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Monthly Giving Saves More Lives!

Tenth Life's monthly giving program, the Litter Mates Club, enables us to provide crucial medical assistance to the cats in our care. Monthly supporters help us provide for cats who may be with Tenth Life forever due to their unique medical or behavioral conditions and helps us to save more lives!

Of course, caring for special cats can be costly and your support means so much to them and to us. 

 

To join, simply choose a cat below to support and then click the link below and select your chosen cat from the drop down 'designation' menu. Thank you!




Want to 'adopt' a Litter Mate kitty as a gift? 

Thank you for your generosity! Please include the recipient's information as you check. Please provide the name, address, and email address of the person to whom you'd like to gift it along with any special instructions. We'll take care of the rest!

Questions?  Please email littermates@tenthlifecats.org anytime. 


While the cats in our Litter Mates program may spend their entire lives at Tenth Life, we're grateful that they're living the lives they deserve in comfort. At a typical shelter, cats like these are often euthanized to make space for more "adoptable" animals. But in Tenth Life´s loving and patient care, these kitties will live happily, surrounded by genuine affection, plenty of attention, and excellent medical care. 

Your dollars help provide the means for our lifelong residents to receive regular quality medical care, or, in some cases, ongoing support for chronic conditions. Any excess funds raised by the Tenth Life Litter Mates Club will be used to provide veterinary care for other needy cats in Tenth Life's care.



 


FORTE


 
Forte is one special little lady. She got her name because, even as a tiny kitten, her foster mom reports that she was incredibly LOUD. She wanted her demands known from a very young age ;)

She is known as a Manx kitty because she has no tail. Not only does this adorable trait make her cute to look at, but the nerve damage she has causes her to hop like a bunny. But that doesn't slow her down - Forte loves to romp and play even though she bunny-hops when doing so. Even though Forte cannot jump, boy, can she climb! This beautiful long-haired tabby has no trouble whatsoever getting on the bed and climbing a 5-foot cat tree! She is able to jump off of these perches, sometimes landing squarely, and sometimes... less so. We all have our clumsy moments though :) Because of her special needs, Forte would do best living in a mostly-carpeted house so she that her landings can be well-cushioned. 

This perky girl loves toys and laser lights!  Though she wasn't convinced initially, Forte has learned that dogs can be friends.  She LOVES to eat Fancy Feast! Forte is also special in that she requires help using the litter box a couple of times a day. Expressing a kitty is something that is relatively easy to learn, and she handles it very well. If you're someone who works from home, has a flexible schedule, or otherwise has the time to devote to a very special kitty, Forte will make your dedication and assistance completely worth your while.  Kitties like her are exactly why Tenth Life exists, to give those with extra needs the chance they deserve for a happy, long life.  

More photos:  http://tinyurl.com/q6cl3ol

Approx DOB April 2014



GALLIFREY



This super-fluffy orange kid is Gallifrey.  He was a stray that was found to have a Stage 5 (out of 6) ventricular septal defect (VSD), meaning, there is a hole in the wall between the ventricles of the heart. Oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood is mixing in his heart and his heart has to work harder to compensate.  

To help manage his condition, Gallifrey is on four medications. Unfortunately there is no surgery in cats to fix his condition. Though he has had three ultrasounds that show no fluid around his lungs and heart, he continues to show the defect. Gallifrey requires routine ultrasounds every six months to monitor the progress of his heart, and will need to stay on medications and see the cardiac specialist.  

Despite his issues, Gallfrey acts like any other kitty. He is a happy and loving cat who loves to run and play, under supervision, and run and play and run and play. Did we mention he loves to run and play? He loves his cat buddies and knows that dogs can be friends. Gallifrey especially loves to sit on the couch with you and watch movies.  Careful, though - this spunky ginger will steal your pizza and popcorn, too. 

More picts:  http://tinyurl.com/nrujbel

approx DOB May 2014




HIPPO


 
Meet miss Hippo. 
She was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which just means her cerebellum is underdeveloped. Most likely, her mother had distemper when she was pregnant and it affected Hippo's growth. Like most kitties with CH, it can be more challenging to walk and she can be quite the messy eater. But that's also due to the fact that her top teeth are missing.

