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,


girliefriend Fri 08-Nov-13 16:30:04

You know we will need pictures grin

Well I would be worried about the mummy cat so keep an eye out for her if you can, have you got someone who can share the night feeds with?

Aw, someone needs to get mammy cat... but well done for rescuing. Photos please smile

Cailleach Fri 08-Nov-13 16:36:41

Mummy cat lives a fair way from me but I have informed the neighbours of the derelict house about the kittens and have given some of them my number just in case.

I have The Bloke, who has promised faithfully to do the feeds in the evenings (I work four hours a night), bless him.

Otherwise I will cat nap, so to speak, in-between feedings in the day when the kids are at school.

I would love to give you pics but have no way of taking them as phone is a crappy old Nokia one and digital camera is shagged as well. Promise faithfully I will take some ASAP though!

For now a description will have to suffice: three silver tabbies, one grey one with white bib, one brown tabby, one black one.


issey6cats Fri 08-Nov-13 17:37:24

sounds like you are doing a good job with feeds

get in touch with CPL cats protection league as they are the experts at capturing mommy cats, if she is feral they will neuter and release her unless you have a secure garage that she would be able to use to bring up her babies

or if shes half friendly they would be able to reunite mom and kittens either at your house as a fosterer or find her one of their foster families
a poster called catneuterer should be in soon hses more experienced than me with stray or feral cats as she works for celia hammond cat rescue in london

YoureBeingASillyBilly Fri 08-Nov-13 17:40:45


I hope mummy is found. you sound well equipped/trained tbh. fingers crossed for a reunion and happy ending.

Awww. That's lovely.

Be great if they could find Mum.

timtam23 Fri 08-Nov-13 22:33:49

Oh how lovely. Good luck with the kitten care! I hope Mum cat can be found.

CHATrescue Sat 09-Nov-13 20:43:49

Unfortunately the cat neuterer is away until the end of next week. So as I also work for the Celia Hammond Animal Trust I can give you some advice in her absence. If the kittens seemed well-fed and not crying the mother was probably around - so please if possible put food out daily for the mother where you found the kittens. Hopefully in a few days you'll catch sight of her, and then arrangements can be made to rescue her. Not sure which part of the country you're in, perhaps you can get in touch directly and we can post these details and we will try and get a rescuer if you live in a part of the country too far from our branches.

issey6cats Sat 09-Nov-13 20:48:08

thank you chatrescue but op seems not to have come back into the thread might be worth sending her a private message mind you she will be busy hand feeding, she has got someone hopefully keeping an eye out for mom cat

PrincessFlirtyPants Sat 09-Nov-13 20:48:21

I'm so glad they found a Good Samaritan to look after them! Good on you, OP.

Hopefully mum is found. Might be worth going back over the next few days.

Cailleach Sat 09-Nov-13 22:31:43


lap full of kits, so typing onehanded.

kits rather underweight for 2 wks acc. to vet. feel have made right decision as kits passed urine at vets and he said they were dehydrated.

kits have perked up hugely now warm, clean and fed. no bowel movements yet, called vet but not concerned - said to bring in if no poos for 48 hrs.

would not survive long outdoors in n.england in nov anyway. also only found kits as they were all yelling for attention.

do not live in area local to where kits were found. have told neighbours there to keep an eye out.

more updates to come,,,

issey6cats Sat 09-Nov-13 22:47:22

being as they are dehydrated hate to say it but sounds like something has happened to momma as at two weeks the moms dont go far from babies that small might still be wotrth contacting cats protection league to see if they will put a trap out to see if momma is still around sounds like you are doing a good job, you say your using a syringe ask the vet if he can supply you with kitten bottles they are like mini baby bottles and easier to feed them and see how much they are taking

Cailleach Sun 10-Nov-13 18:37:17

Thanks for the tips, Issey. The vet did actually give me a kitten bottle but the awkward little buggers seem to prefer the syringes - that's cats for you!

They are feeding wonderfully and weeing well - but unfortunately still no poos despite extensive bum rubbing and squeezing. If no poos by tomorrow am, I am taking them to the vets.

cozietoesie Sun 10-Nov-13 18:59:20

Oh well done/doing Cailleach. Just get the milk into them.

I wouldn't worry too too much about the lack of poo if they're peeing fine but having them to the vet tomorrow morning would be good on general principle. (The practice will be all over you! - get one of the vet nurses to take some photos.)

cozietoesie Sun 10-Nov-13 19:02:47

PS - My Darling Oneago was abandoned by his Mom at one day old and survived, along with his litter brother. Your lot will be hard work but they could be fine.


yourcruisedirector Sun 10-Nov-13 19:02:57

Sounds like they 're in good hands - sounds like they're a lovely bunch smile

Where are you oop north? I wonder if I could rehome one when they're ready smile

Cataline Sun 10-Nov-13 19:09:01

Bit grim but have you tried wiping their bums with a warm wet cloth? This can sometimes help stimulate pooping!

cozietoesie Sun 10-Nov-13 19:15:41

Goodness Cataline, there's not much grim on this board. We're mostly all used to stepping in vomit/poo/etc on the way to the loo at night. (I've had to bin more pairs of slippers!)


cozietoesie Sun 10-Nov-13 19:19:31

You're lacking a cat, cruisedirector?

yourcruisedirector Sun 10-Nov-13 19:32:06

Sort of, cozie smile. We were a two cat household but my former neighbours stole one of my lovely beasties. In the end, they have formally taken her on, and we've now moved.
Remaining furry girl quite enjoys being a solo cat but we have a big garden now so plenty of space!

We're not up north anymore but my folks are in w.yorks. Probably a bit too far to make a cat travel but I'd live a big tabby or silver tabby boy smile

cozietoesie Sun 10-Nov-13 19:55:16


If she enjoys being a singleton, I'd be inclined to let the situation be. Just my way of course but I always think of the 'cat in residence' rather than my own inclinations. I could have 20 cats in this house but Seniorboy wouldn't compromise.

Cailleach Sun 10-Nov-13 20:11:53

yourcruisedirector, I'm in S Yorks... am happy to consider you as a prospective adoptee...mind you it's early days yet so let's see how the little buggers get on first smile

* Cataline* I know to rub their bums with a warm wet cloth to make them go - but apparently the kittens haven't heard about that and won't oblige me! (Plenty of wee mind you...)

A friend of mine found a litter of kittens about three years ago and hand-reared them successfully...apparently they only pooped infrequently at first.

Until they got to about three and a half weeks old and then, in her words, they were "like muck-spreaders" from then on in!

So I am trying not to take the no-pooing thing too seriously.

Atm they are in their box by the radiator, fast asleep. More updates and hopefully pics to follow.

Cailleach Sun 10-Nov-13 20:17:28

PS: nice work with Oneago, cozietoesie! Any poo-inducing tips to share with me? ;)

yourcruisedirector Sun 10-Nov-13 20:40:58

Probably right cozie, though they were happy enough when we had two.

OP, really hope the kittens start to thrive and I'm sure they'll socialise really well. Good luck!

cozietoesie Sun 10-Nov-13 20:50:12

What can I say? Pooing requires a certain amount of bulk but you don't want constipation. If they're to be vetted tomorrow, I'd be content.

Aww I love a kitten rescue thread.

No tips from me but just wanted to wish you all good luck.

issey6cats Sun 10-Nov-13 23:31:06

lol at prefering a syringe, my big ginger and white hooligan was dumped in a carrier bag in a park with his siblings at ten days ole and hand reared at haworth cat rescue, the first time i saw him at 3 weeks he fit in the palm of my hand, hes now mahoosive and wheighs about 5kgs sounds like you are doing a good job with these little ones

Well done for rescuing them Cailleach! Sounds like they have well and truly fallen with their paws in the butter.

Any news on mummy cat?

Cailleach Mon 11-Nov-13 11:19:24

Thanks Issey! smile I love ginger cats, they are the best.

Waiting for a call back from the vet re; the kittens not pooing. All are feeding really well though and are desperate to get out and run about (they've had a quick scamper round the bedroom this morning.)

Funnily enough my two adult cats were found as stray kittens in a neighbours garden - both needed hand-feeding for a while as they were roughly four weeks old but as they were partially weaned already this was not too hard to do.

They are now massive, sleek and healthy beasties who rule the roost, needless to say!

Hopefully will have pics for you later as my mum may be coming over today for a coo over the kits.



Cailleach Mon 11-Nov-13 11:20:41

ohfour Mummy Mog lives miles from me so I don't know about her situation: I left my number with the neighbours round the derelict house where the kittens were found but have heard nothing since.

QueenStromba Mon 11-Nov-13 11:33:54

Aw - bless. You sound lovely - most people would have walked past or just dumped them at a rescue.

Have you decided which one(s) you're keeping?

Cailleach Mon 11-Nov-13 11:58:08

Queen don't tempt me: we have two already! As the old saying goes, one cat leads to another...

