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!