Meet a kitten who is very near and dear to our hearts, Alfred. This little guy’s journey to being ready for adoption day has been nothing short of miraculous. He is now looking for his forever family!
Alfred was brought into care on May 11th, 2019. He was found in a parking lot and dropped off at the end of one of the rescue’s Saturday adoption events at the Queen Creek PetSmart. He was roughly 4 weeks old when he was dropped off and was not very responsive, eyes hardly open and laying on his back. He was able to be coaxed into eating and after perking up, went home from the event with his new foster family. His second day in care, on May 11th, Alfred had his first two seizures. This poor baby was frozen stiff, losing all control of his body, eyes dilated, and only a twitch of his whiskers for movement. He would seize with only the warning of a twitch in his whiskers moments before the next onset of seizures hit.
We were all holding our breath for his first three days in care the seizures continued every day, sometimes multiple a day, and for several days accompanied by vomiting. After that he had days of reprieve and didn’t experience another seizure till May 18th & 19th. During all this, the rescue was working to find solutions on how to help this sweet boy. We worked with the skillful vets at San Tan Animal Hospital who searched to find why this kitten, who for 90% of the time was happy and playing, would suddenly seize. After many tests being run and options reviewed, Alfred was put on anticonvulsants, first he tried Lenetiracetam and then was switched to Phenobarbital after seizures persisted.
After being switched to his new medication, he hadn’t experienced a seizure since May 28th. We have been overjoyed to see his progress! Under the supervision and direction of his vet, Alfred was weened completely off his medication a few weeks ago and has remained 100% seizure free!
Alfred is a very spunky kitten who loves playing and is often seen prancing around the room happily. He has never met a cat or dog he didn’t like and is a very amiable chap! He is a bit of an oddball and is fearless in nature and highly curious. He tends to think he’s a dog and, although he is a very happy kitty, is still learning how to do cat things like purr. He is a very special kitty who melts the hearts of everyone he meets with his perky and curious nature. This miracle baby is now healthy and looking for his forever family!