QueenStromba Mon 11-Nov-13 12:03:15

Ah, so you do have one that you love! Although I suppose your furry masters should be the ones to choose.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 11-Nov-13 12:05:44

Cailleach You're doing a great job, can't wait to see photos smile. I have a thread going atm as my parents are looking for another kitten after their two old cats both died within the last year. We are in South Yorks, so if you're looking for homes for them (when they're ready, of course) I'm sure they'd take one off your hands and I'll have to sit on my hands so I'm not tempted to have another too.

cozietoesie Mon 11-Nov-13 12:10:17

....... my big ginger and white hooligan was dumped in a carrier bag in a park with his siblings at ten days........

Lord love him, issey.

Cailleach Mon 11-Nov-13 14:30:39

SoftKitty I will add you to my list of potential adoptees... so far I have four suggested homes, two off Mumsnet and two from people I know; not bad going!

If they make it, and I so hope they do, they will be ready just before Christmas.

Queen I see you understand cats very well ;)

The vets have called me back - due to one vet being off sick they can't see them until tomorrow am but the nurse I spoke to didn't sound unduly concerned by the lack of poos. She said diahorrea is a more urgent problem and not to worry, little kittens often don't poo much, esp. when first switching to formula.

Meanwhile BigFluffyWhiteCat has an upset stomach, so I have the opposite issue with the adult cats! I can't win!

More updates to follow.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 11-Nov-13 14:51:56

Thank you! I so want one myself too but don't think it'd be fair on my 11yo tom.

QueenStromba Mon 11-Nov-13 14:53:48

I'd love one too but my 16 year old girl would probably hate it.

Cailleach Tue 12-Nov-13 14:02:23

Quick update: the mini mogs have been to the vets and, mystery of mysteries, are not constipated. She dug around in their bums with a thermometer dipped in KY jelly and lo! there was poo.

Her theory is that they ARE pooing, probably via other kittens licking them, and are then eating it. Grim, grim, grim. Then I got them home and one promptly did a massive plop in the kitten box.

Anyway. They are undersized and underweight for their ages (which is actually more like 3 weeks old, not 2) but are otherwise in good health, well hydrated etc etc.

They are due back in ten days for worming and de-fleaing.

So all is well, and yours truly is vastly relieved.

CailleachMum has been over and has taken pics of them which I will shortly put on my profile, once they arrive.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Tue 12-Nov-13 14:16:14

Aww, I just want to cuddle them. But not when they've eaten each other's poo. Yum.

Will await pics!

SaskiaRembrandtWasFramed Tue 12-Nov-13 14:28:23

Aaw kitties smile Why do I never find any?!

I'm in South Yorkshire too but can't have another cat, the Ginger Ninja wouldn't like it.

Cailleach Tue 12-Nov-13 23:58:05

Pics are up! Not great quality but they give you the general idea.

Yours exhaustedly,


issey6cats Wed 13-Nov-13 00:09:33

OMG they are gorgous nice pic of you too they look as if you are doing a pretty good job there girl

BigArea Wed 13-Nov-13 00:09:55

Ahhh, well done OP - marking my place, I love a good kitten thread smile

Cailleach Wed 13-Nov-13 00:15:22

issey that's my ol' Ma there, not me ;)

She was smitten by them...sadly my Dad is violently allergic to cats, otherwise she'd love one or two.

Hey ho!

SoftKittyWarmKitty Wed 13-Nov-13 12:28:32

Oh my god, they are adorable!!! I want one! <elbows own parents out of way>

Lovely pics. I want one. It's probably a good job you're up north as we recently lost one of our girls and I think the other is lonely. But I'm not sure a kitten would be a good idea.

Oh how GORGEOUS!! grin

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 13-Nov-13 12:49:04

Any news on mum cat?

Cailleach Wed 13-Nov-13 12:57:40

Fluffy I have heard nothing about the kittens mum so I assume not. I don't live locally to where they were found but have left my details with the neighbours around the area and have asked them to keep an eye out for her.

Kittens are currently sleeping off the midday feed - am going to need a bigger pen for them soon as they are growing like mad...

SerotoninCanEatTomorrow Wed 13-Nov-13 13:26:51

I just caught up with your kittens and am blatantly marking my place - I love kittens!

Well done to you for rescuing them, you wonderful woman smile

envy at those pictures. They are beautiful.

Is all this costing you a fortune? sad

QueenStromba Wed 13-Nov-13 13:52:12

Aw bless. They're beautiful.

So gorgeous. They are going to be a right handful when they're a bit more grown-up grin

cozietoesie Wed 13-Nov-13 14:34:29

Wonderful, Cailleach. How often are you having to feed them?

DoctorTwo Wed 13-Nov-13 15:05:51

Wow, they're gorgeous.

Cailleach Wed 13-Nov-13 15:11:16

Sparkling alas yes, and at a time when we can least afford it but I am aware of the pressures on cat rescues at the moment so am happy to help.

Cozie I was doing every two hours but the vet informed me yesterday that every three hours is probably better as they are more like 3 weeks old rather than the 2 weeks we originally thought they were: they're v. small for their age basically.

They are having a bath in half an hour or so which they will NOT like but hey ho, it has to be done!

SnapespeareSong Wed 13-Nov-13 15:18:22

Place marking for kitten watch (& well done OP...& they re gorgeous!)

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 13-Nov-13 15:49:44

You realise you won't be able to let them be adopted because people you saw previously as responsible pet owners will start to look more like potential kitten murderers who won't look after little tabitha the way you did.


cozietoesie Wed 13-Nov-13 16:44:29

Well if they're not squittering and growing well, it sounds as if they're doing fine. They certainly look like feisty little blighters. Quite adorable. (And presumably now also damp?)


Corygal Wed 13-Nov-13 16:57:17

There's cute and then there's kittenz! Faintmakingly sweet and so beautifully marked - so many congratulations to you on being so lovely, OP.

So lovely you deserve a lovely batch of kittens never to leave you...

Catmint Wed 13-Nov-13 16:57:47

Lovely pics, thanks for

timtam23 Wed 13-Nov-13 21:00:34

Oh my goodness they are just gorgeous!

Well done Cailleach smile

How's Dudley now timtam? Another lucky kitten. grin

timtam23 Wed 13-Nov-13 22:18:11

Thanks for asking Sparkling, Dudley is doing really really well & is asleep on my lap at the moment, he also has a habit of sneaking under the duvet at night (none of my other cats have done this but am getting used to it!)
I have some lovely pics of him nestling up to old blind cat, will have to put them onto my profile

I have massive admiration for Cailleach though as we were so busy with just the one kitten and he didn't need handfeeding etc

Cailleach Wed 13-Nov-13 23:34:32

Fluffy Nonsense! All prospective adoptees will need to do is to fill out a 246 page questionnaire on cat care and provide a minimum of 50 character references before they can get their unworthy paws on one of my precious littl... oh dear...

Cozie they now smell fresh and clean after their evening dip... they were getting a bit ripe before. Mum would of course keep them spotless 24/7 but I draw the line at licking them!

And yes 6 of them are a bit of a handful... and so LOUD! My ears are still ringing from the 10.30pm feed...



BelleOfTheBorstal Wed 13-Nov-13 23:50:54

Soooo lovely. Very pleased that you found them. Good luck with the little bundles.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 14-Nov-13 08:34:23

Don't forget the home check & credit search.

sashh Thu 14-Nov-13 10:40:36

OP did you contact Cats' Protection? They might have a mum who needs kittens, it doesn't have to be their own mum.

Cailleach Thu 14-Nov-13 23:39:52

Fluffy that goes without saying ;)

Sashh the kittens are doing very well so far so I think we'll be ok from here. They have been with me for a week tomorrow so moving them again / changing their diet might be too stressful for them. Nice idea though. smile

All are doing fine: the little black one has been nick-named Farah as he loves to run round the room at amazing speeds. The grey one, who is the noisiest, has lost her miaow through shouting at me so much and can now only emit a faint "peep." She seems a bit embarrassed by this...

More updates to follow.

Cailleach Fri 15-Nov-13 16:05:34

Unfortunately we have a poorly kitten, folks. Took her to the vet just now who could find nothing wrong but she is very weak and lethargic sad

Am cuddling her now and trying to get some food down her. Keep her in your thoughts please.

The rest of the litter are just fine btw.



SaskiaRembrandtWasFramed Fri 15-Nov-13 16:13:44

Oh no sad Keeping everything crossed for her!

Oh no. Are you syringe feeding?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 15-Nov-13 16:40:24

Oh lord, poor little thing.

Cailleach Fri 15-Nov-13 18:14:14

thecatneuterer this one i have fed via an eye dropper as she will not feed from a syringe. nor a bottle come to that!

she is on my lap sleeping now. her temp is fine, clear chest, no breathing probs like coughing / sneezing etc. very was v nice, said all they would do if she was admitted was to keep her warm and get fluids into her, so i may as well take her home because i could do that just as well there.

she pointed out that they are v small and thin for their age and although they are gaining weight well now, this means that they were poorly nourished by mum from the start. so of course they are even more vulnerable than kittens would normally be at this age.

i am cream crackered!


SoftKittyWarmKitty Fri 15-Nov-13 20:09:41

Aww, poor kitten. And poor you! Hope things improve soon.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 15-Nov-13 20:17:07

Could you put her down your top? She might find your heart beat comforting.

