Posted couple of weeks ago about a very young cat (kitten) we thought was pregnant and it turned out she wasn't but had recently given birth! She is actually a neighbours sisters cat and apparently this is her 3rd litter so said neighbour (very very young and as it turns out NO idea about animals whatsoever!) tells us she had 2 kittens ad we agreed to take one when ready. She calls us over last night and 1 kitten died but ours was still alive though not eating at all and mum not feeding them for a while so been giving them cows milk anyway she brings her over to us for us to try and then we find out she is only 5 weeks old but Mum not bothering with her. She is the tiniest tiniest dot. We managed to get her to lick some mush and been giving her kitten milk. She is also covered in fleas and when I asked neighbour if she has been going to the loo she said (wait for it) "I think so but I don't know where, think maybe behind the settee" DH said we have to take her now or she'll be dead too. Anyway neighbour had tried to "give her fried chicken with the breadcrumbs taken off - it was only this big (shows 2" length) and she wouldn't touch it, I mean chicken!" she is no way malicious just really really no idea at all.
We took kitten upstairs, made her a bed with hot water bottle under it, put down saucer of milk and make shift litter tray and what a little darling she has been - went out of her bed straight onto newspaper in night for a wee then back to bed. She has woken for milk today and been cuddled lots and back asleep - should I wake her and give her milk though and not wait for her to wake? I know she will sleep a lot obviously and will grab those hideous fleas off her today, got couple off last night but this tiny tiny kitten is a new experience to me, even though seasoned cat owner previously!
Only thing now is persuading DS age 3 that "Humpty" is not the sort of name we would have given her perhaps
I think virtually all of our pets have had people names. Debbie and Tracy, Clive, Fanny, Pearl and now Jala and Terry. Humpty is a great name for a cat, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Is there a chance you can get the unfortunate girl next door sorted out?
er - not sure what you mean about the girl next door?
Have just given kitten a flea bath as she was a mess and I got 61 fleas off her hopefully she will improve now, think there may be a couple lurking but off for fine flea comb and hopefully will get them off her.
I like Dave for a cat (a boy anyway) - I said to DS (trying to sway him) "but Humpty is a boys name," then he tells me in his broken speech that Humpty is actually an egg, not a boy or a girl
My final piece of advice (ironice really given how much I've asked for) is don't give them cows milk. The rescuer who supplied ours said goats or cats milk is OK, unecesssary, but OK but cows is a definite no no. Enjoy Humpty.
I don't know, she did say her sister was going to "get her done" - I have never met the sister she doesn't live on my street!
Oh I see now about girl next door!! I mean technically she doesn't even live on our street the mother cat and the house she has been in they are moving in 4 weeks - god help the new people in there - the animals have been going to the toilet wherever they please, there were 4 cats and one dog and the girl (human) thought it was just normal for a kitten to be covered in fleas the house must be swarming <<shudders>>
But our Humpty has been playing for 2 hours this morning and managed to get her to eat again just now by herself, only small amounts but then she hasn't eaten at all before so think we're doing well and she's playing with our fingers and trying to eat them so must be getting better