Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hodge Podge of a post


Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

I'm a little sad that Tina, Keith and Adele aren't with me to celebrate, but I can celebrate they are in their new homes.


I am loathe to admit that I once said I would never adopt a black cat... the reason being when I adopted Ollie I had a devil of a time taking pictures of him.. instead of taking it as a challenge to improve my photography skills I just let the frustration annoy me.


Then I learned that black cats and dogs are far more likely to be euthanized when they enter a shelter because people do not adopt them. The reasons why vary from old superstitions to pet hair.. It is so sad that any pet looses it's life before it gets to begin, but even more so because of the color of it's fur.

Speaking of which, today is also apparently International Homeless Animals' Day


Millions of animals are killed each year simply because there are not enough homes.  No matter what the no-kill movement tells you right now, we are still a very long way from solving this problem.  Education is the only way.. Helping people understand the plight of the animals is the first step in helping the animals.

Speaking of helping the animals..

My poor momma cat is not doing well at all.  I weighed her yesterday and she was 5.5lbs; this morning 4lb 14oz.  I force fed her maybe a third of a can of A/D and some KMR which she took far better than I thought she would... she even licked some of it off the towel I had her wrapped in, so I hoped she would eat it out of a bowl, but she wouldn't.  I gave her 20ccs of fluids yesterday before she got mad at me.  This morning I gave her another third of a can mixed with KMR and got about 15ccs of fluids in her before she started hissing at me and threatening to bite me... I gave all of the kits some KMR as well and sadly they all took some.  Prior to this when I would feed the wee one some would take a little, most would refuse.

They also have started soiling the bed.  This isn't unusual, but it is also a sign that mom isn't up to taking care of them or maybe she doesn't like KMR waste.. *shrug*  She is taking care of them, she is grooming them and letting them nurse.  She also looks fine.  You would barely know she's not eating.. she is not sneezing, no inflammation, she is bright eyed and likes attention when I finally get my hands on her.. (she avoids it when ever possible) other than the fact she feels like fur and bone and she is shedding quite a bit..

But she has started drinking water again, which is something.  *paws crossed*

9 comments:

  1. may be its stress because she's not producing enough milk or maybe her teats are sore and is putting her off her food,xx Rachel

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  2. I hope Momma cat and kittens will be doing better soon. And thank you for sharing your honest account of black cats. It is heartwarming to know that with a bit of knowledge, that positive change and mindset can occur and I hope more and more black cats will be adopted as a result of education about their plight. Purrs from the Zee and Zoey gang

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  3. Paws crossed for the mom kitty! I wish she was doing better.

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  4. We're purring for momma cat. She has had a lot of change and now a lot of kittens to care for. We hope she'll feel better soon.

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  5. oh paws crossed for momma cat!! Poor thing. But we know she's in the right hands!

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  6. Purrs to everyone over there

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  7. We are purring for Momma and the kittens. This must be very stressful so we are purring for you big time.
    Timmy and Family

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  8. I hope Momma cat does better. Yes, it's so sad about black kitties and homeless kitties. It's such a huge problem. I'm sorry you're going thru a tough time with the momma and her kits.

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  9. Purring for Mamacat. She has many little hungry mouths to feed.

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