Fingers crossed for the poorly little one x

cozietoesie Fri 15-Nov-13 20:36:22

Yes - put her down your top. Or take her off for a snooze with you. (With a towel underneath in case of accidents.) Poor wee stick. Sending lots of love to her.

QueenStromba Fri 15-Nov-13 20:39:32

I hope she's going to be ok - give her some cuddles for me.

timtam23 Fri 15-Nov-13 20:59:34

Poor little thing, I hope she recovers.

Definitely try skin-to-skin if you can, it's recommended for human babies as well!

cozietoesie Fri 15-Nov-13 22:58:29

How's she doing, Cailleach ?

Cailleach Fri 15-Nov-13 23:10:03

Slightly perkier...she's done two massive poos whilst sitting on me, so things must be moving inside her. She is still lethargic so I am keeping her warm on my knee with a hot water bottle next to her. I'm feeding her on sugar water, plain water and small feeds of milk on a frequent basis; the vet advised me to get fluids into her no matter what.

I think she's just had a bad start and not caught up and now it's overwhelmed her. She's always been the only poor feeder in the bunch: she literally slap-fights the eye dropper and growls and gets aggressive whilst being fed. She also swallows poorly. She's bloody hard work! In other words, she's a cat!

I am going to be up all night with her I think....More grey hairs incoming!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 15-Nov-13 23:22:55

Being full of poo won't have helped her, it can make humans feel quite unwell.

Is she the runt of the litter?

snooter Fri 15-Nov-13 23:28:57

Lovely kittens - I love tabbies!

cozietoesie Fri 15-Nov-13 23:34:42

Two poos is good - it will stop her bunging up inside. And Yes - getting liquid into her is critical, wee lass. Have you tried a kitten bottle and trying to adjust the teat holes? She may be ultra fussy about what she's drinking from.

I think you won't have much sleep either. Sometimes, constant love and attention is all that keeps the real poorly ones from drifting away.

Best of luck

Mintyy Fri 15-Nov-13 23:37:43

Oh bless you for doing such a fantastic job Cailleach. I have everything crossed for the poorliest kitten.

And who is looking after you?

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 00:24:05

Fluffy no, the runt of the litter is one of the silver tabbies... who is also a bit quiet at the moment but then she's been that way since we got her really.

Mintyy Just me here tonight. Well, me and eight cats, anyway... the kids are at a sleepover and The Bloke has gone to his grans as she's just got out of hospital this evening.

Cozie she has refused to feed from a bottle, even though I cut a couple of holes in the teat to try different sizes. So the eye-dropper it is then!

I think I'll be catnapping in this chair all night. Just forced another few mls of water into poorly kitten... will try a small amount of milk soon as well.

QueenStromba Sat 16-Nov-13 00:33:20

I'll probably be up for a while if you want some company. You must be fretting madly - I'm terrified for the poor kitten and I've not even met her.

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 00:36:14

waves blearily to Stromba Yes am very concerned... just have to wait and see I suppose... She is such a sweet little thing, I am fond of them all already...

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 00:39:37

See the bit about getting the milk into them - it's down aways but very useful. Just in case you cut holes which were the wrong size.

Just to let you know - My Darling Oneago was abandoned by his Mom at a day old and he made it - although I think his breeder had to go for a month's sleep afterwards.

Small mercies anyway - you haven't got the kids doing a 'MUMMY, MUMMY.....' as well.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 00:40:23

Has she got a name yet?

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 00:52:08

Cozie thanks for that, it's a useful page smile I am going to feed them a bit of milk now then try to have a brief nap... so if I go quiet for a bit that's why.

No, I haven't named them... yet smile

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 00:57:21

Yes - hope you get some sleep. Take her with you if you're concerned and let her sleep in the crook of your arm.

Might be worth sending someone to get full supplies of teats/milk from the vet in the morning because they'll likely only be open tomorrow morning.

QueenStromba Sat 16-Nov-13 00:59:38

I hope you get a nice bit of sleep. Our girl is 16 and can be rather demanding of attention when we're trying to sleep so I can't even imagine how bad six three week old kittens would be! Definitely stick the poorly one down your top if you can - the warmth and the sound of your heartbeat should do her good.

lljkk Sat 16-Nov-13 03:27:26


cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 08:07:55

Did she make it through the night?

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 14:13:41


We have good news and bad news: the good news is that the one who was poorly last night is now a bit perkier and is eating, although she isn't too enthusiastic about it and I am basically having to force her to do so. She has a long way to go I think, but I will persist.

The bad news is that the runt of the litter, one of the silver tabbies, is now very unwell and is almost comatose. I am doing the same thing as I did with the grey and white one, sugar water and other fluids on an hourly basis, and lots of cuddles (she is currently wrapped in a sock and stuffed into my bra!)

I have set up a kitty intensive care unit consisting of my gran's old knitting bag, a hot water bottle, a towel and a fluffy scarf and have zipped them up in that and put them on my bed...I have left an air hole in the zipper, obviously.

The little black one is suddenly a bit quiet as well... I am hoping he's just overeaten this morning as he is a greedy little sod!

Yours wearily,


SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 16-Nov-13 14:20:08

Cailleach you're doing an amazing job. Here's hoping they all pull through.

timtam23 Sat 16-Nov-13 17:55:57

You're doing a grand job, fingers crossed for the poorly ones.

lookatmybutt Sat 16-Nov-13 18:10:06

Aaah, bless them and you. I don't think it's unusual for teenie rescues (and bigger ones) to have illness when you bring them in - we have a family friend who fosters for Cat's Protection and this is one of the reasons why she has a man-trap entryway to her 'Kitten Room' (which is as awesome as it sounds). She has many of her own cats as well and keeps the newbies quarantined for a bit, I do believe. Watch out because once one gets the lurgy they ALL tend to get it but often pull through.

I'm in a similar situation to you, but at least I also have mummycat and my four little'uns are a bit older and now in the process of weaning. I also have three older siblings as well.

Thankfully I have a few homes lined up and no illness at the mo', touch wood. I think I'm going nuts!

I hope your teenies feel better soon.

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 19:29:20

thanks look...I know how you feel! it took me three tries to get my password right to log on to the computer.

I have only had it for fifteen years ... ooops...

Grey baby (last night's casualty) is wanting food again, which is good.

The runt is tired and listless but has just had some milk, so that is better than nothing. They are both being kept apart from the other cats for now.



cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 19:58:45

Grey baby is actually asking for food? That's excellent. Lots of liquid down the runt as per vet guidance.

You're doing well, woman. (You must be completely knackered!)

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 23:20:17

blinks blearily at the screen Let me tell you how tired I am: today I actually ate a Cup-A-Soup as a meal.

I feel as though I have washed everything in the house 500 times over the last week.

You would not believe the state of my hands...all the washing-up and the kittens scratches have left them red-raw...

Am now finally stopping for cup of tea and bowl of cereal.




Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 23:23:28

PS: grey baby is now walking around and meowing again! yay!

Runt is very wobbly tho sad

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 23:25:11

Is the other half in a position to help at all? I know that Oneago's breeder was nearly demented and she only had two to rear.

Big respect to you, Cailleach.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 23:26:32

The runt is still alive though. That's a plus. And if you can get grey baby stabilized then you can relax just a tad.

Cailleach Sat 16-Nov-13 23:34:20

Cozie the Bloke has been great with them this week but his Gran is very poorly so he's staying with her for a few days. My Mum, bless her, has got the kids for the weekend: this is giving me space to get stuff done.

I appear to have built a kitten-pen out of scrap wood and spare conti-board left over from the kitchen fitting today: I am irrationally proud of it. The other kittens are desperately bored in their box and are longing for space to run around and play, hence the pen.

They made me laugh today, running round the bedroom and pouncing on things. They look so much younger than they are thanks to their rough start so it's strange to see them pouncing on things and stalking.

SaltySeaBird Sat 16-Nov-13 23:42:03

Ahh they sound adorable. You are doing a great job.

Marking place for updates.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 23:46:58

I had remembered that his gran wasn't well - why I mentioned whether he was in a position to help.

And well done CailleachMum. Her having the kids gives you some respite. Not a whole lot but some.

yourcruisedirector Sun 17-Nov-13 07:24:09

Calleach what a week for you all! It sounds like everyone is pitching in. Hope the poorly kittens have picked up overnight - I just logged in and they're gorgeous!

NationMcKinley Sun 17-Nov-13 07:38:14

Cailleach flowersbrew <------cup a soup & cake for you. Best of luck today, I'll be waiting for updates. BTW: please don't forget the CRB checks for prospective adopters....wink

cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 11:36:31

Gawd - I just noticed that you were having a new kitchen fitted on top of all this. I think you could give us all lessons on Grace Under Fire.

Cailleach Sun 17-Nov-13 14:10:11

Quick update before I start the days washing..all five tons of it...

Both grey baby and the runt are quite a bit perkier although still very weak. I am persisting with force-feeding them and it is paying off, although I think we still have a way to go with them.

Cozie no the new kitchen went in about three months ago, thank god: the kitten pen has been built from leftover bits we stuffed in the cellar.

