Leo gets a little love
This week's Caturday Guest Star is Leo of Casa de Charlotte della Luna.
Lucky Leo had the foresight to be born in Charlotte's neighborhood to a feral Maman. Obviously, Maman is not as dumb as some would believe, because she has managed to elude Charlotte, who's been trying to capture her for ethical and feraltarian spaying reasons. AND smart enough to convince Charlotte to continue feeding her and her litter through three such kitten-producing escapades. Pretty damn smart, say mi gatos, and we concur. Poor Charlotte admits as much:
Mamma cat is smart - too smart for Silly Charlotte.Poor little Leo, though! In order to hook up with Charlotte, he had to get beaten bloody by the fan and fan belt on which he was sleeping.
Charlotte found poor little Leo under said vehicle after work on Friday, shivering and wet with a bloody, swollen eye. Silly Charlotte took Leo in, wrapped him in a warm towel and administered a saline drip and he made it through the night.
The handsome redhead in Charlotte's life shows off his cast
Wow! That Charlotte is one competent, caring hoomin! We here wouldn't know the first thing about administering a saline drip. All that, and she's quite the artist and photographer, too. Not to mention one of the best things to happen to New Orleans. Just reading her blog will make you want to take the next plane there.
Leo's little adventure left him with two broken legs. Fortunately the damage to his eye was not as bad as it looks. He got a splint for one leg, pain meds, oral antibiotics and otic antibiotics. And he got himself a hoomin who was bringing him meals in bed. Is that a sweet deal? Way sweet!
Leo gets his munchies on
Despite his many injuries and medications, Leo decided to be extremely feisty, which led to poor Charlotte having to hold him and pet him and watch him, as she says, like his maman should have. At any rate, all the luvin' had a soothing effect on Leo, who is smart enough to figure out when he's got a good deal. He has decided he luvs Charlotte right back (good move, dude).
Leo succumbs to Charlotte's charms
Charlotte took Leo to a kitty specialist to get his poor damaged legs fixed. We bow our heads in respect, having a few gold-plated gatos right here at La Casa. It's not cheap fixing what ails them.
Charlotte's description of that demanding little kitten's life right now:
Silly Charlotte has been holding Leo in her lap since she got home from work today. If SC puts Leo down he meows loudly and belligerently. He cranes his neck to keep SC in sight. He only hushes when SC puts him back in her lap and strokes his soft orange fur. Leo doesn’t want anyone other than SC.. Leo luvs SC and SC luvs Leo.Does that sound like a silly kitty to you? He's got it all figured out. Charlotte's wrapped around Leo's little paw.
Lucky Leo has a caring hoomin
He's had surgery on his two broken legs at Southeast Veterinary Specialists in Metairie. (They deserve a plug for fixing Leo!) Leo had a break near his right hip and in his left front leg between his elbow joint and shoulder. Dr. Rose Lemarie was his miracle-working surgeon.
Poor, shaved Leo
Latest report on Leo's condition:
He is doing great since his surgery. His back right leg has a steel plate and screws, his left front has a steel pin and screws. The vet stressed especially not allowing him to pull with his front let and, let me tell you, that's harder than I had imagined to prevent! He is getting stronger everyday and wanting to run, jump and play like any normal kitten. He's like a little eel for twisting and slipping out of my grasp and making a run for freedom. It's a struggle and a challenge to keep him quiet. One good thing is he LOVES our dog, Bijan, so when he gets too hyper I put him in the pet taxi with the dog and he'll curl up next to him and go to sleep.Awww!!!!
Leo captured briefly between wriggles, wiggles, and struggles
For more details on Leo's story and undoubtedly further updates (especially if you nag, we'll bet), here's Charlotte's Leo archive.
Leo, you lucky little kitty, La Casa de Los Gatos wishes you, and your wonderful hoomin, all the very best. Long may you make each other very, very happy! Stumble It!