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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! Have 3 rescued kittens

Well the kittens aren’t kittens anymore, but we still call them the kittens.
A few winters ago a neighbor passed away and left his cat alone in the neighborhood. Nobody could catch the cat and it eventually had kittens in our back yard. We retrieve the kittens from a dangerous place subject to flooding and a big storm was approaching. I put the kittens in a cardboard box and had them on my front porch while I was calling around for help. When I finally went back outside the kittens were gone and the mother had moved them all under a shed in my back yard.
I worried about those kittens all through the storm and hoped that I had built the shed high enough above the flood area that they would be safe. When the storm was finally over a few days later, we found the kittens safe, but could not catch them. Months went by and we watched as the kittens grew and even ventured in our yard to play with our two dogs. The older dog was very protective of them and would not let our beagle near them, but the mother cat didn’t like the idea so much and would chase both dogs away.
It was a very cold winter so I moved one of the dog houses to my front porch and threw in some old pillows and covered the opening with an old blanket to keep the freezing wind out. We gave the kitten’s food and water, but they still kept their distance.
Then one day when we were at the store, a pair of pit bull escapee’s came up on our porch and killed the mother and two kittens. The other 3 somehow squeezed under some wood and escaped the massacre. It was extremely upsetting and we all cried for weeks.
We still could not get close to the kittens and borrowed a cage type trap and waited for hunger to overcome their fear. We finally captured them after about 3 days and moved them inside to a cage until we were sure that our other 2 cats would be alright with them.

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I just wanted to add a photo if I can
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I'm so sorry about what happened to the momma and her babies. I bet she was trying to protect them. It's great that you got the other three safely inside in a love home now.
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I'm so sorry about what happened to the momma and her babies. I bet she was trying to protect them. It's great that you got the other three safely inside in a love home now.
Thank you and yes she was definitely protecting her young. I think that was what got me the worst was knowing that she could have easily jumped up onto the 5 ft wall like she always did before. What made it even worst was that we had a gate to the porch that we forgot to close before going to the store.

I believe the kittens were traumatized from the event, because they are so insecure. Well except for the smallest one which ended up very sick after being spayed. I held her and comforted her until she got better. I think we bonded because now she will not leave my side unlike the other two who run just from me looking at them.
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Best looking Christmas tree I ever saw!
Sorry for your tragedy, I know how these things just stick with you. But you can take comfort in the happiness your brought to these babies now!
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Best looking Christmas tree I ever saw!
Sorry for your tragedy, I know how these things just stick with you. But you can take comfort in the happiness your brought to these babies now!
Thanks! Oh and I was wondering if anyone would notice the tree. It was the only photo that I had with all of them together.
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I think nursing them through an illness really does create a bond... my little Bear had a horrible parasitic infection when I got him and almost died... and now he follows me everywhere lol
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Lovely photo - the events leadig up to it must have been horrible for you.
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Itís funny because the male kitten which we named Sebastian is the most afraid of people, but not the dogs for some reason. I would have thought that the kittens would be scared to death of dogs, but Iíve seen Sebastian lying in the dog bed with our largest dog.

And even though Sebastian will not let me get too close, he sometimes sleeps at the bottom of my bed tight up against my legs. Iíve tried to reach down and pet him, but he bolts to the door every time.
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I am so sorry about what happened to you. I imagine what you've all been through. Mom cat would be happy if she knew you adopted her 3 little survivors.

Lots of patience with the little ones, they will eventually overcome their fears and start getting closer. Just give them some time. You have other cats so I'm sure you know about socialization and stuff

...and great pic! are the 3 siblings black or one of the "kittens" is the (actually bicolor) white one?

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