See I knew there was a reason why I keep things just in case they ever came in handy!



Glad to hear the poorly ones are doing better. You are doing an amazing job!

cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 15:13:34

Even so, Cailleach, even so.

You're doing great - but have you managed to have any food and sleep yourself?

Cailleach Sun 17-Nov-13 19:15:45

Yes, I had six hours last night which was great - first time I have slept properly in over a week.

Poorly kittens are still wobbly but are strengthening. For some reason I have to really force the milk down them, they are so reluctant to feed. It does do them good though - they are getting stronger daily and are weeing and pooing.

The healthy kittens have been moved to their new pen: they love it, and are exploring their new toys (these have been "borrowed" from my cats.)

My cats are coping with all this by basically pretending that none of it is happening.

Right. I am off to have a cider and a surf round Mumsnet.



cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 19:39:47

I think they may be finding feeding a stressful experience so are kicking at the traces. Maybe start to consider weaning for them once they're steadier on their legs and not likely to fall headfirst into their shallow bowl and splutter ? They might actually take to that.

(If you're mentally prepared for the mess that is.)

Cailleach Sun 17-Nov-13 20:06:41

Cozie funnily enough I was just thinking along the lines of trying to wean the others. Milk doesn't seem to be satisfying them anymore...

cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 20:13:54

They're of an age to try it, I think.

Cailleach Sun 17-Nov-13 22:27:58

Cozie I just tried the healthy four with some kitten food, mushed up small and mixed with milk.

The brown tabby and the black one instantly leapt into the dish and started truffling away happy. The silver tabby with the white paws got the hang of it after a few minutes, the silver tabby with the light ears has no idea what to do but I'm sure it will come.

Instant weaning! ;)

Meanwhile grey baby is stable, but the runt looks very unwell again tonight sad Hey ho, we are at the vets at 10am for worming, so hopefully she makes it through the night and can be checked out then.



QueenStromba Sun 17-Nov-13 22:33:40

Fingers and toes crossed for the poor little mite.

cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 22:40:40

Keep the runt close by you then. Half the battle with these little ones is them wanting to live and a big warm body next to them can give them heart. (Or at the very least, give them comfort.)

That was replacement milk, I'm sure, and not cow's milk?

cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 22:42:03

So that's you likely relieved of half the feeds?

Cailleach Sun 17-Nov-13 22:51:36

Cozie yes I am using Cimicat... the other four are thriving, no idea why these two are so ill...

And no, The Bloke works all day and I work four hours a night, so most of them fall to me smile

I don't mind, I just wish the poorly two would pick up a bit. It takes me an hour to feed them both as I have to drop the milk a tiny bit at a time into their mouths... nightmare.

cozietoesie Sun 17-Nov-13 22:59:15

Good stuff.

I meant only that if 3 of the Fearsome Four are soon weaned, they won't need milk fed soon. (They'll probably need wiped with a damp cloth if they get mucky at the beginning but it could be the end of most of your servitude.)

I think we all have our fingers crossed for the other two, particularly the runt who seems to be struggling more. I'd try grey baby on a wee bit of food slop as soon as you think she's steady enough on her pins.

Good luck to them all - and get yourself some sleep.

timtam23 Sun 17-Nov-13 23:01:37

Cailleach you are doing so well. I am checking daily for updates! Still crossing fingers for the runt to pull through, but better news about the grey & great news on the 4 stronger ones.

Cailleach, have just read the thread, you are being amazing

Will you be seriously looking for homes for them? I long for a silver tabby...

Good luck tonight with the poorly ones, good to hear the others are trying out the kitten food now.

The tabbies look more like blue tabbies than silver to me (dark grey markings on lighter grey, rather than black on very light grey). Totally gorgeous in any case grin

cozietoesie Mon 18-Nov-13 08:25:21

Time to name them, I think?

Cailleach Mon 18-Nov-13 10:52:54

Hello folks... I'm afraid I have some bad news...the runt didn't make it through the night. I had a horrible feeling that she wouldn't.

Despite me getting fluids into her hourly she got weaker and weaker and died sometime around midnight.

I was gutted as I fought so hard for her... but there it is. We buried her in the flowerbed this morning and the kids sobbed their little hearts out, as did I.

Strange how they worm their little way into your hearts so fast, isn't it?

But we have good news too: grey baby is much improved, so much so that she has gone back in the main pen with her siblings. She is still weak and it's a battle to get food into her but I will keep slogging along with it.

They have been to the vets this morning for worming. The vet checked them over and said they were fine, even grey baby. He was a lovely old chap who reassured me about the runt and said that the kittens are approximately 1/3 smaller than they should be at this age and that this just shows you what a rough start they have had. So really it's not surprising that we've lost one.

Hey ho! Right, off to do more washing etc.



I'm sorry, Cailleach. You gave her the best possible chance, and kept her safe, warm and loved. Good to hear the others are doing well x

cozietoesie Mon 18-Nov-13 11:31:06

So sorry, Cailleach but that does happen with runts and you did absolutely the best you could for her. The most experienced fosters in the world often can't save them.

Good news about the others, though, and grey baby in particular.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 18-Nov-13 11:33:09

Oh dear, I'm so sorry. Poor kitten, and your poor children sad. You're doing your best, as proved by the fact that the grey has improved. At least the kitten had a lovely last week or so, cuddled and looked after so well.

Cailleach Mon 18-Nov-13 11:39:49

Thanks guys smile

The receptionist at the vet was lovely too...she often fosters kittens and puppies and says that with larger litters, one often dies. She has years of experience doing this but still occasionally loses one.

Hey ho!

The kittens are charging round their pen as we speak, playing with things and having a good time.

One of them has just used the litter tray! I didn't even show her what to do, she just jumped in, dug around and piddled so proud



Poor little runt sad but you know you couldn't have done any more than you did, & at least she was safe & warm for her last few days

Cailleach Mon 18-Nov-13 13:00:49

Thank you, TheOne - I know, I tried my hardest. At least she was warm and comfy. She died curled up to grey baby, nice and cosy and quiet.

On a lighter note, three of the kittens have now got the hang of this "solid food" thing. Basically I am making a mush out of kitten food and milk for them, and setting it down in the pen.

They take a flying leap onto the plate and do the breaststroke in it, gobbling away until most of it is either a) on them b) on the floor / pen walls C) in their tummies.

When they're finished they stagger back into their box and try and clean themselves. It's hysterical to watch.

Am pleased though as although I am giving them supplementary milk, they don't really want it now.

The other silver tabby just wants milk, but hey...I can wait.



cozietoesie Mon 18-Nov-13 13:26:24

Oh they'll be mucky pups for a good few days yet. Hope you've got a damp flannel close by!

Cailleach Mon 18-Nov-13 13:51:06

Yep, they get a good rub down smile

I can't work the grey baby out: she hates being fed but loves having a bath and being hair-dryer-ed dry....The Bloke reckons she's not quite right in the head.

She will fit in well here then ;)

cozietoesie Mon 18-Nov-13 13:57:32

Ah - so she's being kept then?


lookatmybutt Mon 18-Nov-13 14:45:23

I'm so sorry about the tiny one sad

It is funny when the babes jump in the foodbowl - they make a loud, gross slurping noise like cute furry brain sucking zombies.

The cleanup afterwards isn't so fun and I end up with gravy coated kittens a lot of the time. The kitchen looks like some sort of meat grenade has gone off.

The hair dryer thing is cute. My nan used to have a cat that enjoyed being hoovered - that would be SO USEFUL.

Cailleach Mon 18-Nov-13 15:25:02

Cozie don't tempt me! Honestly if I won the lottery tomorrow I would move to a big house and keep them all smile

Look mine are firmly of the commonly-held feline belief that hoovers eat cats. Even the profoundly-deaf one scarpers when she sees it.

issey6cats Mon 18-Nov-13 15:28:55

awww sorry to hear about the tiny one its something that happens with hand reared kittens and sad as it is she had love and didnt die in a clump of ivy in the cold but it still hurts, and even established rescues lose kittens sometimes but good news that the others are taking to food as that will lessen how often you will have to feed them with supplement milk

cozietoesie Mon 18-Nov-13 16:22:44

As I thought. She's being kept. (You just may not realize it yet.)


QueenStromba Mon 18-Nov-13 18:18:06

I'm sorry to hear about the little one but I'm glad to hear that the others are doing well.

timtam23 Mon 18-Nov-13 20:56:20

So sorry to hear about the runt but you did your very best for her and she was warm, loved & well-fed

Great news about the others smile

Cailleach Tue 19-Nov-13 13:42:33

Quick update whilst time permits...

Grey baby is much better although still a bit wobbly on her pins. At feeding time just now she actually ran out of her box to greet me!

She is also feeding a bit better, although only for the first 5mls or so: the rest of it has to be forced down her. Hey ho! I will take what I can get.

The rest are all fine: chirpy and lively and LOUD!



<melt> at her running to you smile

Great news, Cailleach, thanks for the update thanks

Cailleach Wed 20-Nov-13 10:56:58

Morning all!

As I type this is have a very lively grey baby on my lap who has just asked her her second feed of the morning.

