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September 19, 2003

Friday Cat Blogging

Update: It's 12:30 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The girl kitten died about an hour ago. We just found her. She was one month old. I won't be blogging anymore today. Not feeling so great.

Update: If you read yesterday's (Sept. 26) entry about the kittens, you already know that the male has been whining and crying quite a bit. He continued this morning, so I took him to the vet. The female was very quiet but she seemed okay. I think things have finally calmed down. He was a little dehydrated and anemic. It's been a rather rough flea season this year, so I just medicated all the cats for fleas. The kittens are now feeling much better. They're resting and nursing again. Oreo is much more calm, which is a major feat for her since she's such a nervous cat. I'm still worried about the kittens and Oreo but for the time being everyone seems okay. I'll provide more updates. Since they've been through a bit of an ordeal, I'll pass on taking pictures of them this week. They need rest and they need their mommy.

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The kittens are almost three weeks old, and they're doing very well. They're crawling around a little. I and my son have no clue what to name them. They love having their tummies rubbed.

I also threw in a picture of our carpet whale, Mulder. There she is, sitting on her favorite black throw. She blends right in.

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Posted on September 19, 2003 at 05:05 PM | Permalink

Comments

aww. they're all so adorable. i remember when my kitty was a sweet little baby cat. now she's a tired old beast but i love her just the same...

xoxo, jared

Posted by: jared at Sep 19, 2003 5:28:54 PM

Awww..man! I was just working on convincing myself that the last thing i need around here is a pair of kittens. Now I'm back to the drawing board, trying to figure out how to afford adding to our household menagerie. (there's a woman in town who has a found mama cat and two stray kittens that I'm just DYING to adopt)

Posted by: drublood at Sep 20, 2003 10:13:48 AM

A stray mother cat wandered up to my house about three weeks ago, hung around in my garage for about two days and then had four kittens that look about the same as those you've pictured above.
Now the mother cat is gone. I don't know where or why, but she split about two days ago.
A question: What do I feed the kittens? And how? Are they weaned by now? I don't have a clue. Help. -- Hardy

Posted by: Hardy at Sep 26, 2003 3:53:33 PM

Hardy, call a vet immediately. You may want to take the kittens in for a check-up. Are their ears and eyes open? They're probably about two to three weeks old. When I was in panic mode when Oreo's other kittens were dying (see my earlier blog entry), I looked for information on the Internet. I know that when you hand-feed kittens that they must be warm first. Never feed a cold kitten, especially a newborn. Warm her up first in your armpit. Skin to skin contact is important. Newborns cannot maintain their own body heat. I also learned that to feed a kitten with a bottle (vets sell them along with kitten formula) the kitten must be sitting on its stomach. Feed it the way it would nurse from a queen (mother cat).

There are any number of reasons I can think of that the mother cat hasn't come back. She might have been hurt or killed. Still, two days is too long for her kittens to go without her.

I'm no expert on cats or litters. Everything I've written is based on personal experience. Please call a vet right away.That's probably the best thing to do.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Sep 26, 2003 5:03:50 PM

Technical question: When do a kitten's eyes change color and why? I've noticed this in my backyard feral group as well as in the adopted (actually broke and in stayed) indoor cats.

Posted by: John at Sep 26, 2003 5:11:02 PM

I don't know why they change color. The same could be said for humans. We start out with blue eyes and the color changes later. One cat I now own had one green eye and one hazel eye.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Sep 26, 2003 5:57:18 PM

Brava, Trish! Your advice to Hardy was spot on. Plus, your kittens are totally adorable (not that you needed to be informed, but I can't help observing!), and if you're still thinking about names, why don't you open up your Friday Cat thread for nominations from the peanut gallery? Do you know what sex/es the kittens are? I'm sure you could get a lot of good ideas from your online readers.

About eye color -- most baby animals start out with blue eyes; it's sort of the minimum basic pigment in the iris of any critter's eyes. If your heredity passes on a different eye color (more pigment, that is; a little bit more for green or yellow eyes, a lot more for brown or black), you'll grow into that color after infancy. If your heredity doesn't pass on more eye pigment, you'll probably stay blue-eyed. Anyhow, that's what I remember from biology class.

Posted by: AuroraD at Sep 26, 2003 7:58:56 PM

I got my first kitten today, and I did a search about kitten blogs and found this. How saw the kitten died. They are adorable. I wanted one like that. Couldnt find one anywhere. I got a all black bob tail kitty.

Posted by: Jess at Nov 3, 2003 8:03:58 PM