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Poor JinJin!

post #1 of 24
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I've posted a couple of times about a (very, very) pregnant feral girl that we trapped last August, named JinJin. A couple of days later she had her litter of 5 kittens. They're all adopted out now.

JinJin was pretty emaciated when we trapped her, and nursing kittens prevented her from gaining much weight, even with a steady diet of good food. Along the way she had a bout of respiratory distress which landed her in the emergency clinic for the night.

Since there was no danger of her getting pregnant (the only other cat here at the time was Beau, a feral boy, who had looong since been neutered), I delayed her spay a bit because her health always seems so precarious, and her weight low. Well she went today (the 5th). When I called for the update, I was told the spay went well. Unfortunately her teeth were another issue. The poor girl's teeth were a mess! She had broken and loose teeth, one of which (I think a molar) was oozing pus! They pulled two of her teeth, and drilled out the roots! Apparently she has gingivitis as well. She had been to a different vet when we first trapped her (we were looking into getting a spay/abort, but the vet told us that the kittens were already viable), he said her teeth had alot of plaque, but he never said they were that bad. Of course, this is the same vet who told us that she didn't have fleas...yeah.

I feel soooo bad! This poor girl must have been in so much pain! I can't believe she's been as sweet as she has been. I'm actually kind of looking forward to see how she is when she has recovered...she was making great progress up until now (I got the headbutt 3 days ago!), but when she's not in constant pain, I'm wondering if she'll make even greater strides (I hope I hope I hope!).

Poor baby girl!
post #2 of 24
Bless you for fostering and for caring for kitties like JinJin! Sounds like she was in a lot of pain - and boy is she going to feel better! Sending up "happy kitty" vibes and hoping you'll get LOTS of headbumps - and soon!
post #3 of 24
Jin Jin is so lucky to have you. Sending prayers and get well soon vibes.
post #4 of 24
you have done a lot already for her and sounds like she knows you care vibes to you and i pray she will come on leaps and bounds now i bet she will, let us know please god bless you and her cheryl xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by LDG
Bless you for fostering and for caring for kitties like JinJin! Sounds like she was in a lot of pain - and boy is she going to feel better! Sending up "happy kitty" vibes and hoping you'll get LOTS of headbumps - and soon!
Thanks Laurie! Yeah, I think she was in considerable pain, poor baby. I picked her up this morning, and she's doing fine. A little dopey, but she's walking around a bit & staring at me in an accusatory manner, so that's good. Her face looks odd now, one of the teeth they pulled was her right canine, so she's a one-fanged wonder. The vet told me that she also had a very large ovarian cyst, so she was a painful mess all around.

I can't wait until the next couple of weeks pass so I can see the real, pain-free JinJin!

BTW, good to see you around here again!
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by jamasmom
Jin Jin is so lucky to have you. Sending prayers and get well soon vibes.
Thanks for the prayers and vibes...they're always welcome!
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by SNOWIS MUM
you have done a lot already for her and sounds like she knows you care vibes to you and i pray she will come on leaps and bounds now i bet she will, let us know please god bless you and her cheryl xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Thanks Cheryl! I will certainly keep you all updated, and I pray, too, that this causes nothing but positive changes from here on out.
post #8 of 24
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Well, I was greeted by a very different girl than the one I said goodnight to the night before! She was waiting for me (she has her own room that she is very comfortable in, and has shown no signs of wanting to venture forth to the main living area just yet), and wanted to play & be pet!!! Frankly, it's as friendly as she has ever been! I think even with what's been done medically, she is still experiencing less pain than she had before her surgery. After work tonight, she took a bit to warm up to me again (which we go through every day), but then played & asked to be pet!

It's a good day in JinJin's world.
post #9 of 24
I hope so to Kellie, sometimes it seems to never end, So glad the babies have new home, I kept 3 of mine so you did way better, But they are absloutely great, sweet, and just darling I have momma also I can't have anymore Good luck with JinJin, hope she gets healthy and does well
post #10 of 24
im soo glad shes getting there now the poor wee thing , at least shes getting better im soo happy , if you think about it if you haddnt helped her who would have she knows whos good to her all the best to u both and a HAPPY new 2006 to the one fang wonder lol.xxxxx
post #11 of 24
Good on you for taking this much care of poor wee Jin Jin. Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful little sweetheart cat from all this.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by halfpint
I hope so to Kellie, sometimes it seems to never end, So glad the babies have new home, I kept 3 of mine so you did way better, But they are absloutely great, sweet, and just darling I have momma also I can't have anymore Good luck with JinJin, hope she gets healthy and does well
Thanks Lois! You'd better believe I placed those babies! I love fostering, so I'm somehow able to let them go so I have room should someone else need a place.

Your babies are adorable, though, so I can see why you'd keep them!
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by SNOWIS MUM
im soo glad shes getting there now the poor wee thing , at least shes getting better im soo happy , if you think about it if you haddnt helped her who would have she knows whos good to her all the best to u both and a HAPPY new 2006 to the one fang wonder lol.xxxxx
She gets better and better each day! I just got done spending time with her, playing, and best of all, petting! Tonight she wanted to be pet more than she wanted to play, which is a change for her.