Not only is she playful and alert, she is eating more normally and I am not having to force her to feed. She still gets tired easily but I think we're getting there now.

The others are all in good shape: three are weaning, but one silver tabby just doesn't get it, which is frustrating :S

I am alternating milk feeds with meat feeds to ensure they get enough fluids.

Little black kitten is beginning to resemble a football!


cozietoesie Wed 20-Nov-13 11:05:17

Maybe try a small amount of kitten kibble for silver tabby to see if she takes to that better? I confess that I'm not a great fan of dry food for kits because I like to know they're getting their good liquid but she's what - 5/6 weeks old now? Perhaps that would suit. In moderation and with plenty water close by - or maybe even moistened a bit.

Great news about grey baby.

Dillydollydaydream Wed 20-Nov-13 11:15:29

Aww poor little one. They're all so gorgeous. Hope they continue to do well.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Wed 20-Nov-13 13:12:11

It's great that they're all doing so well. smile

Cailleach Wed 20-Nov-13 13:41:45

Cozie I tried silver tabby with a bit of milk mixed with meaty mush on a teaspoon just now and she is gradually getting the idea of this "solids" business.

Grey baby has no clue but she's a bit behind now, development-wise, so there is no rush to wean her, milk is OK for now. She fed really well at her last feed!

cozietoesie Wed 20-Nov-13 13:53:43

Silver tabby will likely suddenly 'get it' all in a rush. They're developing so quickly at this age - feeding her some on a fingertip is always good.

And yes - no rush with grey baby. Just to get the food down her is a bit of a victory for the wee stick.

You're doing so well.


catameringue Wed 20-Nov-13 13:55:43

I'd love to see updated pics sometime as they change so much at this age. I want more cats but I think three is my limit for now.

Me too, catameringue (great name btw) smile

I want to see the little black football (I have a big black football. She's not fat or greedy, just round!)

timtam23 Wed 20-Nov-13 20:33:25

I was going to ask for updated pics as well! grin (When you have a spare moment of course, Cailleach!)

Cailleach Thu 21-Nov-13 00:10:14

Unfortunately neither the bloke nor I can take pics: basic mobile phones with no cameras and digital camera is bust sad Sorry folks, I am as frustrated as you by this as I would like more pics myself.

When my mum next comes to see them she has promised to bring her camera and take proper pics. Hopefully that will be some time next week.

Cailleach Sat 23-Nov-13 19:55:35

Hi folks,

Quick kitten update: all are doing very well, even grey baby. Cannot believe she was so ill just a week ago!

CallilleachMa came over today and we took lots of pics: she is tired and not too well so she has only sent one of them to me tonight. It's of Grey Baby and it's on my profile if you'd like a peek.

More pics to follow!



cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 20:00:16

Poor CailleachMa - send her our regards.

Love the photo of Grey Baby. I note that adoring look upwards! Surprised you haven't named her yet as she's clearly staying.


Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 20:11:25

She luffs you.

Keep them all, you will have 5 cats who adore you.

Pinot kept hers, I remember her dh thought for a moment they were being rehomed.

Cailleach Sat 23-Nov-13 20:22:10

Actually Cozie, I think we may be keeping the little grey one. You all knew that was going to happen, right? ;)

Fluffy as tempting as that is, 7 cats and 4 people in a small terraced house just won't go!

As for names, only two have acquired nicknames: Farah and Minx (the brown tabby.) The others are yet to suggest names for themselves..

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 20:27:51

Reckoned as much.


Cailleach Sat 23-Nov-13 21:25:40

It's a fair cop, guvnor!


timtam23 Sat 23-Nov-13 21:46:31

Lovely pic Cailleach. Glad to hear they are all doing so well. So pleased that you will be keeping grey baby smile

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 23-Nov-13 22:04:07

The grey one is adorable, no wonder she's a keeper!

Cailleach Sat 23-Nov-13 23:33:30

Right folks, all pics are now in from CailleachMa: I have made an album of them here:

Cailleach Kittens

I have vids as well and will try to get them onto YouTube tomorrow, when I am less cream-crackered.



catameringue Sat 23-Nov-13 23:58:24

If they are all as adorable as grey baby, then id find it so hard to give them away, but neither could I house all of them so I feel for you. Glad grey is staying though!

I couldn't see anything on the album link but looking forward to snooping on kitty photos soon.

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 00:04:34

OK not sure why that isn't working... will check it out in a mo, YouTube video is here:



cozietoesie Sun 24-Nov-13 00:07:53

Look away now, Sparkling !

(Cuteness overload.)

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 00:08:58

Cozie can you see the Imgur images on my page? Catameringue can't see them...

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 00:10:58

OK I had them on private...should be OK now...

Oh my word. They are just beautiful. envy

ThenSheSaid Sun 24-Nov-13 00:21:55

Those kittens are sooooooo adorable! I used one of the pictures as my new screen saver. grin Super cute.

Two of the kittens almost look identical?

I think this has to be my favourite thread for quite a while.

thanks thanks thanks thanks for the OP.

ThenSheSaid Sun 24-Nov-13 00:23:59

I just watched the vid, could those kittens be any cuter!

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 00:25:48

Then, the two silver tabbies are quite different but it doesn't really show in the pic: one of them has white paws and a white spot on her breast. She (or he, not sure yet) is a bit bigger than the other one too.

They are adorable

What a lovely lady you are

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 00:33:52

Thanks Ood smile

Totally forgot to put my other cats on there so will do so now. One is an old kitten pic mind...the white one is much bigger now!

BelleOfTheBorstal Sun 24-Nov-13 00:35:30

They are all so cute. Wish I could snuggle them.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Nov-13 00:38:09

Interesting to see the photo of Grey Baby feeding and to recall the problems you had with her. Looking at that slightly raised paw, I think she wants to knead while she's sucking - you might have had an easier time with her if you'd semi-reclined and allowed her to sprawl across your chest with the bottle (with some resistance (in the shape of a towel, say) to allow those paws to work.)

Next time you find a bunch of kittens in the hedge, you can try it out.


AgentZigzag Sun 24-Nov-13 00:45:01

Hehe, the squeaky mews (which just melt me) started one of our cats off meowing grin

You're doing a grand job Cailleach smile <donates months supply of red bull>

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 00:51:06

Cozie trust me, I was nearly standing on my head trying to get this one to feed! I must have tried every trick in the book... I think she was just so poorly she had no appetite, basically. Now she's hungry again, she's OK.

Agent all caffeinated beverages gratefully received, thanks!

belle the brown tabby one is particularly partial to ear-rubs... it's adorable!

Right ladies, having delivered pics as promised I am off to do the last feed of the evening (slightly late) and then turn in for bed.




cozietoesie Sun 24-Nov-13 12:14:41

Laughing here.

You know her best - and however you did it..... you did it!


mumofone25 Sun 24-Nov-13 12:41:45

Love this thread. The kittens are so lovely. Well done op for doing such an amazing job [ thanks ]

issey6cats Sun 24-Nov-13 12:47:24

all of them georgous you have done a fantastic job

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 24-Nov-13 13:21:59

Oh my god, they are gorgeous. Just shown DS the photos and video and he loves them all and wants to stroke them. smile

I want to find some kits under a bush.

cozietoesie Sun 24-Nov-13 13:25:36

Sparkling - this is not a good thread for you. Walk on by, girl.


I should hide it shouldn't I cozie? grin

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 15:37:42

Another vid: Moar Kittens

Just a quick one this time but it shows off the little black one a bit better.

issey6cats Sun 24-Nov-13 16:49:25

awwww georgous about the same size as my feral fosters

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 17:13:37

How are they doing Issey?

sweethearts smile

(You & your mum too, Cailleach)

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 20:02:32

Final video : Moar! Moar!

Sparkling have you got any clumps of ivy in your garden? Might be worth a peek ;)

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 20:03:22

PS: Ty TheOne smile

cozietoesie Sun 24-Nov-13 20:06:08

Awwww. (I see Grey Baby sticks close to her Mum, eh?)


issey6cats Sun 24-Nov-13 20:15:30

cozie my ferals are doing really well, eating food and biscuits using the litter tray lucy is getting very person orientated she came and sat next to me on the sofa without being plonked there today, the boy leo is still not coming to me but i can pick him up and snuggle him without the claws coming out, and they are great fun to watch them playing with the mouse on a stick, ping pong balls, cat nip mice etc

MrsDeVere Sun 24-Nov-13 20:22:51

I am melting....

Cailleach Sun 24-Nov-13 21:32:31

Actually the lady in the beige stripy top in the vid is no, grey baby is a total cuddle-tart and will go to anyone for some love!

They are coming along well....all are weaning now, which means less work for me cleaning bottles out etc etc.

Watching them toddle around our bedroom is hilarious - little legs going ten to the dozen and bouncing around like tiny spring lambs.

Blessums! I had better win the lottery this week, I want to keep them all...



cozietoesie Sun 24-Nov-13 21:39:49

Go Grey Baby! grin

Is she weaning as well? shock

timtam23 Sun 24-Nov-13 23:08:28

Cailleach they are all absolutely beautiful. Well done to you grin

Cailleach Mon 25-Nov-13 23:30:45

Cozie yep, she is gradually getting the idea of meat - she just needs a lot of milk mixed with it to accept it, but that's fine for now.

