Monday, September 28, 2015

Two Litters

I went out to the farm to give them the paper work since no one had been around Saturday to take it, when I returned the 9 cats fixed Friday.

The one guy who really loves the cats told me he'd heard kittens screaming all day.  So I followed him to where he was hearing the screams and found them.  First, out came one little guy, about three weeks old.  Then, in a line, here came five more.  I gathered them up and put them in my car.   I headed home, but first I stopped to buy KMR.  I called Heartland but they couldn't take them, because they're Linn County kittens.  Heartland does not officially take in cats or kittens from our county.

So I was resigned then, that I'd be caring for six bottle babes.

I went over to the KATA kitten bottle feeder fosterer, for some how to, since its been awhile since I had bottle babes.   I was barely back home, had fed all six again, when I got another call from the farm.  They had found six more, who had been screaming for a couple of hours.

Over I went.  They were cold and yelling and in what looked like an upside down table leaf.  Their eyes are just opening, so they're probably ten days old.


I put them in a carrier.  The KATA bottle babe feeder had said she'd take them even though she has a zillion foster kittens currently.

I took this photo of one of the lactating females fixed last Friday.  She was out rolling around and playing, like a kitten.  I think the three week old six I'd gathered up earlier were hers.  Hey you lazy mom!!!  Well, she's done with motherhood now. Go be a kitten yourself again girl.

Here are the three week olds.  There are six of them, too.



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The above video clip shows one of the ten day olds who has a bite wound on its side.  When Karen pressed on it, pus came out.  Once cleaned out, you could see its insides.  Hopefully he will heal.

Fortunately, PAWS in West Linn, agreed to take all 12 kittens if I could get them up there before 6:00 p.m.   I left immediately and made it just 15 minutes before they closed.  Thank you so much, PAWS!  Angels!

Half Pint, one of the three week olds, eagerly eating at PAWS!
Well, that's how I spent my day.  Better to collect these kittens now, than have them die or being called to collect their kittens next spring.

12 comments :

  1. I am so pleased for the kittens, and for you, that you don't have all those babies to feed and look after.
    I hope the bitten one makes it, but even if he doesn't he will at least get a quick and gentle death. Which is more than he could hope for where he was.

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    1. I was happy too. PAWS specializes in bottle babes, no better place for them. Yes, on your assessment of the bitten kitten's fate.

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  2. It occurs to me that you mop up the mess but how is this sustainable? Yes, there will be others who follow in your wake, but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on ultimately solving this problem. Here, many local councils require desexing of animals for registration, with a large financial disincentive if you don't. Of course only law abiding people register their animals, so it has not solved the problem. Also some councils (local area) ban cats from being outdoors at night, mainly to protect local wild life. My own mother feeds about four stray cats that are almost her own cats, but she will take no responsibility for them. Fortunately the number has reduced from a much higher figure but there has been some horrible deaths.

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    1. Most animal laws here would not be necessary if there was a law over that. I have no clue what the answer is, but sheltering is not the answer. If the same money that went into sheltering with all the high salaries and maintenance fees went into exactly what I do, cat wrangling, only paid, with vehicles, not my own, there would not be this problem. Combine a solution, easy access spay neuter and cat wranglers, with a law requiring spay neuter, so you have backing when you go door to door, that might work. But there's lots of people making their livings off maintaining the problem, and so it will likely remain a problem. The director of one Portland shelter, Oregon Humane, makes over $200,000 a year, for instance.

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    2. I should have said "a law requiring spay neuter by four months"

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    3. Also the problem here in the states is all tied up with religious beliefs too about abortion, of all things, and "right to motherhood". I can't tell the crap I've heard out of people's mouths. One woman got so mad when I took her cat, at no cost to her, to be fixed, actually several of them, including males who free roamed and fought with other people's cats. One of hers was pregnant and she saw that and screamed bloody murder, that I should have had an ultra sound done on the cat first, and that she didn't believe in abortion. I told her number one she's not providing any care for her own cats, and what a leech to want me to get them fixed when she should have, and now to demand an ultra sound, free of course. I told her if she has beliefs she needs to willing to pay for the results of those beliefs. She then moved and left most of her cats. Such blowhards with no real morality, just a bunch of fricking words and anger and leeching natures.

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  3. Twelve kittens! I am so grateful for your good works.

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  4. You are certainly an angel... a guardian angel for all those little guys. I, too, am grateful for your loving care.

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  5. A guardian angel is just what I was thinking, too. I know you were very happy to get them at this stage than when they were mothers themselves in a few months.

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    1. They're good with bottle babes at PAWS!

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