Friday, May 13, 2016

It's Been An Exciting Week In Lake Wobegone...

But the flippin' computer won't let me do much so I'm doing a cell phone mini-post.

I'm trying to be sick again.  Something going on in my left eustachian tube.  A second doctor run today 'cause I felt like hell. But the GP can't see anything more than a bit of swelling so they are trying to get me into an ENT next week.

Just when a complicated problem is in need of my full attention.


11 of them.  Two litters born in the same box on the same day.  In my garage.  They are now in one of my spare bedrooms along with one of the mothers.  I'm still trying to trap the other mother but the vet said that since they are now old enough that they are eating solid food they would be OK with just one nursing mother.  And the problem is that not only do they need to be socialized to be adopted but their mothers could get pregnant again any time now - it's been 5 weeks.  At least I've got 12 of the 13 problems "off the street." The county Animal Welfare League will be by in a couple days to inspect the cattery arrangement.  I'll sign the kittens over to them and they'll put them into their adoption system while I foster them.  That gives me access to their vet services and list of folks who want kittens in about 6 weeks. We also have a really active trap, neuter, and spay group up here so photos and updates are going to them as well.

I love cats.  But I can tell already that it's going to be a long 6 weeks.  First realization -  I have no idea how to pan train 5 week old kittens.  Ick.  I'm hoping Mama, who IS pan trained and is happy as can be to be inside, will do that for me.  Right now I'm glad that room has no carpet and I'm doing a lot of cleaning up behind 11 furry behinds.

And although they sortof understand eating and drinking out of bowls, one of the calicos is a bit unclear on the water bowl concept.



9 comments:

  1. Put a litter box down in the room, with low enough sides that the kittens can climb into it. Done.

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    1. I used a big baking pan I had. They still haven't figured it out but they've only been inside a couple days now.

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  2. You're on your own... I don't have a clue!

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    1. Hoping the natural impulse to dig will take over.

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  3. You have a Tribbles level amount of cats. You have the kindest of hearts.

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    1. I have the word "Sucker" over my door...

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  4. Get a short sided litter box they will learn.
    if they have a problem getting in and out of the box they will not use it.

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    1. Shallow oasting pans. I've lined the wall with them and slowly but surely the mistakes have decreased.

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    2. Shallow oasting pans. I've lined the wall with them and slowly but surely the mistakes have decreased.

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