This is just a quick update....
Kittens news:No kittens yet. When my daughter and I got back from visiting my mom a week ago, I emailed the breeder to confirm our planned Nov. 17 pick-up. They would not be ready, she said. She was sorry, but all the kittens were sick. Everyone had sniffles and sneezes. Nothing serious, but the kittens’ vaccinations could not be administered unless they were well. (After the vaccinating, they have to stay at least another week to see if there are any adverse reactions.) I heard from her a few days ago and everyone sounds like they’re on the mend, but we are impatient. And I’m a little worried. Charles, the seal point male, had slight sniffles and gummy eyes both times we were there (Elsa, with a different litter, always looked fit as a fiddle), but the breeder reassured me he would be fine. She agreed that he was finding it more of a challenge, getting over his childhood colds, but that he would grow out of it, just like human children did. She’d seen it happen time and again.
I should note that the breeder, a retired nurse who has been raising Siamese cats for over thirty years, has become a proponent of letting illness in cats take its course as much as possible. She’s adamant that all the antibiotic use in modern veterinary practice has weakened rather than strengthened pet stock overall, even if antibiotics have saved individuals. She also thinks pets are over-inoculated, but that’s a different issue. Therefore, her goal is to let her kittens work through their non-life-threatening childhood illnesses themselves, dosing them as little as possible. That way they will build up their natural immunities. This all sounds very good, but it is stressful when applied to one’s own darlings (and we already are very fond of Charles and Elsa, even if we have only met them twice).
You may be familiar with the same discussion being played out in human medicine. For years now I have read articles about the negative results of over-antibiotic use in humans, creating situations in which disease germs have become immune to important life-saving medicines. Trying to scale back the use of pharmaceuticals for less serious illnesses makes perfect sense. If in humans, why not in pets? But when it’s your own child lying in her bed sobbing with an earache, or your own pet with an infected wound or snotty nose, your resolve might weaken. “Letting nature take its course” to “let them build their immune systems” is easier to talk about than watch. I just hope she’s right and we aren’t going to end up with a chronically sick cat.
P.S. Angelo is fine, no signs of illness. We are only afraid he will have become so used to being lavished with attentions by three humans he might resent new cat companions, after all we’ve gone through to assuage his loneliness! (Seriously, I think he’ll love having the kittens, even if he is bewildered at first.)
Frodo Screencaps news:
Next up will be a five-part presentation of “The Council of Elrond”. I am nearly finished and hope to have them up this weekend. Each part will come with its associated bit of screenplay and an excerpt from the book, although there can’t be an exact match since the film and book scenes are too different. So far, there will be a jan-u-wine poem for three of the five parts, but she is thinking of writing a new one.