Connie's lucky day

As pet healthcare professionals, we are often exposed to a sad and unfortunate side of pet ownership, like coming to work and finding a box of ‘unwanted' kittens on our doorstep, often in poor condition and in need of urgent medical attention. The good news is, in most cases we are able to make a difference, just like the case of little Connie. Tiny Connie was handed into our Carine practice as a stray. One of her eyes was completely fused shut and she was in much need of medical care and attention. Once settled down, our veterinarian, Dr Jonathon was able to conduct a physical examination and health check-up.

Connie relaxing in her favourite spot - the sink
Dr Jonathon quickly ascertained Connie's eye would require investigative surgery and over the course of two procedures Jonathon unfortunately had to remove the problematic eye. He found significant signs of trauma, of which the cause will never be known.

Connie was also so little and young she required regular hand feeding, using a syringe. During this time, our wonderful nursing team stepped in to provide the care and love she deserved, around the clock.

A month after surgery and with lots of TLC Connie's progress was outstanding. Not only was she maturing into a beautiful kitten, she was coping well with just one eye and had a personality everyone couldn't help but fall in love with.

Connie hanging out with Andy and Sid
At 13 weeks of age, Connie joined our kitten adoption program - a Vetwest initiative which finds more than 150 homes for orphaned cats and kittens every year. Fortunately, in a short period of time Connie found a wonderful home with Chelsea and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Andy and Sid. As everyone expected, Connie settled in at home very quickly, and Chelsea now tells us she ‘rules the roost' including having both dogs under her feline spell.
little connie
Connie's story is a reminder of the benefits of sterilisation in preventing unwanted kittens and a wonderful story on how your veterinary care team work effortlessly to improve the lives of West Australian pets.
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