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2 Kittens found on side of road - questions

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I was out with my parents, and young son for a short walk in the extensive woods that surrounds both of our houses. The road our houses are on is fairly long and deserted. We came out of the woods at a random spot and were talking when my father noticed a cat just in the tree line looking at us. We moved closer and it didn't run, we then noticed it was a small kitten. We picked it up and it was shivering, but active. We walked to my house and waited for my wife and older son to get home (about 5 minutes). My wife was very excited as we have been talking about getting a cat. As we were talking we realized how odd it was for such a young kitten to be out here and started to wonder if someone dropped it off and drove away....are there more? So we went back out and found the second kitten not far from where the first was found. We looked for more, but didn't find any as it was pretty dark by this time. We plan on looking again tomorrow but for now both of the kittens seem to be in good spirits.


taken about 5 minutes after coming in the house with them -Click for Slide Show

We plan on taking them to the vet tomorrow to get a basic checkup and find out what we may need to do to ensure they are healthy. My big question is what kinda costs might we expect for these two in the short term. We've got some "all aged" cat food (all the local store had) and they are eating well. My mother had an old liter box and we bought some generic cat liter for them tonight. What kind of food should we be feeding these two? They seem rather skinny, but are quite active and playful. I think they will be a great addition to the family, and just want to be sure I'm not missing anything. Also...if anyone might now what type of cats these are, that would be helpful.

I will be reading more of this site, but I wanted to post as it is late here. Thanx all!
-Mike
post #2 of 21
i just had to say i just clicked on the slideshow and they are doing amazingly well for just coming home..playing and everything...they don't appear like they've only been there for just a bit!!!! WOW.
post #3 of 21
Well they're just the cutest things ever! I know they were strays, but now that they're home, and you have specific kitten questions, I'm going to move this to Pregnant Cat and Kittens forum so you can get more answers regarding their nutrition, etc.

Congratulations!
post #4 of 21
Oh my goodness, how precious are they!!

Congratulations on your gorgeous find, and bless your hearts for giving these poor babies a loving home

We really want to see these munchkins grow in fur pics, so start snapping!!
post #5 of 21
Congratulations on the new kittens! They are adorable!!

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What kind of food should we be feeding these two?
I recommend Chicken Soup for the Kitten Lover's Soul. You can get it at your local pet store and possibly at a feed store or farm store (at least, you can in my area). It's about $30 for a 28 pound bag or something like that.

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Also...if anyone might now what type of cats these are, that would be helpful.
Well, one is a Domestic Shorthair and one is a Domestic Longhair. The short haired one is a Dilute Tortoiseshell (or is it a Calico?), and I'd just about guarantee that one is a little girl.

Actually, the other looks like a dilute tortie to me as well, but it's kind of hard to tell from the pictures. If that's the case, the longhair is a girl as well.
post #6 of 21
they are adorable!
post #7 of 21
They probly we're dropped off, I would bring some food and leave it over night and go back to see if there are more, Keep the feeding process if the food is gone and eventually they will start coming out to your feeding, Make a certain noise when you feed. (Shake the food or call kittykitty). Although the kittens look very healthy the mother may also be out there more nervouse.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by bnwalker2 View Post
Well, one is a Domestic Shorthair and one is a Domestic Longhair. The short haired one is a Dilute Tortoiseshell (or is it a Calico?), and I'd just about guarantee that one is a little girl.

Actually, the other looks like a dilute tortie to me as well, but it's kind of hard to tell from the pictures. If that's the case, the longhair is a girl as well.
i can see a wee bit of orange on the longhair, i think. they're probably both girls - pretty ones, too! they look very healthy for being foundlings - clear eyes, nice-looking coats.

