The five little ferals are not currently getting the kind of attention they need to start coming out of their “feral-ness”. My office is quite crowded cozy with the three large cages. It takes me a VERY long time in the mornings to do the big daily cleaning of those cages and the office. And that is only one tiny corner in my world. But things are about to change. Beatrice, Paris, the Babies, and the Packages are leaving for the shelter tomorrow. I can only hope with all my heart that they will go to wonderful forever homes.
My office will be reduced to two cages. Two? you ask. Well, the feral five will remain in their cage and three of The Twelve are staying with me for a bit longer. Bright Eyes and Sunny still don’t eat dry food. They drink formula from a bowl now, and they will eat canned food. But the shelter won’t accommodate them in that fashion. So they will stay behind. The plan is to work with the ferals more and to work with Sunny and Bright Eyes to get them eating dry kitten chow. The third of Beatrice’s kittens who is staying behind is one that a boarder of mine may want to adopt. These are not my kittens to adopt out. They are registered with the shelter. But one of my boarders picked up her dog and her daughter fell in love with this particular kitten. If they are still interested, I will keep this little gal here until a day can be arranged for Older Daughter to take her to the shelter to go immediately into the arms of a new family.
The little ferals are two marble tabbies, an orange, a yellow, and a calico. I noticed a few days ago that the little calico (she is the smallest in the litter) was always sitting hunched over. She also sat away from the other four. I picked her up and looked her over, and there is a knot where the umbilical cord would have been. I sent her with Older Daughter on Monday to be seen by the shelter vet. She is on a tiny dose of antibiotic. She is the only one in that litter who won’t eat dry kitten chow, so she is receiving a different diet (like Sunny and Bright Eyes are).
With the current nineteen felines in my office, it has been difficult to give any special attention to any particular one. Sunny and Bright Eyes have received some extra attention because we were so sure that we could lose either or both of them at any point. Beginning tomorrow, I will be down to eight little kittens in my office. Now the taming of the ferals can begin. Hopefully, we will get those guys shelter-ready soon because there are two more sets of kittens still in the maternity ward (the Desserts and the Newbies) who will eventually move into the office when they are at the romping stage.
Here they are - the remaining office kittens. The pictures of the ferals are from the first day they were here. They look a little better now.
This one spent the day at the shelter on Monday (in order to see the vet). Someone gave her a name for the folder. Cookie.
Now here are the three of The Twelve who are staying behind for a while longer.
The little gray one may have a home.
I think somebody picked me.
It is a total joy that Sunny survived.
Double that joy that Bright Eyes made it, too.
Have a great Friday, Weekend, and Monday. See you on Tuesday.