No. I still do not have the third kitten. I know so many of you are hoping WITH ME that I can get that last little sweetheart. I’ll say here what I said in a couple of emails yesterday. I know there is a good chance that something might have happened to the third kitten. But because I don’t absolutely KNOW that, I can’t give up and stop going out there. However, the time and gasoline are killing me. I’m spending four hours a day doing this because it is so far away from home. I know I have to stop going out there at some point, but I don’t know when that will be. I don’t know at what point to let go and decide the kitten is no longer there.
As far as Truly and Autumn, there’s a oddity to report. We are able to touch Autumn now. So Older Daughter examined both of these girls and one of the things she did was to look at teeth. I saw a sort of shocked look on her face when she peeked into Autumn’s mouth. Sort of under her breath, she said - Well, that can’t be right. No way. This girl has her adult teeth - all of them. That would mean she’s at least seven months old. She set Autumn down and examined Truly’s teeth next. Hmmm. This is odd. Truly is just getting her adult teeth. I mean, they are there, just some are not all the way through. That would put her at the older end of the four to six month range. Apparently, from four to six months, the canines, pre-molars, and molars come in. By seven months, all of the adult teeth are fully in.
So there were two surprises here. One - neither of these two look to be that old. I mean, they are small in terms of body stature. Neither one looks physically big enough to be six or seven months old. Two - they appear to be of different ages. We thought all along that they were littermates, but a couple of days ago when we saw the two side by side for the first time, it was obvious that Autumn was bigger than Truly. So what’s going on? A difference in size alone wouldn’t necessarily mean they weren’t sisters. Maybe Truly was the runt. But their teeth suggest that they are of different ages! AND - their teeth tell us they are much older than they look. I know that malnutrition and undernourishment can stunt growth. To look weeks, even months, younger than they are, however, is odd to say the least. I guess we will see if they grow rapidly now that they are here. Maybe Truly and Autumn are miniature cats. No matter. Here are two more little darlings who will need amazing forever homes. :-)
Have a Truly wonderful Autumn weekend!