Yesterday we welcomed Freda to the lobby! She was officially declared ringworm-free on Tuesday–one day early due to a little begging on my part. Freda received lots of hugs and kisses from her many fans as our vet tech Denise brought Freda to her new living quarters. She spent the afternoon and night becoming accustomed to her new surroundings and feline friends from the privacy of her own kitty condo. On Wednesday Freda was allowed to explore the lobby for the first time and she revealed a side of herself I had not seen before.
First, Freda met Erin, who’s almost completely blind and had no idea there was a newcomer just inches from her face. Freda watched Erin intently for a moment; then, after gathering Erin wasn’t a threat, she moved on to more interesting, or rather troubling, things–the boys.
Tashi, a paraplegic, and Donny, a kitten recovering from knee surgery, also reside in the Lobby. Both are very outgoing, playful, and to an old lady like Freda very annoying. Freda didn’t dare get too close to these crazy kids, but she wasn’t shy about showing her distaste for them. Each time one of them looked in her direction she let out a very impressive hiss. I was quite shocked though Tashi and Donny seemed all the more fascinated with Freda.
Since this initial encounter, Freda has been somewhat more tolerant of Tashi and Donny, but anytime they’re near she gives them a cold stare. I guess she’s just trying to set some boundries.
Freda’s medical status appears to be stable. Her thyroid is now under control and her kidney values are normal. However, she has lost a small amount of weight in the last week ,which has us concerned, so we are watching her appetite and weight closely. Hopefully, we’re just seeing her appetite leveling off.
Other than her grievances with Tashi and Donny, Freda is enjoying life in the Lobby with the endless vistors who offer lots of love, warms laps, brushings, and heaping plates of wet food–a special Tabby’s Place blend to promote the health and longevity of our spoiled, elderly kitties.