Wednesday, August 21, 2013

No Kittens Here! (pay no attention to that mewing box)



So I walked into the kitten room fully expecting to start 'walking practice'  (where I put kittens on the floor away from one another so they can get used to getting up on all four legs with out a siblings knocking each other over) but I saw that instead. I stood there staring at the empty box for a bit longer than I really should have as I was just a bit shocked that she finally decided to move them. Even more shocked since I had been watching them on the web cam all afternoon (you can see videos I pull from it on my facebook page - it is open to the public so you don't need an account to view it) and up to about half an hour before I saw this she seemed very comfortable in there.

Don't worry, they didn't go far..


I spent some time praising her for being such a good mom and taking care of her kits, and telling her how clever she was to move them all.  Then I cleaned out the white box.  I switched out all of the bedding and wiped the whole thing down with those cat wipes which I am LOVING! (Yup, I linked to Chewy.com and no, they didn't give me anything for it, I got these ones in something I won) They make it so easy to wipe down poopy (and pooping) kittens and they clean the walls of the box with ease. I'm guessing Snow got a little overwhelmed with the abundance of kitten smells (an invitation to predators) and I adore that she didn't go far. But what ever the reason for the move, I didn't want to disturb all the work she had just put in to moving them, because as much as walking practice would be fun, I'd rather work on trust building with Snow..

And trust is building as you can see


She came out from under the couch on her own, rubbed against my ankles on her own, and then proceeded to eat. There was only a bite or two left from the TWO 5.5 oz cans of food I offered her that morning (well actually I offered her three, but I had a feeling she wouldn't eat the third since it was minced not shreds, and I was sadly right). She ate it all and then looked at me with her sad eyes, so I got up and grabbed two cans from the cabinet and then went back to the couch. Apparently I walked a little too fast because I got hissed at more than once as she tried to slink under the couch. Forgiveness came quickly because she was back rubbing against my ankles and soliciting pats and even let me rub her tummy. Breaks my heart how thin she is. I know she is young, I did a little math in my head if she got pregnant the first time when she was first able to - often at four months of age - she could be as young as 1 year of age.. 4 months till the pregnancy, 2 months for the pregnancy, 5 month old is how old her first kittens are, and just shy of 1 month since these ones were born. Breaks your heart doesn't it?  Snow is going to be so spoiled she isn't going to know what to do with herself. and it starts with four cans of food a day!


21 comments:

  1. It's so good to see skinny kitties eat! Especially skinny mommy kitties!

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  2. You are such an awesome foster human! You are almost psychic when it comes to know what both mom and kittens need.

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  3. It sounds like she deserves some spoiling. It's great to see that she's eating well now and taking good care of those cute little kittens.

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  4. Maybe she wanted you to clean out that box? ;-) LOL. I am glad she is improving and trusting you more--she sure is a petite little thing. Hard to believe she had that many kittens!

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    1. I DID! lol.. I was so hoping that was it, because I really do like that nest better than a cardboard box as a nest, but whatever.. It isn't about me on that one..

      I can't believe she had that many so close after just having had kittens. No idea how many were in her first litter because they couldn't catch them, but imagine her with three month old kittens and getting pregnant again.. :( So happy she'll never have to do that again.

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  5. You are doing such a great job looking out for mama and her kits! I love how you respect the mama's ability to mama.

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  6. Spoiling is GOOD! Little Miss Snow is going to have an abundance of spoiling! She is such a good little Mom.

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  7. SNow deserves a bit of Spoiling after being poorly and still trying to nurse her babies,she is such a pretty thing,xx Rachel

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  8. It's great Snow is eating well and building trust. She sure needs to be spoiled, spoil a lot!

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  9. Snow deserves to be spoilt! It makes me so happy to see her eating and to know she is starting to trust you more and more as the day passes.

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  10. keep eatin' babe!! too cute about moving the kitts....

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  11. Kitties and cardboard boxes -- still a match made in heaven.

    Keep eating and eating, there Snow. If any kittie needed fattened up a little, it's you.

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  12. We're so glad to see Snow eating! Spoil, spoil, spoil away. She deserves it! :)

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  13. What beautiful little babies and so heartwarming to know that them and Mommy are safe and sound and so loved!

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  14. so glad she is eating and taking care of her babies. Snow must have been so scared!

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  15. Snow must be feeling better. Awesome that's she eating and getting a little more sociable!

    Good work!

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  16. We're glad Snow is doing better. She's lucky that you are her foster mom. :)

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  17. You are just so AMAZING. Snow is such a lucky girl to have been found by you.
    XXXOOO

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  18. Sounds like some progress to me! Great job!

    Purrz!
    Selina

    PS - The kittens are SOOOOO cute!

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  19. Snow eating is GOOD. Trust is good too!

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  20. You are one purrfect Meowmy!

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