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Hometown: Southeastern Wisconsin
Home country: USA
Current location: Waukesha County/Greater Milwaukee area
Member since: Fri Nov 19, 2004, 07:59 PM
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A Democrat living in a Republican stronghold.

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Fosters at seven weeks

My "T" fosters, Tess, Trisha and Tyler playing in the sun yesterday. They are all there--a bit hard to see in the glare: (the hawk feather is a gift from my pet sitter to my cats--we are suburban and she finds them while walking her dogs.)

They are still underweight due to their URI's. We are working on fattening them up! They seem to be feeling a little better and playing more. I used to sometimes have kittens in my laundry room on the north side of the house, but this is an upstairs room on the south side and gets the sun. I was using it only for older kittens or large litters or those who needed quarantine but I'm going to use it for all of them from here on out. It's so much nicer for them. There are plans this year to take out that carpet and put in a vinyl floor in this room when we redo the upstairs carpeting and that will be much more practical. So I don't care much what they do to this carpeting!

Finally got me some new fosters!

There haven't been a lot of kittens at my shelter this summer, and I haven't had any since I turned the last litter in at the beginning of June. These three would be summer kittens, from the second kitten wave, born around the end of August. One black one and two Tuxies turned in as strays:

They are Tyler, Tess and Trisha. We've done ear mite treatment with Revolution, and they've had their first distemper and deworming. A few sneezies and watery eyes, but nothing serious. It does make them a bit picky about eating so I have to sit with them and keep them at it. They are around six weeks old, maybe six and a half by now. Tyler, the one male (with pink nose), has an injured tail, not sure how that happened. The fur was off it in the middle and it looked scabby and thickened, but the fur is starting to growing back now so it should be fine.

Skin allergy in my cat

My 13 year old tabby has been scratching her head between eyes and ears and making it raw. Went to the vet with her yesterday and was persuaded to have her given a corticosteroid shot. This is supposed to relieve the itching and allergic reaction in a day or two. But I am very concerned about giving too many steroids and don't want to continue it long term.

Other options would be oral steroid medication, working down to a pill every other day. I've also read that antihistimines can do some good?

Still wondering about the cause: might be seasonal pollens: she's an indoor cat but twice recently we went outside with her and let her roll in the grass. She also is a chronic herpesvirus sufferer, and has had an outbreak in her eyes the last few weeks (red and swollen) which I've treated with antibiotic eye ointment and the eyes are looking better. Steroids suppress the immune system, which might be really bad for her herpes resistance. So we want to suppress the immune system because of allergic reaction, and then encourage it to resist the virus! Oh dear.

The vet discussed a hypoallergenic diet that we could try, involving eight weeks on nothing but the special food (Hills Z/D.) I will see what happens to her symptoms before going there. The shot should last several weeks and she is going to be rechecked in mid-July. If it is only spring pollens, we will only have to treat for a few weeks during the year.

Just wondering what others have been through with allergies. Could the eye thing have been allergy related rather than, or on top of the herpes symptoms? She has been itchy and miserable and has spent more time hiding under the bed, poor kitty. But today she's out in her normal sleeping spot, which is encouraging!

Fosters at two months

Highlights of a typical day with two month old kittens!

Eight week portraits!

My fosters are eight weeks old and will be going back to the shelter soon, so I tried to take some nice pictures of each. Depending on how many they want of if they want the group to be together or split up, some might go back on Wednesday.






Foster kittens at seven weeks

Exploring the front porch:

So tired!

Saturday with the fosters

They had their six week boosters at the shelter this morning and are happy to be home and having a long nap. So I'll catch up on some photos .

Three weeks old:

Four weeks old:

Are you lookin' at us?

We luvs our sheepskin bed!

May 13, just about six weeks old. Getting long legs and very active. But so hard to take a good photo when they are running around at top speed!

May 13 sleeping in the kitten tree in the kitchen, which they can climb into all by themselves.

Foster kitty video at last--

Getting used to our new Mac--like where the heck did the files go--but here it is. This was done about a week ago when they were four to four and a half weeks old.

fosters almost four weeks old

Update: they still are on the bottle, but I'm introducing wet food mixed with a little formula a few times a day. A couple of them will lick the food off a spoon. Meanwhile, feeding has gotten downright dangerous! While I am feeding one on my lap, the other ones will climb up my pants leg and start fighting with the eating one--tooth and nail, literally, with my hand in the middle of the fight. Even though I've worn a cotton glove for these feedings, this will not do! I've started removing each kitten to another room to feed them alone. Hopefully soon they will be eating out of a dish exclusively.

Litter box training is complete! That saves a lot of time! With kittens it is so simple: put out a tray with litter in it and they will use it. Prime it with a used urine soaked cotton ball and that's all they need!

Getting very cute! But hard to take their pictures because they move so fast!

It's kitten season!

Kittens are being born now, starting at the beginning of April here in Wisconsin. My new fosters were born maybe around the 3rd or 6th of this month. Were taken from their feral mom by a lady who was concerned that her dogs would kill them like they had another litter. Anyway, I'm fostering them for my shelter. They are three weeks old and still on the bottle five times in every 24 hours. In a few days I'll start to introduce some wet food. I noticed that they've got their baby teeth in, now!

All are females: one is a tuxedo and the rest are black, some with little white belly patches and white throat stars. Some have white hairs on their back legs. This will be the only way to tell them apart!

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