Oh my goodness, you won't believe what I've been up to. It has nothing to do with furniture!
This weekend was supposed to be my catch-up weekend. We had some plans but not too many, and I was going to have plenty of time to get to lots of long-waiting projects.
It all came to a screeching halt around lunchtime on Saturday when I went out to get the mail.
I heard the most pitiful mewing sound. A neighbor from down the street was carrying this tiny ball of fluff. This teensy tiny kitten was wandering in her yard, and she didn't know what to do with it. They had looked for a mother or other kittens, but found nothing.
What else is a mother to do? Of course I took the kitten! My husband was at a football game (too bad, so sad for him!) so I had to make a quick decision and I knew it was the right thing to do.
We let the kids see him (although at that point we didn't know if we had a 'he' or a 'she') and then called the emergency vet.
We left my brother-in-law with all 4 kids (my hero!) and my sister & I took the mewing kitty to the vet.
- He weighs about .5 lbs
- He is under 4 weeks old
- He needs to be bottle fed (kitten milk replacement formula) every 2-3 hours
- He needs to be with us as much as possible to keep his body temperature up
I was worried about how the feeding would go but I shouldn't have been. Baby boy was hungry!
I didn't even have time to get the sticker off of the new bottle :)
He is sleeping in a fleece blanket (and my fleece vest that I wore all day) in the bathtub. It was the vet's idea ~ it is enclosed, it is smallish, and he can't ruin the floor in there :) I went to feed him at 2:30am and found he had used the litter box. Why can't human babies do this?!?!
Although he'll never admit it, a certain someone is already attached. What more does a guy need on a Saturday evening... football, comfy couch, beer & a baby kitten!
This friend is not in love. She is very displeased ~ can you tell by the look on her face here? The hard part is that we can't let them sniff each other out yet, because baby kitten hasn't had his shots yet (he's much too young) and we don't want him to get our beloved fat calico cat sick... nor do we want her to give him any germs or bugs.
Is he here to stay? I'm not sure. I have committed to getting him through the next few weeks of bottle feeding, midnight wake-ups, etc. But long term, I don't know if our family is the best fit for him and vice versa (due to beloved fat calico cat being the primary resident).
If you live in Atlanta, or close by, and you want a kitten, will you let me know? Like I said, we may decide he is here to stay. According to my boys, he is not going anywhere! They named him Sam before we knew his sex, because they know kids named Sam who are both boys & girls. Makes sense.
So, you won't see much of me this week. And don't assume it's because I'm painting in the garage... it is because I'm cuddling a little ball of fluff.
thanks for coming by!