Next thing to deal with is the the bloody fleas the kittens have tracked in sad

They have been Frontlined and the cats have been Advantaged, but the house is still infested, so tomorrow is Blitz With Indorex day.

Hey ho, it must be done.

cozietoesie Mon 25-Nov-13 23:42:07

It surely must. Just a couple of words of advice if you haven't Indorexed before. Hoover like a Stepford Wife before you spray - and make sure that you have good through air and shut doors behind you etc ie all the H&S stuff on the canister. It's a powerful potion.

Any news, Cailleach? How is grey baby doing? Did the Indorexing go ok?

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 29-Nov-13 20:43:33

I want to find kittens!

cozietoesie Fri 29-Nov-13 21:01:23

I don't know about that - if you recall the earlier parts of the thread, poor Cailleach was almost blind with weariness over it.

Cailleach Sat 30-Nov-13 00:09:05

Hello folks, sorry for radio silence this week: have been ill with a nasty cold and one DD has had the flu, so as you can imagine things have been a bit mental round these parts!

Kittens doing really well...have made a new, much bigger pen for them and they are delighted with it as they have more room to run around. House has been flea-sprayed to death and hopefully that will be the last of the little barstids...

Grey baby is properly weaning now and they have also had their first kitten biccies - albeit well soaked in milk.

My mum is coming round again tomorrow so I may have new photos to post.. if she remembers her camera!

Hope you are all well, cheers for stopping by the thread for updates.



cozietoesie Sat 30-Nov-13 00:32:54

Great! Although I'm sorry about your cold and DD's flu. Have you managed to get some sleep at least?

Cailleach Sat 30-Nov-13 00:36:29

Cozie the kittens are being fed every 5 hours or so now,so I can get a bit more sleep, otherwise I'd have cracked up totally!

Hoping to take it a bit easier this weekend..



cozietoesie Sat 30-Nov-13 00:43:28


We'll be hoping to hear Grey Baby's new name soon as well. wink

Ooh, lovely update - thanks, Cailleach smile

Hope you & DD will soon be better

Cailleach Sun 01-Dec-13 14:11:54

Right! More pics uploaded to Imgur here:

Kittens, again

and more vids here:

More cuteness
Cute overload

In other news, a quick gender check last night revealed that we have two boys (silver tabbies) and three girls (Farrah, grey baby and Minx.)

So I need to think of a new name for Farrah - the vet told me she was a boy, but no! Grey baby is going to be called Ivy, seeing as she was found in a clump of it.

Names for the silver tabs are evading me at the present time...any suggestions?



Cailleach Sun 01-Dec-13 14:12:27

PS: We are on the mend, TheOne, thanks smile

SoupDragon Sun 01-Dec-13 14:13:45

I have a space for a silver tabby... he will be called Merlin if I ever get round to be mad enough to get another pet smile

cozietoesie Sun 01-Dec-13 14:31:58

All those (going to be happy) lives that you saved, Cailleach. Wonderful.


SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 01-Dec-13 14:38:58

I like the names Harvey and George smile. They're absolutely gorgeous and have grown loads!

JaneEyresHeir Sun 01-Dec-13 14:43:35

Wonderful photos and videos Cailleach - you are doing such a great job, glad you are getting some more sleep now!

Actually Farrah is a female name to me, because of the actress Farrah Fawcett! But you could always call her Mo!

Suggestions for the tabbies:
PJ (short for striped pyjamas....)
- Merlin is a great suggestion!

I have a black female Mo smile (there were quite a few of those in summer 2012 grin)

Cailleach Sun 01-Dec-13 21:02:13

Yes, it's not terribly original is it TheOne smile Time for a name change, but to what...inspiration ain't really striking me with Little Black Cat...

Thanks for the suggestion of "Angus" and "Harvey", Soft and Jane.... I have shamelessly stolen those for silver-tabs-with-white-paws and the-other-silver-tabby, respectively.

So we now have Minx, Ivy, Angus, Harvey and....need a name for the little coal-black one...

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 01-Dec-13 21:09:53

The black one is a girl, isn't it? For little girl kitties I like Jessie, Queenie, Minnie and Ruby. Feel free to steal any that takes your fancy grin.

Gobbolino's sister was Sootica...

A friend of mine has Inky & Inka

Vev Sun 01-Dec-13 21:40:09

Sabrina for the black kittie.

They are all very cute.

Sabrina's cat was Salem Saberhagen

Poss a bit of a mouthful grin

JaneEyresHeir Sun 01-Dec-13 21:53:02

Oh I'm so pleased you've gone for Angus!
We had a little black cat years ago called Chloe.
What about Coco, Cola, Dolly, Elsie, Lola, Maisie, Nancy or Sadie?

Cailleach Sun 01-Dec-13 22:12:11

These are all great but they don't fit her, if you see what I mean....I can tell she's going to be tricky to name..

I suppose Mo is a bit ubiquitous, Cailleach - but my other black female is Lola which is even more common grin

Luckily cats don't care!

Your new photos & videos are just lovely. The dangly carrot is fab

How about Kali - Hindu goddess? Also known as Kalika

not entirely benign mind you...

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 01-Dec-13 22:24:19

Binky, Hetty, Hope, Mavis?

JaneEyresHeir Sun 01-Dec-13 22:31:31


catameringue Mon 02-Dec-13 11:03:59

What sort of character does she have?

My black cat (male) I named after a tv gangsta. He walks around the house like it's his 'hood.

Cailleach Mon 02-Dec-13 23:31:26

Catameringue she's a bit of a contradiction: deeply chill and laid back when on your knee, but fond of 400mph scampering and wrestling with her siblings the rest of the time.

She's also huge: whatever the opposite of the runt of the litter is, she is it!

cozietoesie Mon 02-Dec-13 23:49:33

Frenchie. (After the Marlene Dietrich character in 'Destry Rides Again'.)


Rizzo wink

Miranda grin

They are all gorgeous, love the new pics and vids.

cozietoesie Tue 03-Dec-13 13:44:39

Miranda's a good name.


catameringue Tue 03-Dec-13 17:07:59


Cailleach Tue 03-Dec-13 23:32:48

Evening all!

Grey baby gave me a bit of a scare this morning when I found her looking listless and miserable in the box. She only ate a little bit of her breakfast and was uninterested in playing with her siblings afterwards.

Took her to the vet...again....who diagnosed her with an ear infection and gave her an antibiotic shot.

Came home after work at 10pm to find a small grey and white ball of fluff tear-arseing round the bedroom at breakneck speed and knocking seven bells out of the other kittens. The Bloke reports that she ate all her dinner then asked for seconds.

I think this is the same kitten I took to the vets this has to be, but by crikey what a difference some ABs make!

She is now on my knee, settling down for a kip.

Still trying to decide on a name for Black Kitten... keep them coming, nothing has jumped out at me thus far.



cozietoesie Tue 03-Dec-13 23:39:06

These will be her first ABs? They can really work very fast if the cat isn't used to them.

If in serious doubt about names - head for the food cupboard. I'm not suggesting she be called Beans (!) but the names of some biscuits, chocolates or cakes will often just fit a female cat. (eg Macaroon.)


Cailleach Tue 03-Dec-13 23:44:49

Hmmm...Lentil? Ketchup? Typhoo? Weetabix...?

We only have shortbread biscuits in! Don't think that will work... I quite like HobNobs but what sort of name is that to inflict on a innocent cat?

The quest for a name continues! The Bloke just suggested Wotsit..

cozietoesie Tue 03-Dec-13 23:58:05


eden263 Wed 04-Dec-13 00:12:02

Have only just found this thread. Brilliant, well done! As a mum of 10 assorted rescued cats (including 2 failed fosters, oh I'm such a sucker!), I am both envious but also quite glad I've never had to hand rear because it sounds like so much hard work and in awe of what you've done! The photos are lovely, and of course you were always going to keep Ivy! Maybe that was her plan all along, play a bit hard to get and you're guaranteed a home for life!

Cailleach Wed 04-Dec-13 10:51:02

Definitely, Eden - cats have it all planned out well in advance!

timtam23 Wed 04-Dec-13 21:06:27

Cailleach they are even more beautiful in your latest pics

I've been thinking of foodie names for black kitty. How about Marmite, Oreo, Cocoa/Coco, Pepsi?

cozietoesie Wed 04-Dec-13 21:10:29

Coco! That's the one. (With the slight variation in spelling.)

Corygal Wed 04-Dec-13 21:15:12

Cailleach each of your six little lovelies is more adorable than the last.

Coco is a beautiful name.

I love the name Coco too. I called my first foster kitten Coco (though her forever owners renamed her something that was IMHO much less fab!). This is her hiding on a leopard-print slanket... Coco

Cailleach Wed 04-Dec-13 23:58:14

She is stunning, Gerund. Gorgeous little cat there.

Cory, Timtam, thank you, they aren't mine though, I am just looking after them for Mummy Cat until they go to their new homes ;)

My DDs came home today and solemnly announced that they had asked ALL their friends (emphasis!) and they'd agreed that Fudge was the ideal name for the little black kitten.

