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16 July 2006 @ 09:03 am
 
Yesterday, we got a phone call from the Squires; there were three kittens that, in the hullaballo surrounding the start of Faire and various folks on site, Momma Cat had ceased to care for. They were going to take them all to a shelter near one of the Squire's homes, but first called and asked if I wanted one of them. Said Squire was about to leave, so I had to decide quickly. Don and I had discussed the possibility of a third cat before, and decided that was a definite option. No more than three, though; that's the limit.

Obviously we said "Yes." We drove to the site in a miserable downpour and retrieved wee kitty. And she is wee. Eyes still blue, a bit wobblly on her feet, clearly not weaned. My vet's office is closed on weekends (the hell????), so off to PetSmart we went for Kitten Formula and bottle. After a bit of coaxing she began to nurse. She's only eating a little at each feeding, but then I'm not sure how much she should be taking in. I got her to pee twice; I'm hoping that means she's not dehydrated (at least not badly).

After each feeding and potty session, I give her an all-over bath with a warm, wet washcloth to mimic Momma Cat's tongue. Kitten looooves this, especially after the indignity (on both our parts) of my coaxing her bladder and bowels to release. So that's why I was up every three hours during the night. I got next to no sleep, and I have it all ahead of me again tonight. Yay! I do confess that the nightime feedings aren't just trying because she needs to squirm and mew for about ten minutes before she finally settles down to nurse; when I walk into the room, I'm terrified she won't be breathing. She's so tiny. I just want her to be okay.

I'll take her to the vet tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed and think happy, healthy thoughts for our little as-yet-unnamed girl!



The pics aren't the best quality, but she's awfully squirmy. This was her morning face:

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Knowing she'd be missing snuggling with her littermates, I thought she might like some beanie kitty company:

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Artimis Lebeauartimis_lebeau on July 16th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
I wish you all the success with the wee one... She is a cutie....
Sarah: Disney LK Simba/Nala (cornicopia)kachi113 on July 16th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
She's adorable! ♥

Best of luck with her. :)
Mayatheatre4me on July 16th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
She is too cute! She looks a lot like my youngest at that age. Can't wait to find out her name. :)
moileaflette on July 16th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
....


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Trong Trongersolltrongersoll on July 16th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
awww.... so cute. your other cats won't help with her? I'd think that they'd at least sleep with her.
Kelladyjoust on July 16th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
She hasn't been to the vet's yet, so until I get her tested for feleuk (among other things), I'm keeping her apart. Too, my girls have never had another cat in the house, EVER, in all of their nine years. I'm hoping when I do introduce her, Jilly and Isabeau will want to mother instead of rebuff.
Jessica Ariel: mollyliret on July 16th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
eeee, kitty!
albinomarealbinomare on July 16th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
So Beautiful!

At that tiny, they sometimes don't like that little nursing nipple. You can see if she'll lick off your pinky, or use an eyedropper to put drops right under he nose to lick.

This site has a lot of useful info, to at least get you through till the vet.

http://www.kitten-rescue.com/

lots of luck!
Kelladyjoust on July 16th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
She's eating best when I put a little on my fingertip to let her know soup's on; she licks that off and latches onto the nipple (which I have directly next to the finger). She's a champ at nursing once she latches on.

And thank you for that link! It put my mind at ease about a few things - so far, anyway! :)
Anomolly: Peter Panbluenessmmd on July 16th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
*dies at adorableness*
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on July 16th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
omg, how cute is that.....
She's adorable!
Amanada (rhymes with Canada)mandasarah on July 16th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
KITTY!


He shall be mine and I shall pet him and love him and hug him and call him George.



P.S. Remind me to tell you who made the Flex!Jack icon.
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on July 16th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
She is absolutely precious! How adorable.
good luck with her (and I hope you get some sleep!)
Gloryforestofglory on July 17th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Awww! (She looks kitten like enough that you can probley wait 6-8 hours between feedings)
mistress_kathmistress_kath on July 17th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Awww, what a sweetie!

Henrietta's babies will be six weeks old tomorrow. The ASPCA Complete Cat Care Manual has a nifty little time line of week by week development...that's been the most reliable source for me. Good luck!
Bird on a Wing: Shiny!caragana_leaves on July 17th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh... my... goodness. She is the cuteness of DOOM. *long-distance snuggles*