BENEFITING: Purrfect Pals
Dakota and his brother Theo were found (along with their deceased sibling) in a cardboard box in a dumpster in Everett. Fortunately, the kind lady who found them brought them to us for help! They smelled a bit like garbage but had the loudest purrs we've heard. How someone could toss them out like trash is beyond us but we were committed to finding them loving homes where they will be treasured! Unfortunately, we had to separate the brothers because Theo wouldn't stop "nursing" on his brother.
Kittens are born blind, deaf and mostly helpless, but the one thing they can do for themselves is suck. They latch onto one of their Mama's nipples and nurse every few hours in those first few weeks as they develop and grow. For the most part, kittens are pretty indiscriminate suckers -- some little ones will “nurse” off anything they get their mouths around, which may be a littermate's belly, limb or nether regions. Kittens separated from Mama too soon may develop this inappropriate suckling behavior, as can orphaned little ones. The act ostensibly offers the kittens a feeling of comfort, as they associate it with feeding from Mama. Besides the possible “ick” factor, dry suckling can be detrimental to both the suckler and the sucklee.
The unlucky kitten on the receiving end of this inappropriate nursing can develop lesions and other injuries. Dakota learned this the hard way and suffered significant damage to his penis. A small hole developed where it shouldn't have and bloody urine is dribbling out of it. As a result, he has been straining, has an infection and is a lot of pain. Dakota needs immediate surgery to repair the hole, remove scar tissue and reroute his "plumbing" back to normal. Without surgery, he wouldn't survive.
Please help us provide surgery and ongoing medical care for this sweet boy who is definitely treasure, not trash, by donating to our Tipper Fund today!