Thursday, September 5, 2013

crazy cute!

Look what I got?!!


Six teeny tiny feral kittens! They were trapped by a colleague on Wednesday at a TNR site we are working on. She went to assess the site and found these six kittens shivering in a pile. 15 minutes later she had three in each trap!


We believe them to be 10 weeks old (dating from which teeth are in). We suspect they are undersized due to coccidia, a nasty intestinal parasite. Once that nasty bug is gone they should start growing like weeds!

The kittens are all staying in the feral cat holding pen I built as part of my TNR Operations Center in the garage. They LOVE the heating pad!
 

This little girl has goobers in her eyes, something we are treating as well.

There are four girls and two boys - three brown tabbies, one black and gray tabby, a solid black, and a black and white. Most of them are just over a pound and two are around 11 ounces. Tiny!



This is my first foray into kitten taming! They are darling cute! A few of them will hiss when I approach but none have tried to bite. Things will improve when they are more healthy (no diarrhea) and more consistently using the litter box. I've got a lot to learn about kittens, and I'm thankful to have TNR-friends who are eager to teach me.  Meanwhile, you'll find me hanging out in the garage...

17 comments:

  1. They are all little darlings. I hope that you can get their nasty parasites all cleared up quickly. Socializing them should be both fun and maybe a tiny bit frustrating, as they can go back and forth between hissing and not hissing.

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  2. These guys are so incredibly cute! They have no idea how lucky they are. Thank you for doing this wonderfully compassionate work!



    Pet lovers please check out my homeless cat blog archives for some informative posts and stories about the cat abandoned/feral colony I manage.

    Debby in Arizona
    http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com/

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  3. They are so cute...bless their little hearts AND yours for rescuing them. Hopefully they'll be healthy and adopted in no time.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  4. Oh I am just overwhelmed with the adorableness. What a challange but how rewarding it has to be. Precious little pnes. So pretty and so innocent. Thank you so much for taking them in and helping.

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  5. they are just toooooooooooooooo precious!!!

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  6. Wow, it's ever an adventure at your home! Well done to the woman who trapped them, and best of luck to you for taking them. I'm sure Jeanne and Connie would have lots of suggestions re: kitten-taming if you need them! :-)

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  7. So cute, thanks for rescuing them. We use these videos to teach about taming feral kittens:
    http://www.urbancatleague.org/TamingVideo

    One thing I know that works well is hand feeding them either with a spoon or right on your finger.

    Good luck.

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  8. YAY! I bet they turn in no time at all. LOVE your holding pen!

    I did a post on taming kittens if you are interested.. kittyblog.net/2012/11/what-i-know-taming-of-kittens.html‎

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  9. How cute, so glad they were found and area getting such good care by a cat lover!

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  10. Oh my what a great housing unit you built for your kitten taming! That is like a 5 star resort, especially after what these guys have been through. Those faces are simply so sweet and it breaks our hearts to think of this countless scene over and over and over again with no help for so many homeless cats. We are thankful that there is so much help out there and we are glad these 5 will see a huge break for their lives.

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  11. Oh, my word...that's where I'd be hanging out, too! I LOVE kittens :)

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  12. nice save....what a bunch of cuties. Alley Cat Allies has some info on taming feral kittens as well. I read that you can use the help of an older calm neutered male cat. Sure...right I said. Until Tim got recruited as my assistant. You may be able to find an assistant of your own. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask questions!

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  13. Okay, the rest of you do NOT know this guy. He is not going to give them up you know - a bigger sucker you've never seen... Well, if you have 4 or 5 inside and 4 or 5 outside, what's another 6...
    Pretty darn cute.

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  14. Wow, you are really diving in there. That's a wonderful feral kitten hotel you have for them. Bless you for doing this.

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  15. What little sweeties!! I'm so glad someone found them and that you are taking care of them. Hopefully they will all be on the road to recovery soon. Cute cute cute!
    xo Catherine

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  16. That pen you built looks purrfect and pawsome. I am sure many of your bloggy friends could give you tips on this new adventure. Good luck. These kittens are just too, too precious. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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