Wednesday, August 03, 2005
  The eyes are open!

welcome, sweetie!, originally uploaded by estacey.

Unfortunately, getting documentation of this is nearly impossible. 1) I have horrible light to work with in the bedroom; 2) can't use flash around those brand-new eyes; and 3) Mama doesn't like messing with her babies. Today I had the one on the bed with me. Mama started mewing and came up to investigate. She sniffed for a couple of seconds, then grabbed the baby and jumped off the bed. Then she put the baby in the litterbox. Not sure what her intention was there.

I thought the little black cat would open his eyes first since he's so HUGE, but I was wrong. All their eyes are partially open at this point EXCEPT for his. This cat in the pic is the only one whose eyes are fully open, though.

Now that their eyes are open, it's a different experience having them around. Much more talking. Much more, "Hi there, little fella!" It's very cool.

In not-cute cat news, today I was eating my breakfast/lunch when Elliot came in to see if it was anything he wanted. I notice something on his butt. He gets closer. It's moving. It's a worm. So of course he sits on me. No, honest. Right on my bare leg. "THANKS, ELLIOT!"

From what I can tell, the only kind of parasite that would be hanging out on the OUTSIDE would be a tapeworm. Is that right? Does anyone have any (unfortunate) experience in this department?

Oh, yuck. Worms. Yuck.

Get thee (with a stool sample) to the vet's office to get a prescription for all the adults. (Well, not sure about Mama, no clue if worm meds are contraindicated during nursing.)

I think you might be able to see roundworms, so tapeworms aren't the only diagnosis - hence the stool sample - let someone else figure it out, because that's just gross.

Eww, worms. Eww.
I have to give a huge second on that... ewwww!
Agreed. 1) Eww, 2) Time to visit the vet.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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