Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cat Bed Pictures

I had one cat bed on the couch and it was so popular a place I put out the other 2 beds I had tucked away.  The first picture is of my Leo (he was 9 days old when he arrived at my house).  He must have been comfortable as he slept there for quite a while.  The next picture is of the bed right beside Leo's bed with 2 kittens having enough room to sleep comfortably.  Then a couple of pictures of 4 kittens sleeping in a bed, kneading and joustling to get a comfortable spot.  Yes, the beds are "the" place to sleep.
     The babies have been playing a lot and enjoying each other.  Pekko and Brazil will be going to Petsmart on Saturday.  Ronan, Raisin, Roo, Boston, Booker and Landon will be going as well once they get a vet check up Monday morning.  My house will be noticeably quieter with up to 8 busy babies gone for a week or even forever if they get adopted.  Yes, time to say goodbye so I must get myself prepared.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Boston, Booker and Brazil

My adorable "B" babies are growing up.  Brazil has had her vet check and is up for adoption now.  Boston sees the vet on Mon and will be up for adoption then if all goes well.  Booker is just getting over his recurring eye infection in his left eye and will be up for adoption very soon.  They are very loving babies as are the rest of the babies in my house.
     My morning head count in the bathroom is interesting once in a while.  Sometimes there are only 13 babies and I have to figure out which one is the lazy baby taking their time to come into the bathroom.  They are eating over 4 big cans of canned food plus a couple of bowls of kitten crunchies every day. This means 3 big plates for the food so they can all get their fair share.
     Garrick is a big, big boy.  He will be going to the vet on Monday as he has grown bigger than some of his older brothers and sisters.  He has been solid from day 1 and hasn't faltered at all.  Greta is still a petitle little girl and is doing fine as well.
     It is hard to think that the time is coming for me to be saying goodbye as they leave for their forever homes.  I should have 6 babies going to Petsmart on Dec 1 which will make my house a quieter but lonlier place.  They are such affectionate babies.  I always have a kitten wanting to be held, carried, on my lap, sharing love.  My heart is filled with love for each baby as they are all unique and special in their own way.  They are having fun playing with each other and now go to play after breakfast instead of going to the basket to sleep.  They are truly happy babies who have been totally loved.
     Yesterday I was looking at my Avon book before I went to work that the Avon lady had dropped off.  I looked down and there was Ronan curled up in the crook of my arm sleeping soundly.  I so often have a kitten on my lap, neck, shoulder, arms that I don't even notice anymore when they crawl onto my lap.  I talked to Ronan who was bursting with happiness. He couldn't get enough love or give enough love.  I told him we had all survived a rough, rough week when I was sick, scared and worried about all 18 of my babies.  I said "Pierce that was a week to be proud of making it throug.".  Then I realized it was not Pierce and I started crying.  I talked to Pierce a lot more than I realized and still miss him so very much. I still can't believe he is gone as I didn't have him for anywhere long enough and still had so much love to give him.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Landon and Pekko

Pekko (Peek-a-Boo) and Landon are the very best of friends.  It would be so wonderful if they got adopted together as they have a storng bond.  They were laying together in the cat bed.  Landon was rubbing his face up against Pekko's face and was in total rapture.  They play together all the time.
     Wed night Pekko really, really wanted loving during the night.  Four times he woke me up wanting to be loved and lay across my neck so he could suck on the shoulder of my pyjamas.  He was so happy.  The next day I told Pekko when he was laying on the pillow on my bed that  I loved that he loved me so much but could we leave the hugging and loving for the daytime when I was not trying to sleep.  He looked me in the eye and put his paw on my cheek as if to say sorry, he understood.  Thursday night he only got me up once--I guess he just couldn't stop himself.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Life With 14 Kittens

