Monday, June 27, 2016

Getting to know the kittens

It has been a rough week for me and the kittens.  It has been hard on me that they see me as the enemy, but this isn't anything I haven't been through before. I know it is something I can overcome and will overcome, but it is challenging when I'm the enemy and they are having medical issues.

Yes, the kittens have diarrhea. They came with solid stools, but the transition and maybe the stress of it all has caused things to loosen up. They are also small for their age, so I've been trying to give them food to help them catch up and they are eating it, and pooping it out.  With the diarrhea, they are filling up litter boxes rather quickly and they are choosing to go on the couch or on the towels, or other places in the room, I have added two more boxes, so *knocks wood* hopefully this is the end of it.

I've had the stool tested at the shelter and nothing is showing. I've started probiotics so hopefully this will end soon, and if not I'll bring another sample to the shelter to double check since most parasites don't shed 100% of the time.  If they have a second clear sample I'll start them on raw food and hopefully that will clear this up.

As you can see from the video the little black kitten isn't afraid of me anymore. He is not a fan of my hands, so if I want to pet him or touch him he can't see it coming. He will purr when I snuggle him, which is causing his siblings to give me the benefit of the doubt - as long as I don't look at them.  I have broken out the Spirit Essence and the Rescue Remedy. We just need to break the gut reaction they have that I'm bad. If I can get them to stop and think about it I know this feral part of things will be over... well I hope.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Welcome to Casa de Gato

There are new kittens in the kitten room. Five little kittens who were being raised by a feral mom when they were recently caught. It was decided that they would spay the mom and return her to where they caught her, but that the kittens would go into foster care.

The good news is they are handleable. They are eight weeks old, three girls two boys, and surprisingly when you get your hands on them they aren't violent. Bad news is they want nothing to do with grabby hands. Yet again I take on the role of the enemy. *sigh* hopefully that won't last too long.

I did a swap of kittens at lunch time, so I didn't have a lot of time with them initially. I set them up in the cage figuring they would just hide when I walked in the room and I needed to assess them. I was able to easily pull them out of the carrier and put them in the cage. I gave them a litter box and some food and went back to work.

When I got home I started cleaning up the room from the last set of kittens. Fortunately, they were very healthy so I felt I could get away with a light cleaning. Someone wanted me to let him out.

Well at least until I spoke to him and took his picture, then he was all like "who are you and keep your grabby hands to yourself woman!"

I took them out one at a time and gave them a once over. Each one had their nail trimmed and a few had their ears cleaned (it looks like they used to have ear mites, so they'll need another cleaning in a few days)   So here is what we have.

Black boy

Tiger girl. 
She is missing her rear right foot. It looks like she has a knee, 
but I'm not completely sure. It does not slow her down at all.

Tiger boy

Tiger girl: she has an interesting coat. 
You might think it looks a bit like a bengal coat. 
It's hard to tell at this point, but it is pretty

Buff tiger girl. I love her pencil mustache

Each kitten was put back after the nail trim and once-overs and I forced them to walk over me if they wanted to get out. The little black one was out of there like a shot. He had things to investigate, and stuff to wappy paw into submission. The little buff tiger girl is the most timid and was the last out and she hid the entire time I was in the room, but the rest of them.. 

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