I have no idea how she came by that name but it seems to fit her. LambChop is a tiny kitten who is a survivor of the big storm we had a couple of weeks ago. Although she was too young to be away from her mother, somehow she was on her own when the wind and rain came down.
She found refuge under a car and that is where she stayed until the storm was over and the woman who owned the car found her. She was very thin, weighing only 1 1/2 lbs. Her rescuer was unable to get her to eat and did not know what to do, so she brought LambChop to the shelter where we began force feeding her until she finally began to take food on her own. She was placed in her own kennel close to the heater.
It is very possible that she may have suffered some hypothermia as she seems to have difficulty with vision at times. We have also noticed some funny movement of her back legs occasionally, although she gets around just fine.
As of today, a week later, she has gained a full pound and eats very well. She loves Gerber’s baby food….Chicken dinner of course! And she loves exploring. She loves to be picked up and held and has discovered that she has a voice and she likes to use it. She is kind of a scraggly little girl and at this young age already has mats under her neck and chest and she was in bad need of a bath, of course much of this was probably from her ordeal during the storm. She also hadn’t learned yet how to do these things for herself when she was separated from her mom, but it comes quickly and naturally to cats so she is getting the hang of it now.
Nikki, one of our new volunteers saw her and became smitten. She kindly volunteered to take LambChop home to foster. This will be great for LambChop as she can get much more one-on-one attention and good socialization and soon will be ready to go to her very own forever home.
From time to time we will be getting pictures and updates from Nikki her foster mom. I am happy to report that at this time, she seems to beable to see just fine and has no problem walking, a testament to good food and loving care!