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post #31 of 48
Hurray for being a wonderful kittens' guardian angel And thank you for taking the time to keep us updated - you and your sister are 2 very busy people
post #32 of 48
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That sounds wonderful I have been thinking about you and the kittens all day ! .... You did a great thing in going to get them. Heres hoping to some big fat tummied kittens. Way to go to you !!!
post #33 of 48


What great news!!!! I'm so glad they all made it! You did a terrific job.

post #34 of 48
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Short update today!
They've been fed every 2 hours today (thanks to my fantastic sister) and continue to look good. One of my friends from work brought in a flea catcher, which I'm skeptical will work (basically a light/sticky paper contraption that you put near where the fleas are from) but everything is worth a try. Also, my friend who made the phone call to me in the first place came by to see them and gave me enough money to cover food until they're weaned. So we're all set. Going to still call the SPCA tomorrow to talk to them about things like shots (in the future) and maybe some kitten food when they've been weaned. So far so good...just a little concerned about the runt, but it is still eating ok, so we're just trying to get as much food into it as possible.
Pictures to come tomorrow or the next day, depending on how much time I have.
Hugs and happy tears to all of you
Jess
post #35 of 48
that's wondefull to hear there doing so well i hope they contuine you do so xx
post #36 of 48
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Question for you knowledgeable folks.
We've finally had some poo's in the brood...but one of them is having a distended anus with some yellow poo poking through. It's obviously having a hard time passing it...my hypothesis is that these are remains from what was inside when we first took the kittens in. I've tried a warm moist washcloth and it seems to have wiped away some of it...was wondering if maybe rubbing some mineral oil might help
Thoughts?
post #37 of 48
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Question for you knowledgeable folks.
We've finally had some poo's in the brood...but one of them is having a distended anus with some yellow poo poking through. It's obviously having a hard time passing it...my hypothesis is that these are remains from what was inside when we first took the kittens in. I've tried a warm moist washcloth and it seems to have wiped away some of it...was wondering if maybe rubbing some mineral oil might help
Thoughts?
Oh...I don't know....but you may want to give your local vet's office a quick ring and see what they say.

Katie
post #38 of 48
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Oh...I don't know....but you may want to give your local vet's office a quick ring and see what they say.

Katie
Katie is right, just to be sure.......
post #39 of 48
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Did so just after I wrote that...they're suggesting dipping her bottom in warm water and letting it soak
Just popping on to see if anythign came up, off to de-plug as it were.
post #40 of 48
Let us know and good luck! Give the little one a kiss from me!
post #41 of 48
Wow, Jess! You are amazing! I was in tears reading this! Those poor babies wouldn't have made it without you! Keep us informed!!!
post #42 of 48
Any updates?
post #43 of 48
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You wouldn't believe the updates!
So yesterday was a very difficult day for me (not for them). I called the SPCA and they said because they don't have a facility right now they can't take them in and to call the local animal control because they have funding for said things. I called the animal control and the guy was sooo mean, and I don't just mean mean, I mean I got off the phone with him and cried. He went on and on about how I had taken these babies away from their mom and that momma cat was scouring the land searching desperately for her little babies for three days now because mom cats would never ever abandon their kittens. He also said that I would have to have the landlord of the friends of a friend of mine sign a full in depth form and sign the kittens over to their care because they were found on his property. Not only that but there would have to be a full investigation and there would be "reprocussions" for guilty parties. Not nice. So my dad called the SPCA again, explaining what a meanie that guy was and she said to put in a formal complaint with the township (which we did) and that she would arrange it so that the SPCA would pay for milk replacements for the next six weeks if I was willing to take care of them. Of course we said yes. The deal is, we care for them for 6 weeks, then any cats that we haven't adopted out to good homes she'll log in as strays and give them shots/deworm them, wait 10 days and put them up for adoption. In the meantime though, she's hoping that we'll be able to help her out by doing some screening of adoptive families, and I'm sure save her the money of shots and care after they're ready to go. I'll probably keep one of them, since I was planning on getting Chester a friend for when I'm in school in January anyway.
*sigh* I'm so glad that things turned out as they should.
Everyone is still ok this morning. By the time I got to "Bear" (the constipated one) it had passed it's business. The amount of milk replacement that they're drinking per feeding is going up steadily, and this afternoon I laid down on the TV room floor with them and we had a group nap.
The only problem we're having at the moment is the stool still seems universally too firm. Was wondering if maybe I should water down the milk replacement, or maybe add a drop of oil to the mix. Does anyone know what the difference is in terms of health between vegetable and mineral oil? Any other ideas? They're passing them, but with some effort (and usually not while we're around since one of them likes to nuzzle in bad places).
Sorry for such a long post, but I've been waiting to calm myself down and get collected before I told you guys about that awful man.
Another postive is that I tried to take some pictures yesterday. Only got 2 that didn't come out fuzzy due to still shaking heads. My sister and I will have a photo op party this evening after their sponge baths I think. In the mean time, I'm going to make up a album for them in fur pictures only and edit this post to include the link.
Soft kitten purrs to all of you
Jess

