Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hooray, another weekend!!!



i love the weekends...getting to watch the kits grown and change and learn is my favorite thing these days.  I came home yesterday from work and found 2 of the wee ones on the floor, the rest in the box.  oh.  time to set them free.  So free they got set!!  Several have learned to swear (spit), one purred when i pet him yesterday, and this morning they started using the litter boxes that I've placed all over the room...they're actually painting tray liners that I found for 65 cents each at home depot.  They're eating the clay litter, but also sampling the food and water in the room....they're growing up!!  Well, they're also the biggest bunch of juveniles I've ever had under my roof....more to come.....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

little freddy kruegers......







....ah, the little razors and fangs have appeared in full force. i am the climbing apparatus for 6 little freddy kruegers. I will not be using salt scrub for quite some time. I look like I have been dragged through rose bushes by an angry mob. Only this mob isn't angry....it is furry, hilarious, learning to spit, drag little toys away from others and to pee on the floor. Husband sometimes enamoured, sometimes mortified....especially by Oona's gas. We've switched food, from science diet to Nutro (given to us by Humane Society) and all it did was change the scents of her poots. No improvement, just added a bit of variety to the assault on our noses. Sigh. (but not too deeply) More tomorrow.....

Monday, March 23, 2009

3 weeeks....eeeeeeks!!!!







holy moly....WWF in a box. These furry wrestling furies are all over the place! In the last 3 days I've noticed "one front foot up" pouncing position, the "letter N" stretch after sleeping, and little misplaced poops that have snuck out of little furry behinds when no one is looking (those, funny enough, have been ignored when exploring the XXL box that they will be breaking out of by next weekend) Freedom at 4 weeks seems about right to me...but they are beating the bejeezus out of each other in the box!! We've started to let Oona out of the room now, and she quite happily sits on the windowledge in the living room....hasn't seen the other kitties go by outside yet ~ we'll see what happens when THAT happens!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

zippy the pinheads! =^..^=

Jeepers, can these little things fight!! [= The kits are teething, and they are serious about their play fighting already! 5 boys and 1 girl makes for the raucous wrestling matches! Last night Atomo surprised me with a hunting instinct already....at 3 weeks old! I took my index finger and made little scratchings on the ground in front of him and although he didn't pounce, he lunged forward and pinned my finger between his paws in a scooping motion (the "fish scoop") and got REALLY excited about the "new move" he had. [= I thought it'd be another week before I saw that! These weans constantly surprise me. Personalities change day by day.....friendly ones get a little less friendly, shy ones suddenly are curious and want attention. Here's a 3 week personality list: Atomo - less into people, more into attacking! Puddin': still a momma's boy, but is in love with grooming himself. Ayla: getting more curious about people and holding her own with the boys. Spud: a little less bullying, a little more friendly. Buddy: still a nut, going through a people phase. Gobi: is NOT the runtie anymore...he's HUGE!! [= Still stand-offish with people, but holding his own with his brothers. Loves Ayla. So we'll see how much that changes in the next couple of weeks. I can't believe my time with them is almost half over!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

3 weeks old...





Tonight we had to change the box for the kits for the 3rd time....they're growing so much and getting so mobile that we took pity on poor Oona (mom) and found a little refrigerator box to house them in...it lets her nurse and gives them room to play....in the smaller box they were just chewing on her poor face and crawling on her head and...well, with 6 kits, you get the idea.   [=  Here they are tonight, at exactly 3 weeks old....it's like crazyville in the box now, but our "effortless" parenting ends soon, with the end of free sanitation service and the introduction of food coming soon, we shall soon be doing sanitation more than Oona.....yikes!!  

Monday, March 16, 2009

fostering felines for the very first time....




I'm late starting this blog....about 2 weeks to be exact.  But I wanted to leave a trail of fuzzyjoy to share with all of those brave souls who foster home animals for rescue and humane societies all over the world.  This is my first go at fostering, and I'm sure that the experience will leave me feeling all sorts of wonderful and mixed emotions.....

My first foster cat is Oona (self-named), who came to us 3 days after she had given birth to 6 kittens....six!!  Was I out of my mind??!!!  The foster coordinator at the local human society told me that she was young...so I was expecting oh, maybe 3 or 4....six!!  It was like I should have been going to St. Ives or something!!!  So we dove in head first, and it has been awe-inspiring, scary but over all, a huge blessing....

The reason I decided to foster a cat was because my furry best friend of 19 years had to be put to sleep in February.  I missed having a fuzzy being in the house, and since she was a VERY ornery only cat, there was now space for a new pet....problem is that it is WAY too soon.  Going out and choosing another would have felt too rushed....like I was attempting to replace teatea (which can NEVER be done...she was certainly a one and only....see my blog www.teateasbestfriend.blogspot.com )  for the tale of losing my best furfriend....but this is a new blog for new things.... 7 to be exact.  [=

The humane society was wonderful.   Checked the kits over after they were born (seems that they're having trouble with cleft palates and other anomalies due to the chemicals that folks are using in their gardens, fields and lawns these days) and then loaded me up with a carrier, cat food, litter, litter box and 7 little faces.  Wow.  For those who have kittens before, it will be no surprise that for the first 2 weeks there was just alot of nervousness....are they all eating? gaining weight at the same rate? Does the mom have everything she needs?  Is it too cold? Too warm?  The usual worries.  We had to watch the 2 runts,  making sure that they got equal nipple time as their siblings.  I'm not sure if it's because there are 5 boys and 1 girl or not, but the boys will really take any nipple that's available, although they do have a favorite.  The girl? Eh, not so much.  So we had to remove usurpers from her place to make sure she was gaining at the same rate....but Oona is such a wonderful mother, that our work was limited to that, building Oona's trust and watching them grow.  It's astounding how much they grow in those first 2 weeks!!!!  And now the changes are coming like lightening!!  All their eyes were opened between 10 and 13 days....the 2 runties, Ayla and Gobi were last.  At the 2 week mark, they started tracking each other with their eyes, watching others learn to use their legs....they're mostly up off their bellies now, creeping around, bonking their heads into the side of the cardboard box and practicing their tiny mews as they wobble around......

Day 16 brought play fighting and the very first kitten going completely beserk with energy...I was surprised it happened this young!!  It was Nutty Buddy who's tail was straight up and fuzzy, running over siblings and mom, tumbling and running some more (I use the term "running" very loosely here!) [=  It also brought one of the runties, Gobi, up to speed with his walking with no belly drag.  Ayla (the grey female) is still a little behind the boys.  Oh, did I mention the rest are orange tabby males?  Yep, 5 of them.  Thankfully all but 2 are different shades, but the 3 in the middle are pretty dang close... so we'll be relying on personalities to tell them apart from here on in!