Although black kittens don’t show up well in indoor photos, they do make a good backdrop, when they’re not too wiggly. It took a few tries to get two eyes on long enough to snap a picture.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Their ears are getting bigger and migrating up, the better to hear me with. They do notice when I talk–they can ignore me working on a computer in their room, but not if I’m talking on the phone. They still creep more than walk, and the floor is a real challenge–not much traction. Terry cloth is friendly.
Muppet’s eyes have been clean and clear for over a day now. Both eat nearly a tablespoon of formula at a time if they’re hungry (which isn’t every time they’re awake, and isn’t the same for both).
Muppet’s eye is a bit goopy in the morning and has been staying clean after the initial wipeoffs of the morning. Her head’s still damp here from the cleaning.
As Moose mouths everything, I decided to try him on some chicken, partly to see if he’d like to chew something other than his sister’s butt, and partly to introduce them both to solids without opening a full can of cat food that’s no so interesting anyhow. He wolfed it down (I don’t think moosing it down quite covers it.) The next time he was uninterested, but his sister was game. Most of the time, he’s really excited about it and she’s not. (The amounts are about half the size of a pencil eraser). At 2.5 weeks old, it’s earlier than I’ve offered before, but I’d not thought of it as a toy.
“Moose mouth” is an effective tongue-twister, and sounds like an odd insult.
Moose has been showing an interest in exploring things. I gave him Blue Puppy earlier, but then I had to wash him. Now he’s back. Muppet’s left eye has been goopy the last two days–not a lot, not all crusty, not after every nap, but I keep cleaning it. She may need ointment, but that’s a long series of annoying her twice daily.
(the title is a nod to Daniel Pinkwater. I recommend his Blue Moose, and The Return of the Blue Moose)
The kittens have been doing well, and even are less butt-obsessed. I got a bad fever yesterday and managed to feed them every few hours and not much else. They had an uneventful vet checkup today. They are learning their way about in their bookshelf house. No one’s ventured into the litterbox yet but they go in and out of the cardboard house over the heating pad. Often, they are under the edges of the cardboard house, but it’s not heavy. They are two weeks old tomorrow, are done with their antibiotics, seem to be digesting well, and are gaining weight.
I moved them into a deep, tipped-over bookshelf, hoping they’d develop an interest in something other than their sibling’s butt. No such luck. They whine if they’re not together, and if they are and I don’t keep a secure hold on them, they’re back at butt-sucking. All four eyes are open. They’ve slowed a little on the weight gain although they eat well when they eat formula.
They are very fond of licking and sucking on each other. Here I’ve kept it face to face. I’m glad Muppet no longer just lies there, but they do need to develop some other interests. Once they can see, I’ll move them to bigger digs. Her eye looks better in non-flash light. His eyes are just starting to open.
I had a short gig in Hayward today, and was happy when BEBHS said they’d babysit the kittens for the afternoon. Feeding, elimination, AND cleaning Muppet’s eye was going to be too much to do well in a picnic setting. They turned down the 12:30 feeding (2 hours after their previous) but were eager at 2:30. They consume a visible amount now, maybe a teaspoon each. They’re also trying to nurse on each other, which can get bad, but is better than no sucking reflex.
Muppet’s left eye opened after we got home. It looks fine and at 8 days is not way early for being open.
Today’s excitement was going to feed the kittens at 12:30 p.m. and seeing Muppet’s left eye was swollen to a huge size. She looked a little like a Boston terrier. I’ve seen this before, with eyes that are not yet open and a warm wet compress usually opens things up enough for the pus to drain off, usually opening the eyelid just a smidge near the nose. I fed the kittens first, because they were starving, then I tried the compress. No luck, the eye was not ready to open.
I phoned BEBHS and got the go-ahead to bring them in. Their vet came in and did the honors, soaking longer than I had and pushing more assertively. Muppet complained a lot, which was good because she’s been so passive. I would guess at least a quarter teaspoon of pus came out. Muppet also got her subcutaneous dose by a vet tech while we waited for the vet.
The vet also said their bellies looked too pink, indicating an infection in both kittens. Now they have an antibiotic and will probably get diarrhea so they still need diluted formula. They were just starting to develop a healthy gut system and this will set that back. She said the infection usually starts at the umbilical and spreads elsewhere, showing pretty obviously in the eyes.
The photo is from yesterday. No visible problems at that point.