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Thor & Hestia


Imrlgoddess

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I had so many hits for my new furkids, I figured a blog would be a great place to keep those interested up to date with photos and antics.  

First, a little history on how these little muffins came into my life.

Sunday afternoon, Honey (my headship) and I were coming back from doing some running around.  We pulled into the carport to the sounds of a loud by tiny "mew".  I walked around the house but couldn't readily see the kitten, I assumed it was a larger one given the noise and the fact that it was under the house.  I waited a bit, checked back and found a tiny black baby had crawled from underneath into the weeds and cana stalks.  He was little little, his umbilical cord was still attached, but dried up.  I brought him in for Honey to see but he suggested I take him back out in case mom had only gone looking for food.  I put him back where I found him with a bowl of mik for mom.  A few hours later not only had mom never showed, there were two more littles in the weeds!  I gathered them up, made up a box, and put them under the carport while I went to the store for milk & a bottle.  I fed them twice that evening and night and left food for mom.  The next morning the food was gone but the kitten nest looked as though it had never been disturbed.  I don't believe mom came back, if she did...she officially abandoned them that night. Inside they came.  I had already named one in my head, Hestia, even though I wasn't sure if the first one I'd found was male or female.  Once I sorted out what they were, the boys became Thor and Loki, Loki being the runt of the three with a big voice.  

I took care of them Monday morning and came home at midday to check on them and feed.  They all seemed to be ok, although getting them to eat was a challenge.  I'd noticed Little Loki didn't have the same strength the other two had and tried to make sure he got his share and more.  My biggest worry is that he wasn't pottying at all...not even to tee tee like the other two did.  That evening I tried again to get him to eat like his brother and sister but he was still weak.  That night he barely took in anything so I laid him on the warmest part of the nest hoping he was just cold still.  I don't know how long they'd been under the house.  I checked on them just before bed and found he'd died.  His brother and sister had cuddled up on him to keep him warm.  My wonderful husband got out of bed to dig a tiny grave for him.  He's running on the Rainbow Bridge.  That just made me more determined to help the others thrive.  The others are on a pretty solid schedule and are tiny but healthy.  

These little add two more to our zoo:  3 fish, 2 turtles, 2 dogs, 2 old grouchy cats and a pair of horses at my father in laws farm.  The older cats are not interested in the kittens...Texi-the Old Man-will warm up once they are worth playing with.  But Princess...well, the name says it all.  She's far too diva to mess with children-feline or otherwise. 

So here we are, Day 3, they've fluffed out a bit, and chubbed up a bit as well.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Marshmallows day 1.jpg

Marshmallows day 2.jpg

Little Hestia.jpg

Little Thor.jpg

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HarryPotterFan

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They're so tiny!!! And you are doing such a wonderful thing!

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Imrlgoddess

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I'm trying! It's been a long time since I had a bitty baby anything! :my_smile:

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SpoonfulOSugar

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That last picture is like - "NO pictures, please!  I'm busy!"

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RabbitKM

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Oh my gosh!!! What little love bugs they are! 

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PennySycamore

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You are doing a great job!  Fostering kittens is not easy.  In the litter that I fostered, we lost the tiniest and weakest kitten.  The other two were pretty robust, particularly Ingard.  Snorpi always seemed a bit more vulnerable and I couldn't bear to give him up.  I couldn't bear to give Ingard up either, but my daughter and her husband adopted him.  He has a great home with them.

Our two older cats ignored the kittens, but both our Labrador, Lucky and our terrier, Lucy mothered the babies.  They'd pay attention to their cries and sleep near their box.

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bingbangboom

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Poor little Loki, I'm sure that was really sad. :( I didn't even know the guy, and I feel a little sad. They are awful cute though! I want to squish them a litte. Did anyone else watch Tiny Tunes? I feel a little like Elmira with these babes. :romance-grouphug:

http://youtu.be/pxvzEfI0BFU

forgot to add the link.

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Imrlgoddess

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@PennySycamore I'm glad your babies have a great home. I'm sure my chocolate lab would do that if she were inside, but she's a giant bull in a China shop so she's got her own set up outside. 

