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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

With all the nasty news out there, here is one of hope. The feline kind.

Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 8:08 PM
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    Good for you Steve. We did have a cold night last night or night before, I'm too old to remember. I would say you helped it at the last minute. Sometimes the mother will push a sick kitten out and abandon it. You know like keeping the distance so it can't spread the fake virus to the other kittens or worse. Animals have a way of dealing with Nature better than we do.

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Apr 21, 2021, at 11:42 PM
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    We’ve had them abandon disabled kittens. One was semi-blind and deaf, a couple of “swimmer” babies who could not walk ( but they ended up fine) and a few sick ones we nursed back to health.

    We’ve lost a few but if we get them in time, most can be saved. Ones that really bother me are those killed by rogue males who want to force the momma back into availability.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 7:25 AM
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    Steve it is so nice of you to help them as much as you do.

    There is an old saying in the life and death business: "You aren't dead until you are warm and dead".

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 10:24 AM
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    Hmmm, gotta think about that one fair share. :-)

    Good news from the kitty front. All 5 kittens are doing fine so that one was accepted, fed and cleaned up nicely. I can’t tell which one it was now.

    Another litter was born last night. Can’t see them so I don’t know how many or the momma. But I think I know since another one was late to the bowls today.

    AND the two that I gave to another momma outside seem to be doing well. I can’t see her original calico ones but the two refs are looking good.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 10:32 AM
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    Well, when the body cools down (hypothermia), body functions slow down. The heart rate slows and the beat weakens. Breathing slows. The brain slows until coma results. The heart beat may get down to 1-2 a minute and only be detectable by ultrasound. Breathing may be less than 1 a minute and so shallow as to not detect with a mirror.

    But the body's metabolic needs also slow way down. Very minimal use of oxygen and the very low supply is enough. So life can remain despite looking as though death is present.

    Mispronounciation of death was common enough 2-3 centuries ago that many people had in their wills a provision to cut their jugular veins before burial.

    If people, or other animals, get hypothermic enough they will appear dead for "all intensive purposes". Of course, if it keeps progressing, at some point they will die. Therefore, they ain't dead til they're warm and dead.

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 12:08 PM
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    Ahah! Now I understand, but slit their throat before they are buried? Yikes. What if the blood flowed as normal? Would they be charged with murder? Chills.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 1:17 PM
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    Probably not charged with murder. Suppose some could be revived. Suspect most would die since they must have been in pretty bad shape.

    Back in the 1700s lots of people have a terrible fear of being buried alive. We've come a long way, baby. Just saw on Fox there is now a "new" disease. PTSD-like "illness" affecting gen Z ers due to the stress of living with climate change.

    🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 1:27 PM
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    Transmitted by media hysteria.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 1:30 PM
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    Ahah! Now I understand, but slit their throat before they are buried? Yikes. What if the blood flowed as normal? Would they be charged with murder? Chills.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 22, 2021, at 3:44 PM
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    Good report on the kitten. The five continue to do well based on the twice a day check I get to make while Momma is eating. Another two that I relocated to an outside Mom are also doing well.

    When we mowed I had to check the grass around their nest because one was missing but I found it with the Mom. I placed the other one back with mom and all is well.

    Another batch of kittens is still unseen but if noise is an indicator, all is well with them as well. We did have some sad news on the kitten front but this is a positive post so, "that's all I have to say about that". Know where that quote comes from?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 27, 2021, at 4:39 PM
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    If you have an unamed gimpy kitty, I think Forrest would make a nice name for him/her.

    -- Posted by fair share on Wed, Apr 28, 2021, at 9:46 AM
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    Good idea fair share. I do have one that was injured possibly in a trap and his back left foot looks like it will remain lame. I name another feral male Chester but he seems to have finally gotten better.

    I will try Forest on the other one tonight. Will try to snap a picture.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 28, 2021, at 12:37 PM
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