Attention please: Someone sent me the incubator off of my Amazon wish list – if that was you, would you please email me at mizrobyn (at) gmail.com so that I can thank you? Usually Amazon includes a note with a link where I can send an email, but this time they did not. (If you prefer to remain anonymous, please know that I am SO very appreciative – it’s nice to have in case I need it, and I’m sure we’re going to need it sooner or later!)
The Forgotten Felines of Huntsville online auction is starting TOMORROW MORNING (Saturday November 4th) on Facebook and lasting until 7 pm (Central Time) on November 11th. If you’ve taken part in previous auctions, you know that there’s always some really neat stuff – so go follow the page and be prepared to get your bid on!
I love how in the first pic of Janeway on top of the scratcher, there’s a little spot of sun on the wall to the left and you can see the silhouette of another cat’s head in it (Spock, I suspect). Very cute!
I love that too – I meant to point it out when I posted it, but forgot. I’m glad you noticed!
Ok, this is a strange (not mean) question, but how do you know when/if a queen’s milk has dried up? Won’t the little ones be squirmy and noisy? I don’t know but think that as a foster person, I should know. This would be a good lesson for many of us to learn.
If she’d been here with me, I would have definitely noticed when the kittens stopped gaining weight (I weigh them daily), if not before, and would have started supplementing immediately. The lady who had them – who actually isn’t a foster, just someone who saw M’Lynn in a tiny carrier in the sun at a flea market and was trying to rescue her – isn’t experienced with tiny kittens. Since there was a mother present with them, I think she assumed that they’d be fine. By the time she realized what was going on, they’d already started dying.
Is there a chance that M’lynn’s milk might come back in, or is it too late?
I had hoped that getting some food into M’Lynn would help her start to produce milk, but at this point I don’t think it’s likely. Between being underweight and struggling with giardia and coccidia, her body doesn’t seem to be on board with producing milk again.
Has Khal been dressed for Halloween yet? Or any occasion? I can’t see him agreeing to wear anything for more than 1/2 second!
Khal would absolutely not put up with wearing a tie or a hat – he’d be OUTTA THERE if I even thought about trying it!
Robyn, have you ever used a Shakespeare theme for naming your fosters? Shelby makes me think of a line about Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
We had the Players in 2014 – Angelo, Ferdinand, Maria, Mariette, Orlando and Dennis. Though Shakespeare was prolific enough that I’m sure I could repeat the theme with all new names!
I’m trying to understand how you’re not squishing Shelby to death every day.
That girl sets off my cute aggression, for sure. I have not squooshed her yet, but I am always tempted!
JANEWAY AND SPOCK ARE ADOPTION PENDING AND WILL BE GOING HOME (TOGETHER) ON MONDAY! I am so excited for them, and so excited for their adopter! I don’t know if they’ll be keeping their names or if there’ll be a Facebook or Instagram page for them, but I will be sure to ask the adopter and let y’all know.
After every bottle, I put Shelby in the litter box in case she has to go. Sometimes she pees, and sometimes she noms on some litter and then climbs out of the litter box to ptui litter all over the place. Sometimes she does both!
Shelby gets the cleanup.
To answer the questions: Shelby and M’Lynn are doing well. Weight-wise, Shelby has gone from 142 g (5 oz) last Wednesday to 260 g (9.2 oz) last night. She has figured out how to latch onto the bottle, but (in my opinion) she doesn’t consume enough formula on her own, so I top her off with the syringe once she’s done with the bottle. She’s used the litter box a couple of times, and I have seen her eating kibble (Royal Canin Babycat) at least 3 different times.
M’Lynn went to the vet Tuesday and has both giardia and coccidia. Both are common around here and not unexpected since we don’t really know what her living situation was like before she was rescued from the flea market, though we can assume it wasn’t great. She’s now on meds, and hopefully things will start straightening up. I haven’t weighed her in a couple of days, but can tell she’s put on some weight.
Yes, Shelby probably needs some age-appropriate playmates, and perhaps in the future we’ll see about making that happen. For now she has her mother to teach her her manners and play with her (there’ve been a few gentle rounds of slappy paws.)
TBT: 🎶JUST HEAR THOSE SLEIGH BELLS JINGLING RING-TING-TINGLING TOOOOO. 🎶
Janeway and Spock reliving their birth experience. These kittens crack me UP.
While Shelby sleeps, M’Lynn lies in a cat bed with a stuffed rat and purrs and purrs. As you do!
2022: Francesca pauses mid-bath to have a thought.
2021: It’s a triple-kitten pie! My favorite!
2020: Talk about covered in kittens!
2019: Time spent with Henri is never wasted.
2018: No entry.
2017: “What doon, lady?” inquires Stardust.
2016: Happy Thlurrrpsday!
2015: Alice Mo and the Ears of Annoyance.
2014: I guess this is what passes for Kitteh TV.
2013: No entry.
2012: No entry.
2011: Because what we need in the back forty is MORE birds.
2010: Have you met Rhyme?
2009: She’s all “Sh’yeah, lady. WhatEVS.”
2008: I made a mistake Friday night with the foster kittens.
2007: Tommy and Boog Determine Just Who the Boss Is ‘Round These Parts
2006: Maddy’s new Mommy and Daddy came a-visitin’ yesterday.
2005: I was wondering why Tom Cullen was snooping around in the stamp drawer…