Monday, May 2, 2016
The kittens consider the great big world beyond the couch.
The kittens have started coming out from behind the couch when I am in the kitten room, but only when Art3mis is eating. I have started putting her food behind the couch and have slowly started putting it closer and closer to the edge of the couch. Finally, I put it beyond the edge of the couch.
I was able to pat her, and she didn't seem to mind. She is missing a lot of muscle tone in her back end. If you look closely at the above photo, you can see her hips over her back legs. I think it is sad. I wish she would eat better foods, but she is currently only eating junk.. but at least she is now eating better.
When I was patting her, I realized I wasn't stressing her out, so I patted the far side of her body, so she was between me and my hand. That was okay with her too, so I patted a little more and then I patted her on both sides of her rib cage, and that was a little only a little stressful as she stopped eating and looked at me, but didn't react any further than that, so I risked it and picked her up and very gently placed her on my lap. She looked at me like I had just lost my rocker, but she didn't immediately try to leave. I patted her some more, and that was okay, but then she remembered she was hungry and started to climb down off my lap. She stood on my foot and started to eat some more, and then moved again and was completely off me. She didn't seem stressed about any of it, so I dropped my guard a little and looked around the room. When I turned back she had moved back behind the couch. I leaned over to look at her and she gave me the most vicious hiss yet. Not sure if it was because I failed to appreciate what had just occurred on a high enough level (I was very appreciative but I didn't want to overdo it and overwhelm her) or if she just figured out what happened and didn't like it.
So I have been going slow, but working on getting her and the kittens out from behind the couch..
and then this happened.
Not sure what to do now, because kittens who eat solid food need a litter box because mothers generally stop taking care of waste disposal issues once they start eating. Since I get hissed at when I go behind the couch, I know she isn't going to want me to put one back there for her. I guess I'll just wait and see what happens. Hopefully. she continues to take care of things for a few more days until the kittens are comfortable coming out from behind the couch and work their way over to the current litter box.