     Life is never dull with 14 smart babies.  When I come home they all come running when I use the keypad to unlock the door.  I get swarmed by a mob of gorgeous babies.
     Last night I worked until 10 pm.  I came home, fed the babies, took a bath then curled up to watch a t.v. show I had recorded and really wanted to watch.  Before more than a few minutes went by I had a kitten on the back of my neck, one on each shoulder, one standing on my chest rubbing his nose with mine, two on my waist, one on my lap and some sleeping beside me.  It was hard to see the t.v. Whenever I moved a kitten out of my way to the pile beside me on the bed they all shuffled to find what they thought was a better spot.  It took about 30 minutes for them to settle so I could see the t.v.
     Playing a computer card game is supper challenging (especially if it is a timed game).  Trying to see around a few heads who all want to give you their advise is not easy.  They want you to win but don't realize they are not as much help as they think they are.
     There is always a baby wanting to be picked up and loved and given some one on one.  It takes many, many minutes in a day to give each one all the love they would like.  My heart is big enough to be filled with more than enough love for all of them.  My heart sings.
     The group gathering in the bathroom in the morning when I get up means you have to be quite awake before shuffling out of bed.  They are so very happy to have me up.  They do start trying to get me awake and up about 5 a.m. but I resist.  They will be just fine for another hour or so longer.  They are smart and would never let me sleep if I got up and fed them every time they thought it was time for me to get up.
     Yes, life is great when all the kittens are doing well, playing lots and sharing the love in their hearts.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Raisin, Ronan, Roo, Rome and Ryder

They are growing!  They are playing a lot and gaining weight nicely.  They are sweet little babies.  They are very loving and take turns wanting their special one on one with me.  Yesterday it was Rome who decided she needed extra loving.  The day before it was Ryder. But this means competing with Booker who thinks my arms and lap are his exclusively and will share.  Ryder and Rome have a bit of an eye thing starting but I started the eye ointment at the first sign of a problem so hopefully it will resolve very quickly.
     Jen, no polydactyls in my house right now.
     Brazil and Garrick were playing a long time this morning.  Garrick for being the youngest boy was holding his own with his very much bigger sister.  They were having a great time chasing each other and tumbling in the hallway.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Landon, Lyric and Lilac

Landon, Lyric and Lilac are getting over their upper respiratory infection.  They are doing well, just still a little snuffly.  Soon they will be going up for adoption.
     The last 3 pictures are of Brazil.  She got into my box of Halloween candy.  Eventually the box was emptied and she was sleeping in an empty box,  She will be big enough to go to the vet on Tues to get microchipped, vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia.  Then in just a little while she will be big enough for adoption as she is growing quickly and never got the eye infection or upper respiratory going around (thanks to the 9 babies I got in that one holiday Monday).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Results on Garrison and Barnaby

I got the autopsy results on Garrison and Barnaby.  Garrison had a most definitie case of FIP.  I never saw that coming as he was older and I see it appear in my smaller kittens.  Barnaby had a liver defect which was totally a shock.  I am so glad it wasn't something contagious which means my house is not in deep trouble.  Two losses that were unavoidable and heartbreaking.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Garrick and Greta

These are 2 very adorable babies.  They have grown so much since they arrived at 2 days old.  Greta has wavy hair so looks like she needs a good brushing all the time.  Garrick has the most beautiful distinctive colors.  It is hard to believe they are only 4 1/2 weeks old as they have been doing "big" baby things for a long time now.  They are using the litter box 100% of the time which means they are very smart.  They are very pudgy fat little babies which is amazing for bottle babies.  They have been eating canned food for over a week now which is well before the 6 weeks I would expect them to be eating the canned food. They are now bigger than some of the "R" babies as they are growing so much.  They are no longer cage babies even at night.  They came to the bathroom this morning with the other 12 babies when I got up and went to the bathroom.  What a greating first thing in the morning!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

How Did I Survive the Most Horrible Week Ever?

