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post #1 of 8 Old 11-09-2012, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Two tiny kittens that I rescued. (Pic heavy)

A year ago I rescued two runty, malnourished, sick kittens, and I just thought I'd share some pictures of them from the time that i got brought them home to when I gave them to my grandma. The tabby cat, Tammy, is my fave; she was so much like a puppy and followed me around everywhere! And the spotty one is George. He could barely use his back legs when I got him and was incredibly weak. He ended up being a lot bigger than Tammy though. They both had bad eye problems.

The day I brought them home:
A day or two later; wanting OUT! NOW!
Tammy hangin' on to her bottle for all she was worth! (A few days later).
Tiny George in Dad's big pocket.
Inside my shoes! They actually didn't mind it at all. (This is about two weeks after I got them).
Quite a long time later; Tammy sleeping in the food and water bowls. It was her favorite place to sleep, besides in the litter box. LOL
Silly ole George sleeping. He had passed Tammy up in size at this point. For a long time he was smaller and thinner. Now she wasn't able to whoop his butt so easily!
My brother did this...and they just let him, and they didn't move! I handled them so much that you could hold them upside down like a baby, and they would just sit there on their backs like little ladies waiting for their pedacures while I clipped their nails. Now they aren't really like that anymore though because my grandparents treat them like they are cats instead of puppies. Ha ha. This is the day before I had to give them away.
I surrender!! The day before I gave them away. I had a really hard time for a few days after; I kept waking up in the middle of the night to give them their vet stuff and feed them!

**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-09-2012, 11:01 PM
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They're gorgeous! You did an amazing job and an incredibly wonderful thing.
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Awww! Those are so cute! I too found two stray kittens in the barn where my boyfriend stables his horse. No momma, no food. Mewling pitifully. So young they still had bright blue eyes. And speaking of eyes, they had the nastiest case of barn fever (Upper Respiratory Infection) I have ever seen. Mucous coming out of both eyes, sneezing. Eyes almost swollen shut. At one point I touched the lid of a swollen eye of one and green mucous oozed out... It was bad. I talked to the barn owner, who said he would 'put milk out for them' (Are you kidding? Those kittens would have died overnight.)

So, I took them. No shelters were open, so my boyfriend kept them overnight (No cats in my apartment) and cleaned their eyes once in a while. Fed them periodic small amounts of wet/dry mixed food (they were STARVING.) brought them to me in the morning, and I brought them to Feline Rescue - they refused to take them, as I didn't make an appointment. (They make it so difficult to give cats up in the cities it's no wonder people abandon them instead). I finally found someone willing to work with me due to the kittens being sick and me not being able to have them in my apartment. While waiting for the appointment, fed them some tuna and water. Brought them in, and the lady said once they got some meds they would be adopted in no time.

Sorry for the novel, I thought I'd share my similar situation... I'm glad you got to keep yours! I so wish I could have! And good on you for taking them in!
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Super sweet kitties! So nice of you to take them in and care for them. I've done it many times and it is a lot of work.
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It's amazing they even survived, they looked pretty far gone there.

Good job and thanks for sharing the journey.
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Thanks, you all! It was a lot of work, but it was so rewarding. I got so attached to them.

Shoebox~That is how these kittens eyes were too! It was so bad... When they were taken to the vet the vet squeezed the eyes, and all this nasty pus exploded out. It was really gross; I had to keep wiping them and putting in eyedrops for two weeks after the vet visit.

So glad you brought those kittens home. I can't imagine having dying kittens and not even caring to take care of them. These kittens were kind of in the same situation. They were the only runts and their mother wasn't letting any of them nurse. The other bigger kittens were doing okay, but these guys could barely hobble around. I couldn't just leave them there, so I took them home and we spent a bunch of money on them, and I took care of them, and so now they are happy and fat! Literally...Grandma certainly doesn't starve them.

When I get a chance I'll see if I can find some pictures of them now and put them up on here. I'll warn you, one is FAT. Not much I can do about it, though my mom is looking into a lower carb cat food.

**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**
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Nice work with the kittens! They sure looked quite sick in the first photos. I adopted a kitten last year from the local SPCA as I know there is always a surplus of cats in need of a good home. I am so glad I was able to open our home to such a wonderful kitten. I am really enjoying her as I have never owned a cat before. My sheltie and her get along so well together. Great story!
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They are so cute! :)
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