Saturday, September 27, 2014

Manchester, Mandryk, Marchand, Martina, Mavoureen--the newest kids

Baby season is not done yet.  I got these 5 cuties last week Thursday and Friday.  Their mom got mastitis and only had one teat working for 5 babies.  The vet recommended pulling the 4 strongest babies (the first 4 in the pictures) and leave the little girl to have mom to herself on Thursday.  Mom was not paying attention to Mavoureen and was not sleeping with her so Mavoureen came to be with her siblings on Friday.  These babies were tough babies for the first 3 days as they just would not take the bottle.  Getting formula into a baby without squirting it into their lungs is a big job.  You must go drop by drop which takes a lot of time especially when multiplied by 5.  The babies fought against the bottle which has not happened before that I can remember.  I am stubborn and kept trying and finally starting a bit on Sunday they were all drinking enough to be considered a meal from the bottle at 3 am Monday morning.  They are really enjoying their bottles now.  Mavoureen has something wrong with her.  She doesn't walk on her legs like the others though she does pull herself along.  She is eating really well, is bright and alert and purrs a lot.  I am getting my vet to check her out next week just to see if we can figure out what is going on.  She seems to be walking a tiny bit better since I got her so maybe she is just slow learning to walk.
     I have Puffin, Pixel, Mac, Klara and Kerrick yet.  Tomorrow all except Klara are going to Petsmart.  Klara is not going as she has been limping for a week.  Sometimes kittens play and get their claw stuck and twist their leg a bit.  This morning during our first loving of the day I was playing with Klara.  She used both feet to play with my finger and all her paws felt warm.  Then I felt a large lump on her shoulder.  I got her in to the vet at noon today.  The vet thought possibly her scapula was broken.  I was scared as to break a bone in a kitten requires a big force.  So Klara was x-rayed.  It turns out it was an abcess from a puncture to her shoulder.  So someone must have bitten her or punctured her skin with  claw when they were playing.  She is on antibiotics for a week.  I was told that if I had waited until next week the infection would have been very serious.  So Klara will be fine.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tiny Update

     The goodbyes are starting.  It is hard when there are a lot of little babies who require a lot of work.  Then they all turn older all at the same time.  On Friday Koby and Muffin went to their forever homes leaving me with 10 babies to love.  Today Kodiak and Kaegan went to their forever homes so now 8 babies to love.  Kia had a visitor who fell in love with her and will be adopting her this week.  Peep and Paris will be able to go to their forever homes this weekend as Paris is big enough.  It feels different around here already.  It is the fun part--no baths, no getting up during the night or rushing home during my lunch break and healthy, happy kittens to watch play and have cuddles from.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Kaegan, Kerrick,Kia, Klara, Kodiak, Koby Today--many pictures to share

These babies will be leaving soon and this brought me to take a walk down memory lane.  I looked back at their weights when they arrived and compared them to today.  Kerrick 128g/976g, Kodiak 132g/882g, Koby 120g/854g, Kia 112g/700g, Kaegan 130g/774g, Klara 116g/826g.  I was worried about the two little girls when they came as they were so small and thin.  These beautiful girls have grown into gorgeous young kittens.  Night after night of getting up to bottle feed them and making them pee and poop progressed through the natural stages of growing up until all 6 kittens are the stunning kittens in the pictures above.  Now they will be going to their forever homes, my job done.  Kodiak was quite a gangly little boy and has filled out into a handsome boy.  Kodiak is grateful that I saved him from his predicament of being stuck under the fridge.  All love to fill my lap whenever possible and give me endless purrs.  Yes, indeed, it is worth all we have gone through together. I have been rewarded with buckets of kitten love which is non ending and given unconditionally.  There is always a kitten willing to give me a snuggle and encourage me.  There is nothing like a lap full of kittens.

Second Post Today on Mac and Muffin

Mac and Muffin are getting bigger and are very solid kittens.  They are good natured and love to snuggle.  I woke them up so I could get their pictures taken.  Muffin tried to make me feel guilty by yawning but forgave me quickly.  Muffin will be leaving on Friday with Koby (will be Oscar in his new home).  They are wonderful little babies.