Anyway, Mom decided to name this kitten "Nebula." A real nebula is a bunch of gases out in space, and they look really pretty in the photos. Our little Nebula isn't quite as colorful as the nebulas in outer space, but she is still very cute.
Image credits: ESA / NASA, ESO and Danny LaCrue
The way we got Nebula was that on Monday, Nurse Debbie called from Dr. Patricia's office, and she told Mom that a nice lady had found this kitten as a stray, but she couldn't keep the kitten because the lady already had a ton of other cats. Sadly, the little torti kitten had got hurt somehow and couldn't walk very well. The lady offered $500 for the kitten's medical care, if some rescue group could take her in.
When Mom heard about the $500, her ears perked up right away, and she said she could probably foster the kitten. She told Nurse Debbie to go ahead and test the kitten for FIV and Feline Leukemia. Meanwhile, Mom called Aunt Tania to see if it was okay to take in the kitten. Aunt Tania said it was fine, if Mom could foster her.
So anyway, little Nebula got x-rayed on Monday, and then the radiologist looked at the x-rays and said that Nebula's left hip was broken where it attaches to the pelvis. The radiologist prescribed 3 weeks of cage rest for Nebula, which isn't all that long. Sometimes animals with broken bones have to wait 6 or 8 weeks to get healed up. Nebula might always have a little limp, but she should be able to walk okay. Also, she might need surgery later on, when she is a grown-up cat. Or she might not need it at all. Here's a really short video that shows how much trouble Nebula has trying to walk.
While Nebula was at Dr. Patricia's, she got treated for fleas, ear mites, and parasites. Also she got a distemper shot. When Mom brought Nebula home yesterday, she gave her a bath first thing because Nebula had a lot of stinky poop stuck to her butt. Plus she was just dirty all over. Mom put shampoo on her twice, and the dirt just kept running off. Then the dirt started looking like watery blood, and Mom got really worried until she realized she was just seeing flea dirt, which is made out of blood because fleas suck your blood.
Oh, and I forgot to tell you that Nebula only has half a tail. We don't know if the rest of it got knocked off when she broke her hip, or whether she was just born with a short tail. Anyway, after she can walk around better and can hold her tail up, I think she will look very jaunty.
Nebula is living in the big crate in the middle of the kitten room. She eats fast, like she hasn't had any food for weeks. Mom says she will start putting on more weight soon. Right now Nebula weighs between 2 and 3 pounds. Mom thought this meant she was maybe 9 or 10 weeks old, but Dr. Patricia says she's more like 8 or 10 months old! This would make her the oldest kitten in our house, even though she's only a little bit bigger than Chief (who, by the way, got neutered Tuesday).
Well, that's all I can tell you about Nebula right now except that I really wish I could find a way to get into her crate and eat some of her yummy cat food!