Saturday, November 29, 2014
I said goodbye this morning to Peaches my 19 year old cat. I also said goodbye to my wonderful dog Maggie who adored the baby kittens for the last 13 years. She was like a toddler anxious to see their new sibling whenever new babies arrived in our house. She was so good with each and every baby and truly loved them with all her heart just as I do. My house will feel empty with two of my precious companions gone.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
My heart is broken as I say goodbye to Bram as I lost him this morning. Little Bram was always tiny with a big heart. He knew his name and tried his hardest. It has been 3 weeks of worry and watching and hoping and loving and hugging and kissing. Bram was a sweet little boy who struggled with gaining weight. I decided to take him off the bottle when he wouldn't take it any more. I would dropper feed him which were moments of love as it takes a long time to dropper feed a baby so you have lots of time to tell him you love him and to look into his eyes. I gave him fluids a couple of days ago and started dropper feeding him canned food with protein powder mixed in to give it more substance. He seemed to be doing well on this food. Yesterday morning he actually ate by himself off a plate. I was ecstatic as I thought we had turned the corner and were making our way back from the dark side. This morning he did not talk to me nor get out of his bed. So I subcutaneously gave him more fluids and his antibiotics. I wrapped him up in a fluffy blanket and put him in a tiny cat bed. He died quietly a short time later. He was a sweet boy and I will truly miss my little angel who loved me back as much as I loved him. Goodbye little Bram.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The little P babies have gained decent weight the last 2 days which makes me worry less. It is so very tiring to watch intensely when they aren't doing as well as I would like. It is hard to explain how draining it is and how joyful when you see them turn the corner.
I just had a friend drop off a case of food for the babies. I told her a gift for my babies was a gift for me. I got an email yesterday from the owner of two of my kittens that were adopted last summer. It is a true gift to have people think of my babies and me and it brings a smile to my face.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Marchand, Manchester, Martina, Benjie, Bonnie and Bridgit went to Petsmart last week. All but Marchand and Benjie got adopted so they went to Leslie's foster home along with Brandi (just became big enough for adoption yesterday) and special little Mavoureen (who has been gaining weight at a good rate the last coupe of weeks so she is almost big enough to be adopted). My house is different and feels very quiet with the 7 babies gone.
Every morning I allow extra time as Cavana now sleeps in the crook of my neck or on my pillow. She wants loving as soon as she knows I am up for the day. Then Brandi and Crackerjack come running and I have 3 wiggly kittens to love to pieces. I will miss Brandi tomorrow morning when only two babies want loving. I will be putting up pictures of Daffodil, Cavana, Crackerjack and Chiclet hopefully tomorrow. They have filled out and are playful little babies now.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Benjie, Bonnie, Bridgit, Manchester, Marchand (my little snuggle bug in bed every morning--I really missed him this morning), and Martina are all at Petsmart. My house feels so much quieter without these healthy babies racing around chasing each other. I listen carefully and it pays off when I heard racing feet when I was in the hallway. There two came running fast. I had stopped and put my feet a bit apart which was a good thing as they raced at top speed between my feet. I miss all these babies and it is hard to believe they are ready for their forever homes. The goodbyes start.
The "baby" B babies have gone through a huge growth spurt. They were only 6 days old when I got them so I have loved them for a long time. Now they are "big" little kittens doing big kitten things. They are now climbing my multi leveled cat post. Biscuit is only wanting one bottle a day. Bram is still enjoying his bottle. On second inspection I have discovered that Biscuit is a girl (her name will still work) and wow............Bronson (my tiny frozen, fighter baby) is indeed a girl. She (it will take a while to think of her as a girl) will have to have a new name picked for her. She is so very precious. My life would be less happy if she wasn't in it. I tell her every day how lucky she and I are and how a matter of minutes longer to get to me would have meant that she would not be in my life. I marvel at her strength. I swoop on kittens when I panic thinking they are in trouble, sorry babies but that is what this mom does. I told Bronson that I did a big swoop as soon as I saw her in an effort to save her and wasn't it worth it!!! Swoops pay off sometimes. Thank goodness I don't have to swoop often but swoops are part of my world.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Life has been intense with a lot of babies needing my help. I have 24 babies right now. A bacteria has gone through my house and I lost 3 precious babies besides Begonia. Mandryk crashed 2 weeks ago and I rushed him to the vet. We worked on him for an hour and he seemed to be rallying. He purred when I came back to visit him and even ate a third of a can of food which was amazing. He came home with me as I could monitor him and give him his meds. At 10:30 pm I put him in the litter box and he had a well formed poop. I got his meds ready to give him and came back into the room to find him collapsed on the edge of the litter box. He died during the night.
I also got 6 babies on October 25th. They were 40 hours old. Mom had a bad infection following the birth and could only feed the babies once. So with immunity from the mom at a bare minimum I took on the task of feeding these babies (making the total of 12 on the bottle at that time) until mom could be treated and maybe take her babies back. She came to my house Monday evening and would have nothing to do with her babies so............I was now mom to her tiny babies. Pepsi, Penton, Pierre, Phillip, Persia and Pax are all doing well. They are 13 days old and their eyes are starting to open.
I had an extra load put on me when my babies were needed for many photo shoots to finish up the calendar. It took time to get my babies tidied up for the picture shoots plus worrying about them when I had kittens who were struggling. The extra worry on top of the worry of the struggling babies was incredibly hard on me. Benjie went to a photo shoot and spent the evening sleeping, not moving a lot and not eating. Yet another reason that photo shoots were not what I needed at the time of all the struggles. Finally 3 hours later he came around. It took a lot of prodding for me to finally get a response other than everything was fine. It was very very noisy at the photo shoot which tired out Benjie as he was overwhelmed. Three long hours spent worrying about my little boy. I know each of my kittens and knew that something was not right at the photo shoot. But we have survived all this and all are doing well now. I think we will make it.