Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Saving it for later

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Naming Day - The Tributes

Older boy
Younger boy
Since I got these kittens shortly after hearing about Robin Williams, I thought about naming them after him or characters he played. I wasn't all that interested in naming one Robin and one Williams since it was way too obvious, so I strived to find names of characters that would fit. I figured Mork and Mindy would be too obvious too, so I looked up the name of Mrs. Doubtfire since I had a girl, and frankly I am so horribly spelling impaired for that name. Around this time I heard back from my friend Rene. She had previously asked about possibly naming a foster kitten "Tucker" after her beloved Tucker. I wasn't sure if it was too soon or not, but she did like the idea of naming the wee littlest boy after her Tucker, so Tucker he became.

I was still searching around for names for the other two, and was thinking Flubber for a while, when Rene suggested Garp. Garp seem to fit the older boy very well, as he is kinda Garpish.. so he became Garp.

I still struggled for a name for the girl. She is FIERCELY independent, refusing to allow me to make her pee after eating after just a few days and proudly going to the box and peeing in it directly after I would put her down. She is smart, she is sassy, and she nurses on her brother's ear.. When I heard that Sparkle did not come home after her last trip to the vet, I thought of how independent and smart Sparkle was. Since I already had two tribute kittens, I wrote to Sparkle's mom Janiss and asked her if it would be okay if I named my little girl after her.  She wrote back saying of course I could, and mentioning she would be joining a number of cats who had been named after her.  And being as independent and fierce of spirit as she is, Sparkle seems to respond much better to Spark. I will be calling her both, and her official name is Sparkle.

These three have big paw prints to live up to, but I'm sure they'll do just fine.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Out of the bucket - into the cage

Now that the kitten room became vacant, it was time to move the bottle babies into there and out of my office which I had just finished cleaning up and was open to the cats to explore for the first time in months. I felt bad that they had only a few days in it before I closed it up again. Hopefully by the time you are reading this I will have cleaned up the room and sanitized it enough to feel comfortable opening it up to The Crew again.

The first few days with me I left the kittens in the cardboard carrier they came to me in. I then moved them to a round orange tote (which was previously used in the kitten room to hold recyclables) and then into a large storage tote once they started needing a litter box. The girl decided pretty early on that she did not want to be made to pee, but she would do it at her choosing, and fortunately she chose right away to pee in the box. The larger boy, he needed some convincing, and would often pee on the bedding instead of in the box.

We did have very good litter box compliance at the time of the move, but the first night someone didn't bother to make it to the litter box and peed on the towel. I am so hoping that is a one time fluke, because frankly I'm doing way too much laundry ;)

Being in the cage has its benefits and its challenges.

One benefit is there is more room so I can use a bigger litter box, and put a bowl of food down for them. They are eating food, but not consistently and not enough, so I am still supplementing regularly with formula, but with the addition of food, I won't feel so driven to come home at lunch time and to only get six hours of sleep because it is time to feed the kittens. I will be keeping a close eye on their health and weight to make sure they are eating enough and doing well, but as long as they do continue to do well the pressure isn't as bad, and things will be easier on me.

The other benefit, more room for them to walk around and wrestle in.

Unfortunately the challenges are kind of big - for me. The first being the only way to get to them is through the door, and we all know about doors and kittens... you open that thing up and an outpouring of kittens come spilling forth. The other is that the cage is climbable. Fortunately they can't get very far up before they come tumbling down but darn it if it doesn't bug me every time they fall.

The other down side, they don't make kitten sized tin cups..

So I have kept the tote in reserve for the storage of kittens during feeding times.

If you aren't following me on Facebook, you are missing out on "Your Morning Mews" where I shoot a small video of the kittens prior to my feeding them so you can hear them complain and watch them jump around telling me off for making them wait. It really is quite cute, and here is a small taste of the morning mews from the cage..

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