Friday, September 26, 2008

space assassin kittens

no.. seriously. I had a dream last night. I was in space. I needed some help fighting a battle of some sort, so I ended up in a place where I could get assassin kitties. no.. really. There were two different sets to pick from. One was a group of younsters, the other was a mother with kittens. I think I was leaning toward the mother, thinking she'd be more protective, and worst case, I'd have kittens.

Then I woke up.

don't ask. just enjoy the visual. Ninja type kitties, but real kitties. in space :)

yes, I'm weird.

I brought the kittens to work today. They are being very good. the bulk of them are on my boss' desk. I have Googley Bear here and she's chewing my elbow at the moment. She's so freakin cute. I wonder if they aren't some mutant dwarf kittens since they are so very very small. at six weeks this kitten isn't any bigger than a CD when she's all curled up. But they are healthy.. *shrug* we'll see what happens!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

can you feel the love?

I don't think I've ever had a batch of kittens that has EVER needed as much love and attention as these guys. Even Buttercup is an attention hog.

Last night I went down to spend some time with them. I had Butter in the middle of my lap facing me, and she had four kittens - two on either side - flanking her all prancing around wanting to be patted. It was so cute! I was covered in kitties!

I wish Weslee was a little more forth coming with the wanting attention. she still balks when I pick her up and try to comfort her. *sigh*

I really have to get some good photos of them.. they are absolute dolls!

Benny is doing ok. Still quite hungry. I'm thinking I'm going to switch her off Fancy Feast on to a less expensive OTC brand. I found a special kitty brand that has the same fat/protein/carb ratios as the fancy feast I've been feeding her. *crosses fingers* I also think I've figured out little mystery of her non diabetic numbers. I had given her some Vitamin E a while back. I can't remember if it was around the same time as she leveled out, but last night I gave her some more and then this morning she gave me a 95... so... I'll keep giving it to her, and see what happens. Would be easier to find her a home if the owners were only required to give her vit E every couple of days, instead of testing and injecting (or just injecting)

Monday, September 22, 2008

I haz a happiness!

Well I took the orphans in on Sunday to be tested. They are still quite tiny, but they did the test and they came back negative, so I introduced them to Buttercup and Weslee.

Weslee was NOT amused. These street tough kids were all rough and tumble. They were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Had no idea where they were going, they were just thrilled to be able to be running. They ran over Wes, and she'd hiss and spit at them. It was just too funny. When they would calm a bit, she'd walk toward them, but then they would turn to face her and she'd hiss again. Just made me laugh so hard. They tired her out too, she fell asleep in the middle of the room!

Buttercup is just a kitten herself. She wanted so much to play with the kittens, but didn't know them, so she was very cautious. So I tried to work out some of her play energy with some toys. She LOVED it. but then the kits started to get involved and she stopped. They would jump on her, bite her tail, and just be silly kittens. She just looked confused. After two hours, the kittens showed no sign of slowing down, but everyone seemed to be fine with one another, so we went to bed.

This morning, they wanted to love on me. I'm so excited to go home tonight. I'm going to spend all night in their room :)

The web cam is running. I took these photos this morning. Think the kittens are happy to be out of the cage? (can you see the one hanging on the cat condo in that first image?)

Benny is doing well. She's still putting on weight. and at the end of last week was holding her on insulin wise. There were quite a few shots in a row where she didn't need any.. maybe things are looking up for her in that respect? we can hope. I told the shelter of her appetite, and they sent me home with some dewormer. I hope that settles things down a bit, as she's always hungry..

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

group update

Benny - vomited last night and this morning. was losing weight, but then gained it back again. Started at 7.5lbs, and was just over 8 this afternoon. Bgs aren't great. started inching up last night - which may or may not have anything to do with the vomiting. She's going to the vet tomorrow.

Buttercup and Weslee. OMG this kitten is cute. Her ears are starting to inch toward the top of her head, slowly but surely. She's a little more into getting human comfort. I can not wait for her to finally interact with the new kittens.. they are going to do her a world of good... as she is very spoiled.

The kittens. oh how I love them. They have personality to spare. I can not wait for them to get out of that cage! When they do I think I'll be spending all my time in that kitten room - but then again if they have full run of the room they might not need my attention so much... that and the attention of Buttercup. Ive decided to name them after English children's novels - well except Googley Bear.(which may or may not be kept.. we'll see) I have Noddy, and Paddington and Corduroy I really have to make sure that the gender of the names fit the particular kittens I've given them to. Googley should be fine as that name works either way :) I looked at gender when they first came, but it never stuck as to who is who. Now that I'm getting to know them, it really is time :) I believe that leaves a little girl with out a name, but before I pick one, ... well I have to make sure.

