Thursday, April 26, 2012

Moses and Lola

Here's Moses cuddling with his older "sister" Lola. She doesn't know what to think. He just wants some love.

Moses and Lola

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On the Move

Although a little stumbly at times, he's starting to walk pretty fast now...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Moses Makes Friends

He calmed down long enough to meet our friends Paul and Jason. His eyes are a beautiful blue, even though he can't always keep them focused.

Monday, April 16, 2012

First poop

Today was a monumental day for Moses: his first poop. We were really worried about it since he'd gone more than ten days without it, but the veterinarian said their "internal functions" can be slow developing, so we've been holding out hope that this day would come.

Moses remains calm as Mark demonstrates how the magic happens...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Learning to Walk

It's really more of a crawl, but he's getting somewhere!

And later that day, he's picking up speed!

Tickle, Tickle

How cute is this? Bobbi tickles Mo's belly and gets an adorable reaction! (at the 1:40 mark)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Drinking from a bottle

Feeding time! We opened up the hole on the bottle and he's doing much better with it.

Just being Noisy

Well, his eyes have opened, and he's as noisy as ever. Meg is enamored, and Lola (the dog) is a little jealous.

And here's some more noisiness...listen closely as Mark and Bobbi discuss how to "stimulate urination" at the end...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Moses is Hungry!

His eyes aren't open yet, but he's getting the hang of the syringe...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This is Moses.

Last Wednesday, a neighborhood stray cat was hit (and killed) by a car behind our house. Unfortunately, this cat was a new mother, and my neighbor had found her kitten in a nearby ditch and taken it to the animal shelter. He also said that a local veterinarian (who also lives in our neighborhood) was on his way to take the mother's body and bury it.

It was a sad scene, made even sadder by the thought of a newborn kitten with no mother. Assuming the situation had reached its conclusion, I left for a few hours.

But the story completely changed when Meg came home and heard a high-pitched squeal in the carport. She immediately called our friends, Bobbi and Mark, who came over to help investigate. After searching throughout the carport, Mark tracked the sound to a corner of the carport with a pile of firewood, a bail of hay, and assorted yard tools. He reached in behind the hay-bail, and found this:


4 inches long, 4 ounces in weight, and the noisiest kitten you could imagine. His eyes were still closed, and no matter what we tried, we couldn't calm him down. We could tell he was hungry, so Mark and I left to find some kitten formula and a bottle. We read all sorts of things online about why it's important to keep him warm, and how to feed him to avoid making him sick.

But he wouldn't eat. It seemed as if the bottle was too big to fit in his mouth, and he just couldn't create enough suction to make it work.

So Bobbi and Mark decided they'd take Moses home, and continue to try to feed him throughout the night.

The next morning, Bobbi took him to the animal hospital. When the vet walked in, he looked at her wide-eyed and asked: "WHERE DID YOU GET THIS CAT?" Apparently, HE was the vet who'd buried the mother the day before! Anyway, he gave her some syringes to make feeding easier, and gave her plenty of advice on how to take care of him. One piece we all found particularly interesting is that you have to "stimulate" his "private areas" to make him go to the bathroom!

He also said for us to be "cautiously optimistic" about his chance of survival. Apparently, the next few weeks are critical for his survival. So even though we're trying not to get our hopes up for Little Moses, he is too adorable not to love!