Kitties, kitties everywhere!

Here’s a blog post not related at all to what I normally blog about.  There has been a bit of a lack of blogging lately, but I’ve been a bit preoccupied with something else…

About a week and a half ago, on a Thursday, I stepped outside to get something out of my car when a kitty ran out from under our deck chairs.  I figured she was just a stray, but she didn’t keep running; she stopped on the driveway, sat down, and howled.  Full on, super vocal howling.  She kept on and on; I went inside and I could still hear her.

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The husband came home soon after, and she was still there.  He knealt down and she ran right over to him, wanting pets.  So I came out and rubbed her head and looked her over, and thought, oh no.

“Hon, does she look pregnant to you?”

Sure enough, she was pregnant.  We went inside to see if she would eventually wander off… she never did.

A week ago, the day after Labor Day, we took her to the vet.  Besides some fleas and being underweight, she had a clean bill of health.  The vet gave us a large crate to keep her in as we waited for her to give birth (to control where she’d pop out the babies).  We put her in our office, away from our other two kitties.

We woke up Saturday morning to this:

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Five little kittens.  From left to right: Great White Stripe (girl), Gray (boy), Blackie (girl), Fuzzy-pants (boy), and Paws (girl).

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They’re all healthy and doing well.  Krystal has been a great mama.  All around, she’s a fantastic cat.  She’s well socialized and cuddly; all she wants is to be petted and maybe get a little lap time.  However, we’ll definitely be trying to find homes for them once they’re fully weaned.

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I doubt we’ll charge any kind of adoption fee, but there are some charges we’d like the people who adopt these adorable kittens to follow.

1. Please please please please spay or neuter your kitten.  We won’t adopt Krystal out without spaying her ourselves (she’s been through enough).  However, the kittens can’t be spayed/neutered until a bit later in life.  We’re in this mess because someone was irresponsible enough not to spay Krys.  Even if you plan on keeping them indoors, what happens if they get out just once?  More kittens.

2. Keep them indoors.  These kittens will never have known the outside world.  What’s going to happen when you shut out one of these poor kitties?  Like their mama, they’re going to want human companionship.  What’s the point of having a cat if you hardly ever see it?  We tried leaving Krys out for a few days, until we got a checkup at the vet, and she was obviously unhappy out there.  Indoor cats live, on average, much longer than outdoor cats.  Plus, these kittens will be able to procreate before they’re old enough to get spayed/neutered.  Please don’t put more unwanted kittens out there.

3. Don’t declaw them.  Declawing basically means cutting off the ends of their toes.  Would you like for someone to cut off the ends of your fingers?  Cats have claws – be aware of this and don’t adopt a kitten if you can’t handle it.  As long as you get a scratching post, your furniture should be fine.  Keeping their nails trimmed will help as well.

4. Don’t abandon them.  If you find that one of these kittens has gotten pregnant (your fault) or you simply don’t want them anymore (again, your fault), contact us about taking them back.  We’d rather have to find another home for them than find out that one of these kittens had a hard life because of your actions.

Having a kitty is a responsibility.  It’s not a stuffed animal to just look at.  It needs food, litter, and lots of attention.  Krystal was dumped because her owners didn’t take care of her properly.

If you’d like to adopt a kitty, they should be weaned in another six to eight weeks!  You can see more pictures of the kittens and the mama here (updated weekly).

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2 Comments to “Kitties, kitties everywhere!”

  1. I find your argument against declawing to be a strong argument against spaying and neutering – would you be more pissed to have someone cut off the tips of your fingers or take away your ability to have kids? A completely rhetorical question, it just occurred to me and amused me as I was reading 🙂

  2. Yes, well, *we* as humans take away our own ability to have kids. However, we don’t routinely cut off the ends of our fingers. Spaying or neutering helps cut down on the unwanted and abandoned animals out there. There are way too many kittens and cats already, and many of them get put to sleep in shelters. Our metro shelter has a two week turn around time – if no one adopts an animal in two weeks after it arrives, it’s put to sleep.

    Declawing, however, is for your own personal gain. People don’t want to take the time to train their kitty, so they see declawing as an easy solution.

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