Litter number: 57
Kitten number: 237
one of two males and the only formally-dressed member of the Oscars litter. Hustle was smaller than both Dallas and Sandra when the Oscars arrived as bottle babies, but he was a diligent eater and the first of his siblings to sample our wet food offerings. Weaning was a slow process for the Oscars, and for Hustle the shift to meaty food meant some GI issues that we addressed with both meds and pumpkin additives. That regimen, along with a few butt-washes in the sink, allowed him to clean up his act.
When the Oscars were entering the romping and wrestling stage (at about 6 weeks), we walked into the villa at dinner time and found Hustle pinned between a table leg and the wall, squawking in distress and holding his right front leg in the air. When we freed him he wouldn't use his leg. A quick exam showed his elbow was knotted and swollen. Concerned about a potential fracture, we took him to the vet the next day, but x-rays proved inconclusive. The prescription was hot and cold compresses and a course of antibiotics, which left us scratching our heads. We needn't have worried, because he started gingerly testing his leg again within two days, and was back to normal in a week.
We'd assumed that his injury might make potential adopters cautious, but the first family that visited the Oscars decided they wanted Hustle along with Lupita our two underkittens. That turned out to be a great choice.
Arrival date: 2/28/2014
Departure date: 5/11/2014