Monday, August 12, 2013

Kitten Watch 2013 is called on interference


I got a call yesterday. It was from the shelter asking if I might be interested in taking a mother cat and her kittens that just came in.

I mentioned that I had every intention of taking Ginger back once she started eating, but the woman who called me knew nothing of Ginger, so I told her I'd show up and we'd make some decisions once I was there.

Once I got there others who are more in the know told me that Ginger went home with another foster home. A long time volunteer and his wife who is also a long time volunteer. I'm sad, and slightly annoyed that no one called to see how I was with this or even to just tell me, but it is how it is, so all I can do is wish her well. I have faith in those that took her so I'm sure her greatest good is at hand in all of this.

And since my room is free, and I have a raging case of kitten fever, I agreed to take the mom.


What I know.. she came in as a 'surrender' and this is not her first litter.  This made me shake my head, but the staff told me whomever turned her in gave a very large donation and said they have every intention of catching and surrendering her 5 month old kittens..  So I am guessing she was a stray.


She is absolutely petrified as you can see in that photo above.  She is one of those kitties that freezes when she is freaked out. At least she has that going for her.  I did scare her at one point when she was in the window and I went to pick her up to give her back to her kittens and it took a few moments before we had each other's trust again. She is also very tiny. I haven't weighed her yet, but if she weighs more than seven pounds I'd be shocked. She put up with my snuggling her, even gave me a tiny half hearted lick.  I am sure given time she'll make a wonderful companion for someone.


Meet who I am temporarily calling Snow White.. because yes, she has seven dwarfs.. SEVEN!  They are all doing fairly well.  We have eyeballs starting to pop open so I am going with they are five to seven days old... I'm guessing the younger side of that.. so five days old.  They weigh about six ounces.. all but one..


This tiny little one is half the size of the others; a mere three ounces. I worry because that is what I do, and because I can feel every little bone, the ribs, the tail.. but there is a great deal of spirit there, so I bought some KMR and I supplemented them all to give "Snow" a little break.  She also hasn't been making them pee so there bedding they came with and then a few hours later the bedding I replaced that with was all urine soaked. I am hoping she relaxes a bit over night and today she picks up her keeping them clean responsibility.

also so you know, Tina was adopted over the weekend as well..

26 comments:

  1. That mom kitty looks so sweet and so scared - I'm glad to know that she and her kittens are in such good hands. I'm sad that Ginger didn't come back to you, but it sounds like she is with a good foster.

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  2. Oh such a sad face. She's so very lucky to have you now.

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  3. Bless you for helping them. Her face is so sad. Hopefully she will trust and feel better soon. xx

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  4. Such a scared-looking mom cat. We're glad the mom kitty has a safe place with you and someone to help her along with that big litter!

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  5. Blessings to them all, and double blessings to that little "runty" one. He's going to grow big and strong! (I adopted a runt - he's now huge)

    Momma is beautiful. I hope she realizes she can trust you and your help with her kits very soon.

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  6. That is one sad look :( Poor girl, but her luck has changed and I hope she realizes that soon. Good luck little ones, I'll be religiously follow your progress.

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  7. She looks so sad to me, poor little girl. Purrs for her and her kittens, especially the runt.

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  8. I'm sure as soon as 'Snow White' realises that she is in the best place and will have the most love and support, she will be fine! Seven kittens! That's going to be some fun for you!

    All the best to Ginger. I hope she gets better and has some beautiful kittens.

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  9. It's SO WONDERFUL that you were willing to help Snow White and her little ones - they are all so precious. I hope too that Ginger will be well in her new foster home but I can totally relate to the "feeling annoyed" - been there (many times).

    Congrats on Tina's adoption........another kitty rehomed is such an amazing thing!

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  10. ugh....once again, communication skills could be used (that drives me nuts) but at least you know Ginger is safe.

    Bless Snow White and the babies. Paws crossed for the little one. And concats to Tina!!

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  11. I sure hope the little one grows quickly! I'm looking forward to watching their progress.

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  12. Poor Snow! She looks terrified! She'll adjust soon though. She just needs some time to learn to trust, and eventually love, you. When Lunzie came to my home, she was very small for her age. We were told she had been the runt of the litter and would probably always be tiny. But with a steady diet of quality food and lots of love, she has nearly tripled in size and is a happy strong kitten!

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  13. Seeing all of those babies and young life is a renewal for my soul right now.

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  14. Paws and fingers crossed for all the wee tots and Miss Snow...I hope she relaxes as she is beautiful!

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  15. Aw another little tiny mini runty one. I hope she grows up into a healthy kitten - fingers crossed. They are all so beautiful and Miss Snow is stunning, so pretty. Such soulful deep golden yellow eyes, but sad too for now. What a sweet wonderful big little family :)

    Sad about Ginger vanishing without much of a word but at least she's being well looked after - hope she does well with her new foster parents.

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  16. Oh...this brought back memories of when Tutu first came to me.

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  17. Such a sad look she have :(
    I hope she trust you soon and understand that she have come to a good place !

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  18. Thank you so much for taking this poor family. She looks so scared and worried about what might happen to her. Purring hard that she comes to understand her family is safe now. PURRS....

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  19. Oh the poor girl--seven kittens? Bless you for taking them in. I do hope the wee-est one will thrive. They are all so precious.

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  20. What little miracles. I hope they all do well.

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  21. Well, Snow White and her dwarfs are in good hands with you. We hope they all do well. And we're purring for Ginger too...and hope she is okay.

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  22. Purrs for Snow White and little wee ones, especially the little mite! I hope everything goes well for Ginger too.

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  23. Poor Mom. Those eyes look so sad in her second picture. Seems like she has been with people before and is not all feral.
    Thanks so much for being a foster
    Timmy

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  24. this new mumcat is lucky to be with you,we wish ginger well,xx

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  25. We hope that all will be well with Ginger...that must have been hard for you for sure. Your new Mom is absolutely beautiful. What a gorgeous kitty she is. Sending purrs to her.

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  26. WOW! Paws crossed that the little one keeps getting stronger. The mama cat (and the babies) are beautiful!!!

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