i also recommend the Chicken Soup brand. if you can't find it locally, you can order it at petfooddirect.
NutroMax is available at places like PetSmart & PetCo if you have those locally, & it's a decent food as well.
post #9 of 21
Lucky kitties! And lucky you and your family!
post #10 of 21
What cute kittens!! How anyone could dump two lovely kittens like that is beyond me. They and you are so lucky to have found each other.. Feed them a good quality kitten food.And a vet check up and shots as soon as you can.. They might have to be wormed and a flea treatment..I hope there are not more left out there...
post #11 of 21
They are gorgeous, the longer haired one is to die for. I came by my Blossom the same way after my son saw someone tip something out of a plastic bag. She was only 3 weeks old so there was a lot more looking after to do. I took her to the vet, told him the situation, she was wormed every 2 weeks til 12 weeks, vaccinated at the appropriate weeks. The vet runs a cat adoption agency, but couldn't look after her til 8 weeks, they didn't charge for the visits just the worm treatment, vac etc until I decided to keep her.
They are very lucky little kittens that you found them & you are lucky to have such gorgeouse little kitties. Blossom is gorgeous too, makes you wonder why they were abandonded.
post #12 of 21
They are absolutely gorgeous and totally lucky to have been found by you!
post #13 of 21
Wow they don't look unhealthy to me at all! They are so cute!
post #14 of 21
What beautiful fur-babies. They are so lucky you found them. They look very healthy and if they weren't dumped then the mom cat is around and has taken good care of them. I hope if mom cat is still around that you can find her too. She needs to be spayed so that there won't be any more kitties looking for a home. Any future kitties may not be so lucky as to find a wonderful, loving home such as yours.

I also hope you'll stay around and post pictures so we can all watch them grow.
post #15 of 21
Mike, that is a wonderful thing you did, giving these sweet babies a home!
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Sorry it's been a few days. I have checked the site a few times. Thanx for all the responses! I am happy to say they are still doing very well. One of them has been sleeping quite a bit and we were getting a little worried something might be wrong. However today she was happy as could be playing and frolicking like any kitten I've seen. We are taking them to the vet in the morning for a checkup and maybe vaccines if the vets feel they need them. I'll let you know what the vet has to say. We do have loads more photo's, but I decided I would post a short video I made. I didn't do a lot of editing on it so it's not as perfect as I like, but..it was quick lol!

I can't find a way to embed the YouTube video in this post, so here is a link to it on you tube.

Click Photo
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
The Vet trip went fairly well. The vet guesses they are about 8 weeks oldtold us they are both girls. They are a little thin but they are eating very well, so that shouldn't be a problem for long. They were treated for fleas with Frontline, given some medication for worms and tested for the lukemia thing (seems like a waste of money considering nothing can be done if they test positive) which was negative, and given their first distemper. So my "free" rescued kittens have cost over $200 so far lol.

I have to say though, they do seem happier since the vet visit and we are a little relieved that there is nothing seriously wrong with them. They get stronger everyday, and are very comfortable in our house, acting as though they have lived with us for a lot longer than week. Our dog is still a little unsure of what's going on, but he is getting better. Now we can pretty much just watch them grow up until their next vet visit in 4 weeks.
post #18 of 21
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So my "free" rescued kittens have cost over $200 so far lol.
my 'free' cats [Cable, Java & Firefox] have always been my MOST expensive. Chip's been the cheapest, & he's the only one i paid any money to get [humane society adoption].
post #19 of 21
Lovely, lucky little ones!
post #20 of 21
They are very cute kittens! Congratulations! Glad all seems to be going well. Actually, $200 isn't bad for 2 cats to have a complete check up and treatments you listed.

Check out the humane society in your area. The one here does immunizations, spay/neuter and micro chips at a deep discount. You can also ask them for programs in your area that offer discounts. I just adopted a cat and got a $25 off coupon to get him neutered. I found it by visiting the no more homeless pets web site.
post #21 of 21
I'm so glad to hear they are doing well. Blossom, my foundling kitten, would have cost me $160 if I'd surrendered her to the vet's adoption programme & adopted her back. She is so pretty I couldn't take the chance of not getting her back. It ended up costing me over $360 to have all the same things done, as for the adoption. Vaccinations, desexing, worming & microchip. She was totally worth every cent.
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