So I contacted the shelter to see if they had any kittens for me to take. I was told there were a group of five that were 12 weeks old that weren't social, and another two who were younger that also needed some socialization. I went down to the shelter on Friday to take a look and see. The older group was a little older than I am comfortable taking because I spend so much of my time at work, and sticking five kittens in a cage is a lot of work. The younger kittens were more my speed and frankly..
Seriously, these kittens are unbelievably fluffy, they are also double pawed..
Unfortunately they are also an incredible hot mess. I did not blog about them before now and I was hesitant to do so now but I was recently reminded that people forget that kittens are still pretty much considered disposable, and because of that I decided to share with you what these kittens are going through. It is not pretty. They reek. They completely lack that new kitten smell and smell a bit like garbage and death. They have diarrhea that smells so bad that I do think it could be used to strip paint, and I nearly vomit every single time I smell it.. They have incredibly long fur, and thus look robust, but they are actually little more than fur and bones. I have been trying to give the littlest one fluids to help counter the diarrhea, but her skin is so frail it is leaking right out of her. I have had them for three days now and since she hasn't died I am hopeful we can pull her through it but it has taken some work.
|I was thrilled that she came to investigate the plate|
They are skittish, they spent some time like this..
I spent some time down in the room ignoring them and watching tv and we have gotten to the point where I can walk up to them and get them as long as I am cautious and aware. They have also completely fallen in love with Happy Bear and are loathed to leave him.
I do not know if the littlest one will survive. While trying to give her fluids I was able to confirm the presence of quite a bit of flea dirt, so maybe this is just a really bad case of anemia and inappropriate foods, and with the fluids and the antibiotics and the nutrition... well in either case I am doing the best I can. They both desperately need a bath, and I'm considering bringing them back to the shelter to do it as I'm not a huge fan of walking these cats through my house and bathing them in my sink not knowing exactly what is going on with them. I am keeping quarantine procedures, using one pair of pants and a scrub top along with a pair of slippers to try to keep exposure to a minimum.. If this is panleuk, it should be interesting to figure out how to decontaminate the room. I've had it in the house before.. one of the kittens I brought home with Jack back in 2002 was euthanized because the shelter said he had it.. but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.. I'm still hoping this is just a bad case of fleas..