     I finally can write about my most horrible week.  I cannot believe I survived it.  I did not see much of it coming so was reeling from the shocking disasters while trying to absorb it all.  Last weekend I was hit with the worst cold of my life.  My body was aching (not the flu) and I had zero energy.  After the long sleepless night with Pierce on Monday I was super tired on Tuesday.  Wednesday I had a vet visit booked for Paige and Garrison.  When I got up on Wednesday I found Barnaby was crashing.  He was limp like a cooked spaghetti noodle.  I gave him white corn syrup then ran downstairs to get the saline and needle to give him fluids.  I found Paige crashing on the basement floor.  I scooped Paige up and put her in a cage for the one way visit to the vet.  I knew she would not survive as it was FIP that had taken a huge turn for the worse in her.  I got Barnaby squared away and he was much better.  He was sleeping normally and even moved from one bed to another bed.
     I went out for lunch at 1:30 and when I got home Barnaby had seriously crashed.  I phoned the vet to see if she was in then said I was rushing Barnaby in.  I raced to the vet's.  Rekha was not sure what was going on but he was placed on an i.v. and given metronidazole, ampicillin and dextrose.  It was not looking very good.  Then I rushed home to get Pekko and Garrison for their vet appointment.  Pekko had blood taken so we can see where he is at and to see if he is battling FIP.  Garrison had large, large pupils and was sneezing and quiet from not feeling good.  He had already been on a round of antibiotics.  Rekha had not seen his eye problem (irises were constricted causing the pupils to be large).  They took blood so we could get some idea of what was going on. Her vet opthamologist friend was coming out Nov 5 and Rekha wanted her to look at Garrison.  Then I went home with the two.
     At 6:45 Rekha called and we discussed me taking Barnaby home though he would likely die.  Fifteen minutes later she called to say she had put Barnaby down as his heart rate was 30 and should have been 180 and that he was dying.  It was hard news to hear.
     When I woke up Thursday morning it took me a few minutes to get up enough strength to get up and see what was happening in my household.  Garrison was dead on the livingroom floor.  When I called Rekha she was shocked that he had died.  We are doing an autopsy as it is a mystery as to what went on with him.  I dropped him off on my way to work.
     I got home from work after 5.  I couldn't find Pierce which made my heart race as I knew it was not good news.  I went through the house calling him.  I ended up racing through the house screaming his name.  I finally found him downstairs (he only went downstairs when he followed me down) by the washing machine.  He was in deep trouble and I knew it was the day.  I wrapped him up and rushed to Rekha's.  I could not believe my precious, totally loved little boy was gone.  I worked so hard to save him, to get him to beat his FIP and to eat more so he could gain weight.  I was absolutely hysterical driving home (I don't remember the trip home).  My heart was so broken with all that had gone on Wed and Thurs.  I had to dig deep again for enough strength to get myself to bowling which I could not miss as it is a competitive league and playoff night.  I got through the evening without anyone asking what was wrong.  I was empty, aching, heartbroken and crushed.
     Everything has been good since then for these next 3 days.  I think the worst is over and somehow I survived.  The babies are all growing and happy.  Most of the eye infections have cleared up.  The babies are playing and having fun.  Last night I let all of them stay out of the cage.  At 4:46 am I was awakened by babies who felt they were starving.  So I got up to feed them so I would have a chance of more sleep.  I put the cage away today which means all the babies are growing up.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sharing My World with You

     I know Pierce's life may not be very much longer with me so I treasure each day I am given with him.  Yesterday morning around 8 am he was holding his back leg funny, not like  kitten who has injured his leg.  Then shortly after his front leg went into a claw shape.  My heart sank as I knew this was not a good sign at all. Then he was back to normal when I went to work at 1:30.  When I got home after work at 10 pm Pierce was walking like he was drunk and tipped over.  He had a hard time getting into the basket with Garrison.  I knew that morning would very likely bring a one way trip to the vet as I will not let him suffer knowing what he has is terminal.  So with heavy heart I went to bed and could not fall asleep for at least 2 hours as my head was racing.  I finally fell into a deep sleep then was awakened by a kitten repeatedly crying. I had to get up to see what was going on.  It was Pierce.  I picked him up and he snuggled right into me purring as loud as he could.  I paced through the house with him as he was so content.  I thought "another moment of happiness to treasure.".  I put him in the cat bed with Garrison as I didn't trust his shaky legs to not tumble him off the bed.  I was trying to settle my mind when Pierce started crying again.  I got up and said that he could come to bed with me because if it was his last night with me he could very well spend it snuggling with me.  I got a favorite fuzzy blanket and took him to bed with me.  I was still not ready to say goodbye.  He slept for a while with me as I dozed then he got up so I got up and put him in the cat bed and slept until 5 am.  I was not able to go back to sleep though I tried until 6:15 am (I had to somehow make it through a day of work).  I got up to check on Pierce and he was fine!  He was as normal as he has been in a long while.  I couldn't believe my eyes!  My heart stopped beating for a couple of seconds.  I gave him his breakfast then took him outside to see the snow falling.  He was not sure what to make of the snow falling nor the cooler weather.  He was so very happy for the minute I had him outside.  When I got home from work at 5 pm he was a beautiful kitten with lots of energy going around and checking things out.  He maintained his weight from yesterday too.  So one more day to love my little boy.

