~ Alice and Buster ~
Last year, Tomcat, Buster, was finally able to stop searching for his forever home. When Alice rescued him, not only did his life change but so did hers. Since then, Buster has had a huge impact on those around him and has brought Alice so much love and happiness.
In late 2021, Alice was told about a wandering Tomcat. He had been in the area for quite some time after being abandoned and was obviously in need of some urgent veterinary care. Being the founder of Kitty Kingdom Wellington, she went out and set a cat trap. It took some time, but finally, he found his way into the trap and was taken into Alice’s care.
Seeing him up close, Alice noticed a large wound on his side. She took him back to Kitty Kingdom and let him rest while she tried to find a vet who could help them. It was evident the Tomcat, whom Alice named Buster, was in a lot of pain and needed to be seen as soon as possible. They went to the Wellington After Hours Veterinary Clinic as it was very late and everywhere else had been booked up.
Once at the vet, Buster was immediately sedated and taken into surgery. There, they treated his wound and neutered him at the same time. Had he not been brought in when he was, it was likely he wouldn’t have made it. The surgery went smoothly, however, he tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Alice was faced with a decision: to have Buster euthanised or to take him home. It was an easy choice to make and she took him home to recover.
Alice ensured Buster had a room all to himself for 48 hours while he recovered. After this, he was let out into the rest of the house. While he was afraid, he wasn’t aggressive when he gained some freedom. Alice sat and talked to Buster for hours, trying to gain his trust. Eventually, he let her pat him, which progressed to him sitting on her lap and giving her the same love he was receiving.
One week later, Alice took in three stray kittens. As she was checking them over, Buster made an unusual noise which the kittens seemed to react positively to. Due to him being a Tomcat and having FIV, Alice didn’t want him to interact with the kittens for their own safety. However, Buster was becoming increasingly worried and frustrated at not being allowed near the kittens. After a lot of persuasion on his part, Alice reluctantly let him and the kittens sniff one another. There was nothing but love between them, and Buster even began grooming the kittens!
The more Buster interacted with the kittens, the more he wanted to be around them. Alice allowed him 10 minutes per day, which gradually built up to two hours, which was closely monitored. Now, Buster can spend as much time with any kittens who come through the rescue. Alice trusts him and he has become a full-time foster dad to all the kittens at Kitty Kingdom.
Before Christmas 2021, Alice took Buster to get some infected teeth taken out. This was a huge relief for both of them. It meant he no longer suffered from the pain, and Alice felt reassured it was safer for the kittens he cared for, even though he was always gentle. Unfortunately, not long after, it was discovered he was in the final stages of renal failure and had a large growth inside his mouth. It was too risky to have it removed, so Alice decided to keep him with her and monitor him.
Due to concerns over the growth potentially rupturing, Alice limited Buster’s time with the kittens, much to his disgust. A few months later, Alice saw Buster chewing on a cat bed. Fearing the worst, she checked his mouth in case the growth had ruptured. When she looked, she found that it had shrunk! Following a vet appointment, Alice was told Buster’s growth was no longer of any concern and, as a result, could resume being a foster dad.
Despite his health issues, Buster shows each and every kitten at Kitty Kingdom so much love and affection. Alice continues to monitor his health and wellbeing to make sure he’s as happy as he can be. He has become King of Kitty Kingdom, impacting both humans and felines alike, just by being himself. Not only this, but his story has even been turned into a book to be shared with people near and far! All proceeds from his book, ‘Grandpa Buster of Kitty Kingdom,’ go back to Kitty Kingdom, helping him and all his kittens.
The bond that Alice and Buster share is truly special. Alice saved Buster’s life and, every day since, Buster has provided her with endless happiness and unconditional love. While their journey together has had its challenges, together, they continue to make each day so much brighter.