Friday, June 25, 2004
I'm telling you, these kittens are too cute for their own good. They are so cute and sweet and adorable it is scary. I keep expecting them to turn into something other than kittens. Little Robot kittens someone pawned off on me for whatever reason. Every time I go in there I'm mobbed by kittens.. they just want me to hold them and pat them. Honestly. You'd think they would be more into playing with each other - which they do, which again is unbearably cute, but nope.. they just want to climb up me and have me rub their little tummies. -no Connie.. you may not keep them!!!
On a resident cat side note. I brought Jack and Emmy into the vet today. I got a postcard that Jack was due for vaccines, but he's not really due till almost September.. so he was really there for moral support for Em. I have been noticing lately that she doesn't want to jump up on things as much. So we took her in, and the new doctor looked her over and thinks she might be having trouble seeing. We took her blood pressure, and it was 130, which he says is high. But she was in a cage for several hours, so it might have been from stress, so we are going to bring her in tomorrow morning for another one. He also examined her legs, and her right knee seems to give her some discomfort. She's 12 yrs old and almost 17 lbs, diabetic w/ a heart murmur. I have to give her a world of credit for getting around as well as she does :)
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Friday, June 18, 2004
Went in the kitten room last night and the kitten bed / box was covered in kitten poop. We took it out and cleaned it off, but this morning, the litter box had quite a bit on it, and so did Tubby. I'm thinking he has decided he can go on his own. Not yet Tubby dear. Even Mom wouldn't clean him off. He was covered in it.. so I cleaned up the cage, and took him into the bathroom for a little swim. He did amazingly well. He wasn't too fond of the running water, but he didn't even make a peep when I stuck his tushie in. He cried a little when I tried to clean him off, so I turned the water on and just rinsed him off, he was ok with that.
I got him clean and tried to dry him off. I also wanted to put some ointment in his eyes as they have been getting goopy. He cried, and it made mom restless, so I put him back in the cage before he was fully dry. He headed right for the clumping litter. *rolls eyes* I put him in the kitten bed, which is a litter box without litter in it. I actually covered it with a pillow case to help keep things clean, but mom doesn't like linen, I guess, because she is now sleeping in the litter box again, with all the kittens. *sigh* Silly kitties, litter is for pooping, not for sleeping!!
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
I was in feeding / cleaning / playing with the new kids on the block, and the little black kitten was exploring near the water bowl. Somehow she "fell" in butt first. I watched to see what she'd do, as she was in no danger, and she just sat there. After a few moments, she crawled out and into the scoopable litter that mom threw on the floor in the cage. I picked her up to dry her off, which made her cry, which got mom's attention. She looked up, so I offered her the baby. She took a few half-hearted licks at the wet butt, and then I took her away and started drying her off. Mom kept looking. I told her to go back to dinner, which she did.
Of course, when she was done dinner, she started panting - more on this in a bit - so I offered her some water. She totally refused. I had to wonder if it didn't smell like kitten butt. (but then again, most mom cats enjoy that)
So mom is quite strange. She's incredibly vocal. At first, I didn't think she was going to be a very friendly cat, but she totally is. She just likes to growl and moan and hiss. She also has a collar mark, like someone left a too small collar on for way too long. Have to wonder if she wasn't abandoned when she kept going into heat. Her info says she's about 2.5 yrs of age. I feel bad for her. Going to have to make her up a nice write up wh\ ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]/ (Eli says hi) write up when she goes back.
Hershey got adopted yesterday, but so far it looks like Hannah and Tanya are still there :( When I went to see them Monday, they seemed a bit more adjusted to life at the shelter.. I'm not going to worry about them. really. I'm not. yea.. that's it.
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Well, I went to the shelter today, and there was almost no one there, and those that were there were only interested in dogs :( Two kittens went home, but none of mine. So they are still there.. probably not having a clue what is going on. Hopefully, people will come along tomorrow. *crosses fingers*
I took some more photos of them yesterday, but this one I had to share.
