Mama Kitty's Three Kittens with Neurological Issues : Starting Up
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Woofs and Books strives to help children and animals through reading.

Woofs and Books will rescue and provide shelter to cats, dogs, and rabbits; ensure they are vaccinated and spayed/neutered; and provide training for the dogs.  Once the dogs are trained, Woofs and Books will visit schools and libraries in Noblesville, IN to facilitate reading/literacy sessions with small groups of children or individuals and their new furry friend.

Children who are shy, lack self-confidence, or have difficulty verbally communicating benefit the most from the sessions. When the child reads aloud to his/her attentive, non-critical, furry audience, the child is less stressed, is not afraid to make reading mistakes, and begins to enjoy reading. 

Woofs and Books will primarily work with children ranging in age from 7 to12-years-old.  During these reading sessions, the children are not taught how to read; instead, literacy is emphasized.

There is numerous data available detailing the benefits to the child when participating in these reading programs, such as improved:

1. grades
2. class participation
3. self-confidence
4. compassion and respect for animals

During the reading sessions, books promoting pet adoption and  responsible pet ownership will be selected.

In addition to the child benefiting from the reading sessions, the animal, previously abandoned or surrendered, will become accustomed to new environments and children, obey commands from others, and enjoy playing with different people.  All of these activities should improve the pet's chance of being adopted. 

Woofs and Books is a newly formed organization and is federally tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The facility is located in Noblesville, IN.

Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated!

Fun Facts!

  • Organized in 2010

  • Leasing a rural property in Noblesville, IN on 3 acres that has a beautiful farmhouse, workshop, and barn

  • Rescued and adoptable pets to include cats, dogs, and rabbits

  • Services will be targeted for children ages 7-12

  • The reading sessions will be free at schools and libraries and will last 30 minutes for each group

  • The woofs and licks will also be free

  • Individual reading sessions at Woofs and Books' facility will be available for a nominal fee

Mama Kitty's Three Kittens with Neurological Issues

by Miranda Martin on 09/13/11

Three of Mama Kitty's kittens, Smokey, Polo, and Mila, were showing signs of incoordination and loss of balance as they grew older. At first, it was thought the three kittens were hypoglycemic because after they would exert themselves playing for an hour or longer, they would begin to lose their balance and get the "wobblies".  At times, they would also fall over to the same side. Within an hour, they would be perfectly normal again.  When these episodes occured, they were given Karo syrup to elevate their blood sugar levels. It appeared the Karo syrup helped.  After continued episodes of the wobblies, it was determined that the problem was more serious than low blood sugar.  During these episodes, the kittens were not in pain and were alert.  They just didn't have good coordination to get from point A to point B. 

Feline panleukopenia virus was ruled out based on testing, thank goodness. This virus, also known as FPV or feline distemper, is almost always fatal in kittens. Needless to say, a lot of tears, er, I mean puddles, were shed when this was considered before the test results came back negative.

Toxoplasmosis was the next suspicion, and medication was administered.  Currently, the episodic symptoms do not appear to be improving but they aren't worsening. After consulting with our vet again and a neurologist, neurological diseases/ailments are being considered.  Some of the diseases are degenerative while others would allow the kittens to lead long, happy lives. We are waiting on blood test results and will send in a sample of blood/urine to the Univeristy of Pennsylvania that provides testing for certain diseases at a very reasonable price.

During the time of trying to figure out the cause of the wobblies, Smokey and Polo were adopted. Each adopter was advised of the symptoms and that an undiagnosed neurological problem existed. The adoptive families are very concerned, of course, but they also realize that Smokey and Polo need a home even more since they have special needs. The adopters are truly caring, selfless individuals because they understand the kittens need special care. Smokey and Polo are very loved, happy, and spoiled in their new homes.

Woofs and Books will continue to work with our veterinarian and neurologist to try and determine the disease/ailment. Smokey, Polo, and Mila, as well as all the other homeless animals, deserve a chance at a happy life.  As Mama Kitty and her kittens were Woofs and Books' first rescues, the experience of dealing with a degenerative disease for the three kittens has been truly heart-breaking. The silver lining has been making sure Smokey, Polo, and Mila are loved and happy each day as well as finding caring, selfless families to continue to provide them happiness, support and love.

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Two kittens and 1 young female cat are available for adoption.

Tiger, the middle kitten, is available for adoption. He was born on 06/01/2011, and is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. He is playful and is content being social or being by himself. Mila is a special needs kitten because she has a neurological issue that causes her to lose her balance at times. We are trying to determine her condition. She was born on 06/01/2011 and is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. She is shy at first but will come out and play. Boots is female, approx. 1-year-old, spayed, current on all vaccines, and microchipped. She was found as a stray and is in good health and very friendly.
Tiger is for adoption and enjoys playing with his litter mates. Click HERE for the  video.
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