Wednesday, September 08, 2010

My Newest Project

Frank and I found an orphaned kitten night before last while we were out walking. She showed signs of hunger and exposure, both her eyes had a cold; but she was crying loud enough to be heard in the bushes. We took her home, cleaned her up and fed her from a pipette. What an appetite, she was chewing on the pipette!

I fixed a box for her for the night, complete with an electric cat mat and she slept hard.

I got Kitten Milk Replacer and a bottle and began feeding her. She seems to be about six weeks old, but didn't know what kibble was, so bottle feeding seemed best. The internet sites said every three to four hours, but she was yelling her head off every 50-60 minutes in the first 36 hours.

She's fearless. Now that she's fed and rested, she motors around the kitchen or living room with amazing speed, what a live wire! She climbs just about anything, including us; you put her in your lap and the next thing you know, she's on your shoulder.

I fed her with a bottle the first 48 hours, but about the time she chewed the nipple off the bottle I decided she was older than I originally estimated. After her initial panic to eat when she smells the formula, she settles down and laps from a bowl just fine. Now she only wants to eat every two hours. Progress is being made!

We have a new baby in the house, complete with feeding schedules and everything. Who knew we were going to be adopted. :) We named her Spunky.


Lena Johansson said...

Most wonderful!
What a little friend!

Fabricfaire said...

Spunky knew a great home when she saw you two!!!

Tiny Tyrant said...

OMG LOVE! She looks like Smokey Cat and she's probably old enough (young enough) to be him coming back. :-)

She looks lovely. Welcome little one. You chose a great couple to adopt.

Bethany said...

She's adorable. My cat showed up last Christmas when it was around -20 below. I had to take him in. He'd freeze if I didn't.

Enjoy her :)