Friday, October 19, 2012


This is what I saw on Wednesday.  Two comfy beds right side by side yet all the babies looking for a nice place to sleep chose to sleep in one bed all snuggling together. Makes you smile I bet.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Meet Rome, Ryder, Raisin, Roo and Ronan

These are my new sweet "R" babies.  They are 5 weeks old today.  Roo is the little busy girl and is like the energizer bunny--going and going and going.  Ryder is the quiet boy.  He was not 100% a couple of days ago so I was worried but he is much better now.  Ronan is quiet too so the boys are the gentle souled little ones. They are starting to eat canned food so soon no more bottles for them.
     Pierce lost a lot of weight over night.  But I am focusing on him today and dropper feeding him some protein powder mixed with water and Recovery canned food mixed with a bit of protein powder and water.  He is on antibiotics as of yesterday and hopefully they kick in by tonight.  I should have seen an improvement in his appetite this morning but I will try to be patient.
     Greta and Garrick are 3 weeks plus one day old.  They are starting to use the litter box and are gaining weight like crazy.  I even caught Garrick eating some canned food yesterday and thought I was seeing things.  Usually it is at least 5 weeks old before they really decide they like the canned food.  They are good babies and have been very easy to look after.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pierce Update

     Pierce is so deep in my heart and my most precious baby this year.  He certainly knows who his mama is.  He comes when I call and does a little chirp to tell me he is here!  I have a hard time knowing his life will be short but I told him a few days ago that his whole life from 10 days and on was with the mama he loves so very much.
     Today was such a beautiful fall day with the sun shining.  I decided to take Pierce outside for the first time as sunshine helps sick upper respiratory kittens so I thought why not.  I sat down on the lawn and let him walk around.  He would go no further than 4 feet from me.  Then he would chirp and come back to me to rub up against me then crawl onto my lap.  Then he would leave again.  I told him I would SO love to be able to take him outside next spring after the snow is gone and it warms up.  I know it is wishful thinking and it hit me hard what was likely going to happen sooner than I would like.  I lay down on the lawn ande sobbed my heart out.  But...........Pierce had a great time.  I made him happy and it is a great memory to hold onto.
     Pierce was slowly gaining weight then dropped 40g in one day.  I was crushed as it is slow going when he gains 6 to 10g per day.  But protein powder has been a great thing for Pierce.  He also likes hamburger boiled fresh (no hours old or day old for him) and leftover turkey that I froze after cutting into tiny pieces.  I offered him tuna today which he picked at after Garrison showed him that it was indeed a good thing.  I bought sandwich meat for my sandwich and think I will try Pierce on thuringer (protein plus calories).  So far he has perfect poops so all my experimenting is not affecting him that way.  He gets 0.2 ml of Omega 3 oil for cats every day as well.  I am trying everything I can think of to help my precious smiley boy survive.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lots Happening

