Quince's Story

Snugglebugs Quince

Snugglebug's Quince

As told in the story of Willow's second letter, after three weeks all the kittens became infected by chlamydia and suffered a lot before we got the infection under control. Three of the kittens were worse affected than the other two. Cobweb had the worst of it followed by Moonshine and Quince. Cobweb was also the worst affected by a secondary herpes infection. The treatment was hard on the kittens as I had to give them medicine three times a day and at the same time clean their faces of the mucus and pus that affected their noses and eyes. The eyes needed the most attention as their eyelids stuck together and there was a buildup of mucus behind the lids which became pus if left for too long. The only way to clean them was to bathe the eyes after pulling apart their eyelids, followed by squeezing ointment in to combate the infection directly and keep their eyes open. Hard for me and even harder for them.

We had to delay looking for homes for them so they were all still with us until January 2006. By then we had decided to keep Cobweb and as Quince also had tear duct damage we thought that would involve too much aftercare for most potential owners, so we decided to keep him as well.

Quince did not have any real problems with his eyes, but from time to time they dribbled tears down his cheeks - every now and again he had sneezing fits which annoyed him! As he grew older the tears dried up and the sneezing almost stopped. Like the problem his sister Moonshine had, his digestion is not so good, but a steady diet of some particular dry and wet foods keeps him healthy.
taking the air in 2010

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