Once again, kitten season is in full swing.
On March 4 I got the first call. A mama cat had left a black and white newborn kitten on the second floor roof of a house, of all places. The family tried to climb up and retrieve the baby, but it fell to the concrete below before they could get to it. Upon rushing it to the vet school, they were told it was fine and to call the cat rescue.
It spent the first 24 hours breathing like it was going to die at any moment, but eating like crazy anyway. Kiseki (Japanese for "miracle") is getting stronger every day. We did try to put her with a mother cat that came to us when she was 4 days old, but she was so used to the bottle by then that she couldn't figure out how to latch on, and so will continue to be here.
The second call came on the 10th. A beautiful brown tabby kitten in the back yard, eyes well opened but still very young, found mama's body in the woods behind the house. We can only figure she went scrounging for food, and a dog or raccoon got her. Enter Forrest, a week older than Kiseki, but happy to have a small sibling. Doing very well so far.
Then today. Born last Tuesday, only survivor of a litter of 3. Mama has a severe upper respiratory infection and will not eat or drink. Baby is at risk of contracting the illness, so has to be taken away. He is solid black and does not like the bottle. We can't put him with the other two until we are sure he doesn't have the upper respiratory issue, so he is living in my shirt. The other two are girls we think. This one is so obviously a boy that Bigger Girl wants to name him Jules. I will have to think about that one.
And so it begins again. From now until December, I shall live with kitten formula stains on my clothes, scratch marks from kitten claws all over my chest and stomach, kitten mess on towels and washcloths and in the corners of the rooms when they won't take the time to go all the way to the box, and put in hours with bottles and medicine and chasing adult cats away from the kitten chow.
Yes, I love it. It's great, awful, fabulous work, if you can get it. The pay is lousy, too -- round the clock feedings and my adult cats getting mad if there are too many kittens and messing on the beds and the stove to show their displeasure.
It's worth every minute.
This kitten season is dedicated, by me anyway, to the memory of my friend and mentor in the business, Miss Jan, who died suddenly a couple of weeks ago. She is sorely missed.
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Oh, I'm glad to hear about Kisecki! I was afraid to ask. And good for you, for doing this work. I get mad at people who buy cat food and put it out to feed 'all the poor little kitties' but refuse to bother with a spay and release program. Feeding leads to breeding, which leads to kitten rescue.ReplyDelete