Hospital Cats

Hospital Cats

Our permanent residents

Viva

Hi – I’m Viva!

This is my story: In September 2005 I was out looking for love (I was in heat), then came this BIG dog; apparently he didn’t like little cats like me. The dog attacked me and bit me many times on my hind legs and hind end – and he broke my left femur (thigh bone). I was in poor shape and everything hurt really badly. So that night and the next day I lay quietly in a ditch. Then some people playing golf found me and called the Cortland County SPCA. Those kind SPCA people took me to Adana on the evening of September 28th, 2005.

The nice doctor gave me pain medication and supportive treatments to make me feel better. She said I was a little trooper and that I had wise and kind eyes. I liked that! The doctor also said that I would have to have my left hind leg amputated because it was so badly mangled and infected. I didn’t like that!

The following day my fate got sealed: The SPCA folks couldn’t quite afford all the care I would need – and I understand – they have a lot of pets to help. My fever was up to 103.7 and I desperately needed intensive surgery and care, I had lost a lot of blood and my leg muscles were torn to pieces. So my new owner, – that’s Dr. Wildenstein, said she’d take care of me and find me a home if I made it through surgery……Well, it was a couple of really rough days. I was so tired and I had tubes and lines everywhere: IV’s, monitors and many drains in my body to drain the infection.

About 3 weeks after my big surgery Dr. W said I should be spayed. I was early pregnant back when I came in, but my babies didn’t make it through my nasty infection and long anesthesia. So it’s ok, I just wish someone had taken better care of me in the first place: I hadn’t been in heat maybe I would still have 4 legs…….

Anyway – I am happy here – good as new and very content with my new life. I take my job of greeting every client and pet seriously, I like to make them feel welcome.

Kiwi

A Tribute to Kiwi

A tribute to Kiwi. On April 30th, 2019 it became time to say goodbye to our hospital greeter, Kiwi – the counter surfing cat. She had been suffering from failing kidneys for almost a year and we had a peaceful euthanasia of Kiwi.

She had a great and long life. Kiwi was saved as an injured kitten with a broken jaw in 2002 by Dr. Wildenstein, and lived with her family until 2012 when she joined Viva to be her companion at Adana for the next 7 years. We are grateful for those 17 years and Dr. Wildenstein wants to thank all our staff for their dedicated care of Kiwi these past many months. Kiwi took it all in stride, she was an easy going kitty and she left this world surrounded by the people who loved her.