Okay, as you can see it's getting pretty late here on the East Coast, but I just cant seem to fall asleep. Didn't get a lick of sleep last night I was so upset. Mostly I'm sitting down to write so I can try to put my mind at ease and make sense of this all.
I read a couple posts up about someone's theory of Fading Kitten Syndrome. Which really sounds plausible to me since Chemo didn't seem to grow in the two weeks we were home. When we found him he seemed to be about 2 weeks old or so, even though we were only in the Hospital 9 days. But he was moving around pretty well when we found him and also had his eyes open. Anyway, I estimated 2 weeks.
My son was dx on June 1st, so I conveniently gave him this birthdate.
Chemo was no bigger yesterday than he was when we first discovered him. Although, his head did seem to be out-growing his body a bit.
He did have teeth.
Let me back up a bit.
A week ago, our neighbors came to our house because they found a litter of kittens under their porch. They thought they were Willow's and for a minute I might have believed it, but really, I find it really hard to believe she was preggo with ONE kitten, let alone 5. Yes, they found 4 kittens. Approx, 4-5 weeks old.
First kitten was orange. Second, gray tabby calico. Third kitten solid BLACK (right here I was sure it was impossible for these kittens to be Willow's), forth kitten black calico.
After about an hour or so, my daughter pulled them all out. The access under the porch was a single cement block with three holes in it. We tried to see if Willow would go under the porch and pull the last kitten out as we really had trouble luring her, but Willow couldn't fit.
So anyway, one of the kittens attempted to eat some tuna fish that we tried to lure them with. The others wanted nothing to do with it. And all of the kittens would attempt to lap up some KMR when coerced. Or at least lick it off each other after they had walked all through it.
I estimated them to be about 4 or 5 weeks.
Now rewind a bit further to a few days after we got home from the hospital. My daughter and neighbor boy (the same ones that found the litter under their porch) were talking and it was discovered that they had found a kitten in their garage while we were in Pittsburgh. Immediately we thought maybe Willow had had another kitten. The neighbors had given the kitten to some neighbors a few doors down who were feeding him but kept him on the front porch. The next day we went down to tell them that we thought maybe this kitten was Willow's and see if they wanted her to take care of it. We found out that the kitten 'disappeared' the day we came home. So now we're thinking Willow had one lone kitten outside, perhaps in fear of the dog or the older kittens, but brought it home the night we came home.
Let me state --- we DO NOT allow Willow to be an outside cat! However, while we were away, it was discovered that my family was over trying to help out and surprise us with a little spring cleaning, and my brother opened the basement window.
After more and more thinking, I now wonder if Chemo belonged to the other litter? Maybe the 'other mother' knew something Willow didn't and abandoned Chemo? Maybe Willow stole someone else's kitten? It really was hard to believe that she was preggo with two separate litters at one time so far apart. Maybe Willow bought Chemo an extra two weeks on this earth.
Whatever the case... as short as the two weeks were, he grew near and dear to my heart
We'll miss you little guy!