The Adventures of Captain Krinkles at The Cat Clinic – The Beginning

June 04, 2013 / Cat's Meow / 7 Comments

On April 11th a little smoke British Short Hair kitten from Hi Crown Cattery came into the hospital, he was only about 2 weeks old.  This kitten that later became known as Captain Krinkles had an unfortunate accident which ruptured the globe of his right eye.  It is thought that a claw from one of his siblings was the culprit but we will never know for sure.  The pain associated with jostling around with his brothers and sisters meant that Krinkles wasn’t getting adequate milk from his mother and his eye socket became swollen and infected.  As a result he was much smaller than his littermates.

Krinkles could no longer stay with his family and would have to be medically managed until he was big enough to have corrective surgery to close the eye. 

This meant he was going to have to be treated as if he was an orphan.  Orphans at this age need bottle feeding every 2-3 hours, assistance with urination and defecation and making sure they are kept warm enough.  The biggest concern with orphan cats especially single’s is they can end out with a lot of behavior problems because mom and other siblings aren’t around to teach and socialize them.  This can lead to sudden unexplained bouts of severe aggression. 

For his “eye” Krinkles would also need to start on oral antibiotics, two different types of eye drops, pain medication, and a probiotic.

 His breeder who had the rest of his brothers and sisters to treat for diarrhea was unable to provide the kitten with this intensive care or handle the costs that would be involved so was having to consider other options for him.

Our Technologist couldn’t bare to do anything drastic with him so after a call to the technologist’s family member with the excuse that it was her birthday soon and what a wonderful present saving a life would be little Krinkle found his new chance.  He earned his name because of his crinkly coat.

He took to the bottle feeding right away like a champ and doubled his weight within the first week.  Since he had to be fed so frequently he spent his days at the clinic curled up in a blue bin with heating disks where all the staff took turns spoiling him rotten.  This handling from multiple people and the frequent travel also helps with the socialization that he wasn’t receiving anymore from his feline family.  Technicians; Rebecca and Angie both have experience with orphans so were able to give newer staff members a quick crash course on how to behave like a surrogate mom’s for young impressionable kittens.

Giving Captain Krinkles the eye drops however were another story.  The poor little guy thought it was torture but we persevered for his own good and the infection soon was resolved and quickly became less painful.

The effects of replacement milk and two different types of internal parasites (more on parasites and the importance of deworming kittens will be in another tail) caused a fluctuation between constipation and diarrhea.

 The “missing” eye initially caused a drastic change in Krinkles learning curve since his depth perception was so off.  This meant making sure when he was learning to jump things, they were low because he would often miss.  He learned quickly that he found large toys more favorable to the smaller ones you normally get for cats and kittens.  His favorites were the dog’s ball and a stuffed pig webkinz.   

His previous owner has checked in several times to see how he’s doing and his littermates have had several visits to the clinic.  They ended out battling the same parasite problems that he did.  He’s now the biggest in the “litter” weighing in at almost twice the size of the largest.

At 8 weeks old Krinkles is now eating on his own, all his gastrointestinal problems seem to be gone, he’s off most of his medications and he is out and about with the other 6 cats in the home…but his best buddy still remains the dog he was isolated with for the first three weeks.  He will need all the care that a normal kitten needs in 6 – 8 months as well as surgery on his eye when he’s neutered but he has adapted so well to his handicap that you can hardly tell there are any problems. 

We are very proud of his many achievements and can’t wait to see how his next adventures unfold.

Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT



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We were sad to hear, Eleanor of Hi crown cattery had died. We adopted a beautiful British shorthair kitten from her, five years ago, Which we named Chloe. Chloe is a wonderful cat, great company. We thought it would be nice to get a sister or brother for Chloe. British shorthair cats truly are wonderful cats. We were wondering if you happened to know, of any other good breeders, of British shorthair kittens. Thanks Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by Kaila on January 26 2017 @ 11:42 pm

Really informative article post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

Posted by Hicksonml on November 7 2014 @ 4:03 pm

Thank you Ly, It's been well over a year since I've had this guy and in that time I've bottle fed dozens more orphan kittens for a rescue I'm now fostering for but there is nothing quite like my Krinkles. He still rules the house with this entitled look and is just so soft and squishy you just have to pet him all the time.  We now put him to work daily as a foster dad for dozens of orphans and he loves it.  He really is the best....Eleanor would always tell me he's typical for the breed that they are all big loving teddy bears.  Eleanor unfortunately became ill last fall and lost the fight against cancer this March.  It was all much quicker than expected and a shock to many who knew her.  Hi Crown has been closed down.  Her husband and friends pulled together to get all the queens through their last litters and then everyone was adopted into new homes.  She was a great lady who did a lot for the breed.  She will be missed.I hope your able to find another Brittish Shorthair breeder who has cats just as great as hers.  We don't have any other clients breeding them so I don't have anyone to suggest but if they really are all like my Krinkle's then they are sure worth the search.

Posted by Angie on August 2 2014 @ 9:16 pm

Thank you Angie for sharing such an amazing and heartfelt story! I commend you all! Interestingly, I tried contacting Hi Crown a few weeks ago (July 2014) about adopting a british blue and my email enquiry bounced back. Now I see the website is no longer online. By chance I happened to have found your article about Captain Krinkles. Timely and informative!

Posted by LY on August 2 2014 @ 8:40 pm

I am happy to say all his siblings have gone on to their new homes with no problems. I was so pleased to have Angie adopt this little guy and make him thrive.. I strive for happy healthy kittens to move on to their new homes and this was a perfect opportunity for a little guy to be in a home where the care is just what the Vet ordered. Eleanor at Hi Crown British Shorthair cats.

Posted by Eleanor on June 14 2013 @ 12:52 pm

So glad to hear Krinkles is doing so well. :) Such a cutie. Will be watching to see how his next adventures unfold.

Posted by Eileen Puddicomb on June 4 2013 @ 8:04 pm

YEAH!!! You all rock!!! Great job little captain! :)

Posted by Jess on June 4 2013 @ 6:48 pm