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Cat Rescue in Poland

by Anna
(Podkowa Leśna, Poland )

La Kota

One hot day in June we went to the backyard (where we very seldom go, as it's quite neglected) and noticed two small kittens, lying in the sun spot. Coming closer, we noticed that they were hardly alive.

They were very small, their eyes, noses and mouths were covered with puss, and flies were swarming around them. They could hardly breathe - which indicated pneumonia.

I must admit that neither me nor my husband are particularly fond of cats - we have been involved in pure bred dogs for years (yet we happened to have two stray cats for some -teen years).

But what could we do? Quickly to the vet, antibiotics, bottle feeding...... yet only one kitten survived the night. After she had survived the crisis, the battle to save her eyes started and lasted for weeks, though to limited success as only one of her eyes is normal, the other is small, partly closed and does not show full iris.

Having been growing with dogs, La Kota (it's her name) developed a sort of canine behavior. She never uses her claws - she bites instead (especially when she is to be given injections or medicine - this is understandable, as she had got so many!).

She runs with dogs and guards the fence. This is probably why we like her so much, as - as I have written - we prefer dogs to cats!

Best wishes to all who have ever rescued an animal!

Anna & Miro (Poland)

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Dec 13, 2011
by: Anna

Thanks, Ruth, for nice words about Poles

Dec 11, 2011
Nice to hear from Poland
by: Ruth (Monty's Mom)

I grew up in the USA in south central Wisconsin, but I knew many people from Poland when I was young. The motel near us was owned by a family from Poland. The children were born here, but the parents were from Poland. When their family would visit from Chicago we would play with their cousin, Stella, who didn't speak any English. We learned many Polish words so that we could talk to her, but it didn't seem to matter that we didn't speak the same language-- we always had great fun. Even then, though, I thought it was not a good thing that a person born in an English speaking country could speak no English. She was 12 years old at the time.

They were a hard working, wonderful family. I was heartbroken when they moved away. The motel I stay in today when I go up north to visit my family is owned by a different Polish family and it also is a beautiful place to stay, spotlessly clean and decorated with gorgeous woodwork and carving, which I guess is part of Polish tradition/style.

My Polish friends have said that Wisconsin looks a little like Poland, except there are no mountains in Wisconsin. I guess the climate is similar though. Other things are similar as well. When you saw animals in need, you tried to help them. I took in a little stray as well, but he wasn't as bad off as the cats you found. My cat, like yours, sometimes seems more like a dog than a cat. He will play fetch with me, retrieving a little stick I throw for him in the back yard. But he is still cat like in that the minute I try to film him retrieving he stops doing it!

Dec 09, 2011
by: Anna

Yes, she is calico, I guess .... yet I don't know much aboout cat colors!

Dec 09, 2011
by: Michael

Hi Anna, well done in saving the life of one of the two kittens. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is nice to have visitors from Poland and other continental European countries.

La Kota looks like a dark calico (tortoiseshell and white) cat. Am I correct or am I seeing orange in the coat when it is not there?

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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