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Last Wednesday I woke up feeling really good. This rarely happens on a Wednesday, but I set out to enjoy the day. It wasn’t to last long. I was happily planting seeds on my covered deck, when my dog, Heinrich, started going nuts. Heinrich is not a barker. I knew he had something cornered somewhere. I ran to get him. He had been joined by my other dog, Keterlyn, when I got to where they were. They had a stray cat cornered between the shed and the fence. I grabbed the dogs and let the cat run away. I didn’t think any more about it until one of the digs showed up with a dead kitten. The crazy stray cat had decided to have kittens in the yard where my dogs hang out. My son and I quickly searched the yard to see if there were any more. We found one live kitten. My son immediately headed out to the pet store for milk replacer and the other supplies we would need. I have rescued kittens before, but never one that was less than 12 hours old.(There were fewer than 12 hours between the time my dogs went out for the last time the night before and the time they went out for the first time that morning)

Day one

Day one

This is Kitty on day one. It is so difficult to get an animal switched to a bottle. This is complicated by the fact that kittens can not be fed on their backs like a baby. They need to be prone or upright to avoid getting formula in their lungs. Bottles are really not designed for feeding that way. Added to that Kitty was so young.

Day three

Day three

Here is kitty on day three. He is doing a little bit better with the bottle and trying to purr while he eats. He has gone potty a bit, but not as much as I think he should be. Kittens can’t defecate on their own. Their mothers lick their bottoms to stimulate them to go. I use a warm, damp paper towel. It is not the favorite part of the day for either of us. I don’t think that kittens particularly like it when their mothers do it either. They always seem to cry about it.

Eating, day six

Eating, day six

This is Kitty having finishing up breakfast this morning. (The photo looks a bit awkward because I took it myself when the bottle was already empty.) He is eating very well, though I still have to sneak the nipple into his mouth when he meows. He starts sucking quickly and vigorously.  He is much more regular with elimination now and has been for the last 36 hours. He gets a quick rub down with a warm paper towel after attending to business. I am starting to feel really confidant about having a good outcome.

Day six

Day six

I was trying to get a photo of Kitty sleeping, but he sensed me and woke up.

Day six

Day six

Here is Kitty trying to climb the side of his box. He is getting more active all the time. His purr is sounding a bit more like a purr than a ticking noise. He purrs while eating and being held and cuddled. On Thursday morning, he weighed about 3 1/2-3 3/4 ounces. He weighed 5 1/4 ounces this morning.  I really think we are past the critical part. I am sure that Kitty will be going to a new home(and getting a real name) in a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

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