And you know what? It really is, it suits her.

So now we have Fudge, Ivy, Angus, Harvey and Minx.

Grey baby (Ivy) seems much better today; they are all REALLY lively now and have spent quite a lot of today tearing up and down the bedroom, generally causing chaos.

One of my cats is gradually coming round to them, and is even rolling on the floor at the sight of them now, whereas before she'd hiss at them, albeit with no real sense of threat behind it.

The other one is simply LIVID and hisses and spits at them whenever she catches sight of one toddling across the room (NB: they are never left alone with the kittens.) She is a diva though, so this does not surprise me.

right! I am off for a biscuit, then a shower, then bed.

Thanks for checking in, chaps! The kittens send nose-bumps and purrs.



cozietoesie Thu 05-Dec-13 00:21:50

Fudge is a great name. smile

Do I detect a hint that she'll be remaining with Ivy? wink

QueenStromba Sat 07-Dec-13 23:35:18

I'm so glad they're doing well smile

SoftKittyWarmKitty Wed 11-Dec-13 21:19:48

How are the kittens doing now? DS loves watching the films of them, he thinks they're adorable smile. Hope you're getting a bit more rest now they're older.

Cailleach Wed 11-Dec-13 23:05:18

Hello folks!

Sincere apologies for radio silence but have had the week from hell: have lost my job, amongst other things that have gone wrong, so now am up the proverbial inlet without means of propulsion, financially.

Hey ho.

The kittens, though, are doing very well: in fact, in another week or so their pen won't be capable of holding them any more and then I really will have my work cut out making sure they don't get into trouble as they tear round the house like little furry whirlwinds.

Soft you will be pleased to know that I have more videos for you / your DS here:

Fudge and Minx are in a pickle
Short but Sweet
General cuteness

and more pics on Imgur here:


Hope you are all well - thanks for stopping by for updates!



cozietoesie Wed 11-Dec-13 23:11:38

Oh Cailleach. What a stinker at any time - but particularly at this time of year. sad

Cailleach Wed 11-Dec-13 23:19:47

Cozie yes I know...awful timing sad We are broke as a joke atm. as well.

Long shot, but if anyone reading this is in the S Yorks area and needs temp staff over Christmas at short notice, let me know.

I have many skills, some of which are unmentionable in a family establishment such as MN ;)

cozietoesie Wed 11-Dec-13 23:22:05

Maybe start a thread over on eg the Credit Crunch board or one of the others as well? Lots of expertise on the site.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Wed 11-Dec-13 23:24:07

Sorry to hear about your job. What an awful time of year to lose it, too. I hope you find another soon. If you're job hunting, Indeed is a good resource as it collates all jobs in one place, a bit like a comparison website.

Thanks for the videos, they're completely adorable. I love the one sat on your mum's knee having a fuss, he's gorgeous and looks so content sat on her warm knee smile. I'll show DS tomorrow evening. We were only watching the other videos again earlier this evening, so he'll love to see more. How old are they now - they look about 7 or 8 weeks, is that right? They still have that very obvious kitten look. Is it Ivy you're keeping?

Cailleach Wed 11-Dec-13 23:27:46

Soft thanks for the tips smile

Harvey is the one on my Mum's knee... he adores her. He was very sleepy because the kittens had had three run-around sessions in one morning, hence his zonked-out expression. He is a lap cat if ever there was one!

They are about 8 weeks old now, and yes, it's Ivy that we're keeping.

Cailleach Wed 11-Dec-13 23:28:22

...and thanks also to Cozie. x

JaneEyresHeir Thu 12-Dec-13 00:07:14

Oh, Cailleach, so sorry about your job. Good luck with finding another one.
Thanks for the update on the kittens - they are gorgeous, and doing so well. They're a credit to you!

catameringue Thu 12-Dec-13 00:10:07

They've grown so much!

So sorry about your job, Cailleach - esp just before Christmas sad - hope you will find something else soon

Thanks so much for kitteh-cam clips though, you have done an amazing job! (Harvey looks as if he's been on a sun bed with goggles on & burnt his nose)

Cailleach Fri 13-Dec-13 19:55:21

TheOne / Jane thank you, me too.

Harvey lost the fur off his nose due to an overly-enthusiastic cleaning session from one of his siblings. It's just beginning to grow back now but he's been 'nose-bald' for a while!

Cata, yes, you can more or less see them growing by the day.

They are all snuggled up on my knee as we speak. Bless!



timtam23 Fri 13-Dec-13 21:49:48

Awww Cailleach they are so gorgeous!
Is Harvey going to live with your mum, as he clearly adores her!

So sorry to hear about your job, what rubbish timing.

Cailleach Fri 13-Dec-13 23:37:31

Timtam thank you but as my dad is ferociously allergic to cats I'm afraid Harvey will not be going to live with my mum: she would have him in a heart-beat though!

Corygal Sat 14-Dec-13 22:31:19

So sorry about your job - Jan is at least a good time to hunt tho. The kittens are severely sweet! Most heinously adorable.

issey6cats Sat 14-Dec-13 22:36:14

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww overload of cuteness you have done a fantastic job and each one of them is so confident well done they are beautiful

Cailleach Sat 21-Dec-13 22:13:35

Hello folks!

Sorry for lack of updates but life has been pretty busy what with kittens and Christmas coming up!

So I have some more photos for you anyway:

Kittens Again!

No videos though this time, but might be able to get some tomorrow: we've had the digital camera fixed at long last.

In other good news, three of the kittens (Angus, Harvey and Minx) have found homes and will be going to their new mums and dads on the 28th December - yay!

Just Fudge to rehome now, which is worrying me a bit as she's the black one and we all know rescues are full of black cats because they aren't as eye-catching as their lighter-coloured counterparts.

Shame as Fudgey is a great little cat - she loves running up your chest, putting her paws on either of your cheeks and then kissing you right on the mouth!

So spread the word if you know of anyone who can give a fab little black cat a home this Christmas. She comes with her own bed, heating pad, and a few days worth of food and cat litter.

Have a great Christmas, Litter Tray-ers!



Cailleach Sat 21-Dec-13 22:15:40

...oh and her own litter tray as well... forgot that one!

cozietoesie Sat 21-Dec-13 22:17:58

Warning: Cuteness Overload!


Cailleach Sat 21-Dec-13 22:24:34

Yup, there's definitely an excess of cuteness in this house atm smile

My cats are FURIOUS about all these little furry strangers scampering all over the house; Minx stole BigFatPatchyCallieachCat's bed today, this did not go down at all well!

JaneEyreTheRedNosedReindeer Sat 21-Dec-13 23:24:09

Eeeeek - too cute!!!!!!
Thanks for the updates - wish I could've taken two of them x

They are so beautiful. You've done a brilliant job raising them. Re Fudge, is it worth trying to persuade one of the people who are already taking one of the others to take her too? Point out that 2 x kittens = more than 2 x cuteness, and it is lovely for them to have a companion and playmate...

I'm having Minx, & I already have 2 cats - both black grin - DH had to have his arm twisted to add one more, so taking Fudge as well is a non-starter for me (although I would love to)

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 22-Dec-13 13:50:14

I'm adopting Harvey and my mum is having Angus smile. She only wants one kitten and her last two cats were both black, which is why she went for one of the others. For me, as much as I'd love to adopt two, I already have a cat so think he might be a bit annoyed if I bring two kittens home rather than one! If I didn't already have him, I'd have two for sure. Stop tempting me Gerund grin.

Ah, fair enough! Nice to know that the kitties are going to MNers/MNers' relatives smile. I would love to have Fudge, black cats are my favourite and she sounds a total sweetie, but I can't take a permanent cat at the moment - in fact I'm still looking for a home for my two current fosters...!

Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 17:30:16

Well folks, I'm down to two kittens now: TheOne and SoftKitty turned up today and took Minx, Harvey and Angus away... <sob, sob, so cruel, my babies etc etc>

But seriously, they seem very nice people and I'm so pleased that three of the little nibblers have found homes with fellow Mumsnetters.

Managed to get lots of goodbye photos of the kittens, including some good shots of Fudge, even, who being black is a nightmare to photograph! You can find those here:

Kittens - The Finale

Thank you - to Cozie in particular - for all messages of support and advice which have really helped during a pretty hectic two months.

I will update the thread one more time, when Fudge goes to her new home.

Now: does anyone want a little black kitten?!



cozietoesie Sat 28-Dec-13 17:42:08

Dear Goodness. How could anyone not just adore Fudge.

Not looking. grin

timtam23 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:48:11

Cailleach they are all still so lovely. Poor Fudgie! Is there a chance that you might be able to keep her as a playmate for Ivy?

Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 17:48:37

Fudge is completely fab: I'm not just saying this because I'm her mum, either. She's cheeky and hilarious and likes to give you kisses (and love-nibbles.)

She has just kicked BigFatPatchyCailleachCat out of her bed...!

Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 17:49:36

Timtam we are pushing it keeping Ivy tbh... three cats in a tiny terrace is a bit much, four IS too much!

