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Man! The Maddie's are gonna give me (more) gray hairs!

Wednesday afternoon, the horse stepped on the bigger girl kitten's L foot. Thursday she stepped on the smaller girl kitten's R foot.
Tonight (Friday) I just rescued the bigger girl kitten from the neighbor's dog-yard!

Yeesh!
When the horse stepped on the Maddies, BB (their mother) fuzzed up and leapt into the stall to 'face off' with Tigre, the horse. Well, Tigre didn't like the yowl-noise so she exited anyway, but it was nice to see BB being protective. Both kittens limped for a short bit, let me feel their feet w/in minutes of the stepped-on incidents and about an hour later when I re-checked, I could manipulate their feet/toes and they were running, leaping and jumping/landing with no issues.

Tonight, the neighbor's dog was barking-barking-barking and when I stepped out to tell Ursa to be quiet, I saw BB streak across the yard towards me from a corner of the neighbor's dog-yard and then run back towards where she came from. That was odd so I got my flashlight to investigate and saw cat-eyes reflecting to me from *inside* the dog-yard. I went over and Ursa was barking and acting like she was going to 'be brave' and run at the kitty but she quieted and stayed back when I asked her to.

The kitten, the larger Maddie girl kitten, was inside the fence and crying. She let me reach through the wire openings and scruff her, then I had to put my other arm through another opening a little higher and transfer the scruff-hold to the upper arm, exchange again to get a little higher and then I could finally reach over the top of the fence to lift her over to safety. When I set her down, BB, Mr. Gray and her brother, Mayhem, were at my feet waiting to check her out when I set her down among them.

She let me handle her and I could feel no dog-saliva or blood and everything I touched appeared to be working fine. She also was fairly calm and when we all moved towards our patio, I noticed BB and Gray sort of 'escorting' Maddie. Mayhem ran towards our barn and the smaller Maddie met him and both turned towards the patio where I was heading with the rest of the cat-family. Both of the bigger cats must have been trying to help or protect Maddie from the dog when she was trapped inside the fence.

Man. Stupid cats don't live long and I don't want my heart to break anytime soon. I hope this experience has taught them to stay out of the neighbor's dog-yard. Oh, and if the Great Spirit Cat is listening ... it'd be nice if they'd keep their feet out from under the horse's hooves, too.

May I please have a few hugs and some 'smart thoughts' for the young barn cats?
h =^..^=

ps ... for those who do not know, I cannot bring the young cats inside.
These cats showed up on our property and I s/n/vaccinated everyone and have been feeding and socializing them since mid-fall. I have been unsuccessful in finding the barn-kittens homes of their own, however their sister is indoors among our other housecats (numbering 9 cats) because she is deaf and has permanant neurological issues from a kittenhood infection.
 

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Oh, I hope they learned a lesson and will stay away from potential dangers! It's good that Maddie trusted you enough to let you "wiggle" her out from behind the fence they way you did, scruffing her and having to constantly change hands.
 

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Oh! I'll tell you, I was confuzzled about how I was going to accomplish the task. Luckily, Maddie didn't wriggle around and even though I'm sure the scruff transfer didn't feel good at all and were probably painful at times, it was very awkward for me to have to scruff double handfuls during the transfer, but she allowed me to do it and get her to safety.

I think I may take some more updated photos and post them around again.
 

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You must have the magic touch, Heidi. I doubt either of my girls would have allowed me to scruff them like that, even as babies! I suspect you've dealt with cats for so many years that you have a very confident air about you, which makes them feel comfortable and know they can trust you.

We'd love to see updated pictures, hopefully with all cats on the *right* side of the fence and out of harm's way of the horses! :)
 

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Thank you for the compliment (aw, shucks!), I try to do my best with all my critters. But, as "barn cats" they're gonna need to learn to keep themselves safe, but I'll be taking pics and posting them around and asking my hair stylist to allow them to be posted at all the stations at her salon.

She and her employees, and a few clients, met the Fosters Five and can vouch for how relaxed and comfortable-with-handling that I raise kittens. I only hope I'll be able to get some of them homes. Ideally I'd like for ALL three to be placed into homes.

The identicals are still doing awesome. Happy, playful and active. Mayhem likes to play 'pattycake' through the glass of the french door at the back patio with Floofy and Skippyjon Jones.
 
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