I am a cat person. I had three cats growing up until my mother decided she was tired of them and took them to the shelter
I was only 10 or so at the time and thus had very little say in the matter.
I have always wanted to get another cat so as SOON as I moved out(actually a week beforehand
) I sat my little butt down and perused Craigslist for a cute baby kitten. There were SO MANY 'free kittens' ads with cats that were only 7-8 weeks old, and they were so cute, but I looked at one ad where there were four kittens and I was sold. two were six months old and two were four-five months old. One look was all it took, and I knew that one was mine. The most adorable calico I had ever seen. I named her Kyra, and she is a year and a half old now(born the 26th of April 2010). She is absolutely /nuts/. At times she is the sweetest, calmest, most wonderful cat, at other times she is a crazy and high energy. I don't know if it is just because she is still young or if it is because she is a calico or what.
Anyway, The first place we moved to was in the middle of the country, and there was a feral colony there. At the time I really had no idea what I was doing other than I put food and a large dog crate out during the blizzards of that winter. I didn't know about TNR or anything. We ended up having to move from that house when our roommate skipped out. Which brings us to the topic of this post; the Ten Hills Colony.
We moved to the city and one of the first things I noticed was how many 'outdoor' cats there were. Then I noticed how shy they were and I put two and two together. Ferals. I have observed at least five individuals on a regular basis since moving here July 9th. There is Zira, a beautiful grey tabby and white queen who I want nothing more than to catch, spay, and (I know this isn't going to happen) rub my face in her tummy fluff. Salt, a grey tabby and white van male who is around 9 months, best guess. He is Zira's son I believe. Shiva, a black/dark brown girl who is very pregnant(hopefully we can wrangle her and have her birth and raise the kits in our apartment so we can spay her and tame and adopt out the kittens), she is Salt's sister from the same litter. There is another black/brown kitten from the litter, but I do not know the gender, so I have not named it yet. And there is an orange tom I have yet to name.
I have decided to look into becoming their caretaker, as I love watching them, and I want to get them all altered and cannot afford the 50$ a cat they ask for TNR if you are not an official caretaker.
Anyway, The other day we were outside at 11PM and heard kitten noises. So off we went into the woods(yes woods in the city lol) where we eventually found the culprits. Two three day old kittens. Probably Zira's, as she had been looking rather plump. We took them to the emergency vet where we were instructed on how to care for them, and here we are 73 1/2 hours later.
We think we have a boy and a girl. The girl has the same colors as her mother in different patterns, and the boy is hard to tell. He is white on his belly and buff/cream/light orange on his top. His face is white, but his skin on his back or his undercoat is a really dark grey. They both have fleas, but are too small to do much of anything for it. We are bottle feeding every hour to three hours(AROUND THE CLOCK) depending on how they act. Their temporary names are Tucker(boy) and Jasper(girl), but we will probably rename once they get bigger and start to show more of their personalities.
Tucker's eyes have begun to open and he is a good 20g heavier than his sister, whos eyes are firmly sealed shut. I really think her conception date was a few days after his. It is the only thing I can think of. That or she is a runt, but she is loud, active, and healthy so I am not worried about her size. And they are both Kitten pudgy.
I will post pictures as i go along, but in the meantime, does anyone have practical advice about raising these two?