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..