JaneEyreTheRedNosedReindeer Sat 28-Dec-13 17:53:49

Oh, they are so gorgeous. It must do your heart good to see how they've thrived because of your tlc! Thank goodness you were out and about the day you found them.

Bet the house seems much quieter now .....

Fwiw, I vote Fudge should stay - Ivy needs a partner in crime fgrin

JaneEyreTheRedNosedReindeer Sat 28-Dec-13 17:55:31

Oops - sorry, posted without seeing your reply to timtam

timtam23 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:55:49

I feel your pain Cailleach, I would love to say I'd have Ivy but we also have a tiny terrace and took in a very young stray kitten a few months ago (for a few weeks we were running at 3 cats too but the oldest one then died sad which was upsetting but did give us some breathing space)
Good luck with finding a forever home for Fudge

Corygal Sat 28-Dec-13 18:10:44

What a sight of terrible loveliness! You have done such an amazing job, each tiny treasure is beyond adorable.

Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 18:20:53

Thank you Cory and Jane; and yes, all is a little quieter now, plus the litter tray cleaning has reduced somewhat! I miss them though... <sigh>

timtam so sorry to hear about your cat sad Good of you to take on the little stray, not everyone would..

Sparkling oh go on, you know you want to!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 28-Dec-13 18:45:37

Fudge is beautiful. I'd love another cat but mine would harm her.

I'm still waiting for all the photos to load.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Dec-13 19:02:22

You'll weep when you see them.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Sat 28-Dec-13 19:41:44

Thank you so much Cailleach for doing such an amazing job with all the kittens. I left Angus sitting curled up on my mum's knee earlier this afternoon and will catch up with him in the next day or so. Harvey is settling in nicely here - as soon as we got home he had a good sniff around then went straight to use his litter tray. He's since had a play, a lovely long sleep in his bed, some food, and is now having another play with DS. He's already part of the family. smile.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Dec-13 19:49:10


Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 20:19:49

Soft - I was so concerned this morning when he left - he's so little and I was worried he'd be scared and miss his siblings and me.

Obviously not! That's cats for you, they know when they have landed on their paws wink

Angus is the big scaredy cat of the group, so I hope he'll be OK. I think your Mum is going to spoil him rotten isn't she? She looked pretty smitten with him from the word go!

Lovely to meet you and your DS and DM today. Thanks so much for giving the boys lovely new homes.


You really did do an unbelievable job, Cailleach smile

Minx snuggled down in the carrier & slept all the way home (2 hours!) & then as soon as we were here she came straight out & started playing, full of confidence, purring almost immediately. She has eaten half a pouch but hasn't used her tray yet

We all love her to bits & are so grateful to you for the way you raised them. Thank you thanks

Hoping sweet Fudge finds her forever home soon!

Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 21:02:47

Yay! TheOne I am sooo glad she's ok! She is such a lovely, confident little cat; she will give you years of fun, I'm sure smile Has she met the big cats yet? She was very good with my two...

Don't forget to put the loo seats down though 'cos she can't half jump! grin

We haven't done a formal introduction yet - maybe tomorrow...

Loo seats all firmly down & everybody told grin

Cailleach Sat 28-Dec-13 21:42:16

I know - I do witter on, Over-Protective Mummy Mode is still on I'm afraid!

Love to Minx,



You are the best cats' mummy in the world! I can't believe how calm & gentle & loving she is smile

She is scoffing masses of food too & using her tray - she is a very well-raised young lady!

cozietoesie Sun 29-Dec-13 11:29:07

Absolutely. When you think that they were found in a bush, riddled and dirty with fleas? Cailleach saved those lives.

Cailleach Sun 29-Dec-13 20:53:52

TheOne oh I'm so glad that she's settling in OK! I did worry...but then she's quite an outgoing little soul, not much fazes her!

They have had a LOT of handling from several people so they should be well socialised - if she can survive our house then I'm sure she'll be fine in life grin

Cozie I don't think they'd have made it to be honest... I'm glad I took them on.

TheBunsOfPanettone Mon 30-Dec-13 11:37:47

Oh I would love a little black kitten, I love them all, being a mad cat lady but black kittens are my favourites..... tiny panthers with huge eyes set off brilliantly by the darkness of their fur.

I had my old black boy from when he was a month old (mum slipped out of house and was run over sad which was why such a young adoption) until his death at 19 last summer and he was the most beautiful cat in the world.

Sadly I am unemployed at the moment so cannot adopt. Not for want of wanting though.

Cailleach you did an amazing job rescuing and nurturing that litter!

Cailleach Mon 30-Dec-13 13:58:46

Sorry to hear about your cat, Buns. I am also unemployed at the moment so can relate sad

Let me know if your situation changes though!



ThePearShapedToad Tue 31-Dec-13 08:48:38

Oh Cailleach I just found this thread and have spent a very happy hour reading reading through and watching all the videos!

You lovely lovely person thanks

I want a cat more than ever now < wails >

(And I'd adopt Fudge in a heartbeat if I didn't spend months at a time away from home)

Has he found an owner yet?

Cailleach Wed 01-Jan-14 14:08:25

Pear so glad you enjoyed them: we certainly did! And no, Fudge is still with us, for now.

ThePearShapedToad Wed 01-Jan-14 15:07:21

You know you just have to keep him now don't you? grin

And post more videos for us poor souls who don't have a cat to ooooh and ahhhh over

Cailleach Fri 03-Jan-14 16:02:45

Pear Fudge is a girl ;) and no, we really can't keep her, as much as we want to!

Just a quick video of Ivy and Fudge here:

Kittens Again!

Sorry for poor quality; my camera isn't as good as my Mums!



Shame you can't, Cailleach - that clip of her playing with Ivy is lovely smile

Shame I can't, too - Minx seems to have decided my feet are the nearest thing to another kitten in her life grin. (She has been tentatively introduced to her new big sisters but I don't think I can unleash her completely yet)

Cailleach Fri 03-Jan-14 18:25:33

TheOne I know, she's adorable...but never mind.

Glad to hear Minxy is doing well: funnily enough I have spent much of the day shaking Fudge off my feet...must be a family trait!

How did the introductions go? Were your cats OK?

ThePearShapedToad Fri 03-Jan-14 18:32:24

Awww thanks for the video update op

Feel all warm 'n' cozy! I want a kitten!!!!!!

CatherineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-Jan-14 19:01:05

Hi all, what a lovely, lovely thread. Thanks to those who nominated it for classics. We've one moved it over.

CatherineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-Jan-14 19:01:22


JaneEyresHeir Fri 03-Jan-14 19:07:48

Thanks, Catherine - that's great news!
Hopefully it will increase the chances of a lovely new home for Fudge.

Hurrah! A thread that deserves to be in Classics.

The introduction was quite encouraging, Cailleach - they all touched noses, the only hiss came from Minx initially, & I gave the big ones some Dreamies, but then one of them growled a bit so I took her away again.

Later though DS2 left her door open (upstairs) & we found her in the kitchen being sniffed again grin

The situation is complicated by the presence of DD2's big boy cats but they will be leaving on Monday so things should be easier then (touch wood!)

Can you see pics on your phone? If so I can send you a couple smile

Cailleach Fri 03-Jan-14 23:27:58

OMG I'm The kittens are famous! A classic... thanks Mumsnet staffers <tugs forelock> and thanks for everyone who voted for the thread.

TheOne I wouldn't worry too much about the big cats hissing and growling: one of mine is still snarling at them from time to time but nevertheless likes to play with them when my back is turned! It has taken them many weeks to accept them but they are coming around now.

Yesterday we had a heart-warming moment with BigFatPatchyCailleachCat: she was grooming Ivy. Unfortunately by the time I got the camera, she'd stopped sad

Yes I can see photos on my phone; I'd love to see how Minx is growing, Fudge and Ivy are mushrooming!


kitbit Sat 04-Jan-14 00:27:31

Ooh ooh are you keeping Fudge too??
<cannot contain kitten love any longer>

Cailleach Sat 04-Jan-14 21:06:39

Kitbit no, we're just keeping Ivy; Fudge is need of a new home smile

Tried to send you a pic today, Cailleach, but it wouldn't go sad

Will try putting it on profile!

Didn't work on here either

Too big maybe...

Cailleach Sat 04-Jan-14 22:15:21

You can resize them, TheOne but not sure how... am not technically minded, meself!

Would love to see pics of Minx though - I bet she's really grown..

Yay, it worked this time! Must have been a site problem.

I'll put a couple more on smile

Oh - it won't work again! and although I clicked to make it public I don't think it has



Cailleach Sat 04-Jan-14 22:45:30

sad Can anyone more techy-minded than me (not hard!) help TheOne get her pics on the board?

I have managed to get 2 on now & it says they're public but I don't think they are confused

Tried a third but it went in upside down (twice)

Is anybody else having problems???

(Cailleach, if you text me your email address I'll send them that way!)


My general profile wasn't public before - now it is but there are only 2 pics & one of them is the upside-down one

<hysterical laughter!>

Will have another go grin

cozietoesie Sat 04-Jan-14 23:21:05

Looks like you've removed the upside down one?


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?



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!


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.


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.


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.



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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