Hippo has learned to do all of the things the other cats do except for jumping or climbing. Her foster family is happy to put her on the couch or bed when I ask or try. She does fall down sometimes but, she gets right back up! She uses the litter box pretty darn well but she is wobbly, which means she occasionally falls and make a mess. She doesn't really mind a bath and won't put up a fight. Just cuddle her up in a towel afterward and we're good. 

Hippo loves to cuddle with dogs and humans but it takes a while to warm up to new places, people, and pets. She adores dinner time, the bathroom rug, and rolling around a freshly cleaned floor. She enjoys playing with interactive toys, comes running at the sound of bells, and can chase balls and other kitty tails just as well as other kitties (with some wobbling and falling, of course). Cuddling on the couch or in bed is her favorite. 



THOR


 
Thor is one very special boy. He was diagnosed with both FIV and Feline Leukemia (FeLV), two viruses that compromise a cat's immune system. Unfortunately, FeLV is a progressive virus that ultimately shortens a cat's life expectancy. So Thor requires very careful supervision to ensure that he remains healthy. He lives in a home where there are no other animals, including dogs, who could bring all sorts of diseases and bacteria in from a simple walk around the neighborhood. Thor is one of what we call “permanent fosters” of the organization; he will always be a Tenth Life cat, and his generous foster mom has agreed to keep him as long as he is on this earth. 

So far, Thor feels well and shows no signs of his conditions getting the better of him. We keep our fingers crossed that he will beat the odds and live many long, happy years in our care.  

This pretty girl is Tinsel. She was found November 2012 with a broken tail which was amputated. Due to the location of the break, Tinsel has damage to the nerves that control her bladder and bowels, therefore, she is unable to empty either on her own. She has to have her bladder and bowels manually expressed two to three times a day by her dedicated foster mom. Her foster mom has limited medical training, but did learn how to manage this technique to which Tinsel has adapted quite well!

Tinsel is a sweet kitty, and rarely puts up a fuss. Sometimes, she will even go to the litter box, dig a hole in the litter, and stand there, trying to be a typically-functioning kitty. She knows she is supposed to use it, but her little parts just don't work as they should.

Tinsel receives a medicine twice a day to keep her digestive system moving in the right direction. She takes her pills so well - what a good girl! Tinsel is a happy, playful, loving kitty, full of spunk and personality! She loves fleece blankets, snoozing in her favorite chair, laser lights, track-ball toys, and any canned food. Her injuries have not affected her mobility at all.

Though she is slow to warm up to other kitties, she quickly does so to her human friends. It will take a very special person to love and care for Tinsel for the rest of her life - we know that special someone is out there somewhere!

In the photos, Tinsel is shown wearing Fancy Pants 4 Pets as she used to be a bit incontinent. However, in the recent months, this has stopped and she's accident-free!

We hope Tinsel's forever family finds her someday, but for the time being, we're so happy to have her as a part of the Tenth Life family!



TINSEL



Tinsel is a sweet kitty, and rarely puts up a fuss. Sometimes, she will even go to the litter box, dig a hole in the litter, and stand there, trying to be a typically-functioning kitty. She knows she is supposed to use it, but her little parts just don't work as they should.

Tinsel receives a medicine twice a day to keep her digestive system moving in the right direction. She takes her pills so well - what a good girl! Tinsel is a happy, playful, loving kitty, full of spunk and personality! She loves fleece blankets, snoozing in her favorite chair, laser lights, track-ball toys, and any canned food. Her injuries have not affected her mobility at all.

Though she is slow to warm up to other kitties, she quickly does so to her human friends. It will take a very special person to love and care for Tinsel for the rest of her life - we know that special someone is out there somewhere!

In the photos, Tinsel is shown wearing Fancy Pants 4 Pets as she used to be a bit incontinent. However, in the recent months, this has stopped and she's accident-free!

