It's official, as of this morning. We have agreed to a reciprocal adoption. Remember the skinny black female stray cat that magically appeared here a few months ago? Her first vet visit (that we know of) was today, with the first order of business being to get tested for feline leukemia. Thankfully, it was negative. We did not want a repeat of our experience with Barney. :-(
For some reason, we thought Lola was less than a year old, maybe because of her initial petite stature. (The poor thing was starving!) We had noticed the notches in the edges of her ears, which might indicate she had some age to her, but still we thought she was youngish.
We should have checked her teeth. (I'm so embarrassed, being a dental hygienist and all!) She has a fair amount of calculus (tartar) on her molars, indicating she's not a kitten. The vet estimates that she's 3-4 years old. I wish she could tell us how old she is, where she came from, whether she's had any kittens before, etc.
I told him that we had suspected she was pregnant when she first arrived, due to the size of her belly, but no other symptoms were present and after two months had passed with no kittens, we rethought things. Maybe her belly was enlarged due to malnutrition? His verdict - it's probably due to her being full of worms. (Ewww.)
So the first order of business was to deworm her, which involved a pill and a half that thankfully, Dr. DuVall gave her. Giving a pill to a cat is tricky and Lola took it like the cat she is. Then she got her first set of vaccines - one for feline leukemia and one for distemper. She seems to be pretty healthy (other than the worms) and weighed in at a whopping 8.8 pounds, which is probably twice what she weighed when she first came around. Because we don't want any kittens - heaven knows we don't need any more cats - she will make a return trip to the vet on Thursday, in preparation for being spayed on Friday.
She's finding her place among the resident cats, letting out a loud meow if one gets a little too friendly for her taste. She never growls at us and is turning out to be our shadow if we're working in the yard. Hopefully, she'll end up being a nice addition to the family. So far, so good!
Official cat population at Our Little Acre: 9
Unofficial cat population at Our Little Acre: 12 (includes Tiger, the neighbor cat, who apparently would rather play at our house)