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Tuesday a plea went out from our foster coordinator that there was NO space and could we PLEASE take home some of the kittens and cats. I being the crazy cat momma I am, brought home 3 more babies:

Rhona had scratched an Animal Control officer and was on 10 days quarantine but needed to get OUT of the shelter cause a URI was going around and there is just no room - would have been euthanized.

Frankie was starving - literally! Starving to the point of not being able to eat on his own any more. He is skin and bones and going to die soon if someone didn't step in. Enter kitty nurse Marcia. I brought him home and syringe fed him some Science Diet A/D (which is a critical care formula). He balked and flung his head getting it everywhere but slowly surrendered to the warm gooey mess. He was so lethargic I thought he was super sick but never showed signs of being sick - poops were nice and firm, no sneezing, runny eyes. I think he was just shutting down and terribly sad. I fed him like that several times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Today he happily lapped it up on his own and nibbled at some dry. He is bouncing back. :lol: He is VERY sweet when cuddled (he LOVES to cuddle) but very timid once you put him down and will hide. :roll: Would have been euthanized for not eating on his own (if he didn't die first). 3 days later he is starting to fill out.

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The third little fellow is a one month old that I had hoped my momma cat Tyra would accept. She sure ain't no Zoey. She huffed and puffed and was actually mean and snapped at the itty bitty. :x He was on the floor crying his head off wanting so much to be loved and she just walked away. The animal world just amazes me.

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Today I'm going to see if another fosters mom will take him. Doing the hand over later so keep your paws crossed this works out. He needs a momma. He would have been euthanized because the shelter caretakers don't have time to syringe feed him. We are SWAMPED at the shelter all of a sudden and there have been precious few adoptions the past 2 weeks.
 

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So my cat room is super crowded all of a sudden!!

Itty bitty baby on top left in a make shift kennel (actually a dog carrier). Frankie on the top right and momma Tyra and the T babies on the bottom! On the opposite side of the room is the new girl, Rhona that in on quarantine until the 26th for scratching an AC officer. Jerk probably deserved it.

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They are so sweet! Thank you for taking them home. I hope Frankie continues to eat. That little baby in your first post is adorable:luv
 

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Marcia, you are an angel!! That is so sad that Tyra would not accept him and give him some nourishment and love. :sad: But I guess that is probably more the norm than the opposite. Makes you realize even more how amazing Zoey was right?

Are you missing a picture - of Frankie? Or is that Frankie in the top pic and we are missing one of Rona? How awesome he is starting to eat!!:jump(ETA: Yes, I just went back to the pics and that one is labeled 'Frankie'...duhhh)
 

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I don't have a pic of Rhona yet. That is a very unhappy Frankie wrapped in a towel at his first feeding. Not sure if he was mad or just afraid of me but we got some food into his empty belly!

Yes, Zoey was amazing and I was just ignorant to think most cats are as sweet as her!
 

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Oh wow Marcia you are fab for taking these on and saving their lives. They are so sweet. I hope all three make strides forward from here and that itty bitty baby can find a momma just like Zoey.
 

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Oh wow. You know Marcia there is no shortage of kitties that need help. You will have an ongoing thread. Keep a log that you can look back at because I can see many, many kitties being helped by you.
 

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Marcia, you are really an angel! Poor Frankie, so good that he is eating now. Might I say that you may have a "Nurse Polly" on your hands. Ha
The things people on this forum do for animals really gives me a glimmer of hope for humanity.
That little baby is sure a doll, hope he finds a foster mommy.
 

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That little Frankie! Oh, SO cute - and look at Polly being a big sister!

He is just so skinny. The new stray who showed up on my doorstep last weekend is just skin and bones too. All you can feel are bones when you pet him. :( He's eating a ton, so I'm hoping he'll gain some weight. Was Frankie just brought to the shelter like that? So sad. :(
 

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New kitties are so adorable...my heart goes out to poor Frankie, but he is in excellent hands now! We are all so proud of Miss Polly! Good thing you are keeping her!
 

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That little Frankie! Oh, SO cute - and look at Polly being a big sister!

He is just so skinny. The new stray who showed up on my doorstep last weekend is just skin and bones too. All you can feel are bones when you pet him. :( He's eating a ton, so I'm hoping he'll gain some weight. Was Frankie just brought to the shelter like that? So sad. :(
Yes, Frankie was brought to the shelter in this condition. He was kept overnight and I took him home the next day. They never told me he was not eating (may not have noticed themselves in the busy-ness of the place). :roll:

You probably know this but be sure and worm your new guy. Worms can do a lot of harm to their digestive system and eat up a lot of the nutrients before they get to the kitten's system.
 

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Frankie my starving boy is eating like a champ. Wolfed down 1/2 can of Science Diet A/D mixed with KMR this morning! He will fatten up in no time! If he makes weight I will take him back to the shelter for adoption as soon as next week.
 

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As if this week wasn't crazy enough, today I brought home 4 more babies. 3 are very scared kittens about 6-7 weeks and 1 is social. This guy came in by himself and since he is about the same age we just put him in with the 3 timid guys. ATM all are sleeping like they haven't slept in weeks!

The shelter foster mgr gave me a 2 story ferret cage to bring home! After 2 hours of cleaning it, it is an AWESOME addition to the cat room! LOTs of room for more babies! :mrgreen:

We are stuffed with cats at the shelter and unfortunately there have been no adult adoptions to speak of the past 2 weeks. We are having to make very hard decisions but farming out as many cats/kittens as we can to other shelters and fosters.
 

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Ugh, Marcia... bless your heart! You are an absolute savior for these cats AND for that shelter! I cannot imagine... but glad to hear you got yourself a new cage for the cat room! :D Very nice!

Hopefully things start looking up and adult adoptions begin picking up again... poor kitties! :(
 
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