Kitten left in Montco library drop box

UPDATE - Officials with the Montgomery County SPCA have noticed a "slight improvement" in the tiny library drop box kitten now known as Hemingway.

Director Carmen Ronio said the veterinary staff has Hemingway's diarrhea under control and that he is starting to eat,  but he is still not drinking so they are continuing to give him IV fluids. 

He also is suffering from an upper respiratory infection and a weakened his immune system. To deal with those health issues, they are keeping him in isolation with a stuffed animal to keep him company.  

"We're hopeful," said Ronio. "We are doing everything we can for him."

He said Hemingway is probably between  5 and 7 weeks old. But since he weighs just 15 ounces and may well have been neglected, it makes it difficult to get a true read on his age.  



"Photo: Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel

Here is the story from my Inquirer colleague Bonnie Cook:

A striped kitten is fighting for its life at the Montgomery County SPCA after someone left him in the book drop of a library in Cheltenham Township, officials said Monday.

The male gray tabby was placed in the book drop at the La Mott Community Center, which doubles as a library, sometime overnight Thursday after the center closed at 9 p.m.

The kitten was discovered by a maintenance man at 7:30 a.m. Friday when he reported for work - and heard mewing from the drop box.

"He investigated, and lo and behold, it was a kitty," said Kelly Rebitz, a center staffer.

The worker summoned police and community center officials who unlocked the drop box, she said. The kitten was freed at 9:30 a.m. and taken to the SPCA for emergency treatment.

Montgomery County SPCA director Carmen Ronio said the cat is 6- to 7-weeks old and suffering from dehydration, a respiratory infection and diarrhea. He said it is being treated with fluids and antibiotics.

Ronio put the kitten's chances of survival at 70 percent. He said it was eating, but not drinking enough yet.

"We're hoping for a happy ending, but I can't promise anything," Ronio said. He said the kitten likely was separated from its mother before it could develop the normal immunities from nursing.