A very special boy is leaving our home today.
As a new breeder, I (Stina) guess you learn something new with each litter and with every kitten. With Quinn, the lesson was a painful one.
At about 2 months of age, he developed an eye infection. I had seen the exact same symptoms in all of the kittens from the previous litter and thought I could cure it easily. With just some saline solution, this would ”clear up”.
Unfortunately for Quinn, I was very wrong. Some time went by and although I could see that his eye had not improved, I decided to ”wait”.
When Agnetha came to visit, she immediately saw that his eye needed veterinary attention. So that same day we went to the vet, who confirmed Agnethas initial observation:
Quinns eye was in really bad shape and the prognosis was not good. His cornea was damaged, maybe from a puncture wound. Or maybe from the infection itself.
In the following weeks, we fought to save his eye. Painkillers, antibiotics, cortisone and a range of other drugs and eye drops.
Sadly, the treatment did not help. If anything, Quinns eye had gotten even worse. I then had to make a very hard decision – keep treating the eye, do surgery, hoping it would somehow heal (Vets said the odds were 50/50), or remove the eye. I decided on the latter.
The procedure was fairly uncomplicated, and the surgical scar healed fast. Quinn recovered within days, and when I saw him playing happily and painlessly with his siblings I knew I had made the right decision.
I am sure that most of you who are reading this, can imagine how badly I have been blaming myself. I wish I had known how important it is to take eye issues seriously. I was simply too inexperienced. Maybe I had also taken on too big of a task, raising two litters very shortly after one another. My lack of experience and judgement is the reason he lost his eye. This is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
I have learned a very valuable lesson, and next time I will know how important it is to check your kittens eyes immediately, if anything seems out the ordinary. I am just so sad that someone literally had to lose an eye for me to learn this. ☹️
If I could have given my own eye to save his, I absolutely would have. What I actually could do, was to stop crying and give him what every kitten deserves: An amazing life.
We (Sebbe and Stina) had already fallen in love with Quinn. During the long weeks of constant eye treatments, we got really close to him. Even after we had to put painful drops in his poor eye, and force pills down his throat, he trusted us. We formed a very special bond with this amazingly brave little cat. We were definitely going to keep him.
Then the phone rang.
A woman was asking if we had any available kittens. I explained the situation, and she said ”That doesn’t matter, at all. The important thing is that he is healthy and that he has a good temperament.”
The person who called turned out to be Quinns future human mom, Hanna. ❤
When Hanna and Robin came to visit Quinn, they just sat with him for the longest time. There was so much love in the room. There was no question: they belonged together.
That is why Quinn is, after all, a very lucky kitten.
Needless to say, this loving and warm soul will be very much missed. But things could not have turned out better.
And look how beautiful he is:
Quinn, we are so sorry you lost your eye. We learned so much from you. Your kind and trusting spirit will be in our hearts forever. We wish you the best life, and we know that you will be very happy with Hanna and Robin. ❤❤❤
Today is moving day for Quiara! She is the first of the Q-litter to leave home. Quiara is moving to Oslo to live with Enzo, who is an 8 year old Sacred Birman. Enzo recently lost his long-time cat companion Saga, and Quiara will become his new cat sister! Her new human parents, Gudrun and Öyvind, are very happy to welcome Quiara in the family!
Quiara: we love you and we are very proud of you.
We know that you will bring some much needed companionship to Enzo, and a lot of joy for your new human parents.
Good luck in your new home, sweet and funny girl. We wish you a long, healthy and happy life.
Vi söker en fodervärd till Quincy, gärna i Stockholmsområdet men det är inget måste. Hör gärna av er om ni har funderingar!
On May 4th Malala delivered 4 babies. It was a complicated birth. The first one came with his umbilical cord around his neck and was stillborn. Then she had a girl and a boy both ruddy and after 11 hours the fourth baby was born, he felt strange and did not make a sound. On Sunday morning he was found dead.
One would have hoped that this was it but Malala had not enough milk so Harri and Benjamin had to find some other cat mom with babies. Luckly they knew an Oci Breeder, SE*Alsmarks with Oci-kittens who offered to take care of these babies.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Cecilia and Bjorn Alsmark! ❤️❤️
And of course also Harri and Benjamin. ❤❤
The pictures are from Alsmark.
This is Quincy whom we hope to find a fosterhome to.
We got some heart-warming pictures from the new human parents of the P-litter ☺
Papageno is helping human mom with her art:
Papagena and Tamino are watching birds:
We love to see them like this, happy in their new homes! 😍
Today was the big Moving Day for all of the three remaining kittens of the P-litter.
Papageno has now moved to Solna with his new human mom and dad: Aurelia and Martin. It was such an emotional goodbye for both me and Sebbe, but we are very happy because we know that he will have a very good life with lots of love in his new home. <3
Papagena and Tamino have moved to Småland with their new human dad Per. We are extremely happy that they got the opportunity to live together, and we know that Per is going to take very good care of them both. They will have a big house to run around in, and we suspect that they will be very spoiled by their human dad 😉
We will keep in touch with all of them, and their new families have promised to contact us when ever they have questions or need advice. It means a lot for both Agnetha and me as breeders! We feel that it is our responsibility, to provide life-long support for all the new owners of GoodNews’ kittens.
We wish Papageno, Papagena and Tamino the best of luck in their new homes and hope that they will live long, happy and healthy lives. We know that they will bring much love and happiness into the lives of their new human parents <3
We will miss you all sooooo much, and you will always have a very special place in our hearts! <3
Today, Papageno met his new human mom and dad Aurelia and Martin for the second time ❤ and it was magic.
We are so happy to have found such a loving family for our favourite boy. For a long time, we were thinking about keeping him in the breeding programme just because of his amazing fawn colour and ticking aaand super-duper temperament. But when we met Aurelia and Martin we knew he would have such a good life with them 😍
Papageno will move to his new human mom and dad in the end of April 💕
IC Abystyle’s Ma Demoiselle JW, aka Nour, is covering the frontpage of Labyrinten. (The membership magzine of Aby & Somaliringen.)
We are very happy about this! Nour is a fawn coloured Abyssinian, which is the least common of the four basic colours of the Abyssinian.
At the Fife World Cat Show 2017 she was awarded Best in Variant, which means she was the judge’s best fawn aby!
She also has the title Fife Junior Winner, which means that she was awarded Best in Show five times before the age of ten months.