Like you said, if I hadn't gotten her, who would have? I know the answer...nobody. That would have been a shame as she's such a good girl! She has such a soft personality. The only time she has ever even scratched me is when I tried to give her a pill, and who could blame her? Even then the scratch was so tiny, and she felt soooo bad! I really think she would be dead by now if she were still outside; the infection would have done her in if she were still on the street and without good nutrition and antibiotics.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by pushylady
Good on you for taking this much care of poor wee Jin Jin. Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful little sweetheart cat from all this.
Thanks so much! I really think she's a gem, and judging by the strides she's made so far, I think she's going to make a wonderful house kitty!
post #15 of 24
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What a sea change has come over this girl! The difference is amazing! I can't decide which is my new favorite behavior since her surgery:

*she has been playing for awhile, but now she plays like a kitten! She rolls over onto her back & bats at toys, rolls over while playing with the turbo scratcher, hops arounds chasing balls, etc.

*When I turn off the lights for the night, and I'm out of her sight (there's a screen door to her room), she calls for me, just once. I tell her "I'm still here, go to sleep babydoll"...and she does!

*When I go into her room, she gets so happy that she meows, again, just once, and softly. She's actually trying to talk to me!

*She sleeps like the dead. During the day sometimes I check that she's breathing! She opens one eye to me as if to say, "May I help you?", then closes it and goes back to sleep.

*She has eaten treats out of my hand before, but now she grabs my fingers to bring them closer to her!

*She will occasionally approach me just to sniff my hands!

*She asks for scritches quite often now, and will just abandon herself into the pleasure of it...often I'm scritching her with my hand on the floor, and she's laying on top of it! She also allows me to scritch down her back now!

*During scritches, she "pirrups"...how cute is that?

*When I'm in her room, she purrs constantly!

*When I'm talking to her, and she's starting to go to sleep, she will turn her ears to hear me better.

I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, but I think she has made more strides in the last five days than she has made in the last five months!

Life is good in JinJin's world right now!
post #16 of 24
Oh wow, she sounds so special! Just think if you hadn't got her what you'd be missing out on. Has she gone out of her room yet? When we move to a bigger house I want a spare room so I can do wonderful things like so many of you on here do!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pombina
Oh wow, she sounds so special! Just think if you hadn't got her what you'd be missing out on. Has she gone out of her room yet? When we move to a bigger house I want a spare room so I can do wonderful things like so many of you on here do!
She really is something else! No, she hasn't shown any interest in coming out yet. I'm kind of glad she's not ready yet because there are too many places for her to hide.
post #18 of 24
Oh Kelly that's just great, it just goes to show everyone how Love and Care will make such a differance.
post #19 of 24
I've been catching up on all of JinJin's story and it's absolutely heart warming. So glad she has you and all she needs in life. May you both have many happy years together now.
post #20 of 24
Love is POWERFUL...is`nt it?
Now you are being rewarded back by her sweet love!
You sound like a "pair" to me!!!! Best of everything to both of you !
Linda
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by halfpint
Oh Kelly that's just great, it just goes to show everyone how Love and Care will make such a differance.
Thanks Lois!
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
I've been catching up on all of JinJin's story and it's absolutely heart warming. So glad she has you and all she needs in life. May you both have many happy years together now.
Thanks Jenny! I'm so glad we rescued this special girl! She is "coming around" so fast! All she wants now is to be pet! I've gotten her to the point of laying against me to be pet! Next stop...my lap (I hope!). She got briefly interested today in coming into the house, but then she lost her nerve. But it was the first time her curiosity was piqued regarding the rest of the house!
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
Love is POWERFUL...is`nt it?
Now you are being rewarded back by her sweet love!
You sound like a "pair" to me!!!! Best of everything to both of you !
Linda
Linda, this girl has rewarded me a thousand times! The goal for this girl is to get to the point where she can be adopted into a home of her own. Since I foster so much, there's constant change here as far as kitties coming and going. She doesn't deal with that well because she desperately tries to make friends with all of them, and tends to get swatted for her efforts. I would love to place her in a home with another sweet-natured kitty! That's the dream.
post #22 of 24
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I posted a video over in Fur Pictures showing off how well JinJin is doing since her surgery!
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76100
post #23 of 24
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This girl is unbelievable! Every day, every single day, I see changes in her for the better! She is so addicted to petting, it's hard to get anything else done...not that I mind. If you saw her video (link in the post above), you saw for yourself how much she enjoys playing & petting.

And tonight? She finally left her room! She finally took me up on my offer to join me in the rest of the apartment! Even as we speak, she's nosing around absolutely everything, and not looking too stressed about it.

I take that back...she just scooted into the computer room, and when I talked to her, she just plunked herself down, and is laying on the floor watching me type, and looking like she's about to go to sleep.

She kills me!
post #24 of 24
Kelly, I just saw this thread and how amazing it is to see how far JinJin has come in such a short time. Your so wonderful with her I only hope she continues to amaze you every single day.

WTG Jin Jin
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