     Life has finally calmed down.  On Monday I received Lyric, Lyndee, Lilac, Layton, Lancelot, Landon, Lance, Lexus, Logan and Landon.  They are 6, 8 and one is 9 weeks old.  They came from a farm hours outside of Saskatoon and were dumped there.  Winter is cruel to tiny babies so they were rescured and taught indoor life.  Some were a little timid but soon caught on to the joy of being inside.  On Thursday I got 5 little "R" babies who are 4 weeks old.  This meant 24 babies which are too much to give proper care too.  So on Friday Layton and Lancelot went to a new foster home who is in love with the two already.  Today Lyndee, Lexus, Lance and Logan went to another foster home.  These 6 babies are all doing well on their own so just need to grow and be loved.  On Friday I took Lilac and Landon to the vet to get their eye problems checked out.  So they are on antibiotics and eye ointment.  I am grateful that it was not a big issue.
     The "R" babies are 3 girls and 2 boys (names to be chosen on Tuesday).  They sure love their bottle.  One little boy even pecked at canned food so it won't be long before they are off the bottle too.  These babies were alone after their mom was gone for 5 days.  They needed someone to look after them.
     The "B" babies are doing awesome.  Big Barnaby sure loves his bottle.  But he drinks a whole bottle, is 6 weeks old and really should be on canned food.  Memories of Pierce--Barnaby does not, not want to eat canned food.  Because the milk doesn't hold him for long he became a big pest always climbing my leg and being in my face constantly.  I put some canned food in his mouth a few times over the last two days but he didn't catch on to the canned.  After 2 nights of Barnaby finding me in bed (he has kept the secret from his siblings so far) and my very interrupted sleep I decided today was the day as he is now 6 weeks old.  I set him on the cupboard, mixed the canned food with a bit of protein powder and water and put it in front of Barnaby.  The boy dug in until half his face was covered.  I told him it was okay, food washes off easily and what a good boy he was for finally wanting to eat canned food. He has not had a bottle today nor Brazil, Boston or Booker.  Sometimes you have to be persistent.
     Greta and Garrick are 17 days old.  Hard to believe I have had them for 15 days.  They had a little bump and the vet said to put them on antibiotics as they had diarrhea and were not eating like they had been.  After a day they were back to normal and are gaining weight.  You can't sneak into their room anymore as they can hear very well now.  Soon they will be out from under the heat lamp and coming out for short romps.  They grow so fast.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Now Life is Crazy

     Life is super out of rhythm until all 19 of us find a new rythym.  The new babies are mostly good.  I have 5 of them running around to get some exercise out of the cage.  They are not nervous being in the house and two come to me on their own for loving.  Being born on a farm means a bigger adjustment coming into my house.  There are 6 boys and 3 girls.  Four are still cage babies as they either have bad eyes or are not comfortable enough to be allowed to run around.  Anyone ready will go to Petsmart the end of Oct which will be just right as they will be settled into a house routine. 
     Everyone else is doing well.  Garrick and Greta are 13 days old today.  Hard to think they were only 2 days old when they came here.  They have gotten a few bum washes as they are starting to pee and poop on their own. Pierce is gaining weight every day and is full of energy.  I have hope for him as he keeps gaining weight and looking better.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lots of Pictures and Update on the B Babies

The pictures are of Barnaby and Booker then two pictures each of Barnaby, Booker, Boston and Brazil and finally two pictures of the four B babies with Pierce and Paige.  Where to begin telling you about my wonderful "B' babies.  They are growing so very fast.  They came in weighing 190 to 256g and this morning weighed 380 to 442g.  They have gained 176g to 202g which is more than enough to make me super happy.  Brazil was the loudest when she came but has settled in to be one of the quietest demure kittens. She is a very sound sleeper and sometimes scares me when she is sleeping soundly. Barnaby is the biggest and very determined to be the first to get the bottle when it is feeding time.  Boston and Booker love to play.  This morning Boston discovered the canned food and ate and ate and ate for 6 minutes.  Usually they just pick at the food when they decide canned food is edible but she really seriously dug in.  Then Booker decided that food was okay too.  So feeding time in the near future will be much easier and quicker. How fast they grew!  Soon the 30 minute lunch hours won't be packed with trying to feed the 6 babies then rush back to work. They make me laugh all the time--the 4 little fluff  balls following me, playing, sleeping.  Five weeks old and going strong.
     Tomorrow I am expecting 10, yes, 10 kittens that are 4 to 6 weeks old.  I will check them out and try and blend them into my household. It will be very busy and a new routine to be discovered.  I hope that they are all healthy and have clear eyes.  Some are a little skittish so I will be spending lots of time holding them and getting them used to people.  Hopefully they settle in quickly.