Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kitten Update

Thirteen days have passed. Olivia's kittens still live. In fact, they've active and their eyes are opening.

The yellow one's leg that had been entangled in the afterbirth seems better. At least, the leg moves. When myofascial release specialist Ruth Mitchell returns to the area in two weeks, she'll work with that kitten.

There's been no sign yet that any of them have Olivia's respiratory problem. In fact, Olivia hasn't been quite as bad as she's been before. It's been a month she's been on antibiotics.

She's moved the kittens three times. For the past week, they've lived in a 71 Ford truck. Fortunately, John left one of his jackets on the floor of the driver's side.

They usually sleep in a pile. It's hard to tell where one kitten ends and another begins, but all are four kittens are in this picture:

I'm trying hard not to become attached. . . .

Meanwhile, out at the tack room, the three wild kittens and their mother are thriving. I think they're about seven weeks old. I can't get a picture of them—only fleeting glimpses. They take off when they see me coming.


Blogger Amy Tate said...

AWWWWW! There's nothing in the world like a litter of kittens. Growing up at my house, we always had a new bunch. At one time we had twenty-one cats!!!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So sweet! And I love the calicos!!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

A wild kitten appeared in our barn about a month ago. All by himself. Ugly as sin. At first I thought it was a raccoon because we would catch a glimpse of a striped tail disappearing under the tack room floor. How in the world did he get here all by himself? There's no mother cat around. And he was so wild at first that a human couldn't have handled him to drop him off. We caught him in a live trap. He was spitting and hissing and flipping upside down he was so scared of us. We've been working on him and now he let's us hold him and he purrs. I'm trying to get him tame enough that we can bring him to get spayed or neutered when he's old enough. Good luck with your kitties. They're beautiful. I would have loved to take that calico if Wild Thing didn't drop by!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

We have three black and white wild things and their mother in the tack room and shed. The wild things are about seven weeks old and gorgeous. The mother is the cat that was raiding the garbage in my garage back in April.

I don't know how I'll ever get that crew tamed to take for a mass neutering at Planned Pethood.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous allfurrycritters said...

I keep up the mantra ...
I do not want another cat...
I do not want another cat...
but gee's, those babies are sooooo cute!!!
Yesterday one of my babies brought in a bunny;one of them(?) chewed out a section of its backside,then apparently it roamed throughout my house trying to escape,leaving behind a trail of gore,ending in the kitchen where we found it alive still, under a stool..UGH..
I do not want another cat...
I do not want another cat..

11:41 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Since we tend to remember first and last parts of sentences, you're actually telling yourself, "I. . ., another cat."

Now I know why I don't have a cat door. Plus I get a lot of exercise opening and closing doors for cats.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

I know, that's a big problem because you obviously don't want them now having more litters when they grow up. You can try live traps. I've caught many wild things that way. I have one you can borrow. It's old and small. The county or the Humane Society might have some better ones but you're welcome to try it if you want.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

We have a couple of Have-A-Heart Traps that I'll have to set up. However, Wild Kitty seems to have moved her kitten family from the tack room. I haven't seen them for two days but I've caught a fleeting glimpse of her.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

What adorable kitties! I'm so glad that they are doing well.

9:00 AM  

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