His name is Only. Because that’s the word that best defines my relationship with him. He is an Only – no mom, no littermates. In one week he and I have bonded so completely that he believes I am his mom AND his siblings, and he is definitely my baby.
This tiny kitten came into the shelter where my daughters work on Wednesday of last week. He was about three weeks old and obviously would not have survived on his own. By Wednesday night he was with me, and it feels like I’ve spent about a month with him already. Unable to eat on his own, I have been syringe feeding him. He will only take 3 – 6 ccs at a time and absolutely refuses more than that. This means there have been multiple feedings every day; thus the extended time we are spending together.
From the beginning I hated it that there wasn’t a sibling. A tiny baby like Only needs a furry family member to cuddle with and, eventually, to learn to play with. But worst of all, Only desperately wanted a momma to nurse on. Syringe feeding is taking care of the basic nutritional need, but OH how this baby has wanted to nurse. When he gets sleepy he looks everywhere for a mom to nurse on and when he never finds one he gets very fussy. Of course, this only endears him to me even more. In the last couple of days, he has been trying to play – with my hand. It appears that when my hand does certain things, Only believes it is a friend or sibling or something. I’ve watched plenty of tiny kittens first learning to play with their littermates. This is exactly what I’m observing in Only. He is cute beyond words.
All of you know how techno-ignorant I am. But I was determined to get a video of Only during his “fussy phase” when he gets sleepy. Well, Friends, I did it. That does not necessarily mean I can get that video embedded into this blog post for you to see. But I’m going to give it a shot. Before that, here are some still photos of this Only baby. Enjoy!
Now here will be my attempt to embed the video of a fussy little sleepy Only. (Cross your fingers that it works.)
Little Only will be with me until he is big enough to return to the shelter. Hopefully, some wonderful person will adopt him while he's still young.
Last Wednesday my day started off with a BIG scare that quickly became incredible. I'll start that story tomorrow. See you then.