We hope Tinsel's forever family finds her someday, but for the time being, we're so happy to have her as a part of the Tenth Life family!



WINDERMERE


Back in June of 2016, we learned of a pregnant stray cat that was taken in by a fellow rescue friend after she was found on the street and it was noticed that her gait was extremely wobbly. While with our rescue friends, she ended up having 4 identical ginger kittens before being transferred to Tenth Life after her foster Momma decided that she needed a foster ginger farm in her house. :) Their foster Momma met them when they were only 3 days old, and then another foster friend watched over the little farm for the first 4 wks before they came back to their current foster Momma. Unfortunately, one of the kittens unexpectedly passed away at only 2 wks old (RIP Grimsby), but the others have done wonderfully and are currently still with us and awaiting their furever homes (Wembley/Hastings/Baslow).

As mentioned, it was obvious from the start that Windermere was special needs as she was extremely wobbly and would fall over from time to time. We originally thought that she might be a CH kitty (cerebellar hypoplasia). However, scans completed by her neurologist revealed that she actually has severe hydrocephalus. This condition is a neurological disease in which there is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the ventricular system of the brain. The condition is considered congenital for her (meaning that she was born with it), and the neurologist and radiologist also noticed that her brain tissue wasn't quite normal and felt that she was severely mentally deficient as a result. However, we along with her regular vet concurred that all of the tissue that she has, is obviously all of the right bits as she has been a perfect Mommy and acts quite normal.

There are a couple of treatments that can be used in these cases, primarily consisting of either medication or surgery to put a stint in to redirect the excess fluid to be absorbed elsewhere in the body. In Windermere's case, the neurologist felt that surgery would be too risky and essentially impossible due to her very small size (she only weighs 6 lbs). As a result, she is currently on two different medications to help reduce the excess fluid and we've seen positive improvements since she has been on the medicine as she is able to manage her wobbles more easily and seems even more focused. Luckily for Windermere, she found her way to Tenth Life versus with another rescue or shelter who might not have the time, money, or means to take on a case like hers (and like so many other cases that they/we have and do take on).

While Windermere has a wobbly, high stepping walk with an occasional stumble here or there, she doesn't let it slow her down at all. As we said, she has been an absolute perfect Mommy taking impeccable care of her kittens from the start. They've always had full tummies, been kept completely clean and have absolutely thrived requiring no human intervention in their care when they were eensy. She would often be wrapped up cuddling with them while purring up a storm when they were in the nursing stage. (In fact, Love Meow shared their story after the babies were first born which you might have seen "Wobbly Cat Mama Found Safe Place for Her Babies and Now Can't Stop Cuddling Them". Note: Her foster Momma renamed them after places in the England's Countryside as several of their former names had already been used).

As the kittens have grown, Windermere isn't afraid to adventure and explore the house right along with them and the other resident & foster kitties in the home. She goes up and down the stairs between the first and second story of her house on her own (it's interesting to watch how she adapts to her wobbles), she goes up and down from the couch and the bed, and will even run from her foster Mommy when it's medicine time. :) She knows her name when it’s called to her and will gaze at her foster Momma when she baby talks to her and loves getting snuggles. She likes to play from time to time, and enjoys relaxing in a sunbeam. She also has no problem using the litterbox on her own and eating on her own. In fact, she's very much like a normal kitty that is loving being in a happy home.

Due to the severity of her condition, the medication and monitoring that is required, the inability to perform surgery on her of any kind (due to the medication) and the Drs feeling like there will be some impact on her lifespan (it's not known whether that will be by months or years), the consensus was that it would be best for Windermere to remain a long-term/permanent Tenth Life foster kitty. So as her kittens find their furever homes, Windermere will get to continue to stay with us and be a Mommy to new foster kittens as they come in and to be loved and spoiled by my her foster Momma.

We are super proud of this lil girl and think that she is something quite special! We feel quite privileged that we get to have this beautiful little spirit for the course of her life (however, short or long that may be...but we're hoping for long!) <3 Another example of a unique foster that is as equally deserving of a happily ever after in a loving home as any other normal-abled kitty.