She's about six months I believe.THE STORY
The back story is that she was a feral kitten. Our apartment complex has been full of feral cats. At first there was a lot of talk, "they're wild, there's nothing you can do." I used to come out at night and keep tabs on them...look for them, try and make sure they were OK. Their mother would escort the kittens to food at night.
One day we saw Tiki -- clearly the runt of the litter -- stumbling behind her mother in the parking lot and sneezing from an upper respiratory infection. She was probably three to four weeks old. You couldn't really approach them, so there wasn't much to do. They stayed on top of an abandoned building behind our complex.
Well, a few days later I came outside and saw her under the wheel of a car.
I wasn't close, but I didn't want her to get run over. So I went up to move her, and my girlfriend and I talked about whether she'd be OK. (i.e., "they're feral and she'll move if someone comes out," etc...). I hesitated, assuming she'd just run anyway if someone came out, but my girlfriend reinforced my concern and suggested I try to move her or shoo her away from the car.
Well, I went over to her and saw that she was in REALLY bad shape. Much worse than what I could see from far away. Ants all over. Her eye was sealed shut. She was basically lying on her side on the pavement in 95-degree heat. Her mother was nowhere to be found - probably abandoned her or she couldn't keep up.
I went back inside and got a towel. Suprisingly, when I threw it on top of her, she tried to run (I never would have credited her with that much energy). There is a section of two fences between our complex and another one, and she went straight for it. If she made it between the two fences, which are full of roots, pipes and weeds, I'd never get her.
So I literally jumped on top of her.
Well, I found I had a very sick kitten. So sick, that I was terrified to go near her, because I thought I'd infect our cat. We thought we'd have to put her to sleep. We had a bit of an emotional moment when I said, "You know what? If Snowball survived, this cat will survive, too." Snowball was a childhood cat that I had who was run over by a bunch of cars as a tiny kitten while she sat in the middle of the road with her eyes sealed shut. She wasn't hit, but she was in sorry shape. So I invoked the survival of Snowball for Tiki. Maybe by posting these pictures, someone will invoke the story of Tiki to save (and have hope for) another cat.
We called around and no one would take her in a timely way. My girlfriend got very sad and upset at how difficult it was to find someone who would take a feral kitten (it was a Friday, everyone was booked, and they don't want to get stuck with a sick kitten during kitten season). We were able to get an appointment with our vet and after some meds and a few weeks of TLC, Tiki was on her way back to health. She's the best.
This picture was from those original days - if I remember correctly, this was AFTER she spent a day or two at the vet...after she had been cleaned up.
So you can guess what she looked like before.
That brought us to her older siblings, seen in this thread:http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...2&pagenumber=4
As you can see, they also had eye infections...my girlfriend and I cared for these three kittens while my mother took over with Tiki. If there's any credit to be given for her recovery, it was certainly a team effort and my girlfriend and mother deserve a lot of thanks. (And Tiki the wonder cat).
The moral of the story is that you should never hesitate to help an animal - or to think you can help, if that's your instinct. Even if you think "they'll be OK." If your gut has you concerned, act on it.
Tiki has given us about 100x what we've given her in return.