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I spent Saturday afternoon at a friend's farm, she was hosting an all-ladies Cocktails in the Country for some of her co-workers and friends, less than a dozen people. We grilled out, chatted and hot-tubbed. She called me that evening as she was completing her walk to tell me she had found 4 kittens near her mailbox. She has farmdogs that were still contained from the CitC event, she needed to release them, but they *are* cat killers.
I drove over to pick them up and found a 5th one in the grass beside the road of her long driveway. We are pretty sure we have all of them, the lone kitten was calling and calling, listening in the direction of the driveway for replies from its' siblings who were too far away to hear or answer. It let me approach and pick it right up. We felt if there were other kittens, they would have been together or at least the lone kitten I found would be looking towards wherever the other kitten(s) would be. She made a few sweeping searches today to be certain and found no others so we think we got them all.

All five were thin, not bone-y, but not fully fleshed-out, either. There was sniffling and sneezing. We discussed keeping them in a kennel in her barn but she is having a flea-problem, and most worrisome ... she'd seen two five-foot-long snakes mating just the week before. I brought them home, hoping to keep them in the wire dog kennel outside, but this morning proved to be too hot so I kitten-proofed and moved them into my bathroom. They are eating, drinking, eliminating well. I waited until this evening to treat them for fleas, worms and start them on antibiotics. Only two are sneezing and have gunky eyes, one has a bit of the 3rd eyelids showing, but I'm keeping a close eye on all of them. They are alert, active and playing, but they could go downhill fast, so I visit them often to monitor them.
I'll be calling my rescue/adoption place tomorrow and see if I can get them into the program. They're already friendly so they'll just need to get over their colds and s/n. I think I've got four girls and one boy. The orange one is the boy.

All mackerel tabbies with one classic torbie. 2 Torbies, 2 tuxedo Tabbies, 1 red Tabby.





Several of the kittens have looong, pointed faces and profiles, reminding me of the angular heads of modern show Siamese kitties. My pics don't show the difference I see very well.



Hand-washing after handling them and exiting the bathroom.
 

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They are adorable. Do you think that they were dropped off?

Don't forget if you are in contact with them where they can sneeze or booger on your clothes to change them before returning to your cats.
 

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they're sooo cute! as soon as I pulled up the page, Lexi came running and jumped on my desk to look at the computer. She must want a friend!
 

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Bless your heart Heidi!!! :luv It's a darn good thing that you live in GA. :wink:
I am sure that in your care that the little darlings will thrive, and I
know for a fact that they will all find loving, responsible forever homes.
I too would not be able to stay away from them, therefore I too would have
to "check up" on them on a regular basis. Oh like maybe every 15 - 30 minutes
or so.:wink :wink And of course I would have to stay and make sure that
everything was just perfect for them. :roll: What an excuse for spending some
quality play time with them. You may think that you are pulling the wool over
our eyes, but anyone here knows you better than that. :lol: It's okay, we would
all be guilty of doing the exact same thing. :patback
They are adorable and like I said, they will thrive under your attentive care.
 

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Leazie said:
Do you think that they were dropped off?
Oh, yes.
My friend's property is at the end of a gravel road and her driveway runs between her two front 4acres-each pastures. She feels they were dropped off as a group at the end where no one could see what they were doing. They are so friendly we are certain they were raised at/in someone's house and when they got bigger, sneezy and full of fleas ... someone dropped them off near a farm, figuring a 'farm' would welcome cats to catch mice.
The people who do this don't understand that not all farms are cat-friendly. There could be aggressive dogs, other resident cats who won't allow newcomers or even nasty people who would harm them.

I treated them for fleas last night and this morning I swept up dead fleas all over the floor and flushed them then changed bedding and am washing the towels in hot water. The kittens went from frantic scratching last night to calm 'itching' w/ only a few scratches instead of the vigorous claws going 100mph this morning. I'll be treating our resident cats tonight in case any fleas slipped through the door crack and I keep a tub of clorox wipes to wipe our hands, arms, clothing and shoes when we exit. I'm not wearing 'nice' clothing so it won't matter if the clorox bleaches the fabrics and my husband is hard on clothing anyway so it won't matter at all for his clothing.


