It was the week before Christmas. All was quiet in my humble abode. Having settled in for the last-minute scurry of holiday magic. That was the week little Milly came to live with me. Having been a resident of a nearby state, living in student housing with a number of burgeoning future sports stars. 3 months of a so-called education, strange games of sport and beer pong tournaments seemed more than she could possibly endure. Sadly, all the fun and games have come to an end. Milly now lives with me.
Settling in was pretty easy in the beginning. Milly was getting used to the new place. It was about 3 days later that I began to notice the first symptoms. I was not sure what I was witnessing. Severe trembling. I thought she was just cold. Eating very little to nothing at all. I attributed to moving and the new digs. The trembling became constant. She would tremble and shake so much that the little jingle bell on her collar would jingle all the while. Milly certainly needs my help. I began an investigation. CSI: Cat Surveillance & Investigations. I asked my daughter to find more about how Milly’s life at the student house might influence her behavior. I soon found that Milly drank alcoholic beverages whenever she wanted. Drinking from any glass or container she found. Most disturbing of all she had become a regular user of pot. No she did not smoke it. She would eat it. Crazy! Well, didn’t this knowledge just bring it all together. She is going through withdrawal!
The problem here is that Milly is a 4 month old kitten. Milly had full run of the house filled with college students. Allowed to do whatever over those months. Apparently, one of the girls thought it would be fun to have a tiny kitten as a pet. It was a nice thought but these students are very driven in their education and their sport. In turn, they party the same way. After a while owning a kitten was no longer fun. i believe she became more of a nuisance at that point. The kitten ate whatever was left around and drank whatever assortment of alcoholic beverages were available. Usually in greater abundance on weekends. I became upset when I was told that one of the students shared her stash of pot, pretty much on a daily basis, with the kitty. And wasn’t it fun to watch a kitten go through the strange torture of ingesting drugs and alcohol! Some people are not capable of taking care of another living creature.
So here we are, a few weeks later and I am still watching her going through withdrawal. The trembling is a bit less frequent now. I am pleased to say that she has quite the appetite. A scheduled follow-up visit with the Vet is coming soon. For a while, I was really concerned I may have to resort to some type of rehab. Cannot imagine what that would entail. Thank goodness Milly is improving daily.
I believe it is a good sign when the kitten stays active, such as climbing the Christmas tree (cannot wait till next year) and now the curtains have also become a daily activity. She firmly believes this home is an amusement park and every object in it, is a thrill ride!
Thankfully, Milly rearranged the ornaments to her liking on the Christmas tree, did not care for the tree topper,( such a critic) tasted the faux pine needles and destroyed garland and other decorative ornaments. That was only the first week. Alas, Milly seems quite at home now. As you see, Milly has settled in comfortably. Much to my happiness.
Had I not been told Milly’s story of her life from the people who gave Milly to me, I may not have believed it myself. She came my way through the one person who wanted to get this tiny kitten out of that place before something really awful happened.
The Vet stated that Milly should be just fine. I’d say she is.