This is Luna (aka Puddy Cado). Luna is a two-year-old, domestic longhaired cat. Luna is the pride and joy of one our nurses in our Kilmacud vet clinic, Emma. Luna had a rocky start in life, but now enjoys long naps, playing in the sink and games of chasing with her best pal, Maisy the springer cross.
Luna was abandoned as a kitten
Luna’s first few days in life didn’t go too well. Luna’s mother was a neighbourhood stray who had a small litter of two kittens in my back garden. However, as Luna’s mother was basically a kitten herself and had no idea how to look after two kittens, she abandoned them both. Luna’s sibling, very sadly, did not survive. Luna somehow managed to get herself stuck in a length of drain pipe. This is where I found Luna. When Luna was found, she was so small she could fit in the palm of your hand. Her eyes and ears were still closed, and she was very cold. Luna was roughly three days old when she was found.
I then had to hand raise Luna. This involved bottle-feeding Luna a cat milk substitute every two hours. Kittens of this age also need help stimulating their bowel and urinary movements. Normally the mother cat would do this by licking under the tail area, but when hand raising kittens, you need to this yourself by wiping this area with a fragrance-free wipe or damp cloth. This needs to be for around the first three weeks. Hand raising a kitten or puppy takes a lot of time, patience and commitment. It is a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. Luna was one lucky kitten. I made her a nest to put her into. This was a large cardboard box, filled with cosy blankets, a hot water bottle, and some cuddly toys to snuggle into.
It is amazing how quickly kittens grow. Within a few days, Luna’s eyes and ears opened up. She began to crawl around her nest a lot more. Within a few weeks, I began weaning Luna slowly onto solid food and she even began using a litter tray. Luna began to grow in size every day. She went from a little helpless ball of fluff, to a beautiful little kitten with buckets of energy.
Back to her best
Luna is now a fully grown, beautiful cat. She is an indoor cat. This means Luna does not go outside. She lives happily in my house with my two dogs Maisy, a six-year-old springer spaniel x bichon frise and Elmo, a two-year-old lurcher. If you decide to keep your cat an indoor cat, it is important you give them lots of things to do to keep them active and entertained. Luna fills her time playing on her three-story cat tree, chasing lasers around the house, playing with dog pals and having cuddles with her humans. Luna has wide selection of toys to play with and even gets to go outside occasionally on her cat harness and lead. Interactive toys like kongs (yes, they make them for cats too!), balls, moving toys (cats need to be monitored when playing with these) are great for keeping indoor cats entertained. Luna also loves to amuse herself by knocking things off tables, annoying her canine buddies and stealing and dragging the toilet paper around the house.
As Luna is a long-haired cat, brushing her is very important. It was a benefit of her being so young, I could start getting her use to a brush early on. It takes time and you should start off brushing kittens as soon you get one to allow them to get used to it. Cats groom themselves, they learn this skill from their mothers and siblings. As Luna was hand reared from such a young age, I had to help her learn how to groom herself, which she isn’t very good at. This is why it’s even more important for me to spend time brushing her coat.
Unlike most cats, Luna loves water. You will always find her in the sink or bathtub waiting for water drops to come out of the tap. She is also fascinated with the toilet which is why we always have to make sure the toilet seat is down so she cannot fall in.
Although Luna is an indoor cat, I still keep her up to date on her vaccines and her worming and flea treatments. The two main diseases we vaccinate cats for are:
- Cat Flu – Herpes and Feline Calicivirus (both are respiratory infections which can be fatal)
- Feline Leukemia (a fatal blood virus)
Even though Luna doesn’t go outside, she still needs to be protected by these and fleas & worms. She can still come into contact with parasites and infectious diseases by what myself or my family bring in our shoes, clothes etc, by my dogs (fleas that affect cats can live on a dog too). I also keep her vaccines and flea & worming treatments up to date in case I need to leave her into a cattery while I’m away. Most cattery’s will ask for proof that your cat’s vaccinations are up to date. Luna also gets a monthly advocate to protect her against fleas, mites, intestinal worms and heartworm. It’s a quick little spot on that is applied to back of her neck. Luna is also microchipped in case she ever does get out and goes missing, she wears a collar with an id tag too.
Luna is a playful, affectionate but sometimes a little bit crazy, cat. We have a strong bond after all we’ve been through together. Luna is the best cat I could have ever asked for and is a much loved member of my family, which is why it is so important to me that she is happy and healthy.