Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

And MORE Kittens of the feline kind.

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 11:16 AM
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  • Now for more about the colony. There are two more gray kittens and a pretty calico in the garage who are sibling or cousins to these. They stayed healthy so there was no need to bring them in.

    While all come around for feeding time, one red who is about 8 weeks old has become a buddy of mine. He always greets me and stays around my feet as I clean all the litter boxes, clean and fill their bowls with water and food. He will continue until I pick him up for a quick loving session.

    He has always been friendly and came from a friendly mamma so apparently their fear or acceptance of humans can be taught.

    Mamma has since moved on, so I fear for her safety since a pack of coyotes have started showing up around daybreak and dusk. Our 100 pound PITA is trying to keep them at bay, but ever since we had to put our oldest to sleep, the coyotes have become bolder.

    We've been looking for a replacement buddy for her but so far our trials have resulted in dogs who failed the test when it came to the cats. As you can guess from above, they need to get along with cats.

    A buddy will also keep PITA outside more. She needs to play to keep her wait down and being outside will keep their "presence" known to the coyotes.

    I don't want them to do battle nor does it seem necessary. Our other dog was almost blind, definitely deaf and slow from arthritis, yet the coyotes did not start getting bold until there was one dog.

    Our stray dog that has become an inside lap dog is of little use and for some reason sees the outside cats as a threat and tries to chase them. WRONG!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 8, 2015, at 11:16 AM
  • Kittens are being returned to the garage right after I write this. Have 7 more that might need our "personal care unit" since we cannot be sure Mamma is still there.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 9, 2015, at 12:07 PM
  • We pulled 4 of the 7 kittens and place them in the garage last night. Two white Siamese like, two pale calico's. One of the calico came down fro the shed meowing which made me go looking for all of them.

    I found 5 under a big rock that looked comfy and protected but 2 kept coming out. I went up to their original place in the shed and found an opossum wedged in between the wooden skids.

    After encouraging the opossum to move on, I found to more kittens which accounted for all 7. The male Siamese-like was lighter than the others and also more sedate so I paid more attention to him when it came to milk and canned cat food.

    He ate a little but not what I would say was strong, so I made sure he ate some more just before bedtime and this morning.

    Momma has not moved them but she did move the three we had to leave under the rock. I could not reach them. Or at least, I hope that is why they are not there this morning.

    The other four were sitting on a sofa in the garage where I left them last night but I do not know if Momma visited them. The white S-L had a pretty good bite when he mistook my finger with cat food on it for ALL cat food this morning but again, did not eat a lot.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 14, 2015, at 8:53 AM
  • Think I'll start a new post for these new ones so I can post other pictures.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 14, 2015, at 8:56 AM
  • We have family visiting from Texas and while showing them our layers of kittens we heard a tiny, tiny voice crying out. Kendra was the first to spot a tiny, wet wiggler under a shelving unit.

    I thought it strange to have only one, but we may have interrupted the Mamma so we warmed it up, made a new box with a fresh towel and place it back under the shelf.

    When we came back in to feed everyone, Kendra's father Daniel heard other squeaks from another section of the garageand out pops another baby from behind a cabinet, then another with the placenta still attached.

    After a quick operation to remove the extra baggage, we warmed them up in our hands and moved them to the original box. Glad I used a bigger one than originally needed.

    So I feed everyone else and am feeding the outside crew when Kendra's Mom heard another from another spot and before we knew it, we had four newborn babies in the box.

    New mothers seem to sometimes get confused about what is actually happening and end up scattering the births in different places. Sometimes they don't all make it and I am not sure about two of these but when Mamma comes back for the one, she will find all of them so I hope they have a decent chance.

    There is not much I can do for a newborn, even with bottle feeding. Been there and done that and failed every time unless they have had at least a week or two with Mom. If they do not look as if they are being cared for this morning, we'll try again, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 15, 2015, at 7:51 AM
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