Marie – Follow Up

Marie is doing much better! Dr. Case told us she has elevated white blood cells, but all her other tests – FIV/FELV, FIP – were normal. We have her on a 10 day run of antibiotics, and she’s perked up quite a bit. She’s more active, she eats more, and she’s putting on weight. What a relief! We’re supposed to bring her back to the vet’s for follow-up testing next weekend, after she finishes her antibiotics, and I’m anticipating a good report. Here’s a recent picture:

Little Miss Marie

Kitten Update!

Jean and Wanda got adopted over this past weekend! Two down, eight to go! Kurt and Ororo topped 3lbs and are currently at the spay/neuter clinic. I added some new pics to the gallery, and I resorted the images so the newest pics are at the top. We’re a bit worried about Marie – she’s still very tiny, only 2.5lbs, while the other kittens are at least 3.5 to 4 lbs. We took her to the vet yesterday. Physically she checks out so far: no heart murmur, lungs sound good, she eats, etc. Our vet’s running a full blood panel on her (the results should be in sometime today). Hopefully there’s nothing wrong with her and she’s just a slow-growing kitten! Our vet said it’s possible she just has a very high metabolism. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. She’s a sweet little bug – it’s pretty much impossible not to love her – she’s very cranky, like a little old lady cat in a kitten’s body – but when she wants attention she’s completely purry and adorable.

Marie
(see how cute?!)

Incident Report

2:42 am

Adult humans reported to the scene of a jail break. Six prisoners had escaped from their cell. The escape was most likely engineered by Jumbo Size Black Kitten. Prisoners were located playing on the couch in the living room. All six prisoners were successfully detained, fed a good meal, and put back to bed.

Adult humans are cranky and tired.

A Tale of Ten Kittens

Over the weekend, Gordon and I went to our local feedstore to pick up some chicken supplies. The cashier must have seen the giant “SUCKER” sign flashing directly above my head, because she started telling me about ten little kittens that had been abandoned at the store that morning. That’s right. Ten. Like an idiot, I followed her into the back and saw a pen full of tiny sleeping kittens. The feedstore employees didn’t really know what to do with all of them. So…now they’re in my house. All ten of them. Luckily Happytails, the no-kill shelter I volunteer with, agreed to allow all ten kittens to become Happytails kittens, as long as I could step up and foster them. So…now we’re fostering them. I’ll be blogging about them as they get bigger and start demolishing my house.

If you can, consider making a small donation to Happytails. They’re the ones who will be footing the bill for everyone’s spays and neuters.

Now, without further ado, I present…THE KITTENS!!!*

(We haven’t picked names since we don’t really have a solid bead on their personalities yet.)

Kitten #1
White and Dark Gray
Male
DSH
Green food dye mark
9.3oz
Kitten #2
Black
Female
DSH
10.8oz
Kitten #3
Solid gray
MSH
Male
Looks terrible because he’s just been washed.
7.9oz
Kitten #4
Black
Medium sized male
10.8oz
Kitten #5
White and gray
MSH
Female
Dot on nose, blue food dye mark
11.3oz
Kitten #6
White and gray
MSH
Male
9.6oz
Kitten #7
Black
Jumbo-sized male
13.5oz
Kitten #8
White and black
Female
Stripes around eyes
Extremely talky
9.9oz
Kitten #9
White and gray
Male
Moustache mark on nose
Red food dye mark
9.4oz
Kitten #10
White and black
Female
Smudge on bridge of nose
Yellow food dye mark
10.9oz

Their beautiful crate. The clean lasted for about two seconds after we put them in it.

*I’m wearing gloves because at this point we thought they had ringworm. Fortunately I was wrong! Also, NOT STRANGLING THE KITTENS, holding their heads still so we could take the pics. Kittens are SQUIRMY!