Walking around Triana I spotted this little family in front of what looked to be an abandoned home (or one that has been closed up for the summer). Mom, the cute calico on the left, was barely bigger than her kittens. And her five little ones just melted my heart. Luckily they were behind a locked gate because I was sorely tempted to take that tiny black one home. I think Morcilla would love to have a kitten of her own…
Love that Luna and Morcilla are such good friends. Though both have such different personalities. Luna is ALL cat, slightly aloof then wantonly affectionate, still a bit wild, with those gorgeous big blue eyes. Morcilla constantly reminds me of Azar, exhibiting both intelligence and humour, along with a PRESENCE that cannot be ignored. She’s still quite a kitten, not a year old yet, and I suspect she is going to become more and more amazing as time goes on. Watch this space!
Well this little one has sure had a week of it. First she had a bad reaction to the post-op meds, then over this past weekend I noticed that a section of her incision had opened up and was bleeding a bit. So I called Yolanda on Monday morning and was all prepared to have to bring Morcilla in, even though each trip to the vet costs me about 20 euros in taxi fare. But Yolanda surprised me by asking me to take a photo of Morcilla’s belly and email it to her, which I thought was a brilliant idea. Yolanda said she’d be able to tell by the photo if it was serious enough to warrant a visit. We’ve done this three evenings in a row now and it’s easy to see that the wound is healing nicely, and Morcilla shows no sign of infection. I’ll take one last photo tomorrow morning, which I’m sure will be fine. Good ol’ technology.
Anyhow, here is my little bright-eyed girl today just after lunch, happily curled up on my lap.
It seems like just yesterday that little Morcilla was this eensy little kitten. Even now almost fully grown (she’ll be 10 months old on February 7th) she’s still quite small, not even as big as Luna. But she has been going into heat lately and – much worse! – today started peeing on stuff. At least I think it’s due to being in heat. Today was actually the first time I’ve noticed her doing this and I caught her at it three times – am starting to worry about leaving her with the run of the house. Because man it stinks!
Anyhow, I called the vet and she said the earliest she can operate (!!!) is on Friday morning. Meanwhile, I guess that will give Morcilla some time to get out of heat as they say it’s more dangerous to operate then. Also, it may be an infection so I’ll keep my eye on her and check for traces of blood (none in today’s pee). Honestly, this is so weird. I’ve never had a female cat do this before when in heat, but my vet (and google) have informed me it’s not uncommon. Eep.