Wednesday, September 03, 2008
  oh goddammit
the sick kitten died.


i went to petsmart today and got him some nutracal (kitten version) and some new KMR, and a couple of toys for everyone. the instructions on the nutracal say to just put it on their paws or the tube it comes in and the kittens will lick it off, since it is "tasty" or whatever they call it.

the two non-sick kittens were licking it right off my fingers. the sick one, though? i could put it ON HIS MOUTH and he wouldn't make an effort to lick it off. i eventually mixed it with some KMR formula so i could use a medicine dropper to put some in his mouth. i gave him about a teaspoon of the mixture. when he would have it in his mouth but wouldn't bother to swallow it, so i'd have to move him to prompt him to do anything.. that's when i knew the situation was very grim. but i gotta stay optimistic when it comes to stuff like this. then i had to go to class.

while at class, i was thinking about how i should hold him tonight while i was reading. i've held him quite a bit, but not for prolonged amounts of time... and he was so sick, and probably would've taken comfort in a mama to snuggle against. the way it was, he seemed to prefer to lay on a towel with his head resting on the water bowl. really sad looking. so i figured i would try, put him on my lap in a blanket or something.

but by the time i got home from class, it was too late. poor little thing. i wish at least i would've been here so he didn't die alone on a towel...

the other kittens? they're doing great. i got the grumpy one to purr (once).

it's a bummer. it always seems like one kitten doesn't make it though. my first batch of kittens made it to 8 weeks and into their new home, and then the one died. one of oreo's died. one of the kittens from under the truck died when we had them here in the garage before they were adopted out. both of the kittens from church survived, thankfully.

so now i have to try to find them homes. i gotta give them back in a little over a week and the thought of just sending them back to the shelter without any prospective homes makes me feel really, really bad - there are just so many kittens there. i don't feel like they have a chance.
Stace, Sorry about the kitten. We also had one just die. It's soo sad. Poor neglected little waifs. At least the other two have you to watch for them now.....
thanks phil. thanks for the nutracal suggestion, btw.. not sure if the other ones need it, but i'm giving it to them anyhow. can't hurt.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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