@bingbangboom I was sad but I'm glad that 2 of 3 made it at least.

I love Elmira! That's what we used to refer to my daughter as when she first got the old man 12 years ago. She terrorized that poor cat & he loves her!

I think someone upstairs got tired of me gushing over kitten pictures & saying I needed to squish a kitten. :my_biggrin: be careful what you wish for! 

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bingbangboom

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Haha! I'm glad you knew who she was! I get a little Elmira about all things cute and squishy, especially the youngest boomkid, I squish him a lot and he loves it! He's started asking for "squish"! 

Love on those tiny ones for me!

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19 cats and counting

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How are the precious babies doing today?  This has me sitting at my computer waiting for news on the babies.

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Season of life...

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Sweet little babies! How lucky they are that they found a safe haven with you. I'm so sorry about Loki.

We took in a pregnant kitten a few years back. She was already waddling when we found her, or rather, she found us. She was so young the vet was concerned about her giving birth, but it worked out. She wouldn't stay in the birthing box I made for her, she insisted on leaning against me the whole time she was in labor. I felt honored. We placed three of the four with trusted friends and coworkers, and kept the little runt for ourselves.

Darn it, I think I'm getting kitten fever!

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PennySycamore

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@Season of life..., so you were doula for your laboring kitten?  Cool!  I was midwife to one of my parent's cats (helped a bit with the births and wiped the kittens off) and was a postpartum doula for my cat Ling-ling who gave birth (in dd's drawer on an Easter morning apparently easily, but didn't want to let the kittens nurse.  I'd have to stay by the box and pet her when she was nursing at first else she'd kill the kittens.  My brother is a vet and asked if she was part Siamese.  One of her babies definitely looked like a Siamese cross.

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Season of life...

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@PennySycamore    Yup! :pb_smile:  I had my sterile kit all ready to go, including dental floss to tie off the umbilical cords. I had to take care of the first kitten because Zoe, the mom, was terrified of it. She tried to scramble away from the kitten, but they were attached so that didn't go well, poor thing. After I clipped the cord and cleaned the kitten, Zoe calmed down, resumed her position against my legs and bravely birthed the other three. I was so impressed--she was a real trouper. She cleaned and took care of the others so I didn't need to intervene.

Those kittens were wonderful, and it broke my heart to let them go, even though I knew they would be loved in their new homes. I'm glad we kept the little runt, as she and Zoe are extremely close.

That's interesting that Ling-ling needed to be soothed while nursing--your petting must have been such a comfort to her. Was she fairly young? Our Zoe is a Siamese and it took her a bit to get into the swing of things with nursing. Our vet had to help since the kittens weren't able to get milk at first. Maybe it's a Siamese thing?

Sorry to write such a book, but it's fun to reminisce. It's quite the experience to be a cat doula, isn't it?

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PennySycamore

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My vet brother says that Siamese cats are notoriously bad mothers.  I can't recall offhand how old Ling-ling was when she gave birth.  I think we found her near our back fence shortly after we moved into our house in '89.  I can't recall if she was full grown then, but this must have been an early heat so she must have been pretty young.  

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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Our Siamese-mix cat (when I was a kid) was a medium good mom to her litter of three. She was small enough that we didn't think she was old enough to be spayed yet. (Our vet wanted cats to be 6 months old.) She had trouble with the first kitten getting stuck during the birth. My mom called the emergency vet, who gave her instructions on how to help. After the kitten was born, she (the cat, not my mom) ran in a circle a few times, trying to figure out what that thing was!

After that, everything went smoothly. Two more kittens were born without trouble, nursing went well, and we kept the mom and the two male kittens for their whole lives. (We found a home for the single girl kitty.)

She favored the runt all his life. He lived about a year longer than she did. He was unkempt that whole year, because he was used to his mommy washing him. I still miss her. (The boys were the special favorites of my siblings; she was mine.)

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Geechee Girl

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Your babies are darling. It's giving me baby and kitten fever.

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