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What an excuse for spending some quality play time with them. You may think that you
are pulling the wool over our eyes, but anyone here knows you better than that. :lol:
It's okay, we would all be guilty of doing the exact same thing. :patback
Just what are you insinuating here? If you think I can't keep from loving these kittens while I care for them, you are exactly right! 8O :) :D :lol: :lol: :lol:
They really are sweet babies. The orange one is less sniffly today, I can tell the mucus is less thick and clearing up. He was able to breathe easy when I checked on him sleeping this morning. It's after 2pm and I'll be able to call my rescue/adoption contact now.
 

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:luv Looks like you've got your hands full! Name any of 'em yet? Need help with the name campaign? I love the one with the red stripes! Female names...Rosie?
 

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Good job, Heidi! Since they are stuffy, if you have a shower in the bathroom where they are, you can turn on the hot water for about 10-15mins and that will help them some. I've done that with every rescue we've had with a URI. It always seems to help them. Of course, I know you know this, but thought I'd give a friendly reminder. :wink: Hey...it's been awhile since I've been on here...you know I have to just jump right back in. :lol: They're adorable. :)
 

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EVERYONE's got a right to jump right in! :lol: Yes, they are in my bathroom and I shower every day so it gets good and steamy for them. An added bonus, is it also de-sensitizes them to loud noises like my hair-dryer.
The only backfire to this is some of them are so de-sensitized to loud noises, their adoptive families may need to vacuum AROUND them. :wink
 

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Heidi n Q said:
EVERYONE's got a right to jump right in! :lol: Yes, they are in my bathroom and I shower every day so it gets good and steamy for them. An added bonus, is it also de-sensitizes them to loud noises like my hair-dryer.
The only backfire to this is some of them are so de-sensitized to loud noises, their adoptive families may need to vacuum AROUND them. :wink
That could be interesting.
You are a smart person Heidi, I have a cat that is 5 yrs old, and he won't let
anyone get near him. I have had him since he was about 4 weeks old. I grabbed
him away from some young boys who had tied a string around his tail, and then
used him as "bait" to see if they could get a dog to chase after them. They
dragged him for about 100 yards before I saw them, jumped my fence, and then
grabbed the poor little fellow. He wasn't that shy as a kitten, but for some reason
now, he won't let anyone get near him. Not even me. 8O Any ideas or suggestions as to how I can get him to come out of his "shell"?
Thanks,

Jacquie.
 

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Yay Heidi! Yay Heidi! Good for you, protecting these little ones from an unknown fate on that farm.

And I really did need some kind of warning about those pictures on the window sill. CUTE!!!!
 

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... I really did need some kind of warning about those pictures on the window sill. CUTE!!!!
Shhh! They really are just the new-fangled draft-stopper for windows. I probably could have got away with telling my husband that, but he helped me bring them in so he knows they're fosters. I actually *had* to put them up there to get a group pic because they all wanted to mob me. They are super-friendly.


cat1963 said:
...[5yr old cat] won't let anyone get near him. Not even me. Any ideas or suggestions as to how I can get him to come out of his "shell"?
I think the best I could suggest would be to continually work at handling him more. Lure him to you with Nice Things, things he likes; petting? treats? toys? and try to touch and handle him all he will allow you. You'll have to watch him to determine *why* he is like this ...
Does he just *like* being alone?
Does he not really care to be petted or touched?
Is he fearful of close-contact with people?

... when you are able to determine what/why he behaves in that manner, then you can develop a plan to help him get used to being handled and learn to enjoy it, but in some instances there will just *be* cats who prefer to remain aloof. That is where you have to truly see, understand and accept that quirk of your cat's personality and allow him to be happy doing what he's doing, even if he isn't a snuggle-kitty or doing much with you.
For encouragement, it took us 4-5yrs to tame and socialize our former-feral, Pretty, from completely untouched feral to relaxed and confident housecat. It has been in the last 2yrs that my husband has worked extensively with her, getting her to allow him to pet her, give her treats, loom over her to pet her or walk past w/out her moving. She now will jump up to snuggle with him and we were stunned this spring when she jumped into a guest's lap.
It may take a long time, but I think it can be done. Patient persistence pays-off.
 

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they're absolutely adorable! Good luck with them :)
 

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They are just so cute! So hard to resist babies!!
If they are too much for you to handle, feel free to send the orange one my way! :luv
 
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