Litter of kittens found..paging experts please!

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Cailleach Fri 08-Nov-13 16:25:50

Whilst out and about this afternoon I have found a litter of six kittens in a clump of ivy in the garden of a derelict house.

I estimate them to be about 2 - 2 1/2 weeks old. Their eyes are all open and they look in good shape, other than being totally filthy and riddled with fleas.

Being the soft stupid sod devoted cat lover I am I sat in the garden for three hours at a discreet distance from the nest and waited for the mother to return. Nada. So I packed them into my rucksack, brought them home via the vet (who kindly checked them over), gave them a bath (they were black-bright and stank of urine) and settled them in a box with a hot water bottle / towel.

I have kitten formula from the vet and have fed them about 3-4ml each from a syringe. They all fed well and promptly piddled all over me, which was encouraging, if a bit grim-smelling.

I know to feed them about that much every two hours, to rub their bellies to stimulate their bowels, to keep them warm etc etc. Is there anything else I need to do?

Yours, in anticipation of precious little sleep over the next few weeks,

C
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Yes I have, cozie, sorry

I had another go at adding the right-way-up one but no luck

(The upside-down-one was right way up in preview mind you)

I'll try again grin

Cailleach Sun 05-Jan-14 17:44:57

I can see a picture of Minx on your profile though, so it looks like you got there in the end! Aww, she looks so happy - is that the bed I made for her?

x

C

Yes, that's your bed smile I was trying to upload another one where you can see the whole bed, for scale, but you can see her face at least! She seems to us to have grown a lot in a week anyway

Aha - I've got 2nd pic up, hurrah! (I tried a 3rd but it all went wrong again so I gave up grin)

Anyway you can see her in her pretty bed now!

X

Cailleach Sun 05-Jan-14 20:11:02

Lovely <3... love those spots of hers! She looks happy and content... Bless.

JaneEyresHeir Sun 05-Jan-14 21:10:23

She's gorgeous, and has such beautiful markings. It looks as though she's settling in well!

Thank you smile She does seem well settled & we love having her!

cozietoesie Sun 05-Jan-14 23:02:56

Now isn't she the pretty one!

Well done for fathoming out the pictures, TheOne.

smile

Thanks, cozie smile

It's still not right though - I just added another & it overwrote pic 2 so now I have pic 3 twice! confused

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Mon 06-Jan-14 08:33:44

I have just sat and read this thread from start to finish and then my 18 month old cat walked in and scared me half to death. She looks enormous compared to your kitten photos!

Well done on search an amazing outcome. I did shed a tear when you lost one but tbh I think we thought you might lose two when the other was poorly.

I would have taken Fudge in but DH has already said no to another anything never mind another kitten sad. <ponders whether rehoming DH would be acceptable>

WakeyTryingAgain Wed 08-Jan-14 09:12:33

Have you managed to find a home for fudge yet? I live down south otherwise I'd definitely take her, I think she's gorgeous!

Cailleach Wed 08-Jan-14 18:20:00

Hi there,

No not yet, Wakey... am trying though! She's lovely, she deserves a very special home, but because she's black it's harder to rehome her.

sad

She is beautiful, and so lively and friendly.

Toffee - glad you enjoyed the thread - it's been a rollercoaster ride but well worth it smile

kazzawazzawoo Thu 09-Jan-14 19:11:21

Aw, I wish I could have her, I'm in Yorkshire and I love black cats, but my current black cat mustn't be stressed by any upheaval of any sort due to his illness, plus financially we are currently struggling. I hope you find a good home for her and if I hear of anyone looking, I'll let you know smile

kazzawazzawoo Thu 09-Jan-14 22:13:57

A friend of a friend is looking for a kitten, she's on holiday at the moment, but will speak to her when she gets back if Fudge is still available. Whereabouts are you?

Cailleach Fri 10-Jan-14 17:06:47

Hi Kazza, I'm between Doncaster and Rotherham... Fudge is still available, it would be lovely if we could find her a new home! Let me know if she's interested.

x

C

kazzawazzawoo Fri 10-Jan-14 18:35:15

That's not far from us. I'll let you know when she's back from her hols and if she's interested. smilesmile

Cailleach Fri 10-Jan-14 20:44:11

Lovely, fingers crossed then!

cozietoesie Fri 17-Jan-14 19:39:12

Any news?

kazzawazzawoo Fri 17-Jan-14 20:45:44

I've not heard anything yet. I don't know if my friend's friend is back. Will try and find out.

ThePearShapedToad Tue 04-Feb-14 23:18:28

How's fudge getting along op?

graceholl Thu 27-Mar-14 17:14:23

Awww, I just read this thread and it has well and truly warmed my heart! I am the biggest cat softie, we adopted two of the buggers in June from Cats Protection and I love them sooo much. They were rescued from an overcrowded flat of 6 kits + 1 druggie. sad

I so hope Fudge found a home, I have had black cats all my life and it breaks my heart that it's hard for them to find homes. If she's still looking...

Little anecdote:
When I was a kid we lived abroad and got v friendly with a local moggy mum who we would sometimes feed when she was looking particularly scruffy. One day she appeared on our doorstep with 4 newborn kittens. Although she did the rearing bit, we put out food etc and one day one of the kittens was missing. We were all beside ourselves. A few hours later we found him in the house, fast asleep, happy as larry. He adopted us, really. A 6 month stay in quarantine and the fat bastard still lives with my parents 15 years later and is one of the most comical, loving beasts I have ever known. grin

thanks Cailleach for your hard work in raising these kittens, they are so gorgeous. Hope they are all having lovely lives with their new homes. smile

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