Here's the link guys! http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...88#post1373288
post #44 of 48
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Woot! I think I got the hang of this bathrooming thing! I've never been so excited about poos in my whole life.
post #45 of 48
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He went on and on about how I had taken these babies away from their mom and that momma cat was scouring the land searching desperately for her little babies for three days now because mom cats would never ever abandon their kittens.
I am very sorry for the way you were treated. It's obvious you did what you could and whether the mom is looking for the kittens or not is rather moot at this point. It doesn't help these kittens to scold you so I'm glad you reported the treatment.

Katie
post #46 of 48
Glad you reported that guy Jess!!
post #47 of 48
Thanks for the updates!!! The pics are too adorable - thanks for posting those too!

I expect you did something to soften up their stools - did nature take care of itself or did you change the diet somehow? Just wondering what happened there.

And what a great and supportive family you have!!!! Sounds like a horrible experience with the SPCA - and Mr. Meanie/Mr. Know-It-All sure should have been written up - without mum visiting her kits for over 24 hours, something must have happened to her. Just thank God again that you were there for them!

Quick question - if the SPCA ends up with them for adopting out - do they keep them indefinitely? Please check on that! Around here, "official" places tend to euthanize them if not adopted out after a given amount of time. Some it just depends on capacity. I just wanted to make sure. So many people aren't aware of these policies and then call to check on the kittens they handed over for adoption, only to find out the hard way. I didn't know if you'd already checked, but....

You and your family totally rock!

Laurie
post #48 of 48
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Hey!
Well, in terms of their stools, I found a website that suggested a drop of vegetable oil once a day. The only thing the vet could come up with was adding a bit more water to the formula. The lady at the SPCA said the same thing and not to worry too much because sometimes kittens can just be big babies about bathrooming. So far there's been a bit of progress in that area, which I attribute to the bit of oil. I figure as long as they keep on going regularly things will be much easier after they are weaned.
I haven't asked about that policy, but I will say that when I mentioned no kill shelters to the SPCA lady (which is actually the OSPCA) she talked at length about how she didn't think an animal who was suffering should be kept alive because of policy and that was the problem with no kills. Regardless I'm not too concerned. I'm thinking of keeping one of the babes myself (SURPRISE! haha!) and the petstore where I get my formula also keeps cats in a cage in the front on behalf of the OSPCA. They were saying the other day that they'd probably request having at least a couple of the kittens in there because they "go quickly". I suppose it's all about exposure. I also think that they wouldn't bother going out of their way to pay for the formula and supporting us that way if they weren't willing to keep the kittens for awhile. I'm pretty sure if they don't get adopted here they just get moved to another area where there's a bigger population as well (because I've seen that on some of their websites).
Well, it's time for another feeding! talk to you soon
Jess
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