Ghost Kitty Update
This is an update for those who've been following the saga of itty bitty Ghost Kitty.
Ghost was found in the rain around Sept. 25, 2022 at about 2 weeks old, far too early to separate from her mom. Dave looks after a feral colony which lives in our outbuildings. We can't really do medical care for them, because of the expense, but also because most of the cats run away whenever humans walk near. So Dave feeds & waters 'em, but that's about it. Anyway, I put Ghost back inside the tumbledown building, and that was that... until Dave found her snuggling up to her dead litter-mates, no parents in sight. He took pity on her, and brought her into the house. She was covered in fleas, her eyes were glued shut with mucous, she had ear mites, and she was unable to eat on her own. Ghost was about the size of Dave's palm.
We picked literally hundreds of fleas off of poor the little tyke's body, and fed her kitten milk replacer with a syringe. Five hundred bucks later, Ghost was de-flea'd, de-wormed, had been given antibiotics, ear mite medicine and special growth kitten food. She slept in our bed, and had to be fed and helped to "eliminate" every couple of hours. I'm glad I'm not a mother cat, and have to do that with my tongue. Yuck!
We'd just adopted a tortoise-shell female from Al-Van Humane Society, and didn't want any more consarned felines. But the gods had other ideas! Cassie the tortie has been helping to take care of Ghost.
We took Ghost everywhere with us, including to a cabin near Lake Michigan, to the Ancestor Supper in Detroit (don't tell the Best Western Hotel) and to Witches of West Michigan Divination and Drag. She likes to ride in the car and in Dave's pocket. During the trip to GR, Ghost got very ill, She was walking like a drunken sailor, holding her head to the side in a weird position. She became very lethargic, had trouble breathing, and we worried that we would lose her. But a dozen witches doing "onlays" or laying-on of hands, spell workings, prayers, and blessings really helped. Magick WORKS! The vet told us the illness was caused by her upper respiratory infection and the ear mites. Dr. Carl of Bangor Veterinary Clinic provided us with kitten parasite remover and more antibiotics. Acting in accord with magick!
This whole thing is kinda strange to me because in our culture, WHITE is the color of DEATH, and so white animals are viewed as spirit beings. GThe image to the right is of the Lady Wen, a ghost-like figure in Cymric mythology. She leads unwary travelers to their doom. But Ghost will tell you that she, herself, is very good luck.
Here is Ghost, much larger and healthier at 7 weeks, giving Daddy Dave a much-needed bath. She goes to the vet again today because she's now big enough to get her normal round of vaccinations. Likes: Dad, the wet food with the chunks of chicken and fish, playing with toys, tormenting the adult cats, magick, Dislikes: Paper towel, having her face washed, yucky medicine.
A.C. Fisher Aldag
Chronicler of Cymric Folklore, Granmother and grouch. Enjoyer of good food.
Common Magick from Llewellyn Worldwide
Witches & Pagans # 38 & # 39 from BBI
Llewellyn's Witches' Companion 2022 & 2023 from Llewellyn Worldwide