Jackie was in a very bad shape -- her tail was necrotic and ready to fall off, her left ear was all dead tissue, the tip of her nose was missing. She was weak and ready to end it all. We do not know what happened to her, but our vet suspected septicemia as a result of infection. We knew her tail and left ear were necrotic and were going to eventually fall off. The doc decided to keep Jackie, let the ear and tail fall off naturally and then gently surgically close the affected areas. She was way too weak to have surgery immediately -- and why rush something that was going to happen anyway!? I had all confidence in the vet's diagnosis and treatment. I was also very grateful for their kind offer to keep Jackie until she is completely out of the woods.
Now she is getting the best of care. Thanks to the efforts of our favorite vets, Jackie has regained her health and energy. She did lose part of her ear and now has a bunny-like tail. Her nose healed wonderfully. I stopped by the vet's office after work to visit Jackie. She was all hugs and kisses, eating, and bored to death. She has a lot of nose discharge but is not getting antibiotics (I am against too much antibiotics too) but am sure will get them if necessary. Most importantly -- she is a happy healthy kitten again. She wants to play and climb and snuggle. She is an extremely sweet and gentle girl and is already making friends at the vet where she is staying for a few more days before going to her foster home for more TLC! She really lucked out to be cared for by loving and knowledgable vet people!