Monday, July 12, 2010
A Tail of Three Kittens
Hi Kitties and Humans!
Haven't put up a blog in a while cuz a friend was changing my PC to a better one...then had to do updates and new fans for faster CPU (was getting too hot and siren kept going off! ) and then I misplaced my camera cable!
Well wanted to share that I've been caring for a female kitty for almost three months. She is a grey tortie that I call Maggie.
Her kittens showed up about two weeks ago. Two of them did anyway. Two long haired males. One small black boy with a white bib and one white toe on his hind foot! His name is Toby (or toe-bee!) The other male has even longer hair and is brown tabby and white. His name is Sammy. (At first thought Sammy was a girl so her name was Samantha...)
Took a week and a half of nights to gain their confidence so I could sit on the porch while feeding them. Finally on Thursday, with the help of their fav food - chicken - I was able to sit right by the dishes, even touch the bowl and they didn't run away!
Then Friday morning, I was able to snatch them up and get them in the house. I just picked them up by the nape of the neck and they barely made any fuss! I was so amazed. They are about 7 - 8 weeks old I think.
Amazing, they let me handle them at this stage and they seem to need a lot of touching. Yet my long haired Siamese mix was like that. I have them in the bathroom, where they hide behind the toilet or in a cloth and vinyl carrier.
The boys seemed too skinny with pot bellies, a possible sign of round worms, so I got pills for that from Mitchell's Vet Supply Saturday morning, which sells to the public. I mashed up two tablets into their food (tuna and chicken to make sure they ate it all), one tab for each baby. I fed them on separate plates. Will have to give them another tablet in about two weeks. Got tape worm pills too, but haven't administered those yet.
I got an adult tablet for their Mama. Put in the food on the porch for her on Saturday evening. Instead of Mama showing, another kitten showed up! Short hair and female, very striking tabby markings. Took that food away so she didn't get an adult dose of meds and got her something else to eat. She did eat some of the medicated food though. Mama showed up Sunday morning along with her favorite kitten.
Gave Mama the food with the meds in it and fed the third kitten something else.
Had to use a kitten trap for her, using chicken again... Sunday evening, put out the trap. Monday morning, a kitty in it, thank God she went for the trap.
I have all three in the bathroom now. The female is letting me hold her and will sleep a little in my lap, but if I move, she scampers into the open carrier. Her brothers were okay with her this morning, but this afternoon, they were hissing at each other.
My concern is that she has diarrhea and I don't have funds to take her to the vet. I can try to treat her by getting supplies from Mitchell's but I have no way to test if she still needs worm meds or antibiotics. I would already have some blog entries up on the kitties, but haven't found the camera cable - nothing works better than seeing the babies themselves.
Just hoping for some good advice.
Thanks, Katie Kat
P.S. If anyone would like to help financially for these babies to get checked by a vet, that would be great. I do have a voucher to get them and Mommy spayed for free, but it doesn't include shots and checkups.
Here is an example of my artwork: This is Sandy On Printer. her owner sells items on Bonanzle.
Any kitty or doggy that donates, I will draw your purr-trait or paw-trait from your photo.
Just send your photo to laugh_safely(at)yahoo.com and let me know that you would like to help fund these babies for vet checkup and local ads to find a good home. Hopefully I will find my cable soon and can show your their photos! Barring that I will try and sketch them for you...