I also took home new kittens today. They have a mother. She is obnoxiously vocal. Has something to say about EVERYTHING. The kittens are probably 2.5 to 3 weeks of age. Uber cute. All wobbly on their legs. I can tell the little tiger one is going to be a world of trouble. One boy (gray) and three girls. The mom's name is Whitney I think.. Think I'm going to rename her Gabby!
Friday, June 11, 2004
Well.. its almost Saturday already. The threesome will be going back tomorrow for adoption. I hope Tanya's parents come and get her tomorrow, cause if they don't (whoever they are) I don't know if I'll be able to leave her there.. Afraid it would kill her. *crosses fingers*
they have a new set picked out for me already. Should be fun.
I'm also ordering a new cage. I was keeping moms w/ kittens in my old rabbit cage, and orphan kittens in a ferret cage. Although both are quite rusty. So I've been toying with the idea for a while, and the cage I'm thinking of is on sale.. so it looks like it is time.. that and the bottom of the ferret cage is so rusty it's disappearing.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Have you ever made something yourself? Have you spent the time to do it right and when it was done you thought it was perfect? Well, kittens tend to think their poops are just like that. They bury them to save them for posterity.. so when you go digging for them, they are very interested in why you're interested in their creation. They have to watch you dig for them, watch you find them, then watch you deposit their precious cargo in the bag. Often they have to poke their little heads in the bag to see if you're actually snagging their creation.
And if you're truly lucky.. they'll turn around and make you a new one after you've collected all the ones they have made already.
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Well, Tannie is coming around. She seems more interested in me when I go in there. I'm so glad I'm going to be there for her adoption.. she's so going to need that special home.. hopefully, there will be someone there willing to deal with her hissing. What was really interesting is that last night both my husband and I had a dream where we kept Hershey. How many times do I have to tell that kitten he can't stay?!?!
I went to the shelter annual meeting. It was very interesting. The interim shelter manager was announced to be the new shelter manager. I've been very impressed with him.. he's only 27 years old, and he looks 16, but he's very articulate and works well with in the system.
They also talked about how they are so dependant on donations.. 65% of their operating budget comes from donations from the community. They also mentioned how high the vet bills were for last year. It was staggering when you realize that it was all done at cost.
Currently the shelter has 170 cats in its care (90 are in foster care) Staggering isn't it?
Tuesday, June 8, 2004
Well, yesterday was the day. One of our surgeons had a family emergency, so I couldn't bring them in later on in the week like I was hoping, so I packed them all up on my lunch hour and brought them down to see if Hannah was big enough, and she was..2.6!! yea!! So they were neutered. I brought them home and put them in the room with some food and water, and went out shopping. Came home, and Hershey was SCREAMING for attention. I went in to make sure he was ok, and he settled down a bit, but when I left he started screaming again.. We went to bed, and he was howling.. it was pathetic. It was totally breaking my heart.. so I grabbed a couple of blankets and went back in and tried to sleep on the love seat. It wasn't fun. Hershey and Hannah both appreciated I was there, but Tanya... well she was ticked off to say the least. I'm glad I've decided to keep them for the rest of the week before adopting them out on Saturday.. hopefully, this will allow her some time to relax a little before finding her a new home. I just hope I can do it sooner rather than later, cause if I have to leave her there, no one is going to be able to get her out of the cage. Well okay.. the staff will, cause they will know she's all talk, but still, I worry about her.
Thursday, June 3, 2004
I think Hershey has adopted us. He seems to really want to be here. Today I was cleaning up the room, and he kept hugging my leg, and when I left to get them some water, he wanted to come with me. I did my best to herd him out of the way, but he still escaped. He ran right past muffin who was "standing guard" at the door, and headed for the bedroom. Muffin was still staring at the door like she didn't see him. I was able to grab him before he got into the bedroom, thankfully.. but it was cute.
(update 20016 - yes, I too laugh at that title)
The shots went very well. Guess they were too hungry to realize what was going on. It was a little freaky to feel the vaccine under the skin after I gave it, but they didn't notice it at all.
I weighed Hannah this afternoon, and it looks like she just might be 2.5 lbs. I think I'll check the schedule and see what's on the surgery list for Friday..
Can't believe they might actually be leaving soon. They were just starting to warm up to me, and I to them.