Would you like to meet our new fosters? You know you would! But first, some backstory.
A skunk had been coming into someone’s garage, so they baited a trap with berries and set it in their garage. It very quickly caught the culprit – only instead of it being a skunk, it was a very hungry, very thin long haired black and white cat who was horribly matted. She’d dug so hard at the fur under her chin that she had an awful looking wound there. When Michelle got her, she and Brittany started shaving the matted fur off. Brittany noticed that this was no ordinary cat, this was a PREGNANT cat. So pregnant, in fact, that 10 minutes later she went into labor!
When all was said and done, she gave birth to 6 kittens on April 11th.
I suggested, since it was the day before Easter, that they name her Bunny. And they did!
Bunny wasn’t producing much milk at first, so the kittens had to be supplement-fed with bottles for a few weeks. Unfortunately, the smallest kitten, who was struggling from the beginning, passed away after a few days.
The kittens gained a little friend for a while.
Bunny needed a little more space than she had at Michelle’s house, so it was decided she and her kittens should come here. Unfortunately, the night before last, the smallest kitten, Peter Cottontail (an absolutely gorgeous little house panther with a smokey undercoat), passed away. The remaining 4 kittens are doing great – to be honest, Bunny was in such rough shape when they got her that it’s kind of amazing these 4 kittens are doing so well. If you’re on Facebook, you may have been following along on the Bunny and her Kits page.
So. Wanna meet them? You know you do!
Bunny’s fur is starting slowly to grow in, but the wound under her chin is taking its sweet time to heal. It looks MUCH better than it did, but has a way to go – and needs daily cleaning and redressing. It’s in an awkward location, so it’s hard to keep it covered, but we’ll do the best we can. As her kittens get older and start to eat on their own, hopefully Bunny can retain some of the nutrients she’s expending feeding them and will heal faster. (She has been tested and is FIV and FeLV negative.)
She’s a lapcat, and the first time I ever saw her, a week ago when Isabella’s kittens were being spayed and neutered, she climbed into my lap for a snuggle. She’s a bit hormonal and touchy, so when she’s done with your nonsense, she’s done. Fortunately she’s already scheduled for her spay – a week from today – and once that’s past her hormones can start settling down.
Right now she’s a little nervous about her new situation, but once she’s adjusted to the sounds of the house, I think she’ll be happy. The kittens are 4 1/2 weeks old, so I’ll be setting out litter boxes later today. Lola, Honey, and Benjamin aren’t sure what they think about me, but Bugs is a little talker and has already ventured out of the crate. He seems to be making an early bid to be Da BAYbee, but we’ll see.
Bunny is estimated to be about 3 years old. And yes, it is entirely possible that some of these kittens will be floofy, but it’s too early to tell for certain.
In a quick search the other night, I discovered that a group of wild rabbits is known as a Fluffle, and could that be any more perfect? So now we have The Fluffles.
(If you thought the 12 weeks we had Isabella’s kittens here went by quickly, just watch this next 8 weeks go by in a blur!)
2019: Almanzo pretends he can’t see me.
2018: No entry.
2017: No entry.
2016: I don’t know what I did, but Art Vandelay looks appalled by it.
2015: Skelton is all “Oh, these kitten ears are PARTICULARLY moist and tender!”
2014: “No, seriously. I can nap now?”
2012: No entry.
2011: “Yeah, come on down here, BRING IT ON!”
2010: “Mooooom! The couch is eating kittens again!”
2009: No entry.
2008: Here’s a hint: Mister Boogers? Not the man.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.