Welcome back Cat Corner-ians!!
It has only been a week, but the kittens have grown so much! In the past week, they have all started to stand up and from standing they have gone to toddling and from toddling to walking with confidence. Their confidence is still a facade at some points as they definitely still tumble over a fair amount, but they just look so darn sure of themselves!
The other exciting news is all of our kittens and Mom now have names!!! I had family over for Easter and we thought what a purfect thing to name everyone! So welcome to the Easter Candy Kittens!
So names and walking!!!!
On to a little bit of the growing pains...or laughs depending on how you look at it! On Tuesday of this week, I found a single flea on one of the kittens. Fleas especially to little little babies can very dangerous, they can cause anemia with a few bites, spread germs and can become life threatening in a day or so. Easter didn't have flea treatments when originally brought in, so I'm guessing she is the origin of the fleas. The fastest easiest and safest solution is to wash Momma and babies in warm water with dawn dish soap. That soap is made of miracles, helps saves animals from oils spills and baby kittens from fleas!
As I shared last time, Easter (Momma Cat) is not the friendliest, so the thought hmmm "I may not make it through this bath with all my limbs"....as I predicted it was not easy; however, happy to report Easter and I have all limbs! Unfortunately though no bath was had. Easter was in a nest box given to us when we picked up her and babies. A nest box is a nice sturdy hard plastic container with air holes and some plastic removable entrances than can lock if needed for animals (usually for wild ones). I brought her box to the bathroom all ready for her bath. She realized we weren't in her safe room and got too nervous and broke out of the crate, because I didn't lock it. She freaked out, jumped in the tub to hide and OH NO it was filled with water....a wet Easter climbed the shower curtain and at that point began to scared pee, while running around the bathroom. After realizing what was happening, I got Easter back in the nest box and to her safe room. She calmed after a moment or two, but what a mess!!! If you ever find yourself in such a bathroom mess, (I hope you don't) the best thing to do is to clean it ASAP! The longer kitty pee sits the more the ammonia in it can sink into porous surfaces like tile and wood so bleach and paper towels as soon as you can and the smell vanishes.
As for the kittens, those baths were easy as pie just warm water a towel and dawn soap in sink. After all of that we only found a single flea and almost no flea dirt. That helps ease my mind for now, but to be on the safe side I continue to change all the bedding often as well as comb the kittens daily to check for flea dirt, eggs or fleas. No signs of flea life yet.
In addition to fleas, we do have two kittens Cadbury and Robin who aren't feeling great. Seems like Robin has a cold and Cadbury has an eye infection. You can see Cadbury's eye in some of the pics from last week and this. I have been tending to them with warm compresses, humidifier, steamy shower sauna time and some antibiotics. Everyone in the kittens lives are on high alert though and it is possible we may have a vet visit Saturday.
Can't wait to see you all again in week three and see what new crazy things the kittens are up to!
Hello loyal Cat Corner-ians!
I'm a foster Momma for the cat corner and I thought it may be fun and possibly educational to take you through how fostering works down in the trenches. It can be a dirty business (lots of litter), but is very rewarding. You also learn all sorts of weird facts that could really help you win at trivia contests!!
I'll be updating you on our foster family every Thursday on our growing pains, triumphs, and struggles! Without further ado, let's meet our family:
This family of six started out as a single gray tabby female who was picked up on the streets of Newport News on 3/12/2016 low and behold this single female was packing...5 babies to be precise and they joined the world on 3/14/2016 at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter; all healthy babies! On 3/16/2016 a single baby kitten was found out in the cold and was warmed and attempted to be introduced to the family! It was simply meant to be, cause the bonus baby was scooped right up by Mom Cat as one of her own!
According to shelter reps as well as anyone who attempts to pet Mom cat...she's not super cuddly...at all! While we aren't sure if she is semi feral or a stray on hard times, she makes her dislike of people known. I picked up the family on 3/18/2016 and my job is to try my best to get these kittens to be adoptable well adjusted kitty citizens and assess Mom Cat to see if she is semi feral or a stray and see if we can do any behavior modification to get her adoptable too!
So this is how our first week went....
In order to figure out which kitten is which I had to color code them. They are so little the only thing I could use as a collar is hair ties; however, the hair ties are still huge on the kittens and end up around bellies and legs. For now that's ok cause all they really do is nap and eat; but as they become more mobile it could restrict their movement so either the kittens get bigger or I have to get smarter.
We already have a biggest kitten it is the red banded kitten it is very chunky compared to the others. We have a tiny kitten too the pink kitten who is a little girl. Unfortunately with only a week under our belts we thought it best due to pink kitten being so dramatically smaller and not gaining weight as much as the others to go to a home with a single kitten being bottle fed so that kitten could have a sibling and so pink kitten could have some one on one TLC. In situations with more domesticated Mom cats this type of situation can be more controlled in a home environment and we may not have had to move pink kitten to another foster, but with Mom Cats anti people behavior we could not monitor pink kitties eating and move her directly to the milk bar and remove the bigger kittens from her way safely.
So we are now a family of five again! Everyone is doing amazing! Mom while disliking me touching babies and weighing them everyday has stopped pooping on the floor and learned or relearned to use a litter box. It only took her about a day to figure it out. Instead of cleaning up her accidents entirely I picked up her accident and put it in the box than moved the litter box directly over the location she went on the floor. She smelled her own potty time and figured it out very fast! I've used this tactic before when litter training animals of all ages never underestimate smell; sometimes dirty is better!
As for kitten development almost everyone's eyes are open now except for our kitten who was adopted into the family; he is a little behind just a day or so. Hopefully his eyes will be open soon! Can't wait to see what this next week brings! If there are specific areas you want me to talk about let me know!
For daily picture updates and video you can always check out Cat Corner Foster Momma (It's a page on facebook)
As a no-kill rescue, The Cat Corner relies on a strong foundation of volunteers and foster homes. Many of the cats and kittens that we take in need a little bit of extra TLC before they can be considered adoptable.
Bubba is one of those special cases. Originally a barn cat, Bubba is now in foster care and is learning to become an inside kitty. Change is not always easy, even for cats. Luckily Bubba has a patient foster family who is willing to give him the time he needs to adjust. They recently updated us on his progress!
Cats like Bubba would not be given a second chance if it wasn't for our dedicated fosters. Fostering with The Cat Corner is a rewarding experience and provides a priceless resource. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster please check out our information page and consider filling out a foster application.