I finally broke down and bought some ear wash for my own crew. Eli has always had horrid ears. Ollie has always had goopey ears... nothing wrong with goopey.. but then Jack started getting cruddy ears, then Ollie's ears started showing signs of crud, and the other week Muffin - and Muf has always had sparkling clean ears - were completely inflamed and crudded. A little mineral oil slid most of it out, but there is some junk in there, so this weekend will probably be ear clean up weekend. Which is too bad - cause I'll probably not see Eli for weeks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The good, the bad and the scary

Ok, the good. Benny (I'm calling him Oscar at the moment) is doing well. He's putting on weight, and while his blood sugars aren't amazing, he's putting on weight, so that is a step in the right direction. I posted his first BG reading was in the 200s, well I then realized it was reading European, so it was in the 20s. I found the 'American' bg by multiplying by 18 (hun? what? whatever) and he was in the 400s. Bgs then settled into the 200 range. has been there ever since. I'm going to do a curve on him this weekend. He's finally sleeping on the bed, and jumps up on the chair, and generally is a pain in the butt cat. I also believe he's feeling better because he is starting to groom himself. I haven't seen it yet, but he definitely has less flea dirt on him!

The bad. Buttercup has a swollen chin. I brought her to the shelter this morning and they aren't concerned. Didn't give me any special instructions, just told me to watch it. Um.. ok. But I've been watching it get bigger for the past couple of days, just couldn't put my finger on why she looked different. But I'll watch it for a few more days and see what happens. Since Weslee has severe flea allergies and I saw fleas on her still (FL'd her three weeks ago) I asked that they frontline her again. couldn't hurt.

The Scary. Yesterday when I went down to spend time with the kittens, I saw the younger fosters playing in the cage so I ignored them will I gave Buttercup some attention. She LOVES attention (just don't hold her) and can't get enough of it. DH came down with my dinner, and after sitting with me for a few minutes noticed one of the babies in the cage was just sitting off by itself. Dehydrated, and pretty unresponsive, I was sure he was done for. I quickly finished off my dinner while my DH patted it and tried to get it to gain some interest in life. Wasn't happening though. I put some Karo syrup in it's mouth, and it just kinda oozed out the other side. I stimulated him vigorously, and warmed up some KMR and tried to force 10 ccs in him. Some how I got in 5 or 6. All he wanted to do was sleep. I put my hand on his chest to feel him breathe, and then wrapped him up in a towel and put him under my sweater to try to keep him warm. I was so sure I was fighting a losing battle (especially after what happened to Cupcake) but I wasn't going to not fight.. when I realized his breathing was stable, I let him sleep. He started having nursing dreams (OMG that is cute!!) so I rushed him back into the kitchen and warmed up more KMR and got 6ccs right in him. He was then feisty and with it, and playing. He didn't want to be held any more, so I figured he wanted a litter box, and I put him back with his sibs. He started playing and eating!! I went up to test Oscar, and checked in on him with the web cam, and saw him being a general pain happy kitten. I went down later and checked in on him and he bit me, attacked my shirt, and started grooming!! yes!

So this morning at the shelter he got some fluids. I was going to bring him to work, but he was so full of himself, I figured I'd be chasing after him all day, so I left him at home. I just checked in on him and he was in the mayhem that is kitten play! Man was that a scare!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Can't forget

Our "old" fosters. Now named Buttercup and Weslee.. the second slideshow has a whole bunch of photos in it.. wait it out, it's worth it :)

More babies

Yes, my aura has "easy mark" or "sap" written all over it. These kittens knew it. They started screaming for me as soon as I walked into the back room where Benny was. They had me at Meow.

Introducing Benny!

This is Benny, the diabetic. He went back to the vet and got a work up for UTI. His BG at the vet was in the 400s. I just checked him now, and it was 232.

He is OBNOXIOUSLY skinny!!

I just put down a can of fancy feast cat food, and he inhaled it. So I gave him a second. More inhaling. He's on his third can. I only bought six, figuring it would last me a while.. um... apparently not.

He's still covered in mats.. poor thing. Hopefully we can do some good for him here.
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