Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Taking care of baby kitten is fun and enlightening!

Posted Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 8:02 AM
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  • Our older cats like to have their whiskers strokes and rub their faces against objects or us. From watching Wendy up close, I am inclined to think the older cats action stems from when they were young and nuzzling their mother.

    Back in the 70's we would call it a "warm fuzzy". Hmmm, maybe that is where the saying comes, a nursing kitten?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 4, 2014, at 8:02 AM
  • She is really adorable Steve................

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Dec 5, 2014, at 12:14 PM
  • I know I sound like a proud papa, but thanks. She is a pretty one.

    I regret that I could not save the other one and wonder what became of the other two.

    We have some folks who are talking about adopting her, but I won't do it until she is eating food on ehr own. Honestly, since Mommy named her, we may not give her away at all.

    Yeesh! That is why we have a $300-400 food bill for feeding all these guys each month.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 5, 2014, at 1:25 PM
  • Even more beautiful........

    22....Is that is cat years ?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Dec 6, 2014, at 9:29 AM
  • Yes, cat years. According to this article, that would make her about 104 in human years, http://www.catster.com/cat-health-care/calculate-cat-age-in-cat-years

    I have always heard 7 years but that seems pretty general so... maybe this is more accurate.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 6, 2014, at 11:27 AM
  • This elderly cat (Susie) is our only intentional cat. All the others (30+) are drop-offs, adopted from those who could not care for them anymore or born here by those we could not get fixed in time.

    We used to have names for all of them but now only about half of them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 6, 2014, at 11:52 AM
  • Wow......

    And I thought I was busy and broke with one dog and one bird.............Of course they don't supplement their diet with running rodent rascals ....Although I keep wishing they would at least try........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Dec 6, 2014, at 5:17 PM
  • I'm going to stop letting Earl (the girl cat) eat so much, now that I got her fixed she's getting pudgy like "me" (not fixed). I normally leave a full bowl for a cat and they do well to balance themselves foodwise, yet Earl seems overly healthy. It could be that weight has come on after the fixing like I've seen many times in cat lives. She hasn't gotten lazy yet though, she's extremely active.

    Wiggly Wendy looks so tiny...after all that personal attention she's getting, I bet she will grow to return that affection to whomever she picks to be her personal adoptee. After getting attached, I would have a really hard time letting her go, I feel yah!

    Cats can be unpredictably narcissistic at times, a little crook twitch of a tip of the tail or a rare purr might tell you who owns whom. Ever have a cat talk or fuss at you? That's a good sign they are settled into where they're at I hear.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Dec 7, 2014, at 3:29 PM
  • We have several "talkers". The one in the picture, Susie talks a little too much. Mira only talks when she is hungry and a few like to talk when they are carrying something.

    I used to think it was a maternal thing and they were carrying "babies" but the males do it too. Maybe they are just showing off what they have?

    Pumpkin is starting to chat it up but I am not understanding yet. No worries though, she will get me trained.

    KitKat only talks to get my attention. From there I am supposed to know what he wants based on the circumstances.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 7, 2014, at 4:45 PM
  • A side note about littler boxes. Wow! What a great topic.

    The interesting thing is the behavior of some of our cats when we clean the box. One from the inside and one from the outside seems to always sit and watch while we clean it.

    Of course, right after we do, they go use it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 7, 2014, at 4:58 PM
  • Wiggly Wendy continues to do well.

    Two days ago one of the cats was playing with her and caught her eyelid with a claw. A small cut but no damage to her eye.

    However, she is once again sleeping in her plastic tub by herself at night and only allowed out when we can watch the other cats.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 8, 2014, at 9:53 AM
  • Wendy continues to grow (and wiggle), She is becoming more mobile and taking more chances so she is now at a point that will require due diligence on our part to not step on her.

    She adapted to letter box training like a pro but instead of using the regular litter we chose strips of newspaper. (Sorry T-G) On the very first trip she knew what to do and has been seeking out the box ever since.

    I could not use the regular clay particles because she kept putting her face in it to smell and ended up with litter all over her face. As a result, she was wanting to clean it off with her tongue. Clay particles in her tummy was not the best idea.

    She is the guest of honor at the rehab center Mrs. Lee is using to get back on her feet after her trip to the hospital. I always have to bring her to the workout room and the nurses and techs all come running.

    I believe she has helped some of the patients as well. Some were very withdrawn at meals and social gatherings, but Wendy seems to break down all barriers. Of course, pet therapy is nothing new but it sure seems to get results.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 12, 2014, at 5:32 PM
  • Baby Wendy has been semi-adopted by one of our female cats. Sher can't feed her but she welcomes her next to her and cleans her until you can hear the 'squeak'.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 17, 2014, at 2:38 PM
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