Sunday, June 27, 2021

The kittens are growing like weeds


Grimmkin is doing a wonderful job raising her kittens.  The kittens are quite rotund and I joke they remind me of fuzzy potatoes.  We had eyes open pretty quickly and they have even started walking practice all in their own. 

Mom isn't making it easy as she doesn't want any bedding in with her.  She's shunned all of it from the beginning.  That blanket there was bunched up long before the start of this post,  but I wanted it for the photo. 

If I'm not mistaken,  the first two are the boys and the second two are the girls.  I'm going to work on names for them this week and how to tell them apart..

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Tailspring for kittens


Momma Grimmkin didn't like the breakfast I served this morning and was feeling a little dehydrated (not concerning,  just a bit) so I wanted a good source of calories for her. I also knew if I gave the kittens a little formula it would reduce the demand they put on her for a little while and let her catch up. 

Tailspring sent some samples a few months ago.  I actually used one can for Millie, my last mother kitty who had the same issue.  

Normally I prefer to use goat milk, but having this on hand is convenient. I noticed a slight issue and I could quickly fix it. 

Grimmkin approved 

The kittens are going great.  They are getting fat and are quite happy.  

Grimmkin doesn't seem to like the blankets I put down,  but I keep straightening it out.. I'm hoping I can get her into the basket soon.. but with all things,  it's her call

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Four happy and healthy kittens

Grimmkin's minions are a pair of match sets





When I walked up to the kitten room,  Grimmkin hissed at me. When I opened the door she was laying on the floor right in front of the door and basically said "oh, good,  now feed me!!"

I was able to look at three of the kittens while she ate.  Despite their not making any noise, she showed up and crawled in the box with the last one.  She eventually came back out for some attention and I was able to put her in the bathroom for a quick peek at #4 and to change out the bedding which had a little bit of kitten poop on it. 

For fun, I put them in the basket.  I hour she keeps them there,  but I'm guessing not. 

It also appears my webcam is on its last legs so I need to do some research and find something that broadcasts.. any ideas? 

Monday, June 14, 2021

And then there were five


Some time early this morning,  Grimmkin finally had her kittens. As is often with kitties,  not all survived but we do currently have four healthy babies. More info to come this evening.. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Meet Nadya

Nadya lost both of her people (old age) and she couldn't find a home. Her vet kept her in a cage for a few weeks trying to seek out a possible owner among their clients. After about a month, they asked me if I could find a placement for her and one of the shelters I work with graciously agreed to take her on.

I say graciously, because Nadya has a few issues. The main one being her age.. she's 14. The other...

Now I'm not willing to say she's twice what a healthy weight for her body  would be,  but man if it isn't close.. fortunately she likes low carb canned food.. 

She's only here for a night.  I'm driving her to her foster home tomorrow afternoon.. 

She's a love and I'm sure if we could just get her to drop a few pounds a lot of her other issues would no longer be issues..

She will make someone really lovely kitty..

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Meet Grimmkin

 Grimmkin is a fairly young kitty who found herself in a home that was unable to get her neutered in time and she found herself with kittens.  Her people were uncomfortable taking on the added responsibility of birth and raising even more kittens so they reached out to the shelter for help.  Kudos to them. 

Unfortunately, she is severely lacking manners.  She bites and scratches with no real warning and she almost seems to be ready to go off on me when I try to correct her.  Fortunately I think the biting and scratches are simply because she doesn't know better and not because she really wants to hurt me.  She slowly is starting to understand that I'm not a fan, but she is a fan of snuggling on my chest.. sooo... neither one of us is all that happy right now. 

Yesterday I realized she had tapeworms.. that was fun.  I was a bit afraid of pilling her as she reacted really badly to getting her nails trimmed, but it was pretty easy.  By the time she realized what was going on, the pill was already in her and it was over. 

I think we are a couple of days from giving birth. But we'll see

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