whose entire life is spent attached to a 2m rope tied to the outside corner of the house. We play with it when we're there but they never do. The first time we went they told us not to go near it (it was starving for affection, a real sweetheart) because it was dirty... well duh, you need to wash it! With my fiancee translating, I asked them why they didn't bring it into the house? They matter of factly informed me that clearly if it lived inside the house it wouldn't be able to guard them! (tell that to a German Shepherd or a ChowChow owner...)
The people who do have house pets, inside pets, generally "get it" though. Unfortunately they're in the tiny minority...
But yeah, developing countries can be depressing places to live sometimes if you're a dyed-in-the-wool animal lover like myself.
Time for bed, hope I didn't make anyone too sad! Just reread the first half of the post if you're in a somber mood at this point!