A kitten won over the person who saved his life and blossomed into a beautiful tuxedo cat.
Cloud the Smoking was two weeks old when he was found in a window well with his siblings. They were taken to Anderson Animal Shelter in Illinois and needed 24/7 bottle feeding and lots of TLC.
Alyssa Masten, a volunteer caregiver, received a call from the shelter and didn’t hesitate to join the cat team. Cloud was the most attentive and quiet of the group.
“While his littermates struggled to be the first to eat, he was patient and waited for his turn,” shared Alyssa Love Meow.
A few weeks after arriving, Cloud began to show symptoms of a variety of health problems. He was given subcutaneous fluids, probiotics, prescription foods, and medicines twice a day.
While the vet worked to figure out what was going on, Alyssa gave him the best possible care to make sure he was eating and hydrated.
“He also developed an upper respiratory tract infection along the way. He felt terrible, but he wanted to live. He had no energy to play with, but he would enjoy kneading his blankets and eating spoons of baby food, which I called.” had offered treat. “
Alyssa tried different treatments and never gave up hope. She was determined to do everything possible to make him well again.
“He was a quarter as heavy and as tall as he should have been. The disease had slowed his growth,” said Alyssa Love Meow.
In spite of everything, Cloud was always in a good mood and didn’t let anything bother him. When he was at the shelter for a checkup, the tuxedo boy was as calm as he could, kneading on his trusty blanket while dogs barked in the background.
His feline siblings quickly found their home forever when they were big enough while Cloud was still recovering.
They couldn’t find a diagnosis until three months later. Cloud had an unusual gut infection and tested positive for FCoV, a common viral infection in cats.
“A strong course of antibiotics cleared the intestinal infection, but the FCoV was chronic. Sneezing, congestion, and an extremely sensitive digestive system are something he always struggles with. The vet decided to label him a hospice case.”
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Alyssa knew Cloud would need special care to ensure his quality of life and knew exactly the right home for him.
“Cloud spent over 200 days in foster care with me before he became a hospice kitten. I was there for him through his lowest lows and he was there for me through a turbulent kitten season,” Alyssa told Love Meow.
“I didn’t hesitate when I made the decision to adopt. He was home when I picked him up when I was two weeks old.”
Now that Cloud is healthy, he’s more confident than ever. He still pushes his face into his food every time he feeds, and remains an avid cookie maker after all this time.
“He has a zest for life that I never saw when he was really sick. He chases my adult cats around the house, he climbs the scratching post and collects small pieces of paper garbage that he finds in the house. He’s also a Velcro cat. Wherever I go, it follows, “Alyssa told Love Meow.
Cloud is approaching its first birthday in April and has hit the 6 pound mark.
“We call him our minicat. He’s still sneezing, but his symptoms are closely managed with special diet and supportive care,” added Alyssa.
“Adopting another cat wasn’t my plan, but I never realized how much I needed Cloud. Now I can’